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Sandia High School

Albuquerque Public Schools Graduation 2019

Sandia High School Class of 2019

Saturday, May 18 at 10:30 a.m.
Tingley Coliseum at Expo New Mexico

Sandia Graduation Transcript

(crowd murmuring)

LARRY D'ANZA: Good morning, and welcome. Today we are here to honor every graduate. Many friends and family members have traveled far to honor their graduates. Please refrain from excessive cheering and the use of noise makers so that every graduate's name may be heard and honored by family and friends. Sandia High School thanks you for respecting the dignity of the ceremony. Let us all please stand and welcome the class of 2019.

(audience cheering)

("Pomp and Circumstance")

(audience applauding)

Please remain standing for the presentation of colors by the Sandia High School Air Force Junior ROTC under the direction of Captain David Plaster and Senior Master Sergeant Joe Britton. The National Anthem will be sung by the Sandia Choir. It is the tradition at Sandia High School that we stand in silence, gentlemen please remove your hats, and please remain standing until the colors have left the floor.

♪ 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 rockets' red glare ♪ ♪ Rockets' red glare ♪

♪ The bombs bursting in air ♪ ♪ 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 ♪

(audience applauding and cheering)

(muffled speaking)

(audience applauding)

LARRY D'ANZA: Seniors, please be seated. At this time, I want to introduce Senior Class President AJ Saiz-Ortiz, Vice President Tyler Shepherd, and Secretary Shea McEvoy.

(audience applauding)

AJ SAIZ-ORTIZ: Good morning. The class of 2019 would like to extend a special welcome to our honored guests. Please stand when I introduce you. Audience, please hold your applause until all guests have been introduced.

APS Board Member, Ms. Elizabeth Armijo.

APS Board Member, Dr. David Peercy.

Associate Superintendent for Zone 4, Troy Hughes.

APS Leadership Team Member, Mr. Todd Torgerson.

And Sandia High School Principal, Mr. Larry D'Anza.

TYLER SHEPHERD: Sandia Vice Principals, Ms. Camille Gonzalez,

Ms. Amy Lissick,

Ms. Frances Chavez,

Ms. Mary Cade.

Sandia Athletic Director, Mr. Brian Weems.

Our class sponsors and readers for today,

Ms. Kathy Browning,

Ms. AnneMae Gold,

Mr. Charles Steele.

And offstage, Sandia Activities Director, Ms. Ann Holmes.

In addition, we would like to thank our school counselors who are here with us today to present flowers to each senior.

SHEA MCEVOY: We would also like to recognize and thank all of our distinguished and talented faculty members here with us today, and ask them to please stand.

(audience applauding)

I will now introduce our valedictorians for the class of 2019. First we have Alyssa West.

(audience applauding and cheering)

ALYSSA WEST: Okay. As I look out at all of you today, my dear friends and classmates of Sandia High School, you know what I see for our future? I see a whole lot of student loans and absolutely no social security benefits.

(audience laughing)

In all honesty, I see a generation that is being thrown into a political, environmental, and social hurricane and that is being told by our predecessors that we are too lazy, too self absorbed, and too addicted to those darn cell phones to claw our way out. But more importantly, I see a strong, intelligent, innovative group of people who, by joining together in the complete and diverse beauty of unity, through the power of our Creator, will find a way to be the answer to the extensive challenges facing our society.

You might feel insecure right now, as though you are incapable of achieving success in whatever path of life you may choose, but honestly, we all feel that way at one point or another. The important thing is that we are never alone. Throughout my time at Sandia, I have felt completely insufficient countless times, but it was in those moments that I felt the power of my community the strongest as people like my family, and Aniela, Lorenzo, Naima, Courtenay, Erin, and so many more came together to support me. So maybe it is true that we are a lost group of kids, facing obscene obstacles and challenges that no generation before us has had to overcome, but I see that as an opportunity to prove our value, creativity, and intellect like no generation before us has been required to do.

