Manzano High School

Albuquerque Public Schools Graduation 2019

Manzano High School Class of 2019

Wednesday, May 15 at 2:30 p.m.
Tingley Coliseum at Expo New Mexico

Manzano Graduation Transcript

BRIANA MATHIS: Good afternoon. The administration, staff, and students of Manzano High School would like to extend a special welcome to loved ones, friends, and community members to our 2019 Commencement ceremonies. The administration of Manzano High School request that we honor each and every graduate. Many friends and family members are in attendance this afternoon to honor their graduates. Please refrain from air horns and extended hollers so that every graduates name can be heard and honored. We would like to continue with the tradition of hosting a dignified graduation. This includes standing respectfully and quietly during the presentation of colors as well as waiting until the colors have left the floor. At this time, will you please stand to greet our graduates?

EDWARD GRIFFIN: We ask that you remain standing for the Star Spangled Banner as performed by the Commencement Manzano High School Concert Choir under the direction of Dr. Daniel Cummings and Manzano's Naval Junior ROTC under the direction of Commander Mike Beno and First Sergeant Matt McMenimen will present the colors.

- [Matt] Forward, march. Company, mark, march Color Guard halt. Present, colors. ♪ 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 watch'd were so gallantly steaming ♪ ♪ And the rockets red glare ♪ ♪ The bombs bursting in air ♪ ♪ Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there ♪ ♪ O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave ♪ ♪ O'er the land of the free ♪ ♪ and the home of the ♪ ♪ Brave, of the brave ♪

EDWARD GRIFFIN: Please remain standing respectfully and quietly until the color guard has exited.

- March. Right face, march. Forward, March.

EDWARD GRIFFIN: You may be seated. Parents and guests are asked to keep all aisles cleared during the entire ceremony. This is by request of the fire department. Those wishing to take pictures must do so from their seats and we ask that you remain seated so you do not block the view of others. An official photographer will be taking a picture of each graduate receiving a diploma today.

KAREN WEBB: Good afternoon, welcome. I'm Dr. Karen Webb, Principal of Manzano High School. Please allow me to introduce everyone accompanying me on stage. We have Student Body President, Brianna Mathis. Student Body Vice President, Edward Griffin Student Body Treasurer, Maya Vo. Student Body Historian, Breanna Williams. Valedictorian, Rebecca Tresise. Salutatorian, Faith Lopez. APS Board Member, Ms. Elizabeth Armijo. APS Board Member, Ms. Barbara Peterson. APS Superintendent, Superintendent Raquel Reedy. And APS Associate Superintendent, Dr. Gabriella Blakey. Assistant Principal, Mr. Jason Sanchez. Assistant Principal, Mr. Arvis Vonner And Assistant Principal, Mr. Dean Leh. It is my distinct honor to welcome you again and to thank you for coming to celebrate the graduation of Manzano's High School's Class of 2019. We, your administrators, teachers, family, friends, and our distinguished guests are extremely proud of each one of you and your accomplishments. The Class of 2019 is extremely special to me. Four years ago we entered Manzano as freshman, and that was my first year as Manzano Principal. It was your first year as brand new bright eyed ninth graders. Throughout these years, I have watched you grow and learn. I have watched you build confidence, courage, and compassion. You have learned perseverance, dedication, self discipline, and have acquired the academic skills and knowledge to set you on your path to success. Each of you is well prepared for your next journey. Soon you will be entering various colleges, universities, the military, or the world of work. Your tenaciousness, knowledge, and heart will guide you towards excellence. Albert Einstein wrote, your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions. Imagine your future life. Imagine your success. Imagine how you will change the world and make it a better place. Work towards the life you desire as it is definitely within your reach. To paraphrase a Native American quote, live as strong as the mountains, be as gentle the spring winds, keep the warmth of summer sun in your heart, and be a life long learner as your potential, graduate, is as vast as the universe. Thank you. You know yours is in the back right?

REBECCA TRESISE: Huh?

KAREN WEBB: Your speech is in the back. 

