A magazine for the Sandia Prep Community
WHAT ART HAS
The importance of art
education in an increasingly
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for alumni, parents, students, friends, and the entire
Sandia Prep community. We hope you enjoy the
Our Mission: The joy of learning and living is at
the center of all we do. Sandia Preparatory School
provides remarkable opportunities for intellectual and
personal growth within a challenging and balanced
program. As an extension of our families, Sandia
Prep’s diverse community inspires students to find
their academic focus, talents and creativity.
Our Vision: At Sandia Prep, we will inspire our
students to discover their purposes in the world by:
• Developing essential skills and intellectual
potential through challenging academics;
• Cultivating a socially responsible environment of
innovation and creativity; and
• Engaging as a vibrant community for the
betterment of society.
Our Five A’s: To foster growth toward
human as well as academic excellence,
Sandia Prep seeks to create balance among
the Five A’s:
Academics • Arts • Athletics • Activities • Atmosphere
Sandia Prep’s logo represents our balanced philosophy
and program. Our Five A’s converge to form an
integrated whole with the student at the center,
reflecting the comprehensive, well-rounded education
that Sandia Prep students receive.
What Art Has Taught Me
The range and depth of our arts program
allow our students the opportunity to
participate in all grades and at all levels.
Through participation in a high-quality
arts curriculum, SPS students learn about
themselves while discovering the world
On the Cover
Prep junior Maria Merritt '20 works on the
final stages of her "Pop Art Portrait" of
Wonder Woman. For this large-scale project,
students stretch and prime their own canvas,
project a famous face onto the surface, and
then dramatically shift the portrait from a
photographic rendering to a stylized version
of the face. The artists then look at typical
color choices for "pop art" and practice
making vibrant, audacious, fully saturated color
IN EVERY ISSUE
Blast-off: New Website Launched
From the Head of School
Alumni Interview: Mandie Harms '04
From the Archives
Student Interview: James Martinek '19
Faculty Interview: Waseem Touma
What Art Has Taught Me
Noche de Celebración:
A Night of Innovation
Congratulations, Class of 2018!
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Head of School
The original edition of this article was
published in 2011 when I was the
Headmaster of St. Croix Country Day
School. It was written after our Art
Building burned to the ground, and we
were beginning a campaign to rebuild a
better space. I believe, though, that the
content is relevant, so I have made some
revisions and offer it now to you.
Art for Our Sake
Do you recall the first piece of art that you ever created? I
remember mine. I was in Mrs. Boychuck’s kindergarten glass,
and we were making “tear-art.” I don’t know if that is what
it was really called, but it involved tearing pieces of different
colored construction paper and gluing them on a white
background, to make a picture. Most of the kids in my class
were making outdoor scenes of mountains and lakes and
trees. Not me! I made a picture of a bird – a robin redbreast,
to be exact. Admittedly, it was in the minimalist style, and
the bird was flying in a vast white-paper sky. But what made
my picture special was that it was three-dimensional. Yes, I
was way ahead of my time. I had folded a tab on the inside
part of the wing and glued that tab to the body of the bird,
so that the wing (a really beautiful wing) actually flapped.
Genius, right? My teacher was so impressed that she held my
picture up at the front of the class as example of kindergarten
I confess, “The Bird” was the apex of my success as a visual
artist. However, my enthusiasm for attending art class never
diminished. The fact is that the products of my efforts in class
were not nearly as important as the process I learned and
exercised in creating those products.
It is an unfortunate truth that the place of art instruction as
an essential core program in our schools has often been
called into question. This is also true of music, theater, and
athletics. It was especially true during the better part of the
last century, when the function of education was to prepare
young people to find their place in an industrial economy,
that art instruction was viewed as “nice, but not necessary.”
Fortunately, over the past several decades, there has been
a growing body of enlightened research that suggests that
instruction in the arts is an essential part of a healthy school
In his bestselling book, A Whole New Mind, Daniel Pink
argues that the schools must give greater attention to
developing the creative, intuitive, conceptual skills of
students in order to prepare them for a new global economy.
Pink contends that while the left-brain aptitudes that
involve logical, linear, and algorithmic thinking continue
to be necessary, they are no longer sufficient. Instead, the
aptitudes characteristic of the right-brain – artistry, empathy,
inventiveness, big-picture thinking – are now the ones that
matter most. A major premise that Pink used to support
his argument is that those left-brain competencies, those
analytical proficiencies, are now being automated and
outsourced, and that our North American economy will
reward those who create, rather than those who memorize.