We will accomplish more than we could ever imagine by cherishing the immense importance of the families that we have been blessed with, by seeking out the roots of injustices both in our communities and around the world, and by utilizing these darn cell phones and other such new technologies in order to discover real-world solutions to the environmental and social problems facing our world. If we love each other despite our differences, if we seek truth in the midst of all the lies, and if we sacrifice our selfishness and comfort for the betterment of those in need, there is no challenge that we will not be able to overcome, even something as hard as sitting in front of Michael during English class.

Together, we will stand strong. Wherever we go from here, we will be the light in this dark world and we will not be shaken. Thank you all so much, God bless you and keep you as you embark upon this journey in this next season of your life.

(audience applauding)

SHEA MCEVOY: Kiana Frederick from our IB program.

(audience applauding)

KIANA FREDERICK: Parents, friends, teachers, mentors, administrators, and of course, the graduating class of 2019, we did it. Let me start off by saying this speech will be blunt. I'm not going to give advice on how to be successful in life. There's plenty of older, wiser, more educated people who can give better advice, Mr. Beck. And maybe when I'm 60 and hopefully well off, I can give that advice, too. However, I wouldn't be up here today if I hadn't learned a thing or two the past 18 years. And I'm not talking about the quadratic equation or the cell cycle. 

So here are 10 things I've learned. Number one, a number, ACT or GPA might be important, but it doesn't define your intelligence or your future. 

Two, what makes you gifted or talented is not straight A's in school, but a different way of looking at the world and learning.

Number three, sometimes you get everything you want in life and realize that it's not enough.

Number four, being popular and being a leader are two very different things, and I hope by now you are beginning to figure this out.

Number five, no is a complete sentence. You do not have to justify every decision you make and ask for others' approval.

Number six, you do not have to hold your tongue. It's okay to voice an opinion, even if it's controversial, as long as it is done with respect and reason.

Number seven, do not let others take credit for your successes, but give credit where credit is due. So thank you to the teachers and administration who have helped us get here today, and thank you to my mom, dad, and little brother Jared for supporting me along my journey to success.

Number eight, there is a difference between giving up and knowing when you've had enough.

Number nine, there is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs.

And number 10, education is more than going to school and getting a degree. It's about widening your knowledge and absorbing the truth in life. While I may not fully understand how to do my taxes, what a credit score really is, or even the best investments to make, I do understand that every experience we've been presented with is a learning experience. And as we go our separate ways, dream big, work hard, and most importantly, always have faith in yourself.

Thank you.

(audience applauding)

SHEA MCEVOY: Olivia Nail-Beatty from our IB program.

(audience applauding)

OLIVIA NAIL-BEATTY: Hey, guys, I just wanted to start this off by saying whoo-hoo, we made it. But before you clap, don't clap yet, I have two minutes to sum up our high school career and our entire future. So let's go back to the basics, the alphabet.

A is for academics and achievements and all the world that's in front of us.

B is for belief that got us through, from ourselves, family, and teachers, too.

C is for celebration and counting our blessings.

And D is for that one drinking fountain in admin that everybody likes. And you know, also determination and our dreams for the future and everything.

And E is for the experiments and for our experiences and also those energy drinks right before exams.

F is for fears overcome, the support of our family, and from our friends, and now for our future.

G is for growth and gratitude and also the gross Yucca bathrooms, let's be real.

H is for heroes who finished high school.

And I is for ideas, intelligence, and the individuals we're all growing into.

J is for everything we juggled and the jump we're about to take.

K is for kill, because we killed it, guys.

L is for lockers and lunches and lowriders that couldn't quite make it over those speed bumps in senior lot, and also for the new lives in front of us.

M is for Matador, because after all, we're one in a melon.

N is for never giving up, ole!

P is for our principal and for our principles, and you know, also prom.

Q is for quizzes we weren't quite prepared for and for quick questions.

R is remembering the time that we had here.

