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Atrisco Heritage Academy

Albuquerque Public Schools Graduation 2019

Atrisco Heritage Academy Class of 2019

Monday, May 13 at 2:30 p.m.
Tingley Coliseum at Expo New Mexico

Atrisco Heritage Academy Graduation Transcript

("I Lived" by One Republic) ♪ All ♪

♪ I owned every second that this world could give ♪

♪ I saw so many places, the things that I did ♪

♪ Yeah with every broken bone ♪

♪ I swear I lived ♪

♪ Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh ♪

♪ Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh ♪

♪ Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh ♪

♪ Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh ♪

♪ With every broken bone ♪

♪ I swear I lived ♪

♪ With every broken bone ♪

♪ I swear I, I, I, I ♪

♪ I did it all ♪

♪ I, I, I, I did it all ♪

♪ I owned every second that this world could give ♪

♪ I saw so many places, the things that I did ♪

♪ Yeah with every broken bone ♪

♪ I swear I lived ♪

♪ Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh ♪

♪ Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh ♪

♪ I swear I lived ♪

♪ Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh ♪

♪ Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh ♪

♪ Oh ♪

SHIRLEY PAREO: Good afternoon. The administration, faculty, staff, and students of Atrisco Heritage Academy High School would like to extend a special welcome to loved ones, friends, and community members in attendance today at our 2019 Commencement Ceremony. Audience, please stand to greet our graduates.

(audience cheering) (audience clapping)

Thank you. The Atrisco Heritage Academy Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Ms. Carolyn Hurtado and Mrs. Christina Young, will perform Pomp and Circumstance. Ms. Hurtado and Mrs. Young, you may begin.

("Pomp and Circumstance")

(audience cheering)

(all clapping) (audience cheering)

Please remain standing and silent for the Presentation of Colors.

Gentlemen, including graduates, please remove your hats and caps. The Atrisco Heritage Academy Junior ROTC, under the direction of Major Scott Ukeiley and Gunnery Sergeant Tim Shaner, commanded this afternoon by Cadet Kayla Payan, will present our colors. Our national anthem will be performed by the Atrisco Heritage Academy Concert Choir, directed by Ms. Angelica Facio. Please remain standing at the conclusion of the Anthem.

(Kayla yelling)

("The Star-Spangled Banner") ♪ Oh, say can you see ♪

♪ By the dawn's early light ♪

♪ What so proudly we hailed ♪

♪ At the twilight's last gleaming ♪

♪ Whose broad stripes and bright stars ♪

♪ Through the perilous fight ♪

♪ O'er the ramparts we watched ♪

♪ Were so gallantly streaming ♪

♪ And the rocket's red glare ♪

♪ The bombs bursting in air ♪

♪ Gave proof through the night ♪

♪ That our flag was still there ♪

♪ Oh, say does that star-spangled banner ♪

♪ Yet wave ♪

♪ O'er the land of the free ♪

♪ And the home of the brave ♪

(audience cheering) (audience clapping)

(Kayla yelling)

KAYLA: Two steps back, march.

WOMAN: Professor!

(audience cheering) (audience clapping)

(Kayla yelling)

SHIRLEY PAREO: Class of 2019, you may be seated.

(audience cheering)

Audience you may now be seated as well. 

Good afternoon, my name is Shirley Pareo, Assistant Principal at Atrisco Heritage Academy, and it is my honor to introduce our special guests, administrators, and student leaders seated on the stage. Ms. Candelaria Patterson, APS Board of Education from District 5. (audience clapping)

Ms. Yolanda Montoya-Cordova. (audience cheering) APS Board Member from District 1. 

Dr. Madelyn Serna Marmol, Associate Superintendent of Equity, Instruction and Support. (audience clapping)

Dr. Gabriel Antonio Gonzales, Associate Superintendent for Leadership and Learning for Zone 2. (audience cheering)

Ms. Irene Cisneros, Principal. (audience cheering)

Mrs. Cristina Benitez De Luna, Assistant Principal. (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

Mr. Steve Tognoni, Assistant Principal. (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

Mr. Kenneth Ballard, Assistant Principal. (audience clapping) (audience cheering)

Mr. Daniel Leyba, Dean of Students. (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

Mr. Adrian Ortega, Athletic Director. (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

Ms. Mischelle Jurado, Biliteracy Coach. (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

Ms. Jessica Cano, Biliteracy Coordinator. (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

And Mr. Manuel Burgos, Dean of Data. (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

Our students, Ms. Jennifer Dominguez, our Senior Class President. (audience cheering)

Ms. Ashley Apodaca, our, excuse me.

Ms. Mayra Monge, our Student Body President. (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

Ms. Ashley Apodaca, our Salutatorian for the Class of 2019. (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

Ms. Flor Zavala Rivas, our Valedictorian for the Class of 2019. (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

Working with graduates, Ms. Jessica Martinez. (audience cheering) Our Activities Director.

I would like to acknowledge our special guests seated to my left on the floor.

New Mexico State Senator Michael Padilla. (audience clapping) (audience cheering) 

New Mexico State Representative and Atrisco Heritage Academy Teacher, Andres Romero. (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

We have with us today the following Atrisco Heritage Academy Feeder Elementary and Middle School Principals.

Judy Touloumis is from Carlos Rey Elementary School. (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

Melanie Blea is here from Rudolfo Anaya Elementary School. (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

Michele Torres from Truman Middle School. (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

And Dr. Phyllis Muhovich from Helen Cordero Primary School. (audience clapping) (audience cheering)

The Class of 2019 also welcomes former teachers, classmates who have come to celebrate with us today.

