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Albuquerque Public Schools Graduation 2019

Transition Services Class of 2019

Monday, May 13 at 4:30 p.m.
Berna Facio Professional Development Complex

"Working Towards Greatness! Expect Greatness in Yourself and Inspire it in Others."

Transition Services Graduation Transcript

PAMELA SANDOVAL: Oh think it's on, hello, okay. Welcome everybody, we're gonna be starting here in just a minute. We are very excited about our graduates this year, we have a wonderful group that we have some exciting speakers for you. The students I think are ready to come in, so let's all rise for the graduating class of 2019. Okay, go ahead.

("Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen plays in background) ♪ I've paid my dues ♪ ♪ Time after time ♪

PAMELA SANDOVAL: Is it louder? ♪ I've done my sentence ♪ ♪ But committed no crime ♪ ♪ And bad mistakes ♪

PAMELA SANDOVAL: Yay graduates.

♪ I've made a few ♪ ♪ I've had my share of sand kicked in my face ♪ ♪ But I've come through ♪ ♪ And I need to go on and on, and on, and on ♪ ♪ We are the champions, my friends ♪ ♪ And we'll keep on fighting 'til the end ♪ ♪ We are the champions ♪ ♪ We are the champions ♪ ♪ No time for losers ♪ ♪ 'Cause we are the champions of the world ♪

PAMELA SANDOVAL: Okay, please be seated. Welcome to everyone, graduates and families and friends. We are here to honor and celebrate the graduating class of 2019, let's give a big round of applause for our students one more time, yay. Graduates you have now reached a milestone in your journey in life. You have finished your public school. As you know your life is gonna continue on always reaching for your goals, trying new things as you move forward. Some of you will be going on to more school, some of you will be finding jobs or careers or are in jobs or careers. Staying connected with your friends and discovering new ones. Finding activities in the community that excite you. There's a big world out there. We here at Transition Services are fortunate to have been a part of your life for a while and to have tried to help you with your goals and dreams. We are very fortunate to have known each and every one of you as lovely adults. There are people who have been with you through all the events in your life up until now and will be with you as you travel on in life. These are your families and friends, and we would like to recognize them and thank them. Nobody can make it out in the world alone and how fortunate we all are to have family and friends to be there in the good times and to help us out in the hard times. We would also like to recognize and thank, The Adult Agency providers, employers, and other community members that are here tonight. We thank you for all the opportunities you give, your patience and your support of these young people, people like you make Albuquerque a wonderful place to live. Last but not least, a huge big thank you to Karen Krall, our principal, for her administrative leadership. As we help our students move forward, you help our program to move forward. I would like to now introduce and welcome our dignitaries that are attending the ceremony. Our APS Board of Education president, Dr. David Peercy. APS District for Board of Education member Barbara Peterson. APS Leadership, Lucinda Sanchez, Associate Superintendent for Special Education. Shelly Green, the Executive Director for Student Parent and Employee Service Center. And now it's time for our graduate speakers of the evening. All the students have been with Access and CTAP for a few years now and they have worked very very hard on their own personal goals as well as their speeches and we are very proud of them. Our first speaker is Aaron Homer. Aaron has been in the CTAP program for three years and has been an absolute joy. As you will hear in his speech, Aaron is very busy with his life outside of CTAP and is ready and excited to get out into the world, please welcome Aaron.

AARON HOMER: Hi, my name is Aaron Homer. And I'm a person with down syndrome. You may see my disability but I'm here to tell you much more on that. I graduated from Highland High School in 2016, I participated in a regular classes in science. I'm in computers and even was part of the wrestling team in my first semester. I have worked Texas Roadhouse for almost two years and I love my job. I'm always smiling while I work. I worked hard, playing hard. I work at various places through APS CTAP program. I have worked Manzano Mesa Community Center, APS Food Nutrition and APS Clothing Bank. I always put my best all I do. I ride the sun van instead of my own rides. I worked in the community volunteering with my church. I attended the prom and danced the night away. I'm a godfather, I love my goddaughter Nova and I'd do anything for her. I attended four down syndrome conferences and will be a guest speaker for the youth in 2020, in New Orleans, I even met some other stars, so also born this way. I participate in special Olympics and I have won five gold medals, two bronze medals and six ribbons. I have honored at the local basketball game as a special olympian. I write music, love sports, I travel and I got to meet my favorite quarter-back Kirk Cousins. I work out everyday with my provider Anthony and we have developed a speech together. He's like my big brother. So now you see I'm just like you and I have never let my disabilities stop me from achieving in greatness and I inspire you to do the same, thank you.

