The Path March 2021

An Albuquerque Academy Community Newsletter


Sports are Back | CyberChargers Teams Rank Highly at State | Alumni Awards | Grades 8-12 Return to Campus | Mock Trial Teams Advance | Facebook Frames

Sports are Back!

Albuquerque Academy student-athletes are back in action!

Watch your Academy Chargers wherever you are via Academy sports Zoom accounts listed here or through NFHS Network here.

Coming up on our livestream schedule: On March 16 boys soccer faces Hope and volleyball plays St. Pius. Please visit our Chargers Athletics livestream page to access Zoom links for all of our home competitions, and visit the athletics calendar for the latest details about games. (Due to COVID restrictions, the number of in-person spectators is limited, and, currently, spectators at indoor events are not allowed.)

Read more about Academy sports in this Advocate article, here.

CyberChargers Teams Rank Highly at State

Eighteen Academy students across all three divisions have been meeting and competing online this year to prepare for the 2020-21 Air Force Association Cyber Competition. After three rounds of competition in November, December, and January — each up to six hours long and involving securing virtual networks, answering forensics questions, and solving challenges to find and fix vulnerabilities in Linux, Windows 10, and Windows Server operating systems — the results are in.

Academy high school teams achieved gold and silver levels of the competition, taking first place in their tiers. The middle school teams finished in first and second place in the state. This was the second year that Albuquerque Academy has participated in this national competition.

Read more about the CyberChargers here.

Photo from 2019-20 yearbook

2020 Alumni Awards

We are pleased to finally announce the 2020 Alumni Award recipients. The selection and announcement of these awards was delayed last year due to the global pandemic. Thank you to all for the dedication, patience, and hard work that helped these take place this year. The 2020 Alumni Award recipients are:

Distinguished Alumni Award: Notah Begay III ’90

As an alum, professional athlete, and dedicated member of the Native American community, Notah Begay III is a devoted ally for youth within tribal communities and a strong advocate for the Academy, serving on the board of trustees and supporting the campaign for the Endurance Fund.

Young Alumni Service Award: Erin Penner ’02 Gallegos

Erin Penner Gallegos “exemplifies the ideal of volunteer commitment, leadership, and action while continuing to embody the Academy’s mission to ‘act with wisdom, conviction, and compassion.’” — Keith Julian

Spirit Award: Garon Coriz ’04

Special Award

Dr. Garon Coriz (1986-2019) had a deep “commitment to social justice, to the environment, and to maintaining Native American sacred lands. He is a citizen in the fullest sense of the word; he knows democracy requires coalition building and one’s full participation.” — Sarah Barlow '88

To learn more about these award winners or to nominate an alum for an award, click here.

Grades 8-12 Return to Campus

By the end of February, all students who opted for in-person learning had returned to campus, making school feel like school again!

Mock Trial Teams Advance to State

The Academy fielded three teams at the regional mock trial competition in February, and all three have qualified for state this month. Due to the online format this year, 25 New Mexico teams faced off at the qualifier, but only 16 advanced to state.

In 2020, the Academy Black team won the northern region competition and entered state as the top seed. Four of six 2020 team members had already competed at the national level, finishing sixth in the country in 2019. But due to COVID, they were unable to build on that success.

The six returning members of that team are again top seeded at the state competition. “They dove into this year’s case with impressive commitment despite not once working in the same room as their teammates,” says Coach Joaquin Sanchez ’95. “They took on the challenges of the Zoom environment with enthusiasm and an open mind.”

Read more here.

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