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Film Prize Jr NM Winners!!! 

Film Prize Jr NM Festival held in Albuquerque, NM April 6, 2024

AVECHS media students made an impressive showing at the Film Prize Junior NM Film Festival in Albuquerque, April 5-7. Seniors Matthew Ochoa, Adrian Maldonado, Kaleb Martinez, and Danny Webb won Best Sci-Fi, for their short film, "Deva Dhara," senior Andrea Torres-Cantu won best animation for "Secret of the Vase," and Juniors Briana Hernandez, Alexa Chavez and Jazmin Munoz won a Founders Circle Award for their documentary, "One Click Away."  

Over 80 schools, presenting 167 films, participated in the festival.

NMSU Innoventure Challenge

March 20, 2024

1st place winners; choice of a laptop or an iPad

innoventure winners

Southern NM STEM Challenge in Roswell, NM

March 16, 2024

2nd place securing them a spot at ISEF in Los Angeles, CA in May

+  a Special Award for Climate Change and $75 cash prize


STEM Challenge winners

Loretto Academy presents the TCA Region IV Scholastic Chess Championship

Sat., Feb. 24, 2024


3rd Place Winners in the Novice Division


El Paso and Doña Ana High School Regional Science Bowl

Sat., Feb. 17, 2024


3rd Place

BPA State Competition Winners!!! 

BPA State  Competition held in Albuquerque, NM Feb. 14 – 17, 2024


Alta Vista Early College High School students recently made an impressive showing at the Business Professionals of America State Conference in Albuquerque.  

Junior Alexa Chavez was elected as the 2024-2025 NM State BPA President. She worked hard for the honor and we know she will represent Alta Vista well!

Junior Briana Hernandez won a $500 scholarship for her 1st place finish in Digital Media Production. Jazmin Munoz also won a $500 scholarship for her 1st place finish in Human Resource Management, as well as 1st in Meeting & Event Planning Concepts.

Seniors Adrian Maldonado, Danny Webb and Matthew Ochoa placed 1st in Video Production. Juniors Alejandro Garcia-Torresday, Severa Gonzalez, Christopher Hernandez and Ariadne Lopez-Rendon placed 1st in Broadcast News Production.

Kaitlynn Paz won 1st in Economic Research Individual. Junior Joslynn Cervantes won 1st in Health Research Presentation.  

Juniors Joslynn Cervantes, Yamilet Hernadez, Jazmin Munoz, and senior Gabriel Marrufo won 2nd in Visual Design Team. Ariadne Rendon won 2nd in Entrepreneurship and junior Severa Gonzales placed 2nd in Presentation Individual. Senior Andrea Torres-Cantu placed 2nd in Digital Communication and Design Concepts. Senior Gabriel Marrufo placed 3rd in Digital Media Production and Juniors Alexa Chavez, Briana Hernandez, Cozbi Morales, and Kaitlynn Paz placed 3rd in Broadcast News Production. 

In all, 15 students qualified for BPA National Competition, which will be held May 10-13 in Chicago, Illinois.

Way to go Mighty Owls!

CONGRATULATIONS to our NM Governor’s STEM Challenge Winners

January 20, 2024

NM STEM Challenge winners

NM Governor’s STEM Challenge

Arte Vista wins the Virgin Galactic Prize!!!  


Innoventure Challenge High School Round 1 Winners

March 30, 2023

Judges diligently scored all of the video submissions and the top-scoring videos selected for High School Round One who will be attending our Final Innoventure Challenge at NMSU were:





District Student Leadership Council pic

AVECHS was honored to host GISD’s District Student Leadership Council for the monthly meeting on Aug. 30, 2023.

District Student Leadership Council pic



NM Vistas photo

On Friday, June 16, 2023, New Mexico Public Education Department released the designations (rankings) of schools.  AVECHS is  proud to share the incredible news that we have been designated as a GISD SPOTLIGHT SCHOOL (highest ranking) by the New Mexico Public Education Department. This is an honor bestowed upon our teachers and students for all of their hard work and academic commitment.

Want more information or data breakdown?  Visit the following NMPED Vistas website links:

About NMVistas

AVECHS School Designation data


School Board Recognition on Dec. 8, 2023.

Designation Recognition



Broadcast News Team, 2nd in State Competition

Kaleb Martinez

David Castro Martinez

Extemporaneous Speech

Gabriel Robinson: 2nd in State Competition

Bianca Navarrette: 1st at State and an impressive 6th place at national competition. Bianca also placed 3rd in interview skills at the state competitionzdfrr555

Podcast Team, 1st Place in State Competition

Adrian Maldonado, Andrea Torres-Cantu, Jazmine Cordova, Gabriel Robinson

State Finalist in Graphic Design Promotion & Fundamentals of Desktop Publishing

Carlos Villarreal

We also had a FIRST place state finisher in Graphic Design Promotion

Gabriel Marrufo—Gabriel placed 10th at national competition.

Gabriel was also part of our Visual Design Team, which included Deanna Nunez, Rubi Garcia, and Claudia Ceballos The Visual Design team placed 2nd at state—made a lot of revisions—and ranked an impressive 10th at national competition.

Rubi Garcia also placed 1st in Financial Math & Analysis at state competition

Our Video Production Team, placed 1st at the state competition.  

Kenneth Soto

Danny Webb

Matthew Ochoa

Commendations go to these students, along with Adrian Maldonado for their 4th place NATIONAL ranking in the Daniel’s Fund Ethics Initiative. The team won a $1,000 cash prize.

Adrian also placed 2nd in Digital Media Production at state and 11th at nationals.

We would like to recognize Matthew Ochoa. 

Matthew has achieved numerous accolades this year. He placed 1st in Digital Media Production at the state level and THIRD at the national level. Matthew has also been accepted into the all-expense paid PBS Student Reporting Labs summer academy, which will be held in Boston.