REBECCA TRESISE: Yeah, oh gosh. This is so scary. Oh gosh. Hi guys. I remember the other day at work. I dropped someone's dollar bill outside the drive-thru window. So I jumped out the window to grab it for them. I remember almost drowning in Mexico, because the waves kept pulling me back and I didn't know how to swim. I was told by Hannah, come on Becca, swim. And I responded by choking on some water. I remember riding bikes with one of my best friends Kara, and she was trying to get out of the way for a car that was going like five miles an hour. So she crashed into my neighbors mailbox and broke it. I remember in second grade. In order to impress our my male friends, we had a spitting contest off the swings. One of my friends spits and it smacks me right in the face deeming that game unplayable. Some pretty important memories, like today. I remember waking up at five to get ready. Taking a three hour exam, and now I'm here speaking in front of all of you. A memorable day it is. The plan is to remember this day for years to come and tell my grandkids and stuff, like yeah kids, I was pretty cool. But if my body continues to dwindle at the rate it is, who knows. I probably need glasses, but I don't know 'cause I cheated on my eye exams. Always gotta be winning you know. And I have poor hearing which I would like to credit to the fact that I sat in front of the first trumpet player every morning and he only knows how to play loud. So if I can't hear you after the first few times, I'm gonna nod and laugh and hope I didn't need to respond. I also have a really bad knee that causes me to hobble sometimes. So you know regular 18 year old stuff with 80 year old symptoms. I can only imagine what it'd really be like when I've hit that age. Anyway, today is a big day right? We yeehawed our way through high school, and now we get to do more school, and more school, and a little more. But we should be proud, because for many of you, you are first generation high school graduates, and for others along with those getting your GED's, you are first generation college students. And it is now time to acknowledge that we will no longer spend mornings in the library with Ms. Eaton or join Mr. Mcguinness in the Smart Farm on Friday afternoons. We won't hear Edward mess up the morning announcements anymore. We don't get to high five Big Dog Robyn in the plaza. We don't get to tell Teal Galleta or Mr. Cooke when we see him in the hallway. And we can't tell Mr. Houser that the federal government is our daddy. Our favorite teachers will have to say goodbye to us and us goodbye to them. But that is okay. It is okay, because we survived. And we're allowed to be a wee bit sad. But just remember these teachers, counselors, administrators, and staff will always be there if we need them. We are moving on or moving out, but we still have a family here. Thank you.

FAITH LOPEZ: Hello, I am Faith, or Pap, or disappointment Lopez, or whatever you wanna call me, whatever.

KAREN WEBB: It's in the back. It's in the back.

FAITH LOPEZ: There it is. So on my last day of high school, after the bell rang, after seventh period, I walked into the K Hall bathroom and after doing what one does in a bathroom, I was confronted with the startling reality that there was no toilet paper and if I'm being honest, the entire scenario was very indicative of what my high school experiences was like. Like uncomfortable, and just kind of disappointing, so while I stand up here, and I can't speak to any of your high school experiences, and trying to would be baseless and inappropriate, I can speak to broadly as what we experienced as a class in 2019. Some of us spent four years diligently taking notes and turning in assignments. Some of us skated just straight through. Some spend high school having actual fun and some of us drank coffee at 3:00 a.m. Just trying to get through the night. Some of us may have had a job or two or three. Some of us may have had to care for siblings or parents or grandparents. Some students woke up at 5:00 a.m. each day to go to negative one hour, then zero hour, then first period. And some of you have spent the last four years working day in and day out and now you're here. Some of us are discouraged by the results. Some of us are ecstatic to leave. Some are giddy about the future and some are really sad to go. But high school has taught us all one thing. One solitary unified lesson. And that's that life promises nothing outside of the daily grind. Life doesn't hand us lemons. That's idiotic. Life doesn't have hands. But life, our existence, our consciousness, everything that's makes up us, gives only the daily nine to five, or in our case, the daily 7:25 to 2:25. We will work the rest of our lives through college, or the military, or trade school, or our jobs, or our careers for an end that we may never see. You may spend another four or eight or 12 years working towards another diploma, another ceremony, another unflattering cap. You may spend the next century on a job or a relationship or fighting for a position. But successes aren't guaranteed even for the hardest workers. And you may devote the rest of your life to finding a universal truth through scientific experimentation. Or you'll devote your time to nailing the perfect free throw or finding the love of your life or starting a family. But nothing is for certain. The earth may be engulfed in climate catastrophe, 'caused by years of our inability to change it. One day America may find itself the laughing stock of the world, and that day might be sooner than we thought. One day India and Pakistan may just decide that cashmere is worth a nuclear winter and one day aliens may abduct us all. That could be right now. I think we're good, we're good. What I'm trying ultimately to say is that what happens after this ceremony is unknown. Our futures are nebulous, they're hazy, they're unclear, but your future is just that, yours. And while the world may be held in the hands of people that like to break things at least your future is yours, and you can do with it what you will. One day you may find that your hard work has been done in vain. Your passions may have fallen through the floorboards. Your goals may never shake your hand on meeting, but Class of 2019, I hope only one thing for us. I hope that wherever you end up in life, wherever the dust of our life settle, wherever it is that we find ourselves in four, or six, or 17 years, I hope the bathroom's there have toilet paper and that you can think back to high school fondly, but glad to be where you are then. Because then you can pee with comfort of knowing that graduation isn't the only thing that ends with a piece of paper. Thank you.

