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Posted April 22, 2015

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14 APS Seniors honored with 2015 Thunderbird Awards

Awards sponsored by Sandia National Labs provide $1,500 cash to students

Paul Lovato of Albq. High was among seniors honored.


Fourteen Albuquerque Public Schools seniors were among 20 area high school students receiving Thunderbird Awards from Sandia National Labs at a luncheon today.

The awards, which include $1,500 cash for each winner, are presented to students who have overcome adversity and are on track to graduate this spring.

Receiving awards and their schools are: Paul Lovato, Albuquerque High; Kayla Lucero, Atrisco Heritage Academy; Deven Peace, Atrisco Heritage Academy; Fabiola Contreras, Cibola High; Meredith Barrows, Eldorado High; Natasha Kreider, Eldorado High; Cassady Leonard, Freedom High; and Hidayatulla Alkozai, Highland High.

Also receiving awards are: Cassandra Wilson, La Cueva High; Lizbeth Beltran-Tadeo, Rio Grande High; Diana Ulibarri, School on Wheels; Bernadette Rodriguez, West Mesa High; and Salome Chavez, West Mesa High.

The students and their mentors were recognized this afternoon by Frederick Bermudez of Sandia National Laboratories.

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