Knights in the News

Del Norte High School alumni, students, faculty and staff Who Have Made Knights in the News

DNHS Alumni Sue Jollensten Receives Distinguished Service Award

Photo of Sue Jollensten, DNHS Class of 67 (November 10, 2017) Sue Jollensten, DNHS Class of 1967, recently received the 2017 Distinguished Service Award at the UNM Alumni Lettermen’s Association Hall of Honor Awards Ceremony at the Crowne Plaza in Albuquerque. Sue Jollensten graduated from Del Norte HS in 1967 and … Continue reading

DNHS Student Franz Soriano to be Honored

Photo of Franz Soriano (October 9, 2017) DNHS Student Francisco “Franz” Soriano will be honored in this year’s annual Filipino-American community awards ceremony for his contribution in helping and educating local and native Filipinos. Franz is a runner up in the Manoa Youth Award, named in honor of Manoa … Continue reading

Del Norte Drastically Improves PED School Grade

Photo of Chris Welsh (September 18, 2017) In a front page Albuquerque Journal story, DNHS Principal Jo Sloan and Dean of Students Chris Welsh discussed the school’s improvement from an F to a C over the past year. According to the article, Sloan said she believes the … Continue reading

Mission: Graduate Executive Director Angelo Gonzales Reports on Progress

Photo of Angelo Gonzales (July 14, 2017) In a front page Albuquerque Journal story, Angelo Gonzales, DNHS Class of 1994 and Executive Director of Mission: Graduate, reported on the educational outcomes tracked by Mission: Graduate. While progress is being made, a new initiative “Graduate! ABQ” is designed to help … Continue reading

Tim Mondloch Represented DNHS at the 2017 National Speech & Debate Tournament

Photo of Tim Mondloch at the National Speech and Debate Championships (June 21, 2017) Tim Mondloch, a 2017 DNHS graduate, attended the 2017 National Speech and Debate Tournament on June 18-23, 2017 in Birmingham, Alabama, after being selected to represent the state in the World Schools Debate Competition. His team of three, one of two … Continue reading

Timothy Mondloch, Recognized as 2017 Outstanding Volunteer

Photo of Tim Mondloch - 2017 APS Outstanding Volunteer (June 7, 2017) Del Norte 2017 Graduate Tim Mondloch was recognized as an “Outstanding Volunteer” at the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education Meeting on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. It was noted that Tim put in “100 hours plus” volunteering at Governor Bent Elementary School.

Del Norte HS Refugee Family Needs Help

photo of Melinda Forward and Olivier Kamndon (May 19, 2017) Olivier Kamndon, father of a Del Norte student, was seriously injured crossing Montgomery Blvd. this week. He and his family are refugees from the civil war in the Central African Republic. Oliver is learning English, but speaks French and several African languages … Continue reading

Timothy Mondloch, Del Norte Selfless Senior

PORTRAIT COURTESY FRANK FROST PHOTOGRAPHY Timothy Mondloch (April 19, 2017) The Albuquerque Public Schools Education Foundation’s inaugural Gold Bar Gala honored this year’s 14 Selfless Seniors including Del Norte’s Timothy Mondloch. This districtwide recognition dinner was on Friday, April 21, 2017 at Sandia Resort and Casino. Tim participates and has taken leadership roles … Continue reading

DNHS Teacher Melinda Forward a TEDxABQ Speaker

Photo of Melinda Forward (March 30, 2017) Del Norte High School French teacher Melinda Forward was part of a distinguished group of educators who spoke at TEDxABQ, Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the KiMo Theater. The evening was dedicated to making radical impacts in education. Melinda is passionate about … Continue reading

Tim Mondloch in National Speech & Debate Tournament

Photo of Tim Mondloch (March 28, 2017) DNHS Senior Tim Mondloch will represent New Mexico in the National Speech & Debate Tournament to be held in Birmingham, Alabama June 18-23, 2017. Tim, a member of the Del Norte Debating Dragon Slayers, is the first debater who has qualified to … Continue reading

David Wade McCullough Opens Unique Non-Profit Restaurant

Photo of David Wade McCullough being interviewed (November 21, 2016) David Wade McCullough, DNHS Class of 2008, recently opened  “Karma Cafe”,  a restaurant serving food with no set prices on the menu but rather operating on a “pay as you feel’ model”. He started Food Karma in Albuquerque about three years ago as a … Continue reading