Finally, we would also like to extend sincere thank you to all the teachers, counselors and staff at Atrisco Heritage Academy who are here this afternoon. (audience clapping)

At this time, please join me in welcoming to the microphone Class of 2019 Valedictorian, Flor Zavala Rivas. (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

FLOR ZALVALA RIVAS: Good afternoon, students, staff, teachers, and parents, welcometo Atrisco Heritage Academy 2019 Graduation Ceremony. (speaking in Spanish) 

First and foremost, I want to congratulate every single one of you for this wonderful accomplishment. (repeats in Spanish)

Many of you do not know me, so let me tell you a little about my story. I came to the United States when I was only seven years old, I did not understand English, and I was bullied for that. I was told I was useless in this country, and although I let those words define me at that time, now I know I, along with everyone here, is capable of doing great things. You may not see your potential now, but believe me it is there. (repeats in Spanish)

Lastly, there is one quote from Mahatma Gandhi I would like to share with you. "Be the change you wish to see in this world." Thank you. (audience cheering)

(audience clapping)

SHIRLEY PAREAO: At this time, please join me in welcoming to the microphone the Class of 2019 Salutatorian, Ashley Apodaca. (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

ASHLEY APODACA: Good afternoon and welcome Atrisco staff, students, and families. I am honored to be standing here before you today with the opportunity to address the graduating Class of 2019. As I started to write this speech I tried to think of the most important thing we learned while in high school, and I realized the most valuable lessons didn't come from textbooks but rather from our teachers. They have guided us through our ups and downs and I have found their wisdom to be vital. I'm gonna share with you some of the best advice I have received from teachers in the four years I have been at Atrisco, and I hope it changes your perspective like it changed mine.

First, remember where you come from, but always look ahead. Go out and achieve, explore, and experience the world around you but remember to come back and give to the community that gave you so much. Great sailors are not made on calm seas. Life is gonna challenge us, but our response to the adversity is what decides the person we will be. None of us truly know what lies ahead but the adventure is what makes life worth living.

Which leads me to the final piece of wisdom I want to share with you today. Take chances, explore, and try to live a life that leaves a positive impact. You cannot be afraid of taking risks because of the fear of failing. Don't be afraid to chase your dreams and use your new found experiences to leave the world better than it was before you. 

I would like to end by thanking my family and friends for all their love and support. I have been blessed with an amazing family that have given me more than I could ever deserve. To my father, thank you for the sacrifices you have made being a single parent, you have pushed me to succeed and supported me through it all and words cannot express how thankful I am to you.

To my brother Gabe, you have shown me what it means to work hard, and I have seen you work every day to better yourself and our family and I appreciate all that you are.

To my little sister Aliyah, you are the reason I do what I do, I want you to know what is possible and what you are capable of. You are the most wonderful part of my life and I love you so much

And lastly, to my mom. My mother has always been my inspiration. I watched as she battled breast cancer for years, and although she did not win her battle and is not here to see me graduating today, she fought with grace and dignity and I wish to live my life in a way that reflects the woman she was and who she wished for me to be.

The metaphor, standing on the shoulders of giants refers to building upon the knowledge and accomplishments of others. I feel that the entire graduating class agrees with me when I say that our teachers and families are those giants. Their knowledge, dedication, and sacrifices have helped us reach higher than we could have on our own. We cannot thank you all enough. And with that, congratulations Class of 2019, we did it! (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

SHIRLEY PAREAO: At this time, please join me in welcoming to the microphone your Student Body Class President for the Class of 2019, Mayra Monge. (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

MAYRA MONGE: Good afternoon teachers, administrators, parents, and most importantly, Class of 2019. I would like to begin by thanking my family for always encouraging me and motivating me to do my best in school, and to thank my parents for coming to the land of opportunity to provide a better future for my siblings and I. (speaking in foreign language)

In life we meet people and experience events that mold us and shape us to who we are today. I'm sure we all started with different people our freshman year and ended the year with new faces who we never expected. Although we may not have certain people in our lives now, we look at the moments we've shared and thank them for the beautiful memories we experienced. As we look around, we see students who we grown up since elementary, some that we met in middle school, and great friendships created in high school. Class of 2019, we made history this year. Let's give it up to our back-to-back state champs, the basketball team. (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

First time in history the dance team won State. (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

And the cheerleaders took second place for State. (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

We built an outstanding outdoor classroom for any teacher to use. We made history and I'm sure we will look back at it and say wow, Class of 2019 is the best class we have ever seen. (repeats in Spanish)

It's those bittersweet moments where we look around and we look back and thank the people who were involved in our lives and help us become a better you and a better me. (repeats in Spanish)

Remember, for every goodbye there's a new hello, just like once we leave Atrisco Heritage we will go onto our next chapters in life and represent the South Valley, the best valley in the state of New Mexico. (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

We may all have different paths in our lives, but at the end of the day we sure did leave our mark at Jaguar Nation. (repeats in Spanish)

I wish you all the best of luck in your next chapter, and although it hurt to take off Student Body President off my Instagram bio, I will always be a Jaguar at heart. Thank you Class of 2019 for having me, Mayra Monge, as your Student Body President. (repeats in Spanish)

Now it's a great honor to present to you our very own Principal Ms. Irene Cisneros. (all clapping)