PAMELA SANDOVAL: Thank you so much Aaron that was a wonderful presentation. Our next speaker is Madison Nelson. Yay Maddy! Maddy has been at Transition Services for two years now. Maddy is a very responsible, organized and kind young lady. She has truly become an independent and self-sufficient individual. We are so happy to have had her in our program and we are extremely proud of all her accomplishments. She is a waitress now at Restoration Pizza and she will be dearly missed, Maddy.

MADISON NELSON: Hello, my name is Madison D Nelson, I am 22 years old and I've have been in APS since I was very little, and I would like to thank my teacher Avalon Traub, she is like a second mother to me. She has been helping me to become an independent young lady. And I would like to thank Mark Chavez for everything he has done for me to make me feel like a family unit. I would like to thank Pamela J Sandoval the head teacher because she accepted me into her program when I heard about it and wanted to be in the program. I came to Transition Services when I was 20 years old and I'm now 22 years old. The first time that I came to Transition Services, I was very shy towards new people and now I'm not that shy anymore. My favorite part of CTAP is when our class took a tour of the Albuquerque Fire Department we had a lot of fun. Now that I am graduating from APS. I am very happy to have a waitressing job at Restoration Pizza. I will also start my animal humane volunteer position where I get to play with the cats. I have learned a lot at CTAP and I am going to miss my friends that I have made such as Destiny Savage, Cassandra Dipito and Lesley Hermosillo. I would like to thank my family such as my mom, my stepdad, my sisters, stepsister Lori Elias, my brother Taylor, my two dogs Farley and Goofball for the support and love. I hope the class of 2019 has the best of luck! 2019, we did it, thank you. Madison D Nelson.

PAMELA SANDOVAL: Yay Maddy, you were wonderful. Thank you so much Maddy that was wonderful. Our next speaker is Duy Nguyen. Duy, has been with CTAP for three years. He is a social butterfly and has a way of making everyone around him smile. His personality is one of a kind and completely unforgettable. Needless to say, CTAP has never had a dull day or an event with Duy around. It is been such a joy to have him here at Transition Services and we are so proud of him. Duy is also going to be working at Restoration Pizza as a pizza maker. Okay Duy.

DUY NGUYEN: Hello my name is Duy Nguyen! I went to Eldorado high school. I'm in CTAP for three years. My teachers are Mark and Avalon, they've been amazing. They helped me a lot, they helped and getting my dream job. I work at Barelas Senior Center and Teachers Toolbox, and I go to class with Robert and Eddie for two days a week. There I work on my cooking skills too. And this summer I'm excited to go to camping with Robert and Eddie group, so I really excited too. And I'm a head of food runner and waiter at Restoration Pizza and Bosque Brewing. Then I hope I keep this job for a very long time. That about CTAP, anyone is like a family. They taught me about job skills, becoming independent, and ride sun van. After CTAP, graduated, and I hope and I attend University of TCU. And I wanna thank all of my teachers for they done for me. Good luck my fellow graduates of 2019. And I hope all to follow your dreams.

PAMELA SANDOVAL: Wanna say go patriots?

DUY: No.

PAMELA SANDOVAL: Okay.

