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Posted September 2, 2014

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We're recognizing just a few of our many amazing kids.

One student honored each week from different schools throughout the district.

Some of Albuquerque Public Schools’ best students will be celebrated each week, thanks to a partnership between New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union, the APS Education Foundation and the Albuquerque Journal.

Every Tuesday morning, the APS Student of the Week is featured in the Education section of the Journal, complete with a photo and short story about the student.

“The truth is, we have hundreds of students of the week, every week, in APS,” said APS Education Foundation Executive Director Phill Casaus. “But this feature at least allows our community to focus on one special kid each week as a representation of many of our students.”

Schools are selected at random to pick a student of the week, and that task falls to the individual principal, who often works with staff at the school to seek nominations. Students of the week demonstrate hard work in their classes through determination and perseverance.

Kevin Cummins, principal of Harrison Middle School discussed what he looks for when nominating a student and said, "We look for students who are enthusiastic about learning, hard-working and are positive influences on their friends; we also look for students who sometimes may not get noticed because they are a student in the middle who makes good decisions most of the time."

The feature began running in the Journal last week, and  the first student of the week is  Aleena Perez, a seventh-grader at Harrison Middle School; she was nominated by Harrison's principal, Mr. Cummins. When asked to speak about her school experience, Aleena said, "My school experience at Harrison has been very good; my principals are very nice, as are all of the nurses and secretaries. I am also in a program called AVID (Advancement via Individual Determination) and it is a college prep class. I am very happy to have been accepted into it, and I hope it really helps me for college so that someday I may be a surgeon."

Atrisco Heritage Academy's principal, Gabrieal Antonio Gonzales, chimed in about what he looks for in a student when nominating them for student of the week, and simply put, he said, "I looked for a student that truly embodies the very best of our Jaguar Spirit."

In addition to being featured weekly in the Journal's Education section, the APS Student of the Week is also featured on the APS website, on APS's Facebook page, on APS's Instagram page, and on APS's Twitter page.

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