IRENE CISNEROS: Thank you, Mayra. Good afternoon and welcome. Board Members Mrs. Patterson and Mrs. Montoya-Cordova. Associate Superintendents Dr. Gonzales and Dr. Serna Marmol. Senator Michael Padilla. New Mexico Legislator Andres Romero. Our feeder elementary and middle school principals. The administration. The members of the faculty and staff. Parents and guardians, family members and friends. Former students and staff. My dad, my brother. And most importantly, welcome to the class who began building and instilling a legacy, the Class of 2019! (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

I'm honored and extremely humbled to be standing before the eighth graduating class of Atrisco Heritage Academy High School. The newest comprehensive public high school in New Mexico. Before we honor the 2019 graduates, I would like to begin with a quote and acknowledgments. My quote is an African proverb. It takes a village to raise a child. I firmly believe that school and home partnerships are integral to a student's achievement each year in school. To every parent, guardian, family member, and friend of a 2019 graduate. It is you, who helped to make a difference. The sacrifices and support you provided so that your student achieved this milestone in their life. Their academic success is a reflection of the guidance and love you have shown them throughout the 13 years they've been in school. Thank you for caring, encouraging and guiding them and for valuing education at home. I also want to thank the wonderful and hard-working faculty and staff, the teachers, secretaries, our counselors, our custodians, security, ancillary staff, coaches, and assistants in and outside of the classroom, because you provided the tools necessary to set the foundation and helped reinforce the value of learning so students could explore who they want to be in life. It is your efforts to teach, inspire, remind, and mentor that help shape and transform students every day of the year. Thank you for your unwavering efforts throughout the years, to prepare the Class of 2019 for this day and for life because it truly does take a village.

Graduates, you are such a special group of young men and women, the Class of 2019 defied the odds! You've left an indelible legacy at the school on top of the hill. You began your journey as freshmen and continued on each year being more and more instrumental in shaping our school culture and in our approach to raising academic achievement results. You will leave the foundation you built for those who come after you, who will walk the halls and the concourse and the fields of our 65-acre campus. Many students will be able to sit in the outdoor classroom that you built as part of your senior gift and many will build the relationships like you've built with your peers and teachers and many will continue achieving, striving for better and better results. Graduates, you recognized what mattered, you learned how to persevere through the tough times, how to navigate the campus and high school life. You are leaving behind more than memories, you are leaving a legacy.

In the 2019 school year AHA accomplished the following.

National recognition by the US News and World Reports as one of the best high schools in New Mexico. (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

Our ranking was number 15 out of 201 high schools. (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

The largest graduating class of 465 students. (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

And this doesn't include summer 2019 graduates.

The largest Bilingual Seal recipients in the district at 72 and recognized as an outstanding program by the New Mexico Legislature. (audience clapping) (audience cheering)

We have the New Mexico Association of Student Council Central District President for the second year in a row. (audience clapping)

Nearly 5 million in monetary awards to this graduating class. (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

The third time in a row we've been recognized by the Marine Corps as a Top 10 Naval Honors School. (audience clapping) (audience cheering)

We had three female wrestling State Champs. (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

Cheer took first at the UNM Invite and second at State. (audience clapping) (audience cheering)

Our Jaguar Gold dance team are this year's 5A State Champions. (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

And boys basketball, back-to-back 5A State Champions. (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

Now graduates, it's time to manifest your immense potential and leave your mark on the world so that you will continue the legacy you started on our proud campus. Build your career, love your family, take care of yourself, be a good and productive citizen, watch your credit score, (audience laughing) and reach out to your family for support, for encouragement, for help. We will always have friends, but your family are the ones who help you form your foundation, your values, your morals. They are your family, your elders, learn your history because you are our future. Walk with your head high as a proud alumni of Atrisco Heritage Academy High School, because once a Jaguar, always a Jaguar! (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

Seniors, it has been a distinct privilege and honor to be your principal. On behalf of myself and the faculty and staff, I wish each and every graduate a happy and productive life. May the future be yours as you leave your legacy. Congratulations to the Class of 2019. (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

May I have the board members to the podium? Albuquerque Public School Board Members Yolanda Montoya-Cordova and Ms. Candelaria Candy Patterson, as the proud principal of Atrisco Heritage Academy High School, I certify that this class has met the rigors and graduation requirements set forth by the New Mexico Public Education Department and the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education for a high school diploma. (audience cheering) (all clapping)

BOARD MEMBER YOLANDA MONTOYA-CORDOVA: All right, the only thing that's standing between you getting your diploma is me and my notes. They're short, (laughs) that's the good part. So I just wanna say I am grateful and I honorably accept this class. You have met all those rigors. That's not an easy thing to do so congratulations to that. Remember you are never, ever, ever alone, and love your family, more importantly be kind to yourself and love who you are. Be authentic, be true to your values and live with purpose and be proud of yourself, your community and remember the blessings that you have been bestowed on you from the Land of Enchantment. We love you, New Mexico loves you, the South Valley loves you. (laughs) (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

And we want you to go out, do well and come back and make your community proud. Thank you. (audience clapping)

(audience cheering)

BOARD MEMBER CANDELARIA PATTERSON: (speaking in Spanish) and congratulations to all Jaguars! (audience cheering) Congratulations! (audience clapping)

IRENE CISNEROS: Thank you, thank you very much. (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

What a wonderful day. Graduates, will you please stand. (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

ANNOUNCER 1: Destiney Abeyta. (audience cheering)

Victoria Aceves. (audience cheering)

Arturo Acosta Miranda. (audience cheering)

Aaron Aguilar. (audience cheering)

Briana Aguilar. (audience cheering)

Kayla Aguilar. (audience cheering)

Rocio Aguilar Ambres.

