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Posted May 8, 2014

14 APS Seniors Receive Sandia National Labs Thunderbird Awards

The annual award recognizes seniors who overcome great personal difficulties to achieve their goals.

Angelo Romero of RGHS, Lupita Lopez of AHS & and Ashley Carriaga of WMHS.

Fourteen Albuquerque Public Schools seniors were among the 20 students from the Albuquerque area recognized with Thunderbird Awards by Sandia National Laboratories.

The awards, which were presented during a luncheon on Wednesday, recognize high school seniors, who through hard work and determination, overcome great personal difficulties to achieve their goals. They also include a $1,500 cash award.

“These students show great strength to overcome many obstacles and graduate,” said APS Superintendent Winston Brooks. “They, along with the family members, teachers and administrators who support them, demonstrate how perseverance in the face of adversity can pay off. We are very proud of them.”

Dr. Paul Hommert, director of Sandia National Laboratories and president of Sandia Corporation, praised the winners and their mentors in his opening remarks.

Senior manager of public relations and communications at Sandia Frederick Bermudez introduced the winners and presented them with their awards.

The APS seniors receiving awards and their high schools were

  • Ashley Carriaga, West Mesa High
  • Guadalupe ‘Lupita’ Lopez, Albuquerque High
  • Derrick Everett, Atrisco Heritage Academy
  • Dionnedra Ortiz, Cibola High
  • Nadia Coleman, Early College Academy
  • Celine West, Eldorado High
  • Cheyanne Epperson, Highland High
  • Ashley Sandoval, La Cueva High
  • Hope Alvarado, Manzano High
  • Jared Salcido, Nex+Gen Academy
  • Angelo Romero, Rio Grande High
  • Yoanna Gutierrez, School on Wheels
  • Hannah Fenske, Volcano Vista High
  • Sara ElGaby, Del Norte High

The students are nominated by their schools and must have a grade point average of at least 2.5 or be in the top 40 percent of their graduating class and have a plan for their future.

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