PAMELA SANDOVAL: Thank you Duy! Our next speaker is a lovely young lady, Arazeli Duran. Arazeli has been committed and a dedicated student for several years and is a true standout in our program. She has a great appreciation of what it takes to truly make the best out of life and is gonna continue on the path of progress. She has an outstanding vision of the future with a desire to contribute to the better good of humanity. Besides that, she has participated in Mandy's farm, dances at Keshet and is currently working at Joliesse Chocolate where she helps to prepare and package handcrafted, artisan chocolates. Her employer has expressed, she's the first employee to always have a smile when showing up to work and she brightens their lives on a daily basis. So please welcome the lovely, Maria Arazeli Duran.

- Thanks.

- Okay, I love you.

MARIA ARAZELI DURAN: Good evening to all our families and friends. Thank you for join us tonight at the graduation. First, I would like to thank the teacher, my teacher, that have helped us so much along the ways. Laura, Mark and Judy, thank you for our hard work.

PAMELA SANDOVAL: And dedication.

MARIA ARAZELI DURAN: Dedication to us.

PAMELA SANDOVAL: Secondly.

MARIA ARAZELI DURAN: Secondly, I will like to thank our employer, Joliesse Chocolate, Savers and the Clothing Bank and others businesses that help us gain so much work--

PAMELA SANDOVAL: Experience.

MARIA ARAZELI DURAN: Experience, thank you!

PAMELA SANDOVAL: Additionally.

MARIA ARAZELI DURAN: Additionally, I will like to say to my classmates, thank you for your friendship.

PAMELA SANDOVAL: Companionship.

MARIA ARAZELI DURAN: Companionship and being awesome people. But last but not least, I thank our families and friends for never giving up on us. Thank you Mom for you have done for me, love you. Thank you once again family and friends to joining us here tonight.

PAMELA SANDOVAL: Thank you, my Arazeli, oh my gosh that was gorgeous, you did a wonderful job, you did wonderful. Oh my goodness, we have some wonderful graduates. And our last speaker is Efrain Lopez, Efrain come on up. Andrea. It is my pleasure to introduce our next graduate speaker, Mr. Efrain Lopez. Efrain came to Transition Services after graduating from Volcano Vista High School. He came to us with a dream to follow his father's footsteps to become a commercial truck driver. With Efrain's dedication, coupled with guidance from his transition team, he has accomplished his dream. Efrain has earned his CDL license and he is driving for UPS. Please help me welcome a wonderful, kind, dedicated young man Mr. Efrain Lopez.

ANDREA DURAN: It's okay, take your time, you're okay.

EFRAIN LOPEZ: Hi, my name is Efrain Lopez, I'm 22 years old. I'm currently working at UPS as a pre-loader. I've been working there for two years and seven months. I been graduated from Volcano Vista in May of 2016. My family decide to put me in Transition Services, was the best program from me. When they knew this program will help me and prepare for my future and reach my goal I had in place. I had started Transition Services in Fall of 2016 and I have passed my CDL on January the 25th, 2019. It took me three years to get my license. I have a lot of challenges and barrier to overcome before reaching my goal. With the help Andrea Duran, I was able to reach my goal. Mrs. Andrea spent hours training me and helping me connect to right.

ANDREA DURAN: Organization.

EFRAIN LOPEZ: Organization such as CNM and DVR to pass my CDL. She stood beside me and encouraged me to never give up my dreams. I truly though I would never reach my goal. I had a lot of support or process from my parents, my sisters, DVR, CNM and Transition Services. I was able to pass the test and reach my goal. Now I want to apply now that I have my CDL license, my next step is to apply full-time job as a driver, UPS delivery driver. My next goal in life is build my own house and hope I can buy my dream car which is a 2014 Ford Shelby GT 500 with a 5.8 supercharge. I like want one like black and red stripes. Thank you for all the support, Andrea Duran, Michael DeTimmerman, Josie Izzi, Jennifer Nuanez, Shannon Sanchez from CNM and Cheryl Burns from DVR. Thank you.

PAMELA SANDOVAL: Thank you. Thank you so much Efrain. Alright, we're gonna be showing a slideshow of our students, so let's go ahead and stand up graduates. And they're gonna be sitting in the back, so that they can see it also. So go ahead Luke, I'm sorry, Aaron you go ahead and come first. Maddy, let's go ahead and follow. Luke, go ahead, come, go ahead Luke. Thank you, alright you guys. Okay they're gonna be getting seated in the back and getting ready to see the slideshow and then get lined up for receiving their diplomas.