BRIANA MATHIS: Okay hello. So good afternoon everyone. My name is Brianna Mathis and I have had the greatest honor this year of being Student Body President. We constantly hear about the cliches of high school. Evidently they are true. Nothing can compare to the moments we've experienced throughout the last four years. So freshman year, we constantly heard, when are you guys going to graduate? Or what are you gonna do after high school? Sophomore year we heard, so do you know where you're gonna go to college yet? Junior year we heard, what are you going to study in college? And finally Senior year we have heard, you're at the end, are you ready to be done? Now here we are about to graduate with all of these questions racing through our heads. We've all made memories. Whether it's letting about econ through Houser's Daily office clips, stressing about assignments we waited 'til the last minute to do, or winning every single spirit assembly this year. These memories are what have made our high school experiences their own. Oftentimes we hear high school is about discovering yourself. This is false. We never stop learning and growing. We will never truly live up to discovering ourselves, because it's not just who you are and what you wanna be, but it's a process you must be active in. Life is forever moving at a fast pace, so it's your job to take a step back and realize that you are the only person that can mold your future. You are what you need to keep striving for your highest goals. Take the initiative to discover what you want from this life and what your future is. Remembering exactly what you can do for yourself and knowing that there are endless amounts of success. In life you must invent your own meaning. As it may be difficult, it is completely worth it. Now remember, high school's not the end for us. It was simply a stepping stone to the larger things in life for what we will do beyond here. This is a time for us to live a life full of optimism. The inspiration we possess on the inside must be planted, watered, and grown into something truly impeccable. Take a moment, even if you don't want to, to look to your left and to look to your right. You may be sitting next to someone you've spoken to from time to time, or maybe your best friend, or maybe someone you don't know at all. But we've all experienced this journey together and we've had the privilege of doing it with someone by our side. Seeing someone familiar in class everyday can remind us that we're all in the same boat. There's always that moment where one student asks the question in calculus class that everyone else had. So I guess you can say there's someone who can relate to the struggles of senior year. Throughout high school I have had the most amazing support system. And I hope all of you will recognize and appreciate those that have pushed you to your greatest extents. Whether it was a teacher, friend, or family member, someone has helped you get to where you are today. High school is a time of immense tears and stress. But through this, we realize that it is worth it. As we embark upon our journeys of life, remember that it's okay to get stuck, and it's okay to ask for help, because there may be a moment that you don't know what's next. But remember that you will accomplish every goal in life with grace and determination. Now I would like to leave you with a quote from my most inspirational beings, Michael Scott. And he says, "When it comes to adulting, I know exactly what to do. "But in much more real sense, I have no idea what do to." Thank you.

- [Audience Member] Marcus!

KAREN WEBB: Thank you very much. Now it is my pleasure. Actually, ah Jazel, it's a song right? Okay, sorry guys. Now Jazel Moridia will perform "I Will Always Remember You".

