APS Education Foundation Once Again Recognizes Selfless Seniors

26 Students to be Honored at Volcano Vista HS

Mar 30, 2010
from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Where Volcano Vista High, 8100 Rainbow Road NW
Add event to calendar vCal

Mallory Lenberg, a senior at Volcano Vista High, led a student effort to alleviate traffic problems around her school. She formed a student group, hosted a community meeting, and met with city and school officials. Thanks to her hard work and perseverance, the traffic problem around the school is being addressed. 

Mallory is a Selfless Senior, one of 26 in APS who are being recognized for their commitment to promoting positive change in the lives of others.

This is the third year the APS Education Foundation has worked in partnership with acclaimed Albuquerque photographer Frank Frost to celebrate the accomplishments of seniors who are serious about their futures, yet find ways to put others before themselves. Students who qualify as Selfless Seniors are those who give back to their community, who haven’t been recognized by their high school, who have made a positive impact on others facing difficulties and whose character sets them apart.

They are students like:

  • Shandiin Church, a leader in Albuquerque High’s JROTC program and a role model for Native American teenagers.
  • Salman Haji, originally from Tanzania, who founded Cibola’s International Cultural Exchange Club to increase intercultural awareness.
  • Yoenesha Ortiz, a member of the Del Norte Earth Club who recycles around her apartment complex and volunteers to read to neighborhood children.
  • Emily Mendez, who works with a foster family in her Eldorado neighborhood, helping to take care of children with physical disabilities.
  • David Richards, who is successful in his classes, sports and extracurricular activities at Highland and who gives back to the community despite being abandoned by his parents.
The APS Education Foundation will honor the Selfless Seniors at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 30, at Volcano Vista High (map).

Family, friends, principals, classmates and APS administrators, including Superintendent Winston Brooks, will be on hand to congratulate these students and recognize them for all they do.

“There are many students who are unsung heroes in our community,” said Brooks. “They don’t seek praise or attention for their actions, and it is our privilege to recognize a few of these young men and women.”

This year’s Selfless Seniors were nominated by friends or teachers and staff from their schools, based on their knack for putting others before themselves. In addition to public recognition, the students had their photographs taken by Frank Frost Photography. Posters of the photos will be on display at their schools and at several local businesses.

The students from 12 APS high schools and two alternative schools are quiet leaders, volunteers, part-time employees, technology wizards, community activists, honor students and athletes. They are devoted to family, friends, school, their communities and their faith. They are described as empathetic, compassionate, humble, appreciative, impressive and responsible.

2010 Selfless Seniors