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Class of 2023

Class of 2023

Welcome to the Class of 2023 website! We will us this site to share resources and keep you up-to-date with information from now until graduation.

Scholarship List & Important Dates

The link below is a list of scholarships that our students have been awarded in the past, are sent directly to Mrs. Chandler, are local and La Cueva specific scholarships. Keep in mind some scholarships have very few people apply. Applying for these scholarships are not a guarantee but if you are awarded money, it is free money to help pay for school. 

Other dates will also be listed on this document, including La Cueva meetings, college fairs and other events that seniors may be interested in.

Scholarship List and Important Dates


La Cueva scholarships

La Cueva CAD/Design Scholarship
Have 2 years of participation in CAD/Engineering or Architecture Design at La Cueva High School
Due March 15, 2023
Apply Here

Allen Krumm Memorial Scholarship 
Allen Krumm was La Cueva’s first principal. As originally intended by Allen Krumm and his family, the scholarship is to be awarded to a graduating senior based on: Demonstration of personal qualities, such as perseverance, initiative, and a willingness to work hard; Potential to be a well-respected representative of La Cueva High School; Potential to succeed Scholarship 
Due March 31, 2023 no later than 8:00pm
Apply Here

Austin Denton Memorial Scholarship
Demonstrated involvement in extracurricular activities beginning in 9th grade until present which includes La Cueva and/or community-based activities
Due April 3, 2023
Apply Here

Robby Baker Memorial Scholarship
Providing assistance to a La Cueva high School graduating senior who has a language learning disability or other reading disability
Due April 6, 2023 by 5:00PM MST
Apply Here

Manuel Lujan Excellence in Education Scholarship
Scholarships are awarded for graduating seniors attending a New Mexico four-year college/university. Each designated high school selects one student for a $500 per year award, renewable over four years of undergraduate studies.
Guidelines and Criteria:
Graduating high school senior chosen annually by each of the designated high schools listed below
Student must continue their education in New Mexico
Minimum cumulative GPA 2.5
Attend a college or university full time
Deadline: April 6, 2023 by 5:00PM MST
Apply Here

Steve Knee Memorial Scholarship
The Steve Knee Memorial Scholarship was established in 2004 to memorialize Steve Knee, a proud father, son, brother and coach. The scholarship awards up to $2,500 annually to one or more La Cueva High School graduating student-athletes to cover the cost of attending college including required books, fees and materials.
The recipients will be individuals who have demonstrated the positive effect a focus on sports and education can have on not only their development but on others as well. Awardees who have overcome obstacles on and off the field and those with a financial need will be given preference.
Deadline: April 11, 2023
Apply Here

Camilla Rowe Memorial Scholarship (Must have attended Eisenhower Middle School for 1 year)
Applicant must be a graduating senior of La Cueva or Eldorado High School and must have attended Eisenhower Middle School for a minimum of one full year.
Applicant must submit a 400 to 500 word essay on “” How a Historical Figure in American History Has Influenced Me"
Deadline: April 18, 2023
Apply Here

Dawn Witiuk Memorial Scholarship 
The Dawn M. Witiuk Memorial Scholarship was established to honor La Cueva High School mathematics teacher Dawn Witiuk.  Mrs. Witiuk taught at La Cueva from 2003-2015 and was passionate about her students and their success.  Her passion for teaching and love for her students was evident in everything she did.  She never settled for merely teaching a concept but rather created lessons that allowed students to apply the concept in terms that they would understand.  Mrs. Witiuk started the school’s first Statistics program and it became her signature subject with many of her lessons and concepts being taught today.  Dawn made learning fun and through this she also made sure every student knew they were capable of greatness.  Her giving spirit was contagious.   Mrs. Witiuk wanted her legacy to live on in the creation of the Dawn M. Witiuk Memorial Scholarship. For 2023, there will be one scholarship awarded to a La Cueva High School senior graduating in May 2023. The value of the scholarship will be $1000. Students must be enrolled in or have already completed at least one Advanced Placement (AP) math class. 
Deadline: April 18, 2023 by 2:30pm
Apply Here

La Cueva PTA Art Award
This event is for Seniors only. You are allowed to enter one piece of original artwork that has been completed within the last year and you do not have to be enrolled in a La Cueva art class to enter.

