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AHA Film & Technology Colleagues

Atencio, Ellena
Brown, Ashley
Caruso, Leah
Film Teacher
Gallegos, Christopher
Bilingual Social Studies/ESL Teacher / Social Studies Department Chairperson
Hicks, Jordy
Science Teacher
Kurland, Nicole
Film & Graphics Teacher
Maestas-gilreath, Patricia
Santos, Maria
Math Teacher
Trujillo, Walter
Digital Film Production; Television Production
Uebelhoer, Paul
Social Studies Teacher
Urioste, Venessa
Social Studies Teacher
Vazquez, Olga

Film Academy Lead

Kurland, Nicole
Film & Graphics Teacher

AHA Film & Technology Academy

Our Mission & Vision

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Mission: Students in the AHA Film & Technology Academy will apply unique perspectives and problem solving skills across the curriculum to positively impact their communities. Students will be prepared for post-secondary academics and/or careers in creative media industries.

Vision: The AHA Film and Technology Academy centers on helping students gain advantages in 21st century education and career choices, and is designed to meet the multiple demands of creative industries in New Mexico and beyond. We emphasize Multiple Literacies, Community Connections, Global Awareness and Creative Curiosity.

Killer Cake!

Click on picture below to view 1st Place Animation winners Ivan Nunez and Jaden Romero's stop motion video "Killer Cake!"
AHA Film students Ivan & Jaden won first place in the Future Voices of New Mexico 2015 Film & Photography Contest.

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Ninja stop motion animation by Fernando Miguel

Click on the picture below to view AHA Computer Graphics student Fernando Miguel's  illustrated stop motion

Watch the KJCN Daily Announcements on our YouTube Channel!

2013-2014 KJCN Television Broadcast Crew

2013-2014 KJCN Television Broadcast Crew

Film Academy Promo video (from Edgar San Juan on Vimeo)

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Bryza Pizano, AHA Lady Jaguars basketball senior, has committed to continue her basketball career at Northlands College in Ashland, Wisconsin.  Pizano signed her letter of intent in a ceremony held inside the Jaguar Den.


Head coach of the Jills, Daryle Tucker believes Pizano is the right fit for his team.


Bryza PizanoHer ability to read passing lanes and get up and down the court will fit nice with our HAVOC defense. You can tell she comes up in a great home. I have been impressed with my conversations with her and her mother. And, when I met them for the first time I was even more impressed. Her professionalism and strength in knowing who she is was impressive. I think she will do well here and fit into our defensive and offensive schemes.”


Lady Jaguars head coach, Joe Montoya, believes it’s PIzano’s work ethic that sets her apart.


She never takes a day off.  Bryza would always ask what she needed to work on and spend extra time working on her weaknesses.  She does all the little things such as great sportsmanship, great character, excellent leadership and, most importantly, excellent in the classroom.”


“I see her role as getting comfortable and acclimated with the team, offense/defense schemes, school and community,” says Coach Tucker about her role as an incoming freshman.  “It’s going to be difficult initially, but I think she will get it. It’s always the toughest part of transitioning to college. I think…we are going to see great things.”


Coach Montoya echoes much of what Coach Tucker believes.


“Be prepared to balance basketball and school.  Time management will be one of the most important skills she will need to be successful in basketball and school.  Continue to set goals for herself in the classroom and on the basketball court.  Enjoy the experience!”


Congratulations to Bryza Pizano and Jaguar Nation looks forward to following your career.


The following students have made the Top 10 for the Class of 2018.  Each will be honored at the Honors & Robing Ceremony on Tuesday, May 8th, 6:30pm, in the Jaguar Den.  The Valedictorian and Salutatorian will also be announced during the ceremony.


The Top 10 are:


David Armendariz

Joseph Barbera

Gabriela Diaz

Citlalli Fernandez-Romero

Karina Gallegos

Perla Guzman

Diego Ortega

Matthew Robledo

Alejandro Vazquez-Mercado

Edmarie Vega


Students in the Digital Film Production classes are tasked with learning large chunks of information before they can put their creativity to the test.  Imagine being a freshmen, learning all this information and, then, being skilled enough to capture awards for their work.  Well, that just what many of the students listed below did.


"I am so proud of my Digital Film Production 1 students’ achievements," proclaimed their teacher, Nicole Kurland.  "Having their films juried and accepted into multiple state and local film competitions, and winning 1st, 2nd, 3rd place awards and also honorable mentions is quite the achievement."


Ms. Kurland continued, "These are film students who are mostly freshmen who started out with little to no knowledge of filmmaking — how to use camera equipment, editing software, compose creative and interesting shots, capture good sound and lighting, and write scripts and create storyboards. They have learned all about the three phases of film production and how to produce a successful short film, and did I say I am so proud of them!"


Jaguar Nation is equally proud of these young people.  Please congratulate the following students for their film achievements in three state and local film competitions - Focus on Youth, Future Voices of New Mexico, and Desert Light Film Festival.  


Focus on Youth, ABQ Museum of Art


First Place

Cristian Salas-Cruz



3rd Place

Ava Sandoval, Eunice Melgar, Yanecxiz Estrada, Andres Magallanes, Aracelli Perez

“Behind the Screen”


Honorable Mention

Ava Sandoval, Eunice Melgar, Yanecxiz Estrada, Andres Magallanes, Aracelli Perez

“The Unusual Suspect”


Honorable Mention

Jae’Dyn Peralta

“Ghoulish Infatuation”


Honorable Mention

Michelle Perez, Alicia Rodriguez-Acosta, Vincent Herrera, Nathan Lucero, Hanna Osborne

“Carry On”


Honorable Mention

Bianca Acosta, McKaylyn Lerma, Bryan Munoz

“How You Ruined My Life”


Andrea Sierra, Mayra Trejo



Jasmine Dominguez, Destiny Espinosa

“Broken Thoughts”


Guillermo Palacios, Edgar Garcia, Valeria Felix, Alfredo Ramirez



Bianca Acosta, McKaylyn Lerma, Antonio Chavez

“Not It”


Jose Lopez, Auden Gutierrez, Mariah Jackson, Luis Perches

Honorable Mention

“The Counselor”


Future Voices of NM, Santa Fe, NM


2nd Place, Narrative Category

Ava Sandoval, Eunice Melgar, Yanecxiz Estrada, Andres Magallanes, Aracelli Perez

“Behind the Screen”


3rd Place, Narrative Category

Andrea Sierra, Mayra Trejo



Desert Light Film Festival, Alamogordo, NM

Jae’Dyn Peralta

Honorable Mention

“Ghoulish Infatuation”


Way to go future Jaguar filmmakers!!


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