Kevin Gant Receives Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Picture of Kevin Gant (August 22, 2016) DNHS Alumni Kevin Gant was recently honored by President Obama as one of the nation’s outstanding Mathematics and Science teachers. The prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from … Continue reading

Crystal Kellogg Sings the National Anthem at Yankees Stadium

Picture of Crystal Kellogg (August 16, 2016) Crystal Kellogg, DNHS Class of 2001, sang the National Anthem at the New York Yankees Stadium for the Yankees vs. Blue Jays game on August 15, 2016. Crystal studied Theatre and Dance at the University of New Mexico and recently … Continue reading

Mandi Venable – Southwest Airlines Station Manger

picture of Mandi Hinkle Venable (July 25, 2016) Mandi Hinkle Venable, DNHS Class of 1986, has been the Station Manager for Southwest Airlines in Albuquerque since April, 2016. She has held 17 different positions in seven markets with Southwest since 1983.  Mandi was a cheerleader at Del Norte … Continue reading

Senior Golfer and Tenor Sam Shepperson

Picture of Sam Shepperson - Golf (July 7, 2016) Sam Shepperson, Del Norte High School Class of 1976, is not only one of the city’s best senior golfers but also one of the states’s top opera singers. Sam recently played at the 75th annual Greater Albuquerque Men’s City Amateur Golf Championship … Continue reading

DNHS Nathan Burnett Wins Pole Vault Event

DNHS Nathan Burnett (April 4, 2016) Del Norte’s Nathan Burnett won the pole vault event at the APS Albuquerque Invitational Track & Field Meet at Nusenda Community Stadium on Friday April 1, 2016. Nathan cleared 14-6, a season personal best as the Knights’ senior easily won his … Continue reading

Xena Gurule, Del Norte Selfless Senior

Xena Gurule, Del Norte (March 23, 2016) On Thursday, March 17, 2016 the APS Education Foundation honored Del Norte’s Xena Gurule. An accomplished artist, Xena is the primary caregiver to her elderly grandmother, with whom she lives. “The nicest compliment I ever received is when my grandma … Continue reading

Mia Edwards, Del Norte Selfless Senior

DNHS Mia Edwards (March 23, 2016) On Thursday, March 17, 2016 the APS Education Foundation honored Del Norte’s Mia Edwards. Mia is a singer and volunteers at Joy Junction, Casa Esperanza and Roadrunner Food Bank. Her school choir director said this about her: “Mia exemplifies a true person … Continue reading

Former DNHS Coach Gene Pino Nominated to NM Sports Hall of Fame

Gene Pino (March 19, 2016) Former Del Norte coach Gene Pino has been honored with a nomination to the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame for his career achievements and contribution to sports in NM. The New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame Induction Celebration Weekend is April 1-3, 2016. … Continue reading

Alan Spencer, NM Pageant of Bands Announcer

Picture of Alan Spencer - Science Teacher (January 23, 2016) Del Norte graduate Alan Spencer is the new volunteer announcer for the New Mexico Pageant of of Bands, a non-profit organization of volunteers which produce a marching band competition for NM high school bands. In the 2015 competition, in which Alan … Continue reading

Jenna Thurman Runs for an NCAA Division II WXC Championship

Jenna Thurman (December 5, 2015) DNHS graduate Jenna Thurman ran with the Adams State University women’s cross country team when they won the NCAA Division II Championship on November 21, 2015 in Joplin, Missouri. Jenna finished 10th overall with a time of 20:48.4 setting a season-best time on a … Continue reading

Lydia Nelson Sings at Lobo Women’s Basketball Game

(November 23, 2015) Del Norte graduate Lydia Nelson sang the National Anthem at the UNM Lobo Women’s basketball game on Friday, November 13, 2015 at the “Pit”. In a unique double header, Lydia sang before the Women’s game and after the men’s game. Many of … Continue reading

DNHS Xena Gurule’s Artwork Auctioned

Xena Gurule artwork (November 3, 2015) Del Norte Senior Xena Gurule’s artwork was auctioned in the annual APS A is for Art! fundraiser for the APS Education Foundation on Saturday, November 7, 2015 at Hotel Albuquerque. Read about it in the Albuquerque Journal story APS A is for Art! event … Continue reading

