The Path December 2020

An Albuquerque Academy Community Newsletter


Chargers Selected for All-State Performance Groups | Ask Me Anything: Elizabeth Kistin ’00 Keller | A Score to Settle | Contribute to the AAPA Cookbook | DOT Garden Impact | Admission Process Adapts to 2020 | Thank You for Your Support on Giving TuesdAAy | Community Academy: December 15 | Chargers Helping Chargers

Chargers Selected for All-State Performance Groups

Twenty-nine Academy musicians have been selected to participate in the 2021 All-State Music Festival being held virtually in January. Sarah Wang ’21 was named the concert master of the symphony orchestra and Ashley Melendres ’21 was identified as number one guitar in the state, earning the title of concert master of the guitar ensemble for the second year in a row!

See the full list of student musicians here.

Ask Me Anything: Elizabeth Kistin '00 Keller

Students, faculty, alumni, and parents joined us on December 2 for Ask Me Anything with Elizabeth Kistin '00 Keller. Guests had great discussions around making the most of your education and challenges facing the Southwest. Ask Me Anything was introduced in spring 2020 as an online series that has hosted a range of fascinating individuals, including an NBA coach, a NASA engineer, actors, writers, and more.

A Score to Settle

Albuquerque Academy’s Thespian Troupe #740 proudly presents the second student-directed production of the year, A Score to Settle, a radio drama written and directed by Daniel Viorica '21. The show is presented in two episodes, like the radio serials of old.

In an isolated manor house, four party-goers must root out the killer in their midst when the guest of honor meets an untimely doom.

Listen to part one here and part two here.

Contribute to the AAPA Cookbook

The AAPA is creating a cookbook featuring favorite recipes from our Academy community. Please submit your recipes so your family can be represented in the cookbook. Even if you don’t cook, you probably have a favorite dish that would be perfect to share and have printed. Learn more here.

DOT Garden Impact

The Desert Oasis Teaching Garden is an experiential learning garden on our campus that demonstrates soil health, regenerative agriculture, water conservation, and climate adaptability. Through the DOT Garden, students learn about human health, biodiversity and ecosystem function, the history of agriculture, and solutions to climate change that are right under our feet.

Admission Process Adapts to 2020

Although this year has had its share of challenges, the admission team has been hard at work reshaping the admission process to meet these challenges head on. What's changed this year?

  • Buddy days, normally held in person between a prospective student and an Academy student on campus, have been replaced by one-on-one private tours of campus and more videos, like the one below.
  • Interviews, usually done in person and on campus, have been transitioned to Zoom interviews for both parents and students.
  • Testing, previously completed in large group settings on campus, has transitioned online.
  • Events, both online and socially distanced in person, have allowed families to get a flavor of the culture and campus. Art to Go, the Charger DQ Dash, and the Meet the Academy open house received rave reviews!

Read more about the admission team and their efforts in The Advocate's recent article, and please remind your friends and family that the admission application deadline is January 29, 2021.

Thank You for Your Support on Giving TuesdAAy!

On December 1, our community participated in Giving TuesdAAy, continuing the Simms family legacy of meaningful philanthropy. Chargers from every corner of our community joined together in support of the Academy mission, investing $102,579 in gifts and pledges from 483 donors. If you were one of those participants, thank you!

If you have not yet done so this year, please consider partnering with us now to support the Academy’s unique student experience. Gifts of all sizes and designation matter, and they demonstrate your confidence in the enduring value of an Academy education. Click here to make your tax-deductible contribution.

At the end of this year filled with unrelenting challenges, we remain humbled and grateful for the support, encouragement, generosity, and care that has been shown to the Academy community throughout. With such strong support from across our community, the Academy’s future will always be bright.

Community Academy: December 15

You are invited to join the UNM School of Medicine for a Community Academy lecture online on December 15 from 6-7:30 p.m. with Dr. Jeffrey Katzman to learn about resilience and self-care, topics of great importance to the overall health of New Mexico during the current global pandemic.

To learn more or register for the event, click here.

Dr. Katzman was educated at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and received his M.D. at UC San Diego. He is a professor at UNM School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, vice chair of education and academic affairs, and medical director of the UPC Clinic. His areas of special interest include psychodynamic psychotherapy, human attachment, and using creativity and the arts for teaching therapy.

Chargers Helping Chargers

When you need a good or service this holiday season and beyond, shop local starting at our Academy Business Directory, which you can find on our support webpage. To submit a listing or provide an update, click here.

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