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.
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.