(audience cheering)

Elyna Aguirre. (audience cheering)

Natalia Aguirre. (audience cheering)

Christian Alarid. (audience cheering)

Yazmin Almeida. (audience cheering)

Jose Alfredo Alvarado. (audience cheering)

Jessica Alvarado Figueroa. (audience cheering)

Dulce Alvarez. (audience cheering)

Evelyn Alvarez. (audience cheering)

Jasmine Mariana Amaya. (audience cheering)

Angel Anaya. (audience cheering)

Naomi Anaya. (audience cheering)

Adrian Aragon. (audience cheering)

Dominic Aragon. (audience cheering)

Lithzy Arango. (audience cheering)

Raul Arballo. (audience cheering)

Raylene Archuleta. (audience cheering)

Izaiah Arellano. (audience cheering)

Ailyn Ivette Armendariz. (audience cheering)

Victoria Armijo. (audience cheering)

Lauren Arndt. (audience cheering)

Alayssa Arpero Morales. (audience cheering)

Lorenzo Arredondo. (audience cheering)

Jasmine Arreola. (audience cheering)

Jesus Arreola. (audience cheering)

Crystal Arvizo. (audience cheering)

Nicole Asenap. (audience cheering)

Reese Atencio. (audience cheering)

La'Shaun Baca. (audience cheering)

Shailee Baldonado. (audience cheering)

Josh Nolle Balgua. (audience cheering)

Andrew Barbara. (audience cheering)

Brisa Barraza Ochoa. (audience cheering)

Elaina Battaglia. (audience cheering)

Caitlyn Becker. (audience cheering)

Jeleisa Benally. (audience cheering)

Angelica Benavidez. (audience cheering)

Giselle Bencomo. (audience cheering)

Stefany Bencomo. (audience cheering)

Zoey Billy. (audience cheering)

Grecia Blanco. (audience cheering)

Jesus Bolivar. (audience cheering)

Daisy Borbon. (audience cheering)

Jannet Botello. (audience cheering)

Felicia Bull. (audience cheering)

David Burciaga. (audience cheering)

Natalia Burgos. (audience cheering)

Armoni Bustillos. (audience cheering)

Hugo Bustillos. (audience cheering)

Karina Bustillos. (audience cheering)

Deysi Bustos Duarte. (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

Ariadne Calderon Reyes. (audience cheering)

Sky Camacho. (audience cheering)

Isis Campos. (audience cheering)

Luis Camunez. (audience cheering)

Frida Cano. (audience cheering)

Alexya Cappello. (audience cheering)

Xavier Cardona. (audience cheering)

Angela Carrasco. (audience cheering)

Jared Carreon. (audience cheering)

Ricardo Carreon Santiesteban. (audience cheering)

Emily Carrillo. (audience cheering)

Vanessa Noemi Carrillo. (audience cheering)

Delilah Casas. (audience cheering)

Rene Castillo Escajeda. (audience cheering)

Jesus Castro. (audience cheering)

Andrew Catron. (audience cheering)

Victor S. Chamberlain. (audience cheering)

Jacob Chapman. (audience cheering)

Ever Chavarria. (audience cheering)

Amanda Chaves. (audience cheering)

Antonio Chavez. (audience cheering)

Damian Chavez. (audience cheering)

Elias Chavez. (audience cheering)

Elijah Chavez. (audience cheering)

Gabriel Chavez. (audience cheering)

Kiana Chavez. (audience cheering)

Kiano Chavez. (audience cheering)

Stephanie Colmenero. (audience cheering)

Jose Contreras. (audience cheering)

Caleb Cordova. (audience cheering)

Juliana Maria Cordova. (audience cheering)

Victoria M. Cordova. (audience cheering)

Jhovanny Corona Moya. (audience cheering)

Aimara Coronado. (audience cheering)

Daniela Coss. (audience cheering)

Marquis A. Crawford. (audience cheering)

Emily Crooks. (audience cheering)

Mia Dawes. (audience cheering)

Nancy Delgado. (audience cheering)

Omar Delgado. (audience cheering)

Edward Deltoral. (audience cheering)

Alexis Diaz. (audience cheering)

Rogelio Diaz. (audience cheering)

Diego Diaz Ortiz. (audience cheering)

Valeria Diaz-Apodaca. (audience cheering)

Giselle Dominguez. (audience cheering)

Melissa Dominguez. (audience cheering)

Alanna B. Drennan.

(audience cheering)

Grace Drew. (audience cheering)

Pedro Escalante. (audience cheering)

Raquel S. Escamilla.

