Four Corners schools honored for class acts following tragedy at Aztec High

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The New Mexico Activities Association (NMAA) acknowledged seven schools from the Northwest corner of the state – recognizing Bloomfield, Farmington, Piedra Vista, Navajo Prep, Shiprock, Kirtland Cantral and Northwest high schools for their actions following the tragic events that occurred on the Aztec High School campus Dec. 7.

The NMAA thanked and praised these seven schools from the Northwest Area of New Mexico for setting a great example for the state of New Mexico – naming them the “Compete with Class” award recipients for the month of December 2017.

Aztec Athletic Director Bryan Sanders sent an email to the NMAA following the shooting that occurred on the Aztec High School campus and claimed of three people, including two students. Sanders explained how these seven rival high schools rallied in support of a community in need.

He wrote, “On December 7, 2017, Aztec High School experienced an unthinkable tragedy. The outpouring of love and support that our school and community have received has been tremendous! We have received messages of support from schools across the state, and the encouragement has been very heartwarming and uplifting. The number of schools and teams that have offered support are too numerous to name, and I know that I would miss some if I tried. I would, however, like to specifically recognize the students, coaches, and communities in San Juan County. Never in a million years did I think that I would see the Bloomfield ‘B’, the Farmington ‘F’ and Piedra Vista’s ‘PV’ painted orange. We have had many of the teams in the area wearing orange socks, orange stripes on their uniforms, black and orange headbands – and the list goes on-and-on. Student sections [were] decked out in Tiger colors and holding signs of support. We at Aztec High School appreciate the overwhelming support we have received from Bloomfield, Farmington, Piedra Vista, Kirtland Central, Navajo Prep, Northwest and Shiprock. These are teams that we have had heated rivalries with, but all that was put aside as our kids and community were hurting, and they have stepped up and supported us in an extremely classy way. From the bottom of my heart, I want to express [my] gratitude [on behalf of] Aztec High School and the community of Aztec.”

Sportsmanship is defined by the NMAA as the act of treating others in a respectful manner, taking personal accountability for one’s actions and responding with integrity while engaged in competition.

In a press release dated Dec. 18, NMAA Associate Director, Dusty Young wrote, “Their act of sportsmanship exemplifies the true ideals of the Compete with Class Sportsmanship Initiative – respect, integrity, and responsibility.”

- Staff report

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