Joseph A. Wasson Jr., DNHS class of 1979

Joseph A Wasson Jr (October 13, 2015) Joseph Anthony Wasson Jr. is a 1979 Del Norte graduate. He recently was promoted to the Performing Arts Program Director at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) where he has worked since 2001. At the NHCC he had been in charge of production … Continue reading

Jon Gayer, DNHS class of 1995

(October 8, 2015) Jon Gayer, DNHS class of 1995, has taken a position as coordinator of “Greek Life” fraternities and sororities with the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska. Gayer will be involved with some 4,000 students. Gayer was president of the DNHS … Continue reading

Del Norte Earth Club Students Shine at NMSF

Picture of DNHS Earth Club at the 2015 New Mexico State Fair (September 24, 2015) Ten students from the Del Norte High School’s Earth Club, sponsored by biology teacher Jim Butscher, partnered with the state Energy Conservation & Management Division of the Minerals & Natural Resources Department at their display at the opening weekend of … Continue reading

Marissa Livingston Crowned Miss New Mexico

Marissa Livingston Miss New Mexico 2015 (September 6, 2015) Marissa Livingston, a 2009 DNHS Graduate, was crowned Miss New Mexico 2015 on June 20. Marissa was a member of the Castelles, student government and President of the National Honor Society. She has a B.A. In Mass Communications and Journalism … Continue reading

Knights Football in Preseason Metro Top-10

DNHS Football Helmet - AlumKnights (August 18, 2015) The Albuquerque Journal has ranked Del Norte Number 9 in their preseason metro top-10. The Knights were 5-6 last year and won District 2-5A. This year they intend to win a playoff game, something they haven’t done since 1997. Senior Danta … Continue reading

Mike Foote, Founder of the Albuquerque Baseball Academy

Mike Foote, Albuquerque Baseball Academy (July 14, 2015) Mike Foote, a 1976 graduate of Del Norte, founded the Albuquerque Baseball Academy, a nationally renowned program that helps Albuquerque/New Mexico athletes realize their dream of playing college and/or professional baseball. Mike was a baseball Letterman for UNM from 1976 to 1980 … Continue reading

Angelo Gonzales, Executive Director of Mission: Graduate

Angelo Gonzales, DNHS AlumKnights (June 25, 2015) Angelo Gonzales, DNHS Class of 1994, is Executive Director of Mission: Graduate, a cradle-to-career education partnership in Central New Mexico. The organization is committed to producing 60,000 new graduates with college degrees and certificates by 2020. Through its’ career exploration initiative, … Continue reading

John Kelly Elected to the MRGCD Board

John Kelly, MRGCD Board (June 3, 2015) Incumbent John P. Kelly, a 1977 Del Norte Graduate, was re-elected Tuesday, June 2, 2015 to the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District Board of Directors. Kelly defeated Steve D. Gallegos, a veteran of both the Albuquerque City Council and Bernalillo County … Continue reading

Olivia Padilla-Jackson, DNHS Class of 1993

Olivia Padilla-Jackson, DNHS Class of 1993 (May 28, 2015) Olivia Padilla-Jackson is a 1993 DNHS graduate. She was part of Ballet Folklorico at DNHS. She is the Deputy Director of Finance for the City of Albuquerque and helps to manage and oversee all aspects of the City’s financial and … Continue reading

Del Norte’s Bruce Binkley Top Boys Sport Coach of the Year

(May 6, 2015) APS announced that Del Norte’s Head Football Coach Bruce Binkley has been selected as the top boys sport coach of the year. Before becoming Del Norte’s Head Coach in 2012, Coach Binkley was an assistant with La Cueva and Volcano Vista and … Continue reading

Jazlyn Padilla-Nahe APS Female Athlete of the Year

Jazlyn Padilla-Nahe APS Female Athlete of the Year (May 6, 2015) APS announced that Jazlyn Padilla-Nahe of Del Norte is the female athlete of the year for 2014-15. Jazlyn is a four-sport standout for the Knights in soccer, cross-country, swimming and track and field. See APS names its athletes of the year in the Albuquerque … Continue reading

Katrina Stackpole, 49ers Scoreboard Wizard

Katrina Stackpole, DNHS AlumKnights (April 25, 2015) Katrina Stackpole, Del Norte class of 2003, has a unique job as a trainer with Daktronics which supplies multi-million dollar electronic scoreboards and video screens at stadiums, arenas and event centers around the US. Stackpole has a BA from NMSU … Continue reading