(audience cheering)

Brian Escarcega. (audience cheering)

Isaiah Espinosa. (audience cheering)

Michelle Esquer-Moreno. (audience cheering)

Cindy Esquerra. (audience cheering)

Paola Esquivel. (audience cheering)

Saul Esquivel. (audience cheering)

Mariah C. Essary. (audience cheering)

Jessica Estrada. (audience cheering)

Jocelyn Estrada. (audience cheering)

Angel Samuel Fernandez. (audience cheering)

Laura Fernandez Arvizo. (audience cheering)

Daniella Ferrel. (audience cheering)

Alyssa Ficarro. (audience cheering)

Abel Franco. (audience cheering)

Adriana Fuentes. (audience cheering)

Jorge Fuentes. (audience cheering)

Leslie Fuentes Lechuga. (audience cheering)

Maria Gabaldon-Parish. (audience cheering)

Mark A. Galarza. (audience cheering)

Katia Galaviz. (audience cheering)

Andrea Maria Gallegos. (audience cheering)

Cassandra Gallegos. (audience cheering)

Chantel Gallegos. (audience cheering)

Brianna Galvan. (audience cheering)

Adriana Garcia. (audience cheering)

Andy Garcia. (audience cheering)

Bianca V. Garcia. (audience cheering)

Cristal Garcia. (audience cheering)

Eric Garcia. (audience cheering)

Jacqueline Garcia. (audience cheering)

Michael J. Garcia. (audience cheering)

Nathan M. Garcia. (audience cheering)

Damian R. Garcia Salas. (audience cheering)

Bryan Garcia-Perez. (audience cheering)

Victoria A. Gillert. (audience cheering)

Fred Conway Gonzales. (audience cheering)

Jaeann N. Gonzales. (audience cheering)

Jennifer M. Gonzales. (audience cheering)

Jerel Gonzales. (audience cheering)

Nadia Gonzales. (audience cheering)

Tiffany Gonzales. (audience cheering)

Vanessa Gonzales. (audience cheering)

Antonio Gonzalez. (audience cheering)

Corina Gonzalez. (audience cheering)

- Eduardo Gonzalez. (audience cheering)

Kevin Gonzalez. (audience cheering)

Pamela Gonzalez. (audience cheering)

Damari Gonzalez-Lechuga. (audience cheering)

Alejandro Grajeda Ochoa. (audience cheering)

Adrianna Griego. (audience cheering)

Michael Griego. (audience cheering)

Rebbeckah Griego. (audience cheering)

Paige Griffin. (audience cheering)

Tania Guerra Cardona. (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

Briana Guerrero. (audience cheering)

Daniel Guerrero. (audience cheering)

Makayla Guerrero. (audience cheering)

Ximena Gurrola. (audience cheering)

Joshua Gurule. (audience cheering)

Josiah Gurule. (audience cheering)

Jude Gurule. (audience cheering)

Aaron Gutierrez. (audience cheering)

Brianna Gutierrez. (audience cheering)

Cesar Gutierrez. (audience cheering)

Cristian Gutierrez. (audience cheering)

Ashley Gutierrez Rascon. (audience cheering)

Leonardo Guzman. (audience cheering)

Sabrina Guzman. (audience cheering)

Monico Hart. (audience cheering)

Jonathon Heath Flores. (audience cheering)

Alexis Hernandez. (audience cheering)

Dessa Hernandez. (audience cheering)

Destiny Hernandez. (audience cheering)

Jennifer Hernandez. (audience cheering)

Kayla Hernandez. (audience cheering)

Marcela Hernandez. (audience cheering)

Ninel Hernandez. (audience cheering)

Orlando Hernandez. (audience cheering)

Sandra Hernandez. (audience cheering)

Patricia Hernandez. (audience cheering)

Diana Bree Sidera Hernandez Ramos. (audience cheering)

Miguel Herrera. (audience cheering)

Abigail Hinojos. (audience cheering)

Tomas Holguin. (audience cheering)

Brogan Ho Hoose. Sorry, Hoose. (audience cheering)

Nasiah Hutcherson. (audience cheering)

Flor Ibarra. (audience cheering)

Karina Jacquez-Medina. (audience cheering)

Emil John Janoras. (audience cheering)

Lovely Gail Janoras. (audience cheering)

Kimberly Jaquez. (audience cheering)

Hector Jaquez-Alvarez. (audience cheering)

Jessenia Jaramillo. (audience cheering)

Kiara Jaramillo. (audience cheering)

Jacqualine Jimenez. (audience cheering)

Jesus Jimenez. (audience cheering)

Katelyn Job. (audience cheering)

Tionna Johnson. (audience cheering)

Dominic Jojola. (audience cheering)

Joseph Jordan. (audience cheering)

Kevin Juarez. (audience cheering)

Aldo Eduardo Jurado. (audience cheering)

Eric Jurado. (audience cheering)

Kayla Kennedy. (audience cheering)

Tabitha Kenton. (audience cheering)

Tynisha King. (audience cheering)

Savannah Lackey. (audience cheering)

Alfonso Lerma-Dominguez. (audience cheering)

Marcos Leyba. (audience cheering)

Ariana Lira. (audience cheering)

Jewels Lloyd. (audience cheering)

Irving Loera. (audience cheering)

Brianna Lopez. (audience cheering)

Damian Lopez. (audience cheering)

Damion Lopez. (audience cheering)

Heaven Lopez. (audience cheering)

John Lopez. (audience cheering)

Jordan Lopez. (audience cheering)

Kassi Lopez. (audience cheering)

Mary Jane Lopez. (audience cheering)

Noah Lopez. (audience cheering)

Roman J. Lopez II. (audience cheering)

Viviana Lopez. (audience cheering)

Jalissa Lopez. (audience cheering)

Ashley Lopez-Chavez. (audience cheering)

Kayla Lovato. (audience cheering)

Alan Loya. (audience cheering)

Yurai Loya-Gomez. (audience cheering)

Isabella Lozano. (audience cheering)