And S is for the Sandia Senior Song, because apparently life is a highway and we're gonna ride it all night long.

T is for trying, which totally paid off today thanks to some teachers.

And U is for you, you did it.

V is for varsity, for victory, and for venturing out of here with our diplomas.

And W is for

♪ We're all in this together ♪

X is for excellence and for extra credit which saved a lot of us.

Y is for Yucca and for all the exercise we got going back and forth, and also for our years at Sandia.

And Z is for the zillions of possibilities in front of us.

Thanks, guys, we did it, now you can clap.

(audience applauding)

SHEA MCEVOY: At this time, the chorus will sing "Climb Every Mountain."

(bright piano music)

♪ Climb every mountain ♪

♪ Search high and low ♪

♪ Follow every byway ♪

♪ Every path you know ♪

♪ Climb every mountain ♪

♪ Ford every stream ♪

♪ Follow every rainbow ♪

♪ Till you find your dream ♪

♪ A dream that will need ♪

♪ All the love you can give ♪ ♪ You can give ♪

♪ Every day of your life ♪

♪ For as long as you live ♪

♪ Climb every mountain ♪

♪ Ford every stream ♪

♪ Follow every rainbow ♪

♪ Till you find your dream ♪

♪ A dream that will need ♪

♪ All the love you can give ♪ ♪ You can give ♪

♪ Every day of your life ♪

♪ For as long as you live ♪

♪ Climb every mountain ♪

♪ Ford every stream ♪

♪ Follow every rainbow ♪

♪ Till you find ♪

♪ Your dream ♪

♪ Your dream ♪

♪ Your dream ♪

(audience applauding)

SHEA MCEVOY: It now gives me great pleasure to introduce our 2019 Senior Class President, AJ Ortiz.

(audience applauding and cheering)

- [Man] AJ!

AJ ORTIZ: Good morning, and welcome all parents, family, and friends to the graduation for the class of 2019. Well, class of 2019, we made it. First, give yourselves a round of applause for getting here.

(audience applauding)

Now I'm sure not only my classmates, but some of you out there in the audience are probably saying, oh gee, another class president speech. Well, I can't assure you I won't say some of the things that have been said before. But I do know that I will say some of the things that you either never hear or very seldomly hear at all. A little over a year ago, I had someone very close to me graduate, and once they were all said and done, that's the moment I realized that not only my life, but the lives of others around me were going to change drastically. This includes my parents, and especially my classmates. Things were going to change, and it wouldn't be that long before they did. Well, it looks like that day has come before us.

May 18th, 2019, is a day I've always dreamed about and looked forward to, but never thought it would come. As of today, it is here. And after the dust has settled, it will never come back. So I encourage everyone to take it all in and enjoy this great moment bestowed upon us today. The time has come today to get out into the thing we call the big blue world and give it all you got and make the best of the things that come your way. This will be an experience full of excitement, fear, happiness, sadness, and a whole bunch of other emotions rolled up into one.

Now, I'm not here today to sugarcoat things and say things are always going to be great, happy, or easy. I'm here today to give a speech and to give a true speech. I've always been a believer in truth, and I would like to leave not only my classmates, but all of you a little truth today. The thing we call truth is a very hard thing to hear sometimes, but could be just the thing some people need to hear. Through this journey we call life, there will be ups and downs, and not everything is going to be easy. There will be struggles and challenges. And just when you think you got over one, there will always be another. Life is a great thing, but it also throws curve balls and strikes you out sometimes.

The world is a great and broad place with so much to offer. It is waiting out there for all of you. Now, I'm not going to lie. Not all of you will succeed. Some of you will fail and have to work harder than the next person over. But these things such as failure and loss is what makes the success so much sweeter. I wish everyone luck in the journeys they're about to embark on. Looking back on high school and the past 12 years, it's flown by so fast and things have come and gone. After today, they're just memories and things to reflect on. They become stories to remember and relive. Now, I'm sure some of you are sitting out there saying, why would I want to relive high school? Well, maybe not now, but someday you will. Some of you I will never see or hear from again, and that's okay.