I’d like to suggest two other imperatives for teaching the arts
in our schools. The first is that when students are engaged
in the study of the arts and the process of creating, they are
at greater liberty to take risks and make mistakes. This is an
essential part of learning. The arts, and I include the visual
arts, theater, and music, are an essential component in a
curriculum that develops in children the confidence to fail.
Finally, exposing children to the creative process, whether this
means enlightening them with the works of the Renaissance
Masters or giving them the chance to make a bird out of torn
pieces of construction paper, is an indispensable component
of any school curriculum that aims to develop mature critical
and creative thinking skills.
Support of the arts programs in schools is vital to the task of
preparing our children for the 21st century.
- Bill Sinfield, Head of School
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Our new website is here.
We've launched our new website for prospective families and are
excited to introduce you to our new look! After much research and
tinkering, our Marketing and Communications team has designed an
online source for prospective families to learn about all of the fantastic
opportunities found at Prep.
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Arts at Sandia Prep give students an
arena to explore outside textbooks.
Art class is
always a place
1. Students perform dance routines from
their musical during Grandparents' Day in
the West Gym in 2008.
2. New Mexican photographer Laura
Gilpin captured images of the original
Sandia School in the 1930s, including this
one of students in a dance exercise.
3. In the '90s, Rose Pecos-SunRhodes
'74 and her mother gave art classes using
clay from their pueblo, Jemez, to make
pots. They then came to campus to show
students the traditional way to fire pots.
4. In 2014, Fatima Quraishi '14 poses
with her art project which is currently on
display in the 700 building.
5. Spending time on the lawn has always
been popular so several concerts were
held in the Quad in the late '70s, like this
one, in 1978.
- Susan Walton '72
Archives & Activities Coordinator
S A N D I A
P R E P
A L U M N
W E E K E N D
Sandia Prep's 2018 Alumni Weekend festivities were
a success with hundreds of Prep community members
joining us for two days of activities.
A special thank you to Andrea Kennedy '01 for taking photos
of the event-packed weekend.
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We broke records during
our Noche de Celebración
gala + Shots & Headshots
With a record number of
alumni in attendance, the live
auction raised nearly twice as
much money as any previous
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Cast and crew of Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo (Big Top Version) in Mexico City.
MANDIE HARMS '04
Graduated from Prep 2004 • Attended Oklahoma City University
Studied Finance and Marketing • Lion or Unicorn? Unicorn
Where are you working, and what is your job title?
I currently work for Cirque du Soleil as a Stage Manager for
the touring production of Corteo.
What are your responsibilities in your position and what
projects are you working on?
As a stage manager, I facilitate the daily functions of our
show. I schedule and run daily trainings and rehearsals for
the artists, I work with other technical departments to ensure
all equipment is working correctly and safely, and I run
deck tracks or call the show from front of house each night
depending on our needs for the day.
What are some of the challenges you face in your work?
The most interesting part of my work is the diversity in our
team. We are a traveling family of over 100 people, each
with a different specialty and each from a different corner
of the world. We work in many languages and approach
situations from a wide variety of perspectives. It doesn’t take
much to stir up confusion, but with concentrated intention,
a little patience, and a lot of respect for one another we
create an awe-inspiring experience for thousands of people
Where have you worked in the past?
Since starting with Cirque du Soleil in 2011, I have worked
on Viva ELVIS (a show about the life and music of Elvis
Presley), KA (one of the most technologically advanced
theatrical shows in the world), Criss Angel’s BeLIEve and
Mindfreak LIVE, Luzia (a big top production inspired by the
culture and beauty of Mexico), and Corteo (the touching
story of a clown’s funeral) in both the big top and arena
versions. I spent seven months in Dubai, UAE creating
La Perle, a contemporary circus style production to rival
the technology and glamour of Las Vegas with Dragone
(the creator and producer of La Reve in Las Vegas and
Lido in Paris). I have also worked with productions such as
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas and many Albuquerque
What would you tell people who want to pursue a career
in your field of study?
Take advantage of being a student. Find an internship for
every school break (my Senior Experience led to my first
paid gig nearly five years later), and try something outside
your realm of expertise or comfort. The first step to being
pretty good at something is being pretty bad at that thing,
and internships are the best way to try on new skills and
careers. People are always willing to answer questions and
give a little more of their time to students and interns. Take
advantage of that, reach out, learn everything you can, and
then send a handwritten thank you note.