Yusaleth Lozano. (audience cheering)

Brian Lozoya Portillo. (audience cheering)

Jazmine Lucero. (audience cheering)

Mieranda Lucero. (audience cheering)

Raelynn Lujan. (audience cheering)

Sofia Luna. (audience cheering)

Daisha Mackey. (audience cheering)

Arianna Madrid. (audience cheering)

Eddie Maestas. (audience cheering)

Diana Magallanes. (audience cheering)

Damaris Maldonado Venegas. (audience cheering)

Nayelli Maldonado. (audience cheering)

Rayal Mallam. (audience cheering)

Jaqueline Marquez. (audience cheering)

Jordan Marquez. (audience cheering)

Lorenzo Marquez. (audience cheering)

Matthew Marquez. (audience cheering)

Aisha Martinez. (audience cheering)

Emely Martinez. (audience cheering)

Esteban Martinez. (audience cheering)

Gabriel Martinez. (audience cheering)

Samantha Martinez. (audience cheering)

Santino Martinez. (audience cheering)

Jeanette Martinez Baray. (audience cheering)

Nayeli Martinez Villegas. (audience cheering)

Raul Mauricio. (audience cheering)

Alexis Mayorga. (audience cheering)

Sean McCoy. (audience cheering)

Victoria McLeod. (audience cheering)

Servando Medina Noriega. (audience cheering)

Jocelyn Melero. (audience cheering)

Madison Mendez. (audience cheering)

Savanah Mendez. (audience cheering)

Arian Mendoza. (audience cheering)

Reyna Mendoza. (audience cheering)

Samantha Mendoza. (audience cheering)

Rolando Mendoza Mendoza. (audience cheering)

Diana Meraz. (audience cheering)

Nicole Michelback. (audience cheering)

Isaac Mineses. (audience cheering)

Jacqueline Molina. (audience cheering)

Eli Antonio Montano. (audience cheering)

Izaih Montano. (audience cheering)

Frida Montero. (audience cheering)

Carla Vianney Montes. (audience cheering)

Jayme Montoya. (audience cheering)

Desiree Mora. (audience cheering)

Yailine Morales. (audience cheering)

Brian Morales Estrada. (audience cheering)

Dejanae Morehead. (audience cheering)

Erica Moreno. (audience cheering)

Jesus Moreno. (audience cheering)

Arriana Muller. (audience cheering)

Hector Muniz. (audience cheering)

Ryan Muniz. (audience cheering)

Ailene Munoz. (audience cheering)

Natalia Munoz Delgado. (audience cheering)

Joanna Murillo. (audience cheering)

Sael Murrieta. (audience cheering)

Edgar Najera Guereque. (audience cheering)

Shayleen Nevarez. (audience cheering)

Daniel Nieto-Romero. (audience cheering)

Jackelyn Olivas Ruiz. (audience cheering)

Denise Nicole Ornelas. (audience cheering)

Dominique Ornelas. (audience cheering)

Giancarlo Orozco. (audience cheering)

Mariely Ortega. (audience cheering)

Nayely Ortega. (audience cheering)

Karina Ortiz. (audience cheering)

Alyssa Otoole. (audience cheering)

Angel Otoole. (audience cheering)

Amanda Pacheco. (audience cheering)

ANNOUNCER 2: Eddy Pacheco. (audience cheering)

Joseph Pacheco. (audience cheering)

Vanessa Palacios. (audience cheering)

Jaylen Pearson. (audience cheering)

Jesus Pena. (audience cheering)

Leiandra Pena. (audience cheering)

Isac Peralta. (audience cheering)

Aida Perez. (audience cheering)

Yamile Perez.

Claudia Perez.

Karla Perez. (audience cheering)

Tommy Perez-Rocha. (audience cheering)

Makaela Perkins. (audience cheering)

Carlos Pilares Salazar. (audience cheering)

Jaylene Pinedo. (audience cheering)

Jasmin Mya Pino. (audience cheering)

Elizabeth Pinon. (audience cheering)

Brooklynn Powell. (audience cheering)

Christopher Powell. (audience cheering)

Daniyar Pyle. (audience cheering)

Brandon Quigley. (audience cheering)

Omar Quinonez. (audience cheering)

Yesenia Quinonez. (audience cheering)

Cheyenne Quintana. (audience cheering)

Ricardo Quintana. (audience cheering)

Gustavo Quiroz. (audience cheering)

Jacob Rael. (audience cheering)

Jose Ramirez. (audience cheering)

Michael Ramirez. (audience cheering)

Dasia Ramos. (audience cheering)

Tatiana Ramos. (audience cheering)

Vianney Ramos. (audience cheering)

Yaquelin Ramos. (audience cheering)

Andreas Renfroe. (audience cheering)

Lance Requillo. (audience cheering)

Javier Resendiz Junior. (audience cheering)

Beatriz Reyes. (audience cheering)

Isaac Reyes. (audience cheering)

Octavio Reyes. (audience cheering)

Ricardo Reyes. (audience cheering)

Darlene Rios. (audience cheering)

Emily Rios. (audience cheering)

Alex Rios. (audience cheering)

Jasmin Rivero. (audience cheering)

Brian Robison. (audience cheering)

Joshua Rocha. (audience cheering)

Allen Rodriguez. (audience cheering)

Brisa Rodriguez. (audience cheering)

David Rodriguez. (audience cheering)

Jesus Rodriguez. (audience cheering)