Shelby Harrison, Del Norte Selfless Senior

Shelby Harrison, Del Norte (April 13, 2015) On Thursday, April 9, 2015 the APS Education Foundation honored Del Norte’s Shelby Harrison in the 2015 class of Selfless Seniors during a ceremony at Atrisco Heritage Academy. “We can make a difference in this world that we live in simply … Continue reading

Tara Spencer, Del Norte Selfless Senior

Tara Spencer, Del Norte (April 13, 2015) On Thursday, April 9, 2015 the APS Education Foundation honored Del Norte’s Tara Spencer in the 2015 class of Selfless Seniors during a ceremony at Atrisco Heritage Academy. “In helping people, I love to see the smile in their eyes and … Continue reading

Almi Abeyta Named as One of Three APS Superintendent Candidate Finalist

Almi Abeyta (April 9, 2015) Almudena “Almi” Abeyta (Guajardo), DNHS Class of ’90, has been named as one of three finalist candidates for Albuquerque Public Schools Superintendent. Read APS board announces 3 superintendent finalists in the Albuquerque Journal. Almi grew up in Albuquerque and graduated from Del Norte High … Continue reading

Gary Wolfe – New Executive Director of Cinnabar Foundation

(February 12, 2015) The Cinnabar Foundation has named Gary Wolfe, DNHS Class of 67, as its new executive director. Gary, a wildlife biologist, has 40 years of conservation and natural resource management experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. He will lead Montana’s … Continue reading

DNHS QB Tyrelle Jackson Recipient of MLK Scholarship

Tyrelle Jackson, DNHS (January 23, 2015) Del Norte Senior Quarterback Tyrelle Jackson was awarded a $1,000 Scholarship from the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Council on January 19, 2015. He was one of 27 seniors from around New Mexico to be awarded the scholarship at the MLKMC … Continue reading

Karen Montoya Elected New Chair of PRC

Karen Montoya, NM PRC, AlumKnights (January 8, 2015) Karen Montoya, a 1984 Del Norte graduate, was elected new chairperson of the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission on January 7, 2015. Karen represents the state’s most densely populated area, District 1, which includes most of Albuquerque. Before joining the PRC, Commissioner … Continue reading

Buzz Biernacki, Class of 75

Buzz Biernacki, DNHS Class of 75 (December 16, 2014) Buzz Biernacki, a 1975 DNHS graduate, is a Board Member of the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation and Chairperson for their annual Festival of Trees fundraiser. This year’s Dec. 5-7 Trees event raised over $50,000. Buzz Biernacki also played on the … Continue reading

Lydia Nelson to Sing National Anthem

Lydia Nelson, DNHS Choir, AlumKnights (November 11, 2014) DNHS student Lydia Nelson will sing the National Anthem at the November 19, 2014 APS Board meeting where she will be recognized for her recent accomplishments. Lydia was named to the 2014 All-National Mixed Choir Honor Ensemble sponsored by the National Association for Music … Continue reading

Water Color Artist Patricia Baca Featured

(October 14, 2014) 1966 DNHS Alumni Patricia Baca’s water color paintings were featured on the front page of the October 12, 2014 Journal Arts section. Baca was interviewed for a story in the Albuquerque Journal about the NM Watercolor Society Fall show held at the … Continue reading

Freshmen Pledge to Graduate

Scott Groff (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal) (September 2, 2014) Scott Goff, the Activities Director at DNHS, has initiated a program at Del Norte to encourage graduation according to an article in the Albuquerque Journal. Scott has gathered pledges from DNHS freshmen that they will graduate. The pledge encourages the students to … Continue reading

Knights With Attitude

Jacob Guterrez - AlumKnights (August 28, 2014) The Del Norte Knights football team are thinking of themselves as a “Band of Brothers” as they begin the new season. Not only are they facing new District 2-5A foes, they are also dealing with the tragic loss of senior linebacker Jacob … Continue reading

Jon Salazar Promoted to State Police Captain

Jon Salazar - AlumKnights "Knights in the News" (August 21, 2014) Jon Salazar, class of 1985, was honored with a promotion to the rank of Captain by New Mexico State Police Chief Pete Kassetas. Jon graduated with a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from NMSU. Jon has served in a variety … Continue reading

