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7th grader's pillow drive collects more than 130 pillows
Thank you to everyone who donated to this fall's pillow drive in support of the Children's Cancer Fund of New Mexico. The drive was organized by Johnny Snyder '28—a leukemia survivor—in memory of his late friend Jordyn Evans. More than 130 pillows, pillowcases, and get-well cards were collected for donation to child cancer patients and their families. Johnny was recently featured in the Santa Fe New Mexican and says he intends to keep the drive going through his senior year at Prep. Thank you for your generosity and leadership, Johnny.
Following successful seasons that included district championships and runs at the state titles, many members of the boys and girls soccer teams were recognized with all-state honors. From the girls team, Marley Belyeu '26, Maya Crawford '26, and Dessa Monat '23 were named to first team all-state, and Lusa Hirsch-Arnett '24, Katie Mooney '26, Fionnuala Moore '23, and Maddie Mena '23 were named to second team all-state. From the boys team, Vanya Ferjancic '23, Liam Mooney '23, and Asher Nathan '23 were named first team all-state.
There's much to celebrate on the cross country course, where the girls were runners-up at the state championships and Nya Griego '25 placed second in the 3A division. Following state championships, Quinlan Dry '25 ran his final race of the season at the Garmin RunningLane National Championships in Huntsville, Alabama, where he competed against the best high school runners in the country and placed second in the 5,000 meters.
At the pool, the swimming and diving teams are enjoying a dominant season. At this past weekend's Taos Invitational, Lauren Healy '25 placed first in the 100-meter free to help the girls team finish in first place, while the boys finished third with only four swimmers. Emery Kurth '24 won the one-meter dive competition to qualify for the state meet in February, where she'll be joined by Nico Roth '23 swimming the 100-meter butterfly.
This year marks the first time since 2018 that Prep has had a middle school girls basketball team. Coached by Gary Moquino, the team recently placed third overall in the APIAL Division Three competition, beating Oak Grove 28-13 in their final game.
Congratulations to all of our athletes on these incredible achievements. Go, Blue Griffins!
Middle Schoolers make 1,000 paper cranes
This month, Sarah Megan Lee's Middle School 3D art class donated 1,000 cranes to Rick Allred, the founder of local nonprofit In the Folds of Peace. After learning how to fold origami cranes themselves, the MS 3D art class taught the practice to all 8th grade Global Studies students. The goal of In the Folds of Peace is to generate one million paper cranes to be taken to the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, Japan.
Seniors exercise their civic duty
On November 8, approximately 20 Prep seniors voted for the first time! As part of Dan Murray's 12th grade Modern America course, seniors accompanied their peers to a polling station to cheer them on for their first-time vote. Prior to election day, guest speakers from the League of Women Voters came to classes, and students researched candidates and ballot initiatives. Congratulations to all the new voters!
The irregular timing of this year's World Cup tournament has allowed students, faculty, and staff to spend their lunch periods watching matches. On November 29, many gathered in the cafeteria for the nail-biting conclusion of the USA's final group stage match against Iran, which sent them through to the knockout rounds. Although the USA later lost to the Netherlands in the round of 16, World Cup fever has continued to grip the Prep community. Go, Argentina/Croatia/France/Morocco!
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Community Book Read
January 18, 5:30-6:30pm
Join us on Wednesday, January 18, in the Prep library for a community discussion of The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green. Copies are available at a 15% discount from Bee Hive Books—mention the Prep Community Read if purchasing in person or use the code Community Read in notes if purchasing online.
Monthly PA Meetings
Meetings are held on the second Thursday of each month, with the next meeting scheduled for Thursday, January 12, at 9am in the Library Classroom. Please note that the February meeting (Thursday, February 9) will be held in the evening, time TBA.
Every Wednesday after drop-off, meet a group of Prep parents at St. John's parking lot for Wednesday walks. Dogs are also welcome!
TAMALE FUNDRAISER SUPPORTS SENIOR CLASS TRIP
The senior class is raising money for their end-of-year trip via a holiday fundraiser with Tres Colores Restaurant. During the entire month of December, place an order for tamales by calling the restaurant (505-490-0296) or stopping by in person, and let them know your order is in support of Santa Fe Prep's seniors. Tres Colores will generously donate one dollar for every tamale sold! Please contact senior class co-president Katherine Bair with any questions. Thank you for supporting the class of 2023!
PREP MUSICIANS TO PERFORM AT ALL-STATE
Congratulations to all Prep student musicians selected to participate at All-State Music Festival!
Middle School Youth Mixed Choir
Jasper Lee '27
All-State Concert Orchestra
Abby Furlanetto '24, viola (2nd year participant)
Benchiye Haozous '25, cello
Luke Rand '26, violin
Weston Keller '23, violin (3rd year participant)
Gabriel Ingliss '26, violin
The Middle School festival—the first since 2020—will be held January 26-28 in Farmington. The Upper School festival is set to take place at UNM from January 4-7, with a live performance scheduled for 3pm on the 7th. For more information about tickets and concert programs, please visit the New Mexico Music Educators Association website.
APPLICATIONS OPEN SOON FOR THE QUINCY BRAVE CONWAY SCHOLARSHIP
The Quincy Brave Conway Scholarship—named in honor of Quincy Brave Conway '17, who passed away just before what would have been his senior year at Prep—is awarded annually to one Prep or Breakthrough Santa Fe sophomore or junior receiving tuition assistance. Quincy was a National Merit semifinalist, a nationally-ranked rock climber, a fervent physicist, and a lover of all things free and wild. His passion was infectious.
In the spirit of the award, applicants are encouraged to think outside the box to develop an experience unique to their personal passions. Rae Ota '23, the most recent recipient of the scholarship, used the funds she received to travel to Seoul, South Korea and study music.
Applications will open on Tuesday, December 20, and are due no later than Wednesday, February 1, 2023. Please visit the Quincy Brave Conway Scholarship Facebook page for more information and to apply.