♪ I always knew this day would come ♪ ♪ We'd be standing one by one ♪ ♪ With the future in our hands ♪ ♪ So many dreams ♪ ♪ So many plans ♪ ♪ Always knew after all these years ♪ ♪ There'd be laughter ♪ ♪ There'd be tears ♪ ♪ Never thought I'd walk away ♪ ♪ With so much joy and so much pain ♪ ♪ And it's so hard to say goodbye ♪ ♪ But yesterday's gone ♪ ♪ We gotta be moving on ♪ ♪ And I'm so thankful for the moments ♪ ♪ So glad I got to know ya ♪ ♪ The times that we had ♪ ♪ I'll keep like a photograph ♪ ♪ And hold you in my heart forever ♪ ♪ I'll always remember you ♪ ♪ Hey ♪ ♪ Hey, aye, yay, yay, yay, yay, yay, yeah ♪ ♪ Another chapter in the books ♪ ♪ Can't go back but you can look ♪ ♪ And there we are on every page ♪ ♪ Memories I'll always save ♪ ♪ Up ahead only open doors ♪ ♪ Who knows what we're heading towards ♪ ♪ I wish you love ♪ ♪ I wish you luck ♪ ♪ For you the world just opens up ♪ ♪ And it's so hard to say goodbye ♪ ♪ Oh yesterday's gone ♪ ♪ We gotta keep moving on ♪ ♪ And I'm so thankful the moments ♪ ♪ So glad I got to know ya ♪ ♪ The times that we had ♪ ♪ I'll keep like a photograph ♪ ♪ And hold you in my heart forever ♪ ♪ I'll always remember you ♪ ♪ Oh, everyday that we had ♪ ♪ All the good, all the bad ♪ ♪ I'll keep them here inside ♪ ♪ Every time that we shared ♪ ♪ Every place, everywhere ♪ ♪ You touched my life ♪ ♪ And one day, we'll look back ♪ ♪ And we'll smile and we'll laugh ♪ ♪ But right now we just cry ♪ ♪ 'Cause it's so hard to say goodbye ♪ ♪ Yesterday's gone ♪ ♪ We gotta keep moving on ♪ ♪ I'm so thankful for the moments ♪ ♪ So glad I got to know ya ♪ ♪ The times that we had ♪ ♪ I'll keep like a photograph ♪ ♪ And hold you in my heart forever ♪ ♪ I'll always remember you ♪ ♪ Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh ♪ ♪ You ♪ ♪ And I'll always, and I'll always remember, ♪ ♪ Remember you ♪

KAREN WEBB: Wow that was beautiful. Let's give her another round of applause. Okay Class of 2019, let's give her the Monarch clap. Thank you. It is now my pleasure to invite the Class of 2019 to the stage to receive their diplomas. Teachers from Manzano will present the names of the graduates. Please welcome Mister Dan Shanley and Mister Andy Cook.

- V starts so yeah. Rebecca Tresise. Faith Lopez. Katelyn Alam. Matthew Morse. Ian May. Samantha Minchak. Vivian Stitelman. Alyssa Aragon. Thomas Minchak. Libby Zamora. Karen Aceves. Hashim Al Kurdi. Emily Allen. Tyler Allen. Marisol Alvarado. Nathan Amaya. Felicity Andrade. Majorine Andrews. Dena Araiza. Daniel Archuleta. Wyshanna Archuleta. Esteban Arguello. Harmony Armendariz. Sarah Armijo.

- [Teacher] Desiree Baca. Savannah Baca-Garcia. Victor Baldonado. Lourdes Barrera. James Beasley. Aaron Bedah. Bryahna Belton. Alex Besse. Sierra Beverly. Maria Bishop. Jack Blankenship. Cheyenne Blay. Nataly Booth. Ruger Bravo. Karis Brennan. Isabelle Bromley. Jacob Brotz. Michel Bruce. Tim Burke. Issa Bustria Montana C De Baca. Ashley Candelaria. Micah Carlen. Savannah Carreon.

- [Teacher] Gabriel Ceniceros. Cortez Chacon. Emannie Champion-Walker. Adrina Chavez. Angel Chavez. Christopher Chavez. Kayera Chebahtah. Imani Chelf. Courtney Clark. Sarah Cooley. Alicia Cordova. Isabella Costales. Mason Cronrath. Reece Davis. Jacqueline Deleon-Jarquin. Jose Delgado. Gia Dismuke. Ezekiel Duran. Logan Durham. Jedidiah Edgar. Tyler Eldred. Whitney Erler. Evelyn Evora. Johnathon Fajardo.

