Sage award honors 5 teens

Last week, we recognized the five winners of the Sage 2014 Making a Difference Award with a luncheon in their honor, and coming Saturday, in the print edition of Sage magazine, you’ll be able to read about their amazing accomplishments.

The winners are Deanna Aragon of Questa High School; Daniela Armendariz of South Valley Academy; Sandra LeNguyen of Manzano High School; Hailey Stock of St. Pius X High School; and Anesha Yazzie, To’Hajiilee Community School.

Four of the Sage 2014 Making a Difference Award winners posed after the luncheon this past week to honor them. From left are Sandra LeNguyen, Deanna Aragon, Daniela Armendariz and Hailey Stock. Not pictured is Anesha Yazzie, who was unable to attend. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

Four of the Sage 2014 Making a Difference Award winners posed after the luncheon this past week to honor them. From left are Sandra LeNguyen, Deanna Aragon, Daniela Armendariz and Hailey Stock. Not pictured is Anesha Yazzie, who was unable to attend. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

Our special guest and keynote speaker was LaDonna Harris, Comanche activist and founder of Americans for Indian Opportunity, who shared stories that have shaped her work, which emphasizes that we are all interconnected and that every voice needs to be heard. She described her upbringing, raised by her Comanche grandparents in Oklahoma, as well has her work with AIO, the international nonprofit she founded in 1970. AIO has an ambassadors program, which trains native professionals in ways to blend their tribes’ traditional values into their leadership roles.

Sponsors of the event were Coronado Center and the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

It was a pleasure to recognize the dedicated efforts of these young women, and we hope you’ll look for Sage in Saturday’s paper so you can know them, too.

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On the Sage website at abqjournalsage.com, you’ll find a photo gallery of the Ethics in Business award winners, which were presented Wednesday. The award recognizes companies that have demonstrated that their values are built into their DNA. The winners were Don Chalmers Ford, Rio Grande Inc., Ronald McDonald House Charities of New Mexico, Heritage Home Healthcare & Hospice, attorney Jeff Diamond and Gary Tonjes, president of Albuquerque Economic Development.

Also this week, look for a new blog from Ask the Experts panelist Elizabeth Tawney Gross about workshops for people with hoarding behaviors. The workshops begin in June.

Carolyn Flynn is the editor of Sage magazine, published quarterly in print and daily online at abqjournalsage.com. Find Sage at facebook.com/sageabqjournal and “like” the page to get it in your newsfeed. You may reach the editor at 505-823-3870, sage@abqjournal.com or through Facebook.

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