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West Side students win Sage award

From left, Kelly Oostman of Big Woods Academy, Lauren Dennis of Bosque School, Brianna Gurule of East Mountain High, stand with Gov. Susana Martinez, as well as Tryslyn Campos of Volcano Vista High and Ranjavola Andriamanana of Albuquerque High during the Sage Making a Difference Awards luncheon at Embassy Suites in Albuquerque on Friday. The students were all winners of the 2013 Sage Magazine Make a Difference Award. (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal)
From left, Kelly Oostman of Big Woods Academy, Lauren Dennis of Bosque School, Brianna Gurule of East Mountain High, stand with Gov. Susana Martinez, as well as Tryslyn Campos of Volcano Vista High and Ranjavola Andriamanana of Albuquerque High during the Sage Making a Difference Awards luncheon at Embassy Suites in Albuquerque on Friday. The students were all winners of the 2013 Sage Magazine Make a Difference Award. (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal)
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Two West Side high school students were among the five winners of the 2013 Sage Magazine Making a Difference Award, who were honored Friday at a luncheon featuring a keynote speech from Gov. Susana Martinez.

Volcano Vista High School senior Tryslyn Campos was singled out for her work with animals, as an advocate for more compassionate laws and as a volunteer at the city’s West Side animal shelter. Bosque School senior Lauren Dennis was spotlighted for the work she did to create YouthMOVE, a chapter established at the school that coordinates with the Mayor’s Office of Volunteerism and Engagement to get students involved in community projects.

The award, sponsored by Coronado Center, La Bella Spa & Salon and Embassy Suites Hotel, celebrates “the generous and noble spirit of a young person who believes in herself, sees herself as a leader and forges a path so that not only can she help someone — she can show others the way they can be of service,” said Sage magazine editor Carolyn Flynn.

To the young women, Martinez said, “you didn’t stop at your expectations — you exceeded them.”

The other winners were Ranjavola Andriamanana, Albuquerque High School; Brianna Gurule, East Mountain High; and Kelly Oostman, who is homeschooled.

Look for full profiles and photos of the winners in the upcoming print edition of Sage magazine, available in the Albuquerque Journal on May 4. Sage magazine is the Albuquerque Journal’s magazine for today’s woman, published in print quarterly on the first Saturdays of February, May, August and November and online daily at ABQjournalsage.com.

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