APS Press Release
Subject : APS Education Foundation Once Again Recognizes Selfless Seniors
28 Students from 14 High Schools to be Honored March 3
[Albuquerque, N.M.] — Katie Lynn Reimann, a senior at Albuquerque Public Schools’ Career Enrichment Center, has traveled to England, Zambia, South Africa, Canada and Mexico, where she has helped build homes and provide food, fun and music at shelters, orphanages and refugee camps. She’s also been spotted on the streets of Albuquerque handing out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to the homeless.
Katie is a Selfless Senior, one of 28 in APS who are being recognized for their commitment to promoting positive change in the lives of others. The APS Education Foundation will honor the Selfless Seniors at a ceremony at 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 3, at Cibola High School, 1510 Ellison Dr. NW. Family, friends, principals, classmates and APS administrators, including Superintendent Winston Brooks, will be on hand to congratulate these students and recognize them for all they do.
“There are many students who are unsung heroes in our community,” said Brooks. “They do not seek praise or attention for their actions, and it is our privilege to recognize a few of these young men and women.”
This is the second year the APS Education Foundation has worked in partnership with acclaimed Albuquerque photographer Frank Frost to celebrate the accomplishments of seniors who are serious about their futures, yet find ways to put others before themselves. Students who qualify as selfless seniors are those who give back to their community, who haven’t been recognized by their high school, who have made a positive impact on others facing difficulties, and whose character sets them apart.
They are students like: Randal Platero, a virtuoso pianist and composer who gives piano lessons and provides accompaniment for young musicians; Marissa Lovato, who teaches dance to individuals with disabilities; Sheldon Smith, who strives to empower Native American students; Autumn Fox, who collects and sends donated items to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan; and Shannon Hudson, who is committed to saving the Earth and raising conservation awareness.
The Class of 2009 Selfless Seniors are: Josh Gonzales and Sonora Rodriguez of Albuquerque High; Sheldon Smith, Sarah Rodriguez and Tyler Hoyle of Cibola; Shannon Hudson and Roberto “Berto” Reyes of Del Norte; Stephanie Garcia and Josh Arbogast of Eldorado; Danielle Diaz and Autumn Fox of Highland; Ladan Dayyani and Luis “Pablo” Roldan of La Cueva; Taylor Krebsbach, Ashley Voeks and Alexander Borowski of Manzano; Jordan Chavez and Yoana Miramontes of Rio Grande; Justin Crouch and Kelly Barmann of Sandia; Marissa Lovato and Donovon Ortiz of Valley; Melvin Ojeda, Randal Platero and Rachel Kindrell of West Mesa; Katie Lynn Reimann of the Career Enrichment Center; Jakob Smith of the Early College Academy; and Ana M. Manriquez of Albuquerque Evening High.
This year’s Selfless Seniors were nominated by friends or teachers and staff from their schools, based on their knack for putting others before themselves. In addition to public recognition, the students had their photographs taken by Frank Frost Photography. Posters of the photos will be on display at their schools and at several local businesses.
The students from 11 APS high schools and three alternative schools are poets, technology wizards, international volunteers, community activists, honor students, athletes, musicians and part-time employees. They are devoted to family, friends, school, their communities and their faith. They are described as empathetic, compassionate, humble, appreciative, impressive and responsible.