Is it important to have art in school?
Even if a student doesn’t pursue a career in arts, it is
important to expose him or her to art in school. Learning art
forms in an academic setting supports an appreciation of
art encountered in life. Practicing art offers self-expression,
a way to better understand yourself and an opportunity to
approach new and different life stories. Like science, math,
history and language, art allows us to be well-rounded
citizens and more empathetic human beings.
SANDIA PREP DAYS
How did your experience at Prep influence who you are
today (personally or professionally)?
Because Prep supports student-led exploration, I was able
to build the skills necessary to create my career path. I
learned how to recognize my own interests, how to develop
and pursue them, and how to find the mentors and support I
need to achieve my goals. I was taught the fundamentals of
independent learning and self-structured success while my
own drive and ambitions were bolstered by the Prep culture.
Did specific teachers, classes, or programs at Prep
influence your career path?
As one can clearly imagine, my career path was influenced
by Tim McNamara and Louis Giannini (back before he taught
full-time at Prep) as they both showed me aspects of the
theater industry beyond performing on stage. Technical
specialties, stage management, and production operations
are very rarely touched in high school programs, but Prep
has done an excellent job reaching beyond the standard and
pushing students to explore any niche that sparks interest.
LIFE IN AND OUT OF CIRQUE
What are your passions?
My passions are theater, circus arts, youth outreach, and
travel. Conveniently, I have turned these passions into my
career, making every day fulfilling.
What hobbies do you enjoy doing when you’re not
I enjoy reading, needlework, and drawing. Living on tour
makes many of my hobbies unrealistic, but a book, a cross
stich project, and a sketchpad with pencils travel easily in my
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James with his uncle after Prep's
win over Hatch Valley during the
2018 State Soccer Tournament.
JAMES MARTINEK '19
Graduates in 2019 • Years at Sandia Prep Six
Interests Theater, Science • Lion or Unicorn? Unicorn
LIFE AT PREP
How would you describe yourself as a student?
Consistent, relaxed, aware, participatory, and interested.
Why did you decide to pursue the theater arts while at
Theater, I had known, was a perfect way to express oneself
as something they are not and have fun with it. That was
mostly what drew me to theater.
Have any specific teachers, classes, or programs at Prep
Mr. Kelly, Mr. Polansky, and Mrs. James, because of their
incredible teaching styles, have taught me more to the
beauty of learning and wisdom than just the grades that
come out of it.
What do you plan to study in college? Why?
I would like to study something in the field of biochemisty or
molecular biology. Either that or computers. I love both of
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
In five years, I will be somewhere completely different
than where I imagine myself in five years. That is part of
the excitement for me – the anticipation of the ways I will
change and grow during my time in college, and what new
paths that will open for me in life.
What would your dream job be? Why?
As of now, my dream job would be bioengineering safe,
reliable, and most important HARMLESS fuels for our world.
Do you have a favorite Prep memory (so far)?
One outstanding memory I have was the thrill and relief of
guessing my unknown bacteria culture correctly on my last
attempt in Mr. Polansky’s Bio 2 class.
Is it important to have art (performing and visual) in
school? If so, why?
Without a doubt! Art is yet another piece that helps shape
the puzzle of someone’s being. Without art, we are merely
books, strewn with information and no way to interpret it
or think of it in a different manner. Art is an outlet for the
human soul, an outlet of self-expression and creativity.
How has art shaped who are you today?
Art, unfortunately, is not seen as a necessary part of an
individual nearly as much as it should be. Fortunately, Prep
realizes this, making some sort of art mandatory freshman
year. For me, this has widened my horizons beyond a
classroom school setting and into the vast world of art – for
With college quickly approaching, how has Sandia Prep
prepared you for life after college?
Papers. Oh my god, papers. I know papers will be a constant
task in college and the continuous writing requirements at
Prep have given me a good taste of how that will be.
Which colleges are you considering right now?
I am considering Oberlin, Kenyon, Dickinson, Johns Hopkins,
Vanderbilt, and UNM.
James's "normal state" while waiting to see
The Nutcracker at Popejoy Theater, an annual
tradition for his family.
OUTSIDE OF CLASS
What hobbies do you enjoy when you have free time?
