Honor Graduates 2021-2022

Serenity Hall

Serenity Hall

·         This coming fall, I plan on attending Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO, and majoring in K-12 Music Education. There, I hope to be a part of a music community that involves people around my own age, and to gain more knowledge about music so that I can teach others about it in the years to come.

·         In five years, I hope to have my teaching license and degree, which would both give me the ability to either pursue a career in elementary music education or high school instrumental instruction. I certainly hope to be involved in a school setting at this point in my life, either helping to show young children the beauty of music, or helping teenagers in growing their appreciation for music and musical abilities. I would also love to be involved in my community's fine arts events at this time, so that I may be able to continue in my musical growth alongside that of my future students.

·         I would say that some of my fondest memories from attending Aztec Schools have all centered around the fact that my father was principal for the majority of my time in the district. This gave me a unique perspective regarding every major event that happened as I grew up, and it made the high school feel like more of a home to me before I even began attending school there. Specifically, I loved eating the leftover cakes and donuts that the office staff would leave out after school, as well as hanging out behind my dad's desk in elementary school and being called "Dr. Hall" by the other administrators.

I would like to thank every single teacher that I have had over the years for shaping my path and guiding me in this direction for my life. Each and every one of you has left some sort of memory with me that has influenced where I am now, and I wouldn't have been able to do any of this without your kindness and dedication to teaching.

Zoe Albers

Zoe Albers

·         My plans for next year are to take a break year so I can move across the country to Wisconsin. After that I’m going to college for graphic design and web design.

·         In five years, I imagine myself b a fresh graduate from college in my own apartment or cottage and having a dog. I can see myself doing either freelance commissions for graphic design or being hired out by a large company to maintain their sites.

·         When I was a freshman, I went with my theatre group to Portales to see a theater competition at ENMU. For those couple of days, we had the most fun watching plays, joking together, and exploring this college. We all bonded very close as a group and we had such a good time, I think of that trip very fondly.

Sincerely, thank you to all the Aztec staff that I have gotten to know over the past four years. Despite the troubles, this has been an amazing experience and I’m so grateful. I wish everyone the best of luck!

Kellie Veryn Hinkle

Kellie Veryn Hinkle

·         My plans for next year to graduate trade school and enter the work force.

·         In five years I hope to see myself married and working.

·         My favorite memory is from my 6th hour financial literacy class. We were asked to write down what affects our economy. As we were going through the list the class said politics. This answer then turned into a 30-minute debate about whether or not politics had anything to do with the economy.

I would like to say thank you to the people who have had an impact on my life and goals.

Emily Blair

Emily Blair

·         I plan on attending Fort Lewis College and majoring in Biochemistry to work towards becoming a trauma surgeon. I also planning on cheerleading while I am there. 

·         In 5 years I will have graduated college and will be in my first year of medical school.

·         My favorite memory of attending Aztec Schools was being a part of the cheerleading team and winning the UNM Spirit Championship my sophomore year.

I want to thank all of my teachers, coaches, and mentors for always helping and being there for me. I would not be where I was today without you guys.

Sarah Isaacs

"S" Isaacs

·         I plan to go to San Juan College for general education.

·         Hopefully in a good college, working for a degree in art.

·         Eating lunch with my two friends.

Thanks to the two friends who stuck with me through the years.  You’re the best friends a bro could ask for.

Aireal McCauley

Aireal McCauley

·         Next year I plan to attend school for either auto body or mechanics.

·         In the next five years I would like to be working in a shop gaining knowledge and experience.

·         My favorite memory at Aztec high is when I first arrived.  The staff was so nice and welcomed to this new school.

I want to thank my teachers and the staff for helping me adjust to my new life in Aztec.  They helped keep me on track to graduate.  The staff and teachers are amazing people at Aztec High.  Thank you for all you have done.

Layla Holmes

Layla Holmes

 ·         My plan for next year is to join and be in the cosmetology program at San Juan College.  As I begin my freshman year of college I will see where it goes from there.

·         In five years I will be 23, I see myself working an actual job and having a fun social life in my early 20s.  I will be traveling and figuring out all the bits and ends of what I really want in life as an 18-year-old does not truly know that yet. 

·         My favorite memory from attending Aztec Schools was my 8th grade track season.  I made a bunch of new friends and found a sport that I would like for a while until Cross Country would become my favorite 

Thank you to the teachers who made school fun. Especially Thomas Riddle, Juliet Goimaric, Anne Hartman, and Pat Swope.

Kylie Burgin

Kylie Burgin

·         Next year to attend San Juan College and work.

·         In five years working in cosmetology forming my own business.

·         Favorite memory meeting my best friend and making good memories.

Thank you to Mrs. Barry and Hartman for being the kindest and most understanding teachers.

Ashley Sexton

Ashley Sexton

·         I will be attending Eastern New Mexico University to play soccer and earn a degree in Health Sciences. 

·         After college graduation I plan on moving somewhere in Texas, or Arizona and working at a therapy business or a hospital.

·         When I was shooting the starting gun at a Koogler cross country meet, and Kresl yelled at me because I did it wrong.

I want to say thank you to Mr. Swope, Neil Villanueva, and Mrs. Struass, you guys have been by my side every step of the way during the past 12 years. If it was teaching me right from wrong, being my first ever soccer coach to inspire me, or always believing in me. Thank You. Also a big thanks to my uncle Billy Sexton and Todd Adams, and my aunt Carolyn Sexton for taking me in and never failing to help me in Trigonometry as well as grammar checking my essays. Y'all are pretty cool.

Capriel Mireles

Capriel Mireles

·         I plan on going to the University of New Mexico to major in biology.

·         I see myself continuing my education in 5 years.

·         My favorite memory was getting to meet new people at the start of the year.

I would like to thank every teacher I had for trying to help me understand certain subjects. Especially Mrs. Hargis, who included me in conversation and just in general had a very comforting environment.

Morgan L. Dannar

Morgan L. Dannar

·        I plan on going to New Mexico State University and studying marketing and film.

·        I hope to see myself in 5 years graduated from college, with a stable, well-paying job, with me pursuing a film career on the side.

·        My favorite memory from Aztec High is going to Albuquerque for theater competition my sophomore year. We didn’t win but I had a lot of fun watching the other shows and being around my friends.

Thank you to all the teachers who have helped me through all of my classes over the years. And a special thank you to Mr. Orr, Ms. Olson, Ms. Alea, and Mr. Chevy for helping me find my passions and getting me ready for the next stage of my life.

Matthew Day

Matthew Day

·         Next year I plan to attend San Juan College and study media and journalism, then transfer to Arizona and finish my bachelors.

·         In five years I see myself in Arizona or Texas, starting my career in journalism hopefully with a professional sports team as a writer.

·         My favorite memory of Aztec High School we’re all the classes I had with friends that made everything bearable.

Thank you so much to all my teachers that challenged and pushed me to be successful and getting me ready for my next chapter in life!