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Afghan Students discuss school and life as International Students

The Richard Eeds Show

May 2, 2019

Desert Academy Students Hakima Amir & Mah Begum Atimadi from Afghanistan & Naomi Swinton of The Bartos Institute

Desert Academy Students Hakima Amir & Mah Begum Atimadi from Afghanistan & Naomi Swinton of The Bartos Institute

Students from Afghanistan, Mah Begum Atimadi & Hakima Amir & Advisor Naomi Swinton

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Interview with Hakima and Mah Begum starts at 8:05


Santa Fe students find lessons of Anne Frank are relevant today

By Olivia Harlow | Santa Fe New Mexican

March 31, 2019

A traveling Anne Frank exhibit, created by the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, will be presented at Desert Academy, Monte del Sol, Mandela International and Santa Fe High.

Winding through an exhibition on the short life of Anne Frank, elementary students from Desert Montessori School became immersed in the World War II-era story of the Jewish German teenage girl, listening attentively, their faces lined with worry.

“Where did they hide?” one fourth-grader asked, referring to the Frank family members, who were forced to conceal themselves from Nazis in a building in Amsterdam that Anne had dubbed the Secret Annex.

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2019 Anne Frank exhibition video
https://youtu.be/2lbmP8865S0


Afghan teens get taste of life, learning in Santa Fe

By Olivia Harlow | Santa Fe New Mexican

Feb 4, 2019

Hakima Ameri looks out the window during her film class at Desert Academy. ‘Film is a language everyone understands,’ she said, adding it’s her favorite class. Olivia Harlow/The New Mexican

Hakima Ameri looks out the window during her film class at Desert Academy. ‘Film is a language everyone understands,’ she said, adding it’s her favorite class. Olivia Harlow/The New Mexican

For the first time, said Hakima Ameri and Mah Begum Atimadi, they know what freedom feels like.

The two Afghan teenagers, both from the Hazara ethnic group, arrived in Santa Fe in early January as part of Desert Academy’s efforts with United World College in Montezuma to offer women from rural parts of Afghanistan the opportunity to learn skills and concepts — inside and outside of the classroom — that they can one day use to help implement change in their communities back home.

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Students Work To Keep Guns Away From Children

The Richard Eeds Show

August 14, 2018

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Miranda Viscoli, Sophia Lussiez & Julia Mazal on Guns, Gun Laws & The New School Year

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SF teens working on gun access legislation

By Megan Bennett / Albuquerque Journal North Reporter

August 3rd, 2018

Julia Mazal, left, and Sophia Lussiez, both 16, are working on a bill for the 2019 legislative session intended to hold gun owners liable for improperly secured weapons that end up in the hands of kids. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

Julia Mazal, left, and Sophia Lussiez, both 16, are working on a bill for the 2019 legislative session intended to hold gun owners liable for improperly secured weapons that end up in the hands of kids. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

SANTA FE, N.M. — Sixteen-year-old Sophia Lussiez says it shouldn’t have to be the job of students to fight to protect children against gun violence.

“Because we should already have it in place,” said the senior at Desert Academy. “We should already be safe.”

She believes New Mexico is “slacking” on the issue.

Now, Lussiez and her friend Julia Mazal are working on state legislation aimed at preventing children from accessing firearms, to help stop incidents such as school shootings or suicides.

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Film aims to help bring Afghan refugees to study in N.M.

By Olivia Harlow | Santa Fe New Mexican

Jul 30, 2018

These 10 Afghan refugee teens from the Cisurua Learning Center in Indonesia hope to attend Desert Academy or United World College in New Mexico. Courtesy photo

These 10 Afghan refugee teens from the Cisurua Learning Center in Indonesia hope to attend Desert Academy or United World College in New Mexico. Courtesy photo

When Afghan teenager Benazir Mohammadi’s family was taken by the Taliban, she eluded capture and was later forced to relocate to Indonesia, where she now lives at the Cisarua Refugee Learning Center.

Rather than despair, she let her life experiences instill resiliency and willpower to propel herself forward.

“While my future may look smaller than it did before, my dreams are bigger than they ever have been,” she wrote in an application to the New Mexico-based United World College-USA in March.

Through a collaboration between schools, her application was processed by the Desert Academy, an International Baccalaureate World School in Santa Fe where she hopes to spend her first year.

“There’s nothing I can’t do,” Mohammadi wrote.

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Desert Academy class of 2018 Graduation (Ali McGraw, keynote speaker)

Desert Academy Graduation, May 31, 2018 at the Santa Fe Scottish Rite Center, Santa Fe, NM

  • 0:00:00 - Processional – Pomp and Circumstance by Edward Elgar; Performed by Weston Keller (violin), Cece Barkley-Nelson (violin), Ella Tyroller (cello)

  • 0:03:03 - Welcome – Dr. Yann Lussiez, Head of School

  • 0:12:44 - Senior Speakers: Emily Buxengaard, valedictorian

  • 0:18:06 - Senior Speakers: Natalie Longmire-Kulis, salutatorian

  • 0:27:27 - Keynote Speaker: Ali McGraw

  • 0:54:30 - Vocal Performance – Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen; performed by Max Krien (guitar), Beatrice Lowe (violin), Ki Cooley-Winters (piano)

  • 1:01:23 - Awarding of IB Stoles

  • 1:04:08 - Awarding of Diplomas – Dr. Yann Lussiez, Head of School, Ed Woodd, Associate Head of School

  • 1:09:11 - Presenting the Graduates

May 31, 2018