Kathy Rodriguez. (audience cheering)

Yesenia Rodriguez. (audience cheering)

Julian Rojo. (audience cheering)

Adrianna Romero. (audience cheering)

Andrew Romero. (audience cheering)

Ammy Ronquillo. (audience cheering)

Irvin Rubio. (audience cheering)

Javier Rubio. (audience cheering)

Angelique Ruiz. (audience cheering)

Christopher Ruiz. (audience cheering)

Karen Ruiz. (audience cheering)

Karina Ruiz. (audience cheering)

Malia Saavedra. (audience cheering)

Daniel Saenz. (audience cheering)

Anthony Salas. (audience cheering)

Diandra Salas. (audience cheering)

Ruben Salas. (audience cheering)

Dimitrius Salazar. (audience cheering)

Johnnielynn Salazar. (audience cheering)

Audric Sanchez. (audience cheering)

Charles Sanchez. (audience cheering)

Gissela Sanchez. (audience cheering)

Jasmyn Sanchez. (audience cheering)

Nathan Sanchez. (audience cheering)

Orlando Sanchez. (audience cheering)

Raul Sanchez. (audience cheering)

Veronica Sanchez. (audience cheering)

Alejandro Sandoval. (audience cheering)

Alura Sandoval. (audience cheering)

Andrew Sandoval. (audience cheering)

Candie Sandoval. (audience cheering)

Samantha Sandoval. (audience cheering)

Alexander Santistevan. (audience cheering)

Jeremy Santistevan. (audience cheering)

Reena Wayne Saromines. (audience cheering)

Kirsten Schoonover. (audience cheering)

Is that her? Yeah, is that right?

Julianna Sedillo. (audience cheering)

Joel Serna. (audience cheering)

Andrea Sierra. (audience cheering)

Trinity Sisneros. (audience cheering)

Gabriel Smith. (audience cheering)

Congratulations.

Alexis Solis. (audience cheering)

Jazlyn Solis. (audience cheering)

Brenda Solis Ambrosio. (audience cheering)

Luis Soltero Vazquez. (audience cheering)

Leslie Sotelo. (audience cheering)

Edgar Soto. (audience cheering)

Joaquin Soto. (audience cheering)

Johnny Soto. (audience cheering)

Luis Antonio Soto. (audience cheering)

ANNOUNCER 2: Sutphen? ANNOUNCER 1: Sutphen.

ANNOUNCER 2: Sutphen. ANNOUCER 1: Sutphen.

ANNOUCER 2: Demarcus Sutphen. (audience cheering)

Nautica Tapia. (audience cheering)

Andres Torres. (audience cheering)

Daniel Torres. (audience cheering)

Erasmo Torres. (audience cheering)

Julian Torres. (audience cheering)

Eduan Tovar. (audience cheering)

Jaime Tovar. (audience cheering)

Eva Trevizo. (audience cheering)

Jacob Trujillo. (audience cheering)

Sabrina Trujillo. (audience cheering)

Karl Tweeten. (audience cheering)

Odalys Solis-Garcia. (audience cheering)

ANNOUCER 2: Emily Ure? ANNOUCER 1: Yeah.

ANNOUNCER 2: Emily Ure. (audience cheering)

Ramon Valdez. (audience cheering)

Jesus Valdez. (audience cheering)

Samantha Valdez. (audience cheering)

Brayan Valdez-Rodriguez. (audience cheering)

Brandy Valenzuela. (audience cheering)

Carlos Valenzuela. (audience cheering)

Alexis Valles. (audience cheering)

Mariah Valles. (audience cheering)

Michael Varela. (audience cheering)

Johnny Varela-Flores. (audience cheering)

Fernando Vargas. (audience cheering)

Jesus Vasquez. (audience cheering)

Francisco Vega. (audience cheering)

Mark Vega. (audience cheering)

Dennise Velazquez. (audience cheering)

Vialpando, right?

Thank you.

Jaelynn Vialpando. (audience cheering)

Raul Vidal Ruiz. (audience cheering)

Arianna Vigil. (audience cheering)

Mariah Vigil. (audience cheering)

Marina Vigil. (audience cheering)

Christopher Villalobos. (audience cheering)

Briza Vizcaino. (audience cheering)

Andrew Werth. (audience cheering)

Nevaeh Wilkins. (audience cheering)

Trevor Young. (audience cheering)

Ty Young. (audience cheering)

Is that Charity?

Charity Zamora. (audience cheering)

Victoria Zamora. (audience cheering)

Stephany Zarate. (audience cheering)

Giovanni Galli. (audience cheering)

ANNOUNCER 2: Watanabe. ANNOUNCER 1: Watanabe.

ANNOUCER 2: Ayaka Watanabe. (audience cheering)

Jennifer Dominguez. (audience cheering)

Mayra Monge. (audience cheering)

Arcelia Apodaca. (audience cheering)

ANNOUNCER 1: It's Ashley, Ashley.