(audience laughing)

That's called life, and it leaves a little bit of mystery for you to think about, the mystery of where certain people ended up or the things that they are doing. Wow, it sure is a beautiful sight to see all of you ready and eager to graduate. This moment that we have been training for is finally here. I'm so happy and glad I've gotten to meet so many of you, and I will cherish many memories with lots of you out there. I wouldn't have gotten through high school if it weren't for many of my family, friends, and others. I would like to say thank you to some of them as I close my speech today. Mom, Dad, I love you. Thanks for putting up with me for all these years. Carlos and Dalton, thank you for being by my side. And last but not least, Carlissa, thank you for doing all you do, I love you. So I guess it comes time to say goodbye, Sandia, and goodbye, class of 2019. Thank you for all the memories, hardships, and good times that I will always remember. 

But before I end my speech, I would like to say one more thing. Two little mice fell into a bucket of cream. The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned. The second mouse wouldn't quit. He struggled so hard that eventually he turned that cream into butter and crawled out. Ladies and gentlemen, family and parents, faculty and staff, Ms. Gold, and lastly, the graduating class of 2019, as of today, we are that second mouse. Thank you for listening to my speech, and I have one more thing. As of right now, high school is officially over.

(audience cheering and applauding)

(muffled yelling)

LARRY D'ANZA: Board members Dr. Peercy and Ms. Armijo, I would like to present the class of 2019.

(audience cheering)

They have met all the graduation requirements as set forth by the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education along with the New Mexico Public Education Department. To you I present the class of 2019.

(audience applauding and cheering)

BOARD MEMBER ELIZABETH ARMIJO: On behalf of the APS Board of Education, we accept the 2019 graduating class of Sandia High School. Congratulations.

(audience applauding)

(muffled yelling)

- [Announcer] Shyann Nicole Duarte-Adame.

(audience applauding and cheering)

Adrian Angello Agonizante.

Reaghan F. Allison.

Haneen S. Amer.

Elise R. Anaya.

Aniela M. Aragon.

Leopoldo Aragon III.

Marisa Elena Aragon.

Nyah T. Aragon.

Stephen R. Armijo.

Steven Lawrence Ashby.

Alexander C. Atencio.

Anistasia L. Baca.

- [Announcer] Renee M. Baca.

Claire Marie Baldonado.

Joseph M. Barreras.

Abigail L. Bass.

Nichole F. Batt.

Katriel S. Bawden.

Madison R. Beauchamp.

Jessica G. Bell.

DeAnte J. Bernard.

Rachel E. Berry.

Mathias B. Bertram.

Ana Bhandari.

Nicole A. Bloomfield.

- [Announcer] Gabrianna Bonilla.

Amber Nicole Brack.

Jocelyne Brazfield.

Sapirah Broussard.

Darryl Jordan Bryant.

Shylon M. Buck Elk.

Hai T. Bui.

Alice Burk.

Shea Margaret Burrell.

Austin M. Burt.

Sklar R. Cain.

Rayetta E. Calderon.

Cameron M. Calhoun.

- [Announcer] Claire M. Carter.

Manuel E. Casias.

Seth T. Casias.

Damian Jude Cates.

Joseph S. Cecco.

Julian A. Chavarria.

Elias R. Chavez.

Maya N. Chavez.

Noah Orlando Ciurczak.

Alexandra Marie Clark.

Chase Cullen Connelly.

Steven Cooper.

Latina Angel Cordova.

- [Announcer] Victoria Rose Coverdale.

Connor L. Currier.

Katelyn Madison Dallas.

Autumn M. Dalton.

Lamarr Allen Damon.

Rae'Qkwon Daniels.

Zoe Ameris Davila.

John S. Davis.

Karina De Santiago.

Emily Breanna DeBoo.

Paul K. Dinh.

Darian K. Dixon.

