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14 APS Students Win Thunderbird Awards, Scholarships
Students recognized for overcoming adversity in their lives.
Victoria Gallegos of Freedom High School was honored by Sandia Labs & Lockheed Martin with a Thunderbird Award. Among her accomplishments was organizing a food drive at the school.
May 7, 2012
Fourteen Albuquerque Public Schools seniors were among the 21 students receiving Thunderbird Awards from Lockheed Martin/Sandia National Laboratories for their efforts to overcome adversity and graduate from high school this spring.
Jerry McDowell, deputy laboratories director at Sandia National Laboratories, called the students “exceptional young men and women” as he presented the awards that include a $1,000 scholarship in a ceremony last week.
“They represent the triumph of the human spirit over adversity,” McDowell said, adding that they should serve as role models for other students and adults.
Receiving awards were Michael Goodloe of Albuquerque High, Yalda Barlas of Cibola High, Celina Padilla of eCADEMY, Victoria Gallegos of Freedom High, Bridget Sanful of Highland High, Michael Ruberson of La Cueva High, Santos Aleman of Manzano High, Adela Palacios-Chavez of New Futures School, Ciera Torres of Rio Grande High, Nicholas Hines of Sandia High, Magaly Torres of School-on-Wheels, Alex Torres of Valley High, Miri Ryo of Volcano Vista High and Luis Vega of West Mesa High.
In receiving the awards, the students recognized their mentors, who were many times teachers, counselors or coaches from their schools.