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    Visit Jacobson Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A011443 Jacobson Elementary (2022-2023)
    Jacobson Space Explorers
    The Jacobson Elementary "Space Explorers" club was recently feature in the Santan Sun News. Check out the story online here (pages 38-39).
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    Visit Knox Gifted Academy Website Report a Problem with Item A011442 Knox Gifted Academy (2022-2023)
    Manomay Vader Earns High Marks in MathLeague Competition
    Please help us congratulate, Manomay Vader of Knox Gifted Academy! Fourth grader Monomay placed 8th in the State Math League Contest. He placed fifth at the district level. As the largest network of local and state math competitions at the elementary, middle, and high school levels in the United States and abroad, mathleague.org runs more than 400 contests globally and reaches over 30,000 students each year.
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    Visit Perry High Website Report a Problem with Item A011448 Perry High (2022-2023)
    Sumaya Quitugua
    Perry High School senior Sumaya Quitugua (Acoma Pueblo) is an example of Indigenous Excellence in Chandler Unified School District. The Phoenix Indian Center named Quitugua one of two High School Students of the Year for 2022. She will be honored during a dinner ceremony on Wednesday, November 30 at the Heard Museum in Phoenix. Perry High School photography teacher and Indigenous Student Advisor Megan Drivinghawk nominated Quitugua for the award. Read more about her here.
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    Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A011451 Tarwater Elementary (2022-2023)
    Genius Hour at Tarwater
    The inaugural meeting of Tarwater's Genius Hour was held this month. Project Managers - Travis Nguyen and Elise Bohn (pictured) are fourth graders helping facilitate the project process for the second grade teams. They will also get an opportunity to work on a project of their own. Students work on their projects at school in a self-directed manner within clear project process framework. Teams recommend and vote for a topic to explore, hone in on a question, and decide how they would like to present their learning. This is part of the empowering skill practice Genius Hour targets. They are nurturing self-motivated learners and self-directed problem solvers. Genius Hour has also provided opportunity for second grade teachers Cindy Bickley, Janell Ochs, Sophia Limjoco, and fourth grade teacher Regina Rahberger to collaborate. They hope to expand the program in the coming semester.
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    Visit Chandler Traditional Academy - Independence Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A011454 Chandler Traditional Academy - Independence Campus (2022-2023)
    Snikitha Panyala
    Congratulations to CTA Independence's Spelling Bee 2022-2023 Winner, Snikitha Panyala! We are so proud of your efforts and hard work preparing. Good luck at the district Spelling Bee in January!
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    Intel Teacher Diversity STEAM Grant Winners
    Nkiruka Aningo of Knox Gifted Academy, Susana Ceballos of Willis Junior High, and Priscilla Gillison of Hancock Elementary are the recipients of the Intel Teacher Diversity STEAM Grant in 2022. Each recipient receives $1,200 which can go toward their schooling and education.

    "With the grants, both Chandler Unified and Intel promote the vision of diversity and equity within the CUSD community, " Director Of CUSD Equity & Inclusion Adama Sallu said.

    "Intel is proud to support CUSD educators dedicated to transforming the school-to-STEAM pipeline into an equitable pathway for all students. Most people had a teacher who changed their life for the better. We are investing in teachers who are inspiring families and striving to make Chandler a more vibrant community for everyone," Jenn Sanchez, Intel Arizona Community Manager, said.
    Read more on the Intel Teacher Diversity STEAM Grant Winners.
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    Visit Hancock Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A011458 Hancock Elementary (2022-2023)
    Priscilla Gillison
    Priscilla Gillison, office manager at Hancock and an ASU student, is one of three CUSD recipients of the 2022 Intel Teacher Diversity STEAM Grant. Priscilla receives $1,200 which can go toward schooling and education.

    "This is going to help me so much because I need a printer at home, but they are so expensive. I also need a desk, so I will not have to cover my dining table with all my schoolwork. I feel incredibly lucky! I want to thank principal Dr. Joe Walters. I would have never even known about this grant, let alone been able to apply had he not recommended me."

    "Intel is proud to support CUSD educators dedicated to transforming the school-to-STEAM pipeline into an equitable pathway for all students. Most people had a teacher who changed their life for the better. We are investing in teachers who are inspiring families and striving to make Chandler a more vibrant community for everyone," Jenn Sanchez, Intel Arizona Community Manager, said.
    Read more on the Intel Teacher Diversity STEAM Grant Winners.
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    Nkiruka Aningo
    Nkiruka Aningo, fifth-grade student teacher at Knox Gifted Academy, is one of three CUSD recipients of the Intel Teacher Diversity STEAM Grant in 2022. Nkiruka receives $1,200 which can go toward schooling and education.

    " I am so grateful for this opportunity, and I would like to thank the committee for selecting me as one of the winners. I would also like to thank my principal Kristy Braaksma and my mentor teacher Laura Yockey for recommending me for this opportunity."

    "Intel is proud to support CUSD educators dedicated to transforming the school-to-STEAM pipeline into an equitable pathway for all students. Most people had a teacher who changed their life for the better. We are investing in teachers who are inspiring families and striving to make Chandler a more vibrant community for everyone," Jenn Sanchez, Intel Arizona Community Manager, said.
    Read more on the Intel Teacher Diversity STEAM Grant Winners.
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    Susana Ceballos
    Susana Ceballos, media assistant at Willis, is one of three CUSD recipients of the Intel Teacher Diversity STEAM Grant in 2022. She begins student teaching next semester. Susana receives $1,200 which can go toward schooling and education.

    "I am so grateful and honored to have received this award. I would first like to thank our incredible principal Jeff Delp for nominating me and being such a supporting and encouraging presence in our school. I am so excited to be able to use the scholarship to help make my future classroom a welcoming and warm place for students."

    "Intel is proud to support CUSD educators dedicated to transforming the school-to-STEAM pipeline into an equitable pathway for all students. Most people had a teacher who changed their life for the better. We are investing in teachers who are inspiring families and striving to make Chandler a more vibrant community for everyone," Jenn Sanchez, Intel Arizona Community Manager, said.
    Read more on the Intel Teacher Diversity STEAM Grant Winners.
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    Visit Casteel High Website Report a Problem with Item A011459 Casteel High (2022-2023)
    Living Library to Honor Veterans
    In honor of Veterans Day, Chandler Unified School District's Dr. Camille Casteel High School (CCHS) hosted its second