Jasmine E. Dixon.

- [Announcer] Blaizze V. Duke.

Adriana Dukes.

Tugger Tyrann Duran.

Crystal J. Edge.

Paige E. Ellison.

Milka Abigail Espinoza.

Edwin Falcon.

Danny Fang.

Royce Alexander Farmer.

Michael Ryan Farrell.

Ethan Edgar Fenstermacher.

Kaelyn F. Fenstermacher.

Elijah D'Ante Ferguson.

- [Announcer] Robin Armando Fernandez.

Xandria Sahsha Figueroa.

Richard Fonseca.

Skylar Rae Foster.

Kiana R. Frederick.

Bethany Faith Frew.

Hazel A. Galanis Woodward.

Hannah Claire Gallegos.

Vincent P. Gallegos.

Emily M. Ganderton.

Jessica J. Ganley.

Brandon Alexander Garcia.

Serena A. Garcia.

- [Announcer] Venicio C. Garcia.

Sebastian Cole Gionfriddo.

Christopher M. Gomez.

Lorenzo R. Gomez.

Ciarra Grace Gonzales.

Jacob Allen Gonzales.

Christopher Elijah Grayson.

Stanley Charles Grieco III.

Candice Lynn Griego.

Rayne D. Grisson.

Sydney Nicole Groth.

Raelyn L. Guerrero.

Kaia K Guscott.

- [Announcer] Malaina Marie Gustafson.

Carlos Andres Gutierrez.

Devin J. Gwynn.

Echo Nichole Halbert.

Taylor Sage Hall.

Samantha Jane Moran Hampshire.

Alexea Theresa-Darlene Hanson.

Kensley Harmon.

Carena J. Harrison.

Maxwell J. Hawton.

Ella L. Haynes.

Olivia Isabella Hemenway.

Nadia E. Hennigan.

- [Announcer] Asjann M. Hentsch.

Michael B. Hess.

Lillian N. Heuertz.

Jonathan A. Higuera.

Joe F. Holian.

Hailee Lauren Hoskie.

Colin J. Howard.

Ali Munadhil Hussein.

Justin M. Husted.

Gavin Thomas Jahn.

Sabrina Rae Jaramillo-Romero.

Sierra Marie Jewell.

Trazon Tyrik Jimerson.

- [Announcer] Michael Luther Johnson.

Naima Lee Johnson.

Jacob Jones.

Kaylamarie Rose Jones.

Noah Gregory Jones.

Jonica Sophie Jordan.

Lucas Michael Jordan.

Dylan Ryan Keck.

Mikaela A. King.

Daniel P. Langley.

Loren L. Lawson.

Imari Rochell Lee.

Alexa Katrin Lees.

- [Announcer] Courtenay Alexandra Leonard.

Celina A. Leos.

Gilberto E. Leyva.

Mariah Nitcholett Livingston.

Gekhari M. Loftis.

Gabriel Thomas Lopez.

Christian A. Lowe.

Rio M. Lucero.

Jacquelyn N. Lujan.

Arianna M. Lumanog.

Ashley Nicole Luna.

Joshua Christian Lyons.

Lori Oishan Ma.

- [Announcer] Brandyn J. Macphee.

Kaitlyn K. Maestas.

Zaida M. Maldonado.

Isaiah G. Marsh.

Carolina Martinez.

Christina Rose Martinez.

Mark B. Martinez.

Joseph J. Martinez Jr.

Amber Kelly Mascarenas.

Zachary E. Mathes.

Seth D. Matteucci.

Aidan M. Matthews.

Kai Bjorn Mattson.

- [Announcer] Shea Abigail McEvoy.

Jemeni Mychal McGee.

Taiya Aspen Rose McKay.

James W McKinney.

Trevor Daniel McMains.

Karissa V. McMullen.

Zoe Dylan Meizlesh.

Valeria Alejandra Mejia.

Madelyn Taylor Melton.

Dylan Michael Membrila. - Come on, Dylan.

