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Ten students have been awarded the Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation scholarship. Each student selected demonstrated a balance of academic excellence, extracurricular participation and community service throughout their high school career. The winners have each selected an educator of distinction — an education professional that had a positive impact on the student’s time in the Los Alamos Public Schools.
The LAPS Foundation is a non-profit organization leverages time, talent and funds to promote innovative learning in our public schools. The Foundation continues to grow its scholarship funds through donations made by community members and alumni of the Los Alamos High School.
Kayla Suazo chose Janet Newton, her humanities teacher at Los Alamos High School, as her educator of distinction.
“Ms. Newton’s humanities class has been one of the most influential classes I have taken thus far in my education. She makes learning enjoyable and her lessons have motivated me and challenged me during my senior year. I am truly humbled that I had the opportunity to listen and learn from her philosophies,” she said.
While at LAHS, Suazo participated and excelled in Student Council, serving as student body president, yearbook editor and on the United Way Youth Team in charge of advertising the campaign.
Suazo plans to major in electronic media and journalism at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her mother is Tonya Grace.