Gaming, tennis, soccer, singing, fiddling around on the
piano, reading a GOOD book, and spending time with
friends and family.
What are your passions?
Camping, sports, learning, winning a game of poker, and
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Student PROFILE INTERVIEW
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Mr. Touma works on the pottery
wheel with his son, Ocean.
Prep Position Visual Arts Dept Chair • Years at Prep Six
Education Kansas City Art Institute - Ceramics;
University of Kentucky - Ceramics/Sculpture
Lion or Unicorn? Unicorn
ART & EDUCATION
What are some of the day-to-day challenges you face as
Teaching a subject that involves learning characteristics of
a new material, such as clay, can be very challenging for
students. I strive to help them when it gets frustrating, and
praise them when they are invested in what they do and
proud of what they make. Our students at Prep face some
challenging moments throughout the year, so even though
my projects can be difficult at times, I want to make sure
they are enjoying themselves in their creative exploration.
This is my day-to-day challenge. Keeping them confident,
positive, and engaged in what they are making, while they
work with a material than can be somewhat unpredictable,
but incredibly rewarding at the same time.
Was there a particular event that, or person who,
sparked your interest in your chosen career path?
I always enjoyed art in high school, but never really took
it seriously. It was what I was drawn to probably because I
didn’t really like any other subject. (Funny because now I’m
a teacher encouraging students to do their best at every
subject or challenge they encounter.) We did not have
ceramics at my high school, so when I went to college, one
of our first ceramic projects was to go to the local river and
dig out clay from the riverbed. It was hard and cumbersome,
and I remember thinking ‘what am I doing?’ Once we
dried it, cleaned it, and rehydrated it, I made a vessel on
the wheel using that clay I dug from the riverbed, and was
hooked ever since!
them, fix them, and move on to something better is a life
lesson they receive in the art room.
If you could enroll at Sandia Prep, what classes would
Well, besides all the art classes, like painting and drawing,
and photography, I would love to take one of Brian
Tregembo’s English classes because he likes Banksy which
means he has good taste, learn about American History
with Stacy Moses because she knows everything about it.
Biology with Polansky (call me crazy), and math with Pat
Kelly because I heard he is a good juggler. I would do a P.E./
baseball class with Paul Huitt because he is one of the best
coaches in the state, improve my soccer skills with Tommy
Smith as we both have a connection to the Queen, and learn
to dance with Louie and Courtney Giannini. Honestly, I have
so much respect and admiration for all my colleagues, and
know they are highly skilled, experienced, and passionate
about what they do. I could learn something from each and
every one of them. Another reason why I love being part of
Prep - the people I get to work with inspire me to be the
best person I can be.
What’s something you taught Sandia Prep students that
you would like them to hold onto when they move on
into upper school, college, and beyond?
Perseverance is the one thing I would like my students to
take with them on their future endeavors, and I think they do
that already at Prep. The experience of challenge, struggle,
and accomplishment, whether it be in the art room or any
other aspect of their lives, is a true life lesson.
Why is it important to have art in schools?
There are so many important factors to our growth as human
beings that can be found in the art room on a daily basis.
Obviously creativity and artistic expression is fundamental
to the way we comprehend and share our thoughts, ideas,
and feelings to the world. Art programs also teach fine
motor skills like playing an instrument, holding a paint brush,
sculpting clay (of course), building stage sets, and framing
and matting photographs to name just a few. We watch
students' self confidence grow, and help them persevere
through long, complicated projects. Of course critical
thinking and individual decision making is an integral part of
any art program. Students learn the importance of focusing
on the little details, and how those details can show you so
much more to the things we see all the time. It is wonderful
to see collaboration and the sharing of knowledge and ideas
in the art room, and finally, art in schools teaches students
about accountability. They are personally responsible for
the contribution and effort they put into whatever they do.
Mistakes and failures are a part of life, but learning to accept
LOVE WHAT YOU DO
Are you an Albuquerque native? If not, where are you
I was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, and came over to
the U.S on a student exchange program in college. I loved
it so much that I decided to stay here and make the most of
the opportunities I was given.
Have we forgotten to ask you about anything? What else
would you like people to know?
I am grateful to have the opportunity to share my story with
you, and thankful to the Sandia Prep community for giving
me a chance to share what I love to do in this world. I know
from experience that life has an amazing way of sending us
on paths with obstacles and encounters we would have not
expected, so my mantra for the world and myself is - ‘Keep
making stuff, and work hard at what you love to do!’