Tarra Day Receives Emmy Nominations

DNHS Grad Tarra Day (July 10, 2014) DNHS Grad Tarra Day recently received Emmy nominations for her work as Department Head Makeup Artist on the AMC series Breaking Bad in its final season. Tarra also won the 2014 Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Guild Award for Contemporary Makeup for her work … Continue reading

Original 1964 DNHS Teachers Honored

AlumKnights CTK Original 1964 Teachers (July 5, 2014) Eleven original 1964 DNHS teachers were honored in a ceremony at the “Celebrate the Knight” DNHS 50th Anniversary kick-off event June 27, 2014. In an Albuquerque Journal article by Leslie Linthicum, several of these DNHS teachers were interviewed about the changes in their profession. … Continue reading

Diego Sanchez – Wins at UFC Fight Night 42

Diego Sanchez (June 8, 2014) Del Norte Alumni Diego Sanchez made international news when he dropped British fighter Ross Pearson in UFC Fight Night 42 here in Albuquerque. In a split decision, Sanchez won the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) lightweight bout in front of a capacity crowd … Continue reading

Pat Henry – Head Track Coach at Texas A&M

(March 14, 2014) Pat Henry, a former Del Norte Knight, was recently in town for the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. Pat is the head coach of the Texas A&M track and field program. He was featured in the Albuquerque Journal article “Texas A&M coach … Continue reading

Melanie Brionez – Coach of the Albuquerque Kings

(February 21, 2014) Melanie Brionze, a 2004 Del Norte Alumni, is the coach of the Albuquerque Kings wheelchair basketball team. The Kings are a championship-level member of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association. Melanie was featured in the article “Kings are happy to play at home for … Continue reading

DNHS Teachers Named Golden Apple Winners

(February 21, 2014) Two of the seven high school teachers who earned this year’s distinguished Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching work at Del Norte High School. These include Jonathan Hagmaier, who teaches drama and digital film and Rachel Weihe who teaches history at Del Norte. … Continue reading

Daryl Wiggins Receives Football Scholarship

(February 19, 2014) Graduating DNHS senior Daryl Wiggins received a full scholarship to New Mexico Military Institute to play football. He was honored as one of the top 10 New Mexico Multi-Sport Athletes for the 2013/2014 season at the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame Banquet. … Continue reading

Joe Cajero, Class of 88

(February 19, 2014) Joe Cajero, who graduated from Del Norte High School in 1988, along with his wife Althea have been chosen as the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture Living Treasures for 2014. Joe Cajero is a bronze and clay sculptor originally from Jemez Pueblo and jeweler … Continue reading

Sam Shepperson

Sam Shepperson (February 19, 2014) Sam is Co-Director of UNM Opera’s The Magic Flute. Sam, a member of the Voice Faculty at the University of New Mexico, attended Del Norte in the ’70s. Active in opera, oratorio, and art song, Sam Shepperson has been a … Continue reading

Branden Hussey, DNHS JROTC

(February 19, 2014) Del Norte High School Air Force Junior ROTC Cadet Branden Hussey, who has lived what he calls “a challenge-based life“, was recently featured in an inspiring article in the Albuquerque Journal. Please take a look at Branden Hussey’s story. It is a … Continue reading

Special Student Recognition

(February 8, 2014) Special recognition goes out DNHS student Christy Bird for her debut in the Coca-Cola® “America The Beautiful” commercial which aired during the 2014 Super Bowl. Christy is an Native American from the Santo Domingo Pueblo that sang a portion of … Continue reading

Recent DNHS Grad Diagnosed with Cancer – Family Needs Help

(January 24, 2014) Adam Johnstone, a 2013 DNHS graduate, has been diagnosed with testicular cancer. Adam has undergone surgical removal of tumors and the first of four rounds of chemotherapy. To help defray the costs of his treatment, visit www.gofundme.com/6duxmo. Adam was the Drum … Continue reading

Janet Saiers, Class of 66

(February 5, 2013) Janet Saiers is a founding member of the AlumKnights® and said in an interview with the Albuquerque Journal :“We are actively looking for Del Norte graduates who have achieved … journalists and educators, TV reporters and college professors, doctors and nurses. So … Continue reading

Angelo Gonzales, Class of 94

Angelo Gonzales, DNHS AlumKnights (February 5, 2013) Angelo Gonzales is a founding member and past president of the AlumKnights®. Angelo said in an interview with the Albuquerque Journal: “We were very intentional about putting together an organization that would do more than just nostalgia. We’re not a reunion planning … Continue reading