- [Teacher] Steven Fernandez. Cecelia Flewelling. Alexandra Flores. Jacqueline Flores. Marvin Flores. Citaly Flores Morales. Mario Flores Shold Jordan Forsythe. Ezekiel Fox. Tyler Fox. Caitlin Frazier-Wiggins. Samuel Gallart-Martin. Lorena Gallegos. Destiny Garcia. Isabella Garcia. Izaiah Garcia. Jacob Garcia. Jaime Garcia. Jesse Garcia. Mariah Garcia. Noelle Garcia. Santiago Garcia. Chloe Garza. Carly Gatchell.

- [Teacher] Kimberly Gay. David Glenn. Jasmine Gonzales. Bionce Gonzales. Shae Gonzales. Sierra Gonzales. Olivia Gonzales. Sierra Gonzales. Estacie Gonzales. Matthew Graham. Vivian Green. Elijah Green. Charizma Gray. Edward Griffin. Seth Griffin. Lucas Griffin. Christian Grogan. Maryn Guida. Georgiana Guy. Montel Guzman. Andres Hadder. Bailee Hall. Bryannia Hall. Zane Hall.

- [Teacher] Ray Hardy. Gerald Hazel. Adamari Hernandez. Loren Hernandez. Zoe Herrera. Shannon Hirdman. Jet Ho. Joshua Hohnstreiter. Carlos Hollingsworth. Irvin Hoyos. John Hutson. Alexis Ibarra. Grecia Ibarra. XavierIvey-Saud. Megan Jackson. Kevon Jaramillo. Cody Jenkins. Sebastian Jimenez. Andrea Johnson. Tameka Johnson. Demitri Johnson-Lucero. Anthony Keever. Marissa Kline. Dominique Krupp-Maguire.

- [Teacher] Lizbeth Lara. Ruby Lara. Brandon Largo. Jeremy Lawrence. Jacque Le. Nathalie Le. Tu Le. Madison Lebeau. Hunter Lee. Beau Lemoine. Saige Logan. Felicia Lopez. Reina Lopez. Jesus Lopez. Gabriel Lucero. Maximiliano Luera. Alexander Luke. Danny Luong. Doanh Luong. Torrey Luong. Yocelyn Madera. Jude Madrid. Mackenzie Marchbanks. Marlon Mora.

- [Teacher] Gabriel Marquez Spencer Marsh. David Martinez. Deandra Martinez. Emilio Martinez. Jennesis Martinez. Brianna Mathis. Stephan May. Castalia Mayerhofer. Dylan McCabe. Tobin McCoy. Julia McGhee. Jacob Meese. Ruben Mendez. Jose Mendoza. Alexia Mira. Kane Miller. Alec Mills. Haylea Mitchell. Leontina Mlelewa. Citlali Montes Rico. Diego Montoya. John Moore. Kaymen Moore.

- [Teacher] Kyndra Mora. Niya Mora. David Morales. Jazel Morinia. Janine Morris. Zenzi Morris. Michael Moss. Jordyn Munoz. Morgan Nakai. Samantha Narvaez. Joshua Nelson. Sandy Nguyen. Bich Nguyen. Diana Nguyen. Diana T. Nguyen. Jack Nguyen. Lam Nguyen. Tien Nguyen. Joyce Norton. Marcus Olgin. Kinley Oneal. Jayleen Padilla. Ijane Parker. Adriana Pas.

- [Teacher] Julian Perez. Savannah Perrone. Laura Peters. Bruce Phifer. Nigone Phommachack. Jalen Pino. Quintin Pino. Shayanne Pinto. Salma Ponce Ramos. Desae Quillen. Omar Raad. Jaime Ramirez. Karla Ramos. Gisselle Rascon. Perla Risueno. Hannah Robbs. Janeli Rodriguez. Destiny Rolle. Xiamara Romaniz-Aguilar. Jessie Romero. Louis Romero. Avrielle Rowe. Kyala Russell-Owens. Glen Antonio Rutherford.