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Photo by Treyjan Felipe '17
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Photo by Frankie Aragon '18
has taught me
No education is complete that does
not appeal to the heart and soul.
Sandia Prep's comprehensive arts
program is designed to encourage each
student to explore and develop his or
her own artistic interests and abilities.
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The range and depth of our arts
program allows our students the
opportunity to participate in all
grades and at all levels. Through
participation in a high-quality GIVING arts
curriculum, SPS students learn
about themselves while discovering
the world around them.
We asked our students
What has art taught you?
Ceramics & Sculpture
""Respect for education."
- Nick Coyte, Class of 2019
"That mess ups can be the best
- Emma Jensen, Class of 2024
"Theater arts and dance have taught
me that to be successful in life you need
to know the importance of teamwork,
discipline, and dedication."
- Mr. Louis Giannini, Performing Arts Teacher
Ciera Gonzales '20
"Art has taught me to have a singular focus where
everything else falls away and I am fully present with
- Ms. Mary Nakigan, Visual Arts Teacher
" Art is a way to see people's feelings, and it
allows us to express ourselves with something
other than words."
- Savannah Ortiz, Class of 2021
"It has taught me more about myself than
- Juliana Tourville, Class of 2019
"Art has taught me that the need to
express moments of beauty, pain, joy,
sorrow, horror--the gamut of sensations
--is universal and cannot be repressed."
- Ms. Lynn McColl, Visual Arts Teacher
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Last spring, more than 400 guests gathered at Hotel Albuquerque for Sandia Prep’s
most important fundraiser of the year – Noche de Celebración. The gala included an
alumni reception, silent and live auctions, student demonstrations in engineering, and
dancing. The event raised $160,120 to support innovation in our academic program.
Shots and Headshots Sponsor
Bobak Khodaie ’04 and
Michael Eaton ‘11
POMS & Associates
Cambro Construction, Inc.
Sandia Office Supply
Billy’s Long Bar
Live Auction Sponsor
All World Travel
Silent Auction Sponsor
Grosjean Insurance Agency, Inc.
Wine + Spirits Pull Sponsor
Merrill Lynch The Stevens Group
Bill & Brenda Sinfield
Innovation Studio Sponsor
NM Gas Company
Noche de Celebración Co-Chairs
April Camilli Marker ‘93
Noche Planning Committee
Melissa Besante Dineen ‘97
April Camilli Marker ‘93
Tim Hebenstreit ‘09
Karl Nelson ‘09
Noche Auction Acquisition Committee
Melissa Besante Dineen ‘97
April Camilli Marker ‘93
Cristie Sandoval ‘90
Young Alumni Committee
Lauren Amagai ‘08
Maddie Barker ‘09
Melissa Besante Dineen ’97
Kyle Cowan ‘07
Michael Eaton ‘11
Tim Hebenstreit ‘09
Ansel Lane ‘11
Matt Loehman ‘03
Mary Michael ‘12
Karl Nelson ‘09
Jenny Pitchford ‘01
Brandon Saylor ‘03
Jackie Snow ‘03
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Tennis Courts Expansion & Remodel
Sandia Prep has announced the planned renovation its 17-year-old tennis facility
that will include resurfacing four existing courts, building two new courts, a
bathroom facility, water fountains, and a walkway for spectators.
A campaign is underway to raise $250,000 in cash
and in-kind donations to renovate Prep's tennis
Naming opportunities are available for the facility,
tennis courts, and walkway. Additional gift levels
and donor recognition options are available, and
some naming opportunities may be pledged and
paid over five years.
To pledge your support or find out more about
the project, contact Director of Development Julie
Cook at 505.338.3022 or email@example.com.
500 youth campers attend
SummerPrep, a day camp for
kids ages 4 - 17
70 middle school and high
school students participate in
the Sandia Prep competitive
Host site for boys and girls
regular season and district
Community tennis clinics and
tournaments upon request
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Generous Donor Makes
Theater Renovation Possible
Sandia Prep’s nearly 30-year-old theater is
undergoing a significant facelift this fall thanks to a
generous donation from the Frank and Dolores Hines
Albuquerque philanthropist Dee Hines has contributed $105,000
to make some significant upgrades to Sandia Prep's 330-seat
theater. The renovation will include new seats, carpet, a new
lighting and sound board and room, and a fresh coat of paint on
the theater walls.