The top piece in each category is purchased by the LCHS PTA for $500 each and displayed at La Cueva High School.  Artwork is evaluated on aesthetic merit, ability of artist, durability of piece and conceptual merit by a select group of judges.
Deadline: May 2, 2023
Apply Here

Coming Soon!

Bart Rutledge Memorial Scholarship - a $2000 scholarship will be offered to one La Cueva student, graduating in May 2023. This is a character driven scholarship so the student should exemplify the qualities that Bart believed in, honesty and hard work.


Graduation and End of Year Event Information

It is imperative that all Seniors be in the Class of 2023 Google Classroom. The code is nztupgb.

You also need to make sure you are signed up to receive our Remind messages. See below for the codes.

Here are our upcoming dates and deadlines. Check back often to make sure you don't miss anything.

CHANGE: March 27 - Senior Graduation Meeting (during Advisory)

April 3rd - Senior Parent Graduation Meeting 6:00pm La Cueva PAC

CHANGE: May 12th - Senior Day & Assembly

May 15 & 16th - Senior Finals 

May 18th - Mandatory Graduation Rehearsal 8:30am-10:30am in Main Gym

May 18th - Cap & Gown Distribution - After Rehearsal 10:30am-12:00pm Main Gym 

May 18th - Honor Ceremony (Mandatory Attendance) 6:00pm in Main Gym - Seniors arrive by 5:15pm 

May 19th - Graduation 2:00pm Tingley Coliseum - Seniors must be seated by 12:00pm.  Doors open @ 1:00pm (no tickets required). 

May 19th - RAD GRAD at Hinkle - see below for information


RAD GRAD is an event that is hosted by the La Cueva PTA for La Cueva graduating seniors the night of graduation (5/19). They rent out  Hinkle Family Fun Center from 11pm-4am and our graduates have full access to all the games and activities. Tickets for RAD GRAD will go on sale later this semester.

Cap & Gown

Seniors, if you missed Campus Specialties at La Cueva on Tuesday Oct. 25th you may still order online.  

1.  Cap & Gown  Deadline Dec. 17th- If you have NOT ordered a Cap & Gown from Campus Specialties you must contact them directly. 

2. Personalized Announcements Deadline Dec. 17th. Delivered to La Cueva for student pick up on March 13th 

3.  All other "Class of 2023" items are available all year. 

Order Here

Senior Yearbook Ads

Senior yearbook ads are the pages in the yearbook that have special messages from families and friends of seniors along with pictures of the Senior. These are optional and ad sales go through February 27, 2023 with a discount available before 12:00am December 2, 2022.

Yearbook can also be ordered with a discount before 12:00 am January 1, 2023.


Order and create ads here:
Use school code 7759


Senior Yearbook Photos

Last Chance for Senior Yearbook Photos - November 14th

Please see the image below for information on what to wear.  

You must sign up for a time here

NOTE: This is the last scheduled day we have for La Cueva Seniors to have their Yearbook pictures taken.  If their picture is not taken they will NOT appear in the Yearbook. 

Senior Photo Day 2022(1).jpg (JPG)


Final Senior Yearbook Photos

Paying For college Presentation

Below is a copy of the Paying for College presentation Mrs. Chandler presented on 9/26/22. The FAFSA application (financial aid) will open up on October 1st. If you need help completing it, you can set up a meeting to meet with Mrs. Chandler via her website! There is also help on Monday nights through the New Mexico Education Assistance Foundation via zoom where you can talk one on one with financial aid professionals from New Mexico colleges. These events are known as Monday Mondays and the schedule and link to join can be found on the NMEAF website.

Paying for College Presentation Slides

FSA ID Website (this is where you set up your username and password for the FAFSA application)

FAFSA Application Website (make sure once you are logged in that you are completing the 2023-24 application)

Who's My Parent Graphic for FAFSA


APS Education Foundation VArsity GRant

Seven scholarships will be awarded to students in the amount of $1,000 each.

A student must be a senior who is graduating in May 2023 from an Albuquerque Public Schools traditional or magnet high school and planning to pursue post-secondary education in the fall of 2023.