CHRISTIAN WYLIE: Give my lunch speech after that?

PAMELA SANDOVAL: Okay, we'll see, Christian, okay.

KAREN KRALL: I'll go sit on the side.

PAMELA SANDOVAL: Okay, yeah. Okay this is a real fun part of our ceremony, we have a wonderful slideshow put together by Robert Burnet, one of our teachers. He has done an amazing job of putting together slides of all the graduates that are here tonight. They've been taken over the years while the students were in our program. We are going to have the students sit in the last row. I just wanted to take a minute while they're getting seated to tell you how much we appreciate all of our community agencies and tour employers that had been so great to work with. We have students in so many different places and this community is such welcome place for all of our students, so we're very very happy about that. Alright, I think we're ready for the slideshow.

- [Man] Volume!

PAMELA SANDOVAL: There's music? Do you guys have music up there? Okay.

(Student slideshow plays) ("Real Good Feeling" by Epic Rock) ♪ I woke up feeling like this gonna be my day ♪ ♪ I've got that poppin' fire every step I take ♪ ♪ Living that wild life not stopping now no way ♪ ♪ Just seeing green lights won't ever touch the brakes ♪ ♪ Let me tell you something, Let me tell you something ♪ ♪ Let me tell you something, Let me tell you something ♪ ♪ Right now, right now, right now, right now ♪ ♪ Got a real good feeling, got a real good feeling ♪ ♪ Like there is lighting deep in my bones ♪ ♪ Got a real good feeling, I won't hit no ceiling ♪ ♪ I'm going higher than I've ever known ♪ ♪ Got a real good feelin' ♪ ♪ This place is jumping off, hot as it can get ♪ ♪ No we won't ever stop dancing on the edge ♪ ♪ We like it dangerous, we like to see you sweat ♪ ♪ Turn up a another notch you aint seen nothing yet ♪ ♪ Let me tell you something, Let me tell you something ♪ ♪ Let me tell you something, Let me tell you something ♪ ♪ Right now, right now, right now, right now ♪ ♪ Got a real good feeling, got a real good feeling ♪ ♪ Like there is lighting deep in my bones ♪ ♪ Got a real good feeling, I won't hit no ceiling ♪ ♪ I'm going higher than I've ever known ♪ ♪ Got a real good feeling, I won't hit no ceiling ♪ ♪ Like there is lighting deep in my bones ♪ ♪ Got a real good feeling, I won't hit no ceiling ♪ I'm going higher than I've ever known Got a real good feelin' ♪ ("Firework" by Katy Perry) ♪ Do you ever feel like a plastic bag ♪ ♪ Drifting through the wind wanting to start again ♪ ♪ Do you ever feel, feel so paper-thin ♪ ♪ Like a house of cards ♪ ♪ One blow from caving in ♪ ♪ Do you ever feel already buried deep ♪ ♪ Six feet under screams but no one seems to hear a thing ♪ ♪ Do you know that there's still a chance for you ♪ ♪ 'Cause there's a spark in you ♪ ♪ You just gotta ignite the light ♪ ♪ And let it shine just own the night ♪ ♪ Like the Fourth of July ♪ ♪ 'Cause baby, you're a firework ♪ ♪ Come on show them what you're worth ♪ ♪ Make 'em go, oh, oh, oh ♪ ♪ As you shoot across the sky ♪ ♪ Baby, you're a firework ♪ ♪ Come on let your colors burst ♪ ♪ Make 'em go, oh, oh, oh ♪ ♪ You're gonna leave before they know ♪ ♪ You don't have to feel like a waste of space ♪ ♪ You're original, cannot be replaced ♪ ♪ If you only knew what the future holds ♪ ♪ After a hurricane comes a rainbow ♪ ♪ Maybe the reason why all the doors are closed ♪ ♪ So you could open one that leads you to the perfect road ♪ ♪ Like a lightning bolt your heart will glow ♪ ♪ And when it's time you know ♪ ♪ You just gotta ignite the light ♪ ♪ And let it shine just own the night ♪ ♪ Like the Fourth of July ♪ ♪ 'Cause baby, you're a firework ♪ ♪ Come on show them what you're worth ♪ ♪ Make 'em go, oh, oh, oh ♪ ♪ As you shoot across the sky ♪ ♪ Baby, you're a firework ♪ ♪ Come on let your colors burst ♪ ♪ Make 'em go, oh, oh, oh ♪ ♪ You're gonna leave before they know ♪