- [Teacher] Nolan Salazar. Anmol Sandhu. James Sandoval. Victor Sandoval. Fernando Sarabillo. Melody Scolis. Katrina Scott. Rohan Sena. Marissa Sena. Gisselle Serrato. Sydney Simpson. Reese Smith. Cody Smith. Tavian Sneddy. Ashley Steen. Ryan Suazo. Manoj Subedi. Madison Thomison. Kiona Tinney. Jaden Titus. Tina Toa Rosa Torres Garcia. Valerie Tran. Vukha Tran.

- [Teacher] Juliana Jules Tsosie. Destiny Ulibarri. Martin Urbieta. Alberto AJ Urqueta. Jaylena Van Etten. Chadae Velasquez. Maya Vo. Natosh'Ja Wagner. Austin Walker. Amber Weaver. Jack West. Zachary West. Tanner White. Kaitlyn Whiting. Alexandria Williams. Breanna Williams. Zachary Willis. Aurora Winchell. Brandon Wolff. Britney Woods. Lothario Yazi. Cuzcito Zamora. It is now my pleasure to share with the Albuquerque Public School's Board Members the graduates before you have met all of the graduation requirement set forth by the Albuquerque Public School Board of Education along with the New Mexico Public Education Department. To you, I present the Class of 2019.

BOARD MEMBER CANDELARIA PATTERSON: On behalf of the APS Board of Education, we accept the Mazano Class of 2019!

BOARD MEMBER BARBARA PETERSEN: Congratulations.

- It's us, now.

- You guys now.

- Thank you. I don't know why they did that.

EDWARD GRIFFIN: Okay in a moment, the seniors will recess to receive their diplomas. We request that all family members and guests remain seated until the final graduate has recessed.

BRIANA MATHIS: Upon the conclusion of the commencement ceremony, graduates will be escorted to the post commencement meet and greet site located at the Creative Arts parking lot, southwest of Tingley Coliseum. You may enter the meet and greet site by exiting through the west doors. You are welcome to gather and share in the commemoration of the academic achievement of the graduates. But I'm kindly reminded to share a brief congratulations then move to personal celebrations. To the Class of 2019, I would like to say to you that the memories we have shared throughout the high school will always be deep within our hearts. Now as our final act of unity, we will follow the Manzano tradition that the class move their tassels together. Will you please stand? You're stood already. Please move your tassels with me from right to left.

- [Seniors] Woo!

BRIANA MATHIS: Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the Class of 2019.

Commencement Program

  • Processional: "Pomp and Circumstance," Edward Elgar. Performed by the Manzano Symphony Band under the direction of Phil Perez
  • Presentation of Colors: Manzano High School NJROTC, Commander Michael Beno, United States Navy, Retired
  • "National Anthem," Francis Scott Key. Performed by the Manzano Concert Choir under the direction of Dr. Daniel Cummings
  • Welcome: Brianna Mathis, Student Body President and Edward Griffin, Student Body Vice-President
  • Address to the Candidates: Dr. Karen Webb, Principal
  • Student Address:
    • Faith Lopez, Valedictorian
    • Rebecca Tresise, Salutatorian
    • Brianna Mathis, Student Body President
  • “I Will Always Remember You,” Hannah Montana and Jazel Morinia
  • Recommendation of the Class 2019: Dr. Karen Webb, Principal
  • Acceptance of the Class 2019: Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education
  • Presentation of Diplomas: Karen Webb, Principal; Jason Sanchez, Assistant Principal; Arvis Vonner, Assistant Principal; Dean Leh, Assistant Principal
  • Closing: Student Body Officers
  • Recessional: "Grand March," Manzano Symphony Band under the direction of Phil Perez

Graduates

2019 List of Graduates (PDF)

Top Ten Students (Listed Alphabetically)

  • Katelyn E. Alam
  • Alyssa C. Aragon
  • Faith E. Lopez, Valedictorian
  • Ian K. May
  • Samantha C. Minchak
  • Thomas C. Minchak
  • Matthew L. Morse
  • Vivienne S. Stitelman
  • Rebecca Z. Tresise, Salutatorian
  • Libby N. Zamora