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Afghan teens get taste of life, learning in Santa Fe

By Olivia Harlow | Santa Fe New Mexican

Feb 4, 2019

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

Students Work To Keep Guns Away From Children

The Richard Eeds Show

August 14, 2018

SF teens working on gun access legislation

By Megan Bennett / Albuquerque Journal North Reporter

August 3rd, 2018

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

By Olivia Harlow | Santa Fe New Mexican

Jul 30, 2018

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