PAMELA SANDOVAL: These are just some of our community partners that we work with. And now I'm gonna introduce our principal, Ms. Karen Krall.

KAREN KRALL: Welcome everyone, we're so glad you could join us on this special day for our graduates. Did you notice our program covers? The designs were created by our very own students. Duy Nguyen, Angel Pucetti- Deater, Christian Wylie and Mark Vasquez. Join me in saying a good job, Duy, Angel, Christian and Mark. I would also like to thank several members of my team and I have to say this is my first year as principal at Transition Services and I have an awesome set of teams. CTAP, Access, Project Search, every teacher, support person, every CSL, every EA, I'm very proud of them. But I especially want to reach out to the graduation committee who work so hard on preparing this ceremony. Kyle Decker, Robert Burnett and Pam Sandoval, thank you. Now very few words about our graduates. We're extremely proud today of your accomplishments, your successes, your perseverance. We wish for you continued success. May your experiences that you've had here with us here at community based Transition Services be used to accomplish your future goals. Congratulations, class of 2019. Board members, Dr. Peercy and Barbara Peterson, I would like to present to you the class of 2019. They have met all the graduation requirements set forth by the Albuquerque Public School's Board of Education, along with New Mexico Board of Education Department. To you I present the class of 2019.

BOARD MEMBER DAVID PEERCY: I'm gonna wait until the graduating class gets up here. Yeah, I'm just waiting until they can get kinda set. Typically we don't give speeches to this kind of occasion. We just accept the class but I wanna let you know that we are very proud of you graduates. You all have a persistence and a grit that is really important. It's important for all our graduates to have grit and persistence but particularly these graduates are what I call representative of what we need to aspire to. So on behalf of the Albuquerque Public School Board of Education, it's Barb and my great honor to accept this graduating class of 2019 from Transition Services, let's give 'em all a big applause.

BOARD MEMBER BARBARA PETERSON: Congratulations.

PAMELA SANDOVAL: Okay, are you ready? Alright, our very first graduate of the evening, Shatton B Armstrong.

- [Woman] Will you hand it to him?

- [Man] Okay.

PAMELA SANDOVAL: Maria Arazeli Duran. Antonio Escobedo. Jose Gaytan. Leslie Hare.

- [Man] Let's go Leslie!