To enter the scholarship drawing, students will submit documentation electronically for the activities listed below that they have completed. They will do this by completing the APS Foundation Varsity Scholarship Entry Form and uploading documentation of completion

A student’s name can be entered once for each category listed below that they complete. There are ten (10) categories which means a student who completes each item will receive up to 10 entries

1. Apply to a 2- or 4-year college or university, trade school, certification or apprenticeship program

2. Complete your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), CSS Profile (College Scholarship Service) Profile through College Board or if you are not eligible to fill out the FAFSA, you can complete a school-based financial aid form

3. Participate in a college or university visit with a tour (it can be virtual); you can also attend an online information session; you can also contact a recruiter directly or a member of admissions for more information

4. Complete a Career Assessment through online programs such as YouScience, My Next Move,  or NM Career Solutions (click on Work Interests Assessment)

5. Plan to take and complete an AP test your senior year

6. Participate in a job shadow, internship/mentorship, or pre-apprenticeship program

7. Pass a Dual Credit Class with a “C” or above

8. Take an ACT, SAT or ACCUPLACER Practice Test

9. Set up a Career Solutions Student account at and complete the “Why I Work” Financial Tool Activity (under the Career Exploration Tab).

10. Apply for a scholarship (other than this one)

The deadline to apply is March 31, 2023

For full details about this scholarship program, please view the official announcement

Scholarship Search Sites

APS Scholarship List

UNM’s General Scholarship Resource (general list, don’t have to be going to UNM)

Texas Tech's External Scholarship Search (general list, don’t have to be going to Texas Tech)

NMSU's General Scholarship List (general list, don't have to be going to NMSU)

Senior Meeting Resources

Below is a link for the Senior Meeting Handout and the slides presented to students and parents.

Senior Meeting Handout

Senior Meeting Slides (Students)

Senior Meeting Slides (Parents)

5/16/22 Class Meeting Information

Get Ready To Apply Presentation

Below are resources from the Get Ready to Apply presentation for Juniors and Parents from February 2022.

Presentation Slides

Video of Presentation

Communication Through

One of the primary ways we communicate with Seniors is through We have set up the Class of 2023 Remind and have started sending important reminders out through this account. Parents and students can sign up to receive messages by following the instructions below.  We do not see your phone number or email address and the messages will be relevant to the senior year (college visits, application deadlines, presentation reminders, scholarship lists, etc.) 


Simply send a text to 81010 with the following code based on the first letter of your last name

Last Name        Code

  A-D           @lacueva23a
  E-J            @lacueva23b
  K-O          @lacueva23g
  P-S            @lacueva23e
  T-Z            @lacueva23f

College Checklists

If you are looking for a checklist to see what you can be doing from now until graduation, take a look at these sites.

NM Career Solutions Countdown to College Checklist

REsearching Colleges

The College Board's BigFuture website is a great way to start your college search.

BigFuture College Search Site

College Research Worksheet

Below is a link for a generic College Research Worksheet. I encourage you to make a copy of it and change it to make it your own. For instance, you can add a section or delete a question to list what is important to you. It is often hard to remember what each college offers when you are researching and it helps to write it down as you go.

Google Docs Version

Microsoft Word Version


We recommend that students plan to take their ACT or SAT in the spring of their junior year. All schools across the nation accept either the ACT or SAT so it is your choice which one you want to take. You will need to sign up on your own. If you are on Free or Reduced Price Lunch you can get a fee waiver from the Counseling Office. 

Link your PSAT scores to the Khan Academy

Khan Academy & SAT Prep Program

SAT Practice Tests

SAT Registration Site 

ACT Registration Site

ACT Test Prep and Practice Tests

ACT Academy - Test Prep

ACT Kaplan Test Prep 

NM college Guide

The link below will take you to a NM College Guide. It gives details for all of our NM colleges including costs, admissions information and fast facts. 

College and University Guide

CAREER Information

Below are some links you might find helpful if you are interested in exploring careers, looking for a job or creating a resume.

Career Interest Inventory

BigFuture Career Quiz

How to write a resume

Tip: If you go to Google Docs and click on Template Gallery at the top of the page, you can click on the General tab and scroll down to Resume. These are templates that make it a lot easier to get started with a new Resume.

NM Career Solutions - information on Career Exploration, internships, jobs and more

Apprenticeship Information


NCAA INformation

If you think you want to play a sport in college, it is your responsibility to make sure you are going to meet the eligibility criteria. 

You must: 

  • Make sure you are familiar with the NCAA Requirements

  • Let your counselor know so they can advise you as to the appropriate courses needed for eligibility

  • Visit the following links for more information and FAQs

NCAA Eligibility Center



Visit our Transcript website for information on how to set up your account and place an order.