“As a former teacher, I have had a lifelong love of education, and
this project is a perfect way for me to combine that passion with
my lifelong love of the theater,” explained Dee. “I also wanted to
make a gift during my lifetime so I can watch students enjoy the
benefits from the remodeled theater.”
The project is expected to be completed in October 2018.
Sandia Golf Club at
Sandia Resort & Casino
To purchase a hole
Thank you, Sponsors
Ms. Dee Hines
April Camilli Marker ’93
Our sound and light booth
renovations are already underway.
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from our Sundevils
during the 2017 -
'17 Fall Sports
• Finished 22-2
• District 5-4A Regular Season and
• 4A New Mexico State Champions
• Ranked #12 Nationally by National
Association of Private Schools
• Cat Kelly '18 named Gatorade New
Mexico Volleyball Player of the Year,
MaxPreps All-American, National
Association of Private Schools All-
American, and Metro Volleyball
Player of the Year 4A/5A
Boys Cross Country
• Finished 2nd in District 5-4A
• 8th in State 4A
• Epherem Zerai '19 named
District Individual Champion
• Finished 16-7
• New Mexico State Champions
• District 5-4A Runner-up
• Skyler Gee '20 Player of the Year
• Finished 12-8-3
• District 5-4A Champions
• State Runner-up
Middle School Boys Soccer
• Runner-up for the APIAL
'17 - '18 Winter Sports
• Finished 7-20
• 4th place in District 5-4A
Middle School Girls Basketball
• 4th place in District 5-4A
• Finished 13-15
• 2nd place in District 5-4A
'18 Spring Sports
• Finished 9-15
• 4th place in District
• Skylar Nicholson '18 set the career
homerun mark at 9
• Finished 8-18
• 4th place in District
• Finished 4-4
• District Runner-Up
• Finished 7th in A-4A State
• Finished 1-8
• Epherem Zerai '19 - 3rd place in
1600 & 3200 meter run
• Josh Bennett '21 - 6th place in long
• Levi Shije '18 - 4th place in 1600
meter run, 5th place in 3200 meter
• Anthony Onsae '19 - 5th place in
800 meter run
• 2nd Place District 4-5A
• 3rd place 4A track meet
• 1600 meter Medley Relay State
• 1600 meter Relay State Champions
• Sevilla Duran '20 - 100 & 300 meter
hurdles State Champion
• Maria Merritt '20 - 3rd place 300
• Jayne Clifton Fife '19 - 6th place
• Sydney Pyles '20 - 2nd place pole
• Sevilla Duran '20 - 3rd place 200
Girls Middle School Track
• APIAL Track Champions
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Sandia Prep is named an
early leader in Harvard's
Making Caring Common
Project. The campaign
is committed to helping
"raise children who are
caring, responsible to
their communities, and
committed to justice."
Long-time Prep science
teacher Mr. Ernie
Polansky was recognized
as a top educator
in Albuquerque the
and Beyond Teacher
experience for many
Sandia Prep community
members: Harrison "Jack"
Schmitt, a retired NASA
astronaut and one of only
12 people to have walked
on the moon, spoke at
Prep about his incredible
experience as a member of
the Apollo 17 mission.
The school worked with
local artist Jade Leyva
to create a school-wide
community seed mural.
The collaborative art piece
is now proudly displayed
in the 700 building.
The Digital Media &
introduced "Access Prep," a
broadcasting class reporting
on the latest happenings
One of five 2017 National
Youth Poets, Camila
her writing and shared an
activity to help students
develop their poetic voice.
Students welcomed a
delegation from Central
and South America who
are researching how New
Mexico promotes access
to better education and
to Native Americans
and the African diaspora
Our Students Relations
Group (SRG) "adopted"
CLNKids and fulfilled
those families' wish lists
for the holidays.
Middle school girls took
part in "Introduce a Girl
to Engineering Day"
featuring guest speakers
and structural engineering
The newest Odyssey
Scholars were announced
at an all-school assembly
(l-r Alexandra Baldwin
'20, Evan Custer '20, and
Isabella Bizzell '20).
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You can now order
your Sundevil sport-specific
• Order fall, winter, and spring sportswear year-round
• Merchandise shipped directly to you
• Support the Sundevil Athletics Organization and show
off your Sundevil pride
Find store link at sandiaprep.org
under the "Athletics" tab