PAMELA SANDOVAL: In her beautiful outfit from the Zuni Pueblo, oh my goodness. Our next graduate, Lesley Guadalupe, I have been practicing this, Hermosillo Venegas. Meet Lesley, a very fashionable and kind young lady. She has working at Forever 21 for a year now and we couldn't be more proud of her. Congratulations Lesley, best of luck in the future. Our next graduate, Aaron T Homer. Aaron is a huge success in everything he does, he is ready to move on from CTAP into his adult life where he has already a competitive job and a great team around him for support. Luke King. Luke is a hardworking and determined and is destined for great things. Our time with Luke was not nearly long enough to take in all of his unique qualities. Luke plans to get into workforce and study to become a certified welder. Jesus Loeza. Jesus is the best dressed guy in all Transition Services. He is always dressed for success with an attitude to match. Efrain Lopez. Efrain is a kind, hardworking young man and he perseveres and is willing to do whatever is takes to achieve his goals. Santana Montoya. Santana is a sweet, lovable young lady. She loves being in the community and enjoys helping out in any way she can. Our next graduate, thank you, Madison D Nelson. Madison is truly such a wonderful and talented young lady and we are so proud of all of her accomplishments that she has achieved, you rock Maddy! Keep up the good work and we look forward to visiting you at Restoration Pizza. And our next graduate, Duy Nguyen. Duy, Duy, Duy. We have had the pleasure of working with Duy for three years now and we cannot believe he is graduating. Congrats to all your successes, including your new job as a pizza maker. We wish you the best. Angelica Pucetti-Deater. Angel has an excellent attitude and is eager to try new things. She is interested in film editing and hopes to work in that field someday. She also is very active in dog shows with her mom. Jose Sanchez del Rio. Jose has worked several jobs and has finally found a home at El Super, as a courtesy clerk where he is well liked and doing a wonderful job. He isn't the least bit shy and has found the perfect job that matches his interests and has a wonderful employer. Our next graduate is Jacen Christopher Silva. Jacen is Mr. Reliable, you can always count on him to get the job done right the first and to make sure nobody else has made any mistakes. Our next graduate is Brandon Smith. Brandon is, Tony, his teacher's right hand man for the past three years. One of the hardest workers Tony has ever come across. Brandon is always the first to start working and the last one to stop. He will be an asset to any job he attains. Our next graduate is Martin Torres. For five years, Martin has secured a job at Albertsons as the courtesy clerk. He will continue to work toward getting his driver's license. We will miss his sports talks, his fun personality and we wish him the best. Mark Vasquez. Mark puts a lot of pride and strong work ethic into his job at Sonic. He's excited to work towards his food handler's license and has shown independence by driving in his community. We wish him the best in the future also. Our next graduate is Gabe Velasquez. Gabe is always almost willing to lend a hand when someone is in need of help. When he puts his mind to something, nothing stands in his way. We wish him the best as he continues to explore and identify his limited talents. And last but not least, Christian Wylie.

- Thank you, thank you, look at that!

PAMELA SANDOVAL: Christian has limitless creativity and artistic ability. He's adventurous and willing to try new things which have led him on to the path of his job at Kelly Joe Designs. Keep an eye out for his name, one day his art may be on display in some of the great art galleries. Congratulations Christian. Okay, okay. Students, parents and families, just so that you know, the students are gonna be going out into the patio to take a group photo which all of you can get through the photos. We had the students fill out cards with email addresses and phone numbers so that you'll be getting calls from the photographers about proofs. So congratulations again to our graduates of 2019. Everyone please enjoy this very special evening and please rise for the recessional of the graduates.

("Celebration" by Kool and The Gang)  ♪ Yahoo! ♪ ♪ This is your celebration ♪ ♪ Yahoo! ♪ ♪ This is your celebration ♪ ♪ Celebrate good times, come on ♪ ♪ Celebrate good times, come on ♪

CHRISTIAN WYLIE: Thank you all for graduating me, thank you for helping me with that bird house and all you up there.

PAMELA SANDOVAL: Alright, they're about leave. ♪ So bring your good times, and your laughter too ♪

PAMELA SANDOVAL: Oh my goodness, is it? ♪ Come on now ♪ ♪ Celebration ♪ ♪ Let's all celebrate and have a good time ♪ ♪ Celebration ♪ ♪ We gonna celebrate and have a good time ♪ ♪ It's time to come together ♪ ♪ It's up to you, what's your pleasure ♪ ♪ Everyone around the world come on ♪ ♪ Yahoo ♪ ♪ It's a celebration ♪

Graduates

2019 List of Graduates (PDF)

Commencement Program

  • Processional: Graduating Class of 2019
  • Welcome: Pamela Sandoval
  • Student Speakers:
    • Aaron Homer
    • Madison Nelson
    • Duy Nguyen
    • Arazeli Duran
    • Efrain Lopez
  • Honoring our Graduates: Graduates honored in a multi-media presentation. 
  • Presentation of Diplomas: Karen Krall
  • Closing and Recessional

Special Thanks

Special thanks for Mark Vasquez and Duy Nguyen for their illustrations in the Commencement program.