ANNOUCER 2: Ashley Apodaca. (audience cheering)

Flor Zavala Rivas. (audience cheering)

(audience clapping) (audience cheering)

(audience cheering) (audience clapping)

SHIRLEY PAREO: And now ladies and gentlemen may I have your attention, please. Graduates, the final speaker of your high school career will be your elected Senior Class President, Jennifer Dominguez. (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

JENNIFER DOMINGUEZ: Good afternoon, I would like to take this opportunity to thank my family for all the support and love they've given me. (repeats in Spanish)

We appreciate all the support you gave us and all the work you do for us. Class of 2019, I'd also like to thank you for allowing me to serve as your senior class president. It was an emotional roller coaster beginning in August at Senior Sunrise and ending today at our graduation. (audience cheering)

I am glad I had the opportunity to lead the best class in Atriscos history. (audience cheering)

Four years ago we were about double the size we are today. There was like what? Like 900, 800 of us. We were freshman who thought we knew everything. Today we are graduates of the Class of 2019 and never did we think this moment would come so quickly. We've struggled and we've thrived. We've laughed and we've cried. But here we are today, ready to graduate. We made it. We overcame the infamous senioritis. I am proud of you and I wish you the best in your next chapter. (repeats in Spanish)

As we move on into our futures we must remember where we came from because without the help of our friends, family, and community this would not have been possible. Sorry. (laughs) (audience cheering)

Graduates, it has been such an honor to serve as your senior class president. As we go on into the real world and begin a new adventure, I know the Class of 2019 will make history. Now will the Class of 2019 please rise. (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

We, the Class of 2019 will now, in unison, move our tassels from right to left signifying our graduation. (audience cheering) (audience clapping)

(repeats in Spanish)

You made it!

(audience cheering) (audience clapping)

("Star Wars (Main Title Theme)" by John Williams)

AHA Class of 2019 Commencement Information

Honored Guests:

  • APS Leadership: Dr. Madelyn Serna Marmol, Dr. Gabriel Antonio Gonzales
  • APS Board of Education: Ms. Candelaria Patterson, Ms. Yolanda Montoya-Cordova
    • Atrisco Heritage Academy Administration & Staff: Irene Cisneros, Principal; Cristina Benitez De Luna, Assistant Principal; Steve Tognoni, Assistant Principal; Kenneth Ballard, Assistant Principal; Daniel Leyba, Dean of Students; Adrian Ortega, Athletic Director; Jessica Martinez, Activities Director
    New Mexico Legislature: Michael Padilla, Senator; Patricio Ruiloba, Representative; G. Andrés Romero, Representative and AHA Teacher 
  • APS Principals: Judith Touloumis, Carlos Rey Elementary School; Katrina Sisneros, Mary Ann Binford Elementary School; Dr. Phyllis Huhovich, Helen Cordero Primary School; Michele Torres, Truman Middle School; Sara Carrillo, George I. Sánchez Collaborative Community School

Graduates:

2019 List of Graduates (PDF)

Commencement Program

  • Processional: "Pomp and Circumstance," Edward Elgar. Performed by AHA Symphonic Orchestra with Ms. Carolyn Hurtado & Ms. Christina Young, Conductors
  • Presentation of Colors: Atrisco Heritage Academy MCJROTC under command of Major Scott Ukeiley and Gunnery Sergeant Tim Shanner
  • "National Anthem," Francis Scott Key. Performed by the Atrisco Heritage Academy Concert Choir, Ms. Angelica Facio, Conductor
  • Welcome and Introduction: Ms. Shirley Pareo, AHA Assistant Principal
    • Special Guests, Administrators, Student Leaders
    • Flor Zavala Rivas, Valedictorian
    • Ashley Apodaca, Salutatorian
    • Mayra Monge, Student Body Class President
  • Farewell and Presentation of the Class: Ms. Irene Cisneros
  • Senior Class President: Jennifer Dominguez
Student Recognition
HonorRecipients
Valedictorian
  • Flor Zavala Rivas
Salutatorian
  • Ashley Apodaca
Academy Awards
  • Business Academy: Aaron Gutierrez
  • Fine Arts Academy: Flor Zavala Rivas, Isabella Lanzono
  • Health Academy: Ashley Lopez-Chavez
  • Law Academy: Mieranda Lucero, Yamile Perez
Athlete of the Year
  • Antonio Gonzales
  • Jennifer Hernandez
Principal's Award
  • Raelynn Lujan
  • Roman Lopez
  • Daisy Borbon
  • Mariah Essary
  • Diego Diaz Ortiz
  • Andrew Barbara
  • Paige Griffin
  • Aldo Jurado
  • Jaeann Gonzales
  • Jose Ramirez
Department Academic Awards
  • CTE Culinary: Ty Young, Adrianna Romero
  • CTE Film: Venessa Pacios, Ashley, Gutierrez Rascon
  • CTE Teacher Cadet: Saul Esquivel, Mariah Valles
  • ELA: Marina Vigil, Elijah Chavez
  • Fine Arts, Visual: Mariah Essary, Flor Zavala Rivas
  • Fine Arts, Music: Yusaleth Lozano, Leslie Fuentes
  • Fine Arts, Isabella Lozano, Alejandro Sandoval
  • Math: Julian Rojo, Jannet Botello
  • Spanish Language Arts: Xavier Cardona
  • Spanish as a Heritage Language: Alexander Santistevan
  • Distinction in French: Melia Saavedra
  • Distinction for Tribal Knowledge in Navajo: Jacqualine Jimenez
  • Indian Education Bilingual Seal: Kayala Albert, Jennifer Hernandez
  • Science: Xavier Cardona, Rocio Aguilar
  • Historical Jaguar Award: Angel Fernandez
  • Jaguar Social Justice Champion: Elaina Battaglia
DECA Student of the Year
  • Giancarlo Orozco
President, Class of 2019
  • Jennifer Dominguez
Student Body President
  • Mayra Monge