- [Announcer] Eric Tod Meyer.

Ibraheim Basel Mheirat.

Stephanie E. Middleton.

- [Announcer] Arianna Marie Miller.

Ian P. Miner.

Juan M. Moguel-Gooden.

Allora Marie Montalvo.

Gabriel Mooney.

Alyssa M. Moraga.

Seth Morgan.

Ariana Irene Morris.

Janna Elaine Morrison.

Marisa Marie Moya.

Nolan Vincent Murphy.

Olivia J. Nail-Beatty.

Evangeline Frances Nanez.

- [Announcer] Shai A. Nau.

Lyndsay Anne Navarette.

Leif A. Nelson.

Taylor Louise Nestor.

Jeffrey C. Neuber.

Serena Renee Nevarez.

Dung T. Nguyen.

Hannah Truc Nguyen.

Lucia M. Noll-Upshaw.

Andreana Marie Nourie.

Anna K. Ogren.

India J. Orlando.

Carlos J. Ortega-Lujan.

- [Announcer] Jaden H. Powell.

Mateo T. Ortiz.

Madison Nicole O'Toole.

Alexis Lauren Padilla.

Ryan K. Patterson.

Nakooma T. Pelt.

Dakota Joe Pena.

Talyn James Perez.

Gary Phillips.

Erin M. Pitcher.

Olivia B. Portillos.

Matthew Prieto.

Nicholas J. Quintana.

- [Announcer] Brianna K. Rivera.

Abraham J. Ramirez.

Ella Sinclair Ransom.

Jaiden Redhouse.

Sophie Gabriella Reynolds. - Yeah, Sophie!

- [Announcer] Keon G. Rhinehart.

Jayda Cassidy Rhodes.

Jonathan Matthew Rivera Jr.

Zirce Robles.

Kara S. Rodeheaver.

Edwind Alexandro Rodelas.

Victoria Carolina Rodriguez.

Leonardo Roldan-Cid.

- [Announcer] Danielle Anne Romero.

Maxwell C. Romero.

Ryan Anthony Romero.

Elena A. Rosales.

Benjamin D. Roscoe.

Renee M. Rose.

Natalie J. Roy.

Antonio M. Rubio.

Celeste Rudolfo.

Kevin Ruiz.

Lea Juanica Sabado.

Morgan Hope Sainz.

Charlie M Saiz.

- [Announcer] Anastacio J. Saiz-Ortiz.

Alyssa Rene Salazar.

Dacia Angelica Salazar.

Awisia Salik.

Julia M. Salvo.

Noah Thomas Samaniego.

Analicia Lynn Sanchez.

Ethan Marcus Sanchez.

Lauren Monica Sanchez.

Laurie Sutherland Sanchez.

Sela Francisca Sanchez.

Yazmin Arielle Sanchez.

Tessa R. Sanders.

Brooklyn Sandoval.

Rodrigo Sarmiento.

Charlene Sattanak.

Jack Ross Augustine Schafer.

Alexandra R. Scott.

Jacob Ryan Segura.

Samantha Aubrey Sena.

Victoria Sena.

Isidro Ricardo Serrano.

Sydney Nicole Settecerri.

Devin R. Shearer.

Briana S. Shell.

Tyler S. Shepherd.

- [Announcer] Spencer Shoberg.

Jonathan T. Shoemaker.

Skyla Rose Sice.

Preet Singh.

Hannah E. Smiset-Ortiz.

Cameron Zachary Smith.

Randy Soumphonphakdy.

Elijah Brooks Stamper.

David Stapleton.

Monique Staub.

Sadie Alexis Steadman.

Carlos W. Steele.

Kinsey Steingreaber.

- [Announcer] Bailey K. Stevens.

Madison Elizabeth Stewart.

Patia-Ann Marie Storey.

Stephen J. Strasser.

Juliet Mary Sturge.

Shannon E. Talley.

Sayli DeAnn Taylor-Dehoyos.

Breanna M. Teschner.

Liam M. Thome.

Keona Florence Tillman.

Andrew AJ Torgerson. - AJ!

- [Announcer] Dylan Torres.

Shayla Kay Torres.

- [Announcer] Diana Le Tran.

Damian Julian Trujillo.

Sean J. Tsikteris. - Sean!

- [Announcer] Jase R. Tsosie.

Makaela J. Tunell.

Jillian McKenna Urbane.

Cierra Janel Venable.

Sydney A Vickers.

Matthew J. Vivian.

Daniel C. Walter.

Jazmine T. Way.

Bryce Weatherford.

Jason D. Weaver.

- [Announcer] Alyssa Joy West.

Joseph M. West.

Jason R. Weston.

Mikayla K. Whitmore.

Aya R. Williams.

Derek Jadon Williams.

Brenna S. Willison.

James W. Winder.

Trevor Alan Wommack.

Karina Adriana Wong.

Jacob Woolsey.

Jazmyn V. Wright.

Madison R. Wyman.

- [Announcer] Zachary Joseph Ybarbo.

Joshua L. Zamarripa.

Brigette M. Zamora.

Aracely Zepeda.

Emma Riley Ziegler.

Giovanni Marcos Zubia.

- [Man] Okay, we messed up two or three.

(audience applauding and cheering)

- [Man] Good job!

(audience applauding) (crowd murmuring)

- [Man] It's hard, I know.

- [Woman] I messed up the easy ones.

- What's that? - I messed up the easy ones.

- [Man] Isn't that funny?

(audience applauding)

- [Man] Yay, yay for us!

- [Man] Are we standing up or sitting down?

Are we standing up or sitting down?

(crowd murmuring)

AJ SAIZ-ORTIZ: Seniors, please stand.

(audience cheering)

It is my honor to command you to move your tassels to the left.

(audience applauding and cheering)

Congratulations, class of 2019, we did it!

(audience applauding and cheering)

("Pomp and Circumstance")

Sandia High Class of 2019 Commencement Information

Platform Guests:

  • APS Leadership: Troy Hughes, Todd Torgerson
  • APS Board Members: Dr. David Peercy, Elizabeth Armijo
  • Sandia High Administration & Staff: Larry D’Anza, Principal; Vice Principals: Camille Gonzalez, Amy Lissick, Frances Chavez, Mary Cade; Brian Weems, Athletic Director; Ann Holmes, Activities Director
  • Class Sponsors and Readers: Kathy Browning, AnneMae Gold, Charles Steele
  • Valedictorians: Alyssa West, Kiana Frederick, Olivia Nail-Beatty

Graduates:

2019 List of Graduates (PDF)

Commencement Program

  • Greetings: Larry D'Anza, Principal
  • Processional: "Pomp and Circumstance," Edward Elgar. Performed by the Wind Ensemble, directed by Tyler North
  • Presentation of Colors: AFJROTC Color Guard, Capt. David Plaster and Sr. Master Sergeant Joe Britton
  • "National Anthem," Francis Scott Key. Performed by the Sandia High School Choir, directed by Molly Chavez
  • Welcome and Introductions: AJ Saiz Ortiz, Class President; Typer Shepherd Class First Vice President; Isabella Ojeda, Class Second Vice President; Shea McEvoy, Class Secretary
  • Valedictorians
  • “Climb Every Mountain,” from The Sound of Music. Performed by the Sandia High School Choir, directed by Molly Chavez with Brenden Laughlin, Accompanist
  • Presentation of Diplomas
  • Post Commencement Meet and Greet: Creative Arts Parking Lot

Special Thanks to:

  • Sandia High School Administration & Staff
  • Sandia Counseling Department
  • Ann Holmes, Activities Director
  • AnneMae Gold, Kathy Browning, and Charles Steele, Class of 2019 Sponsors
  • Members of the APS Board of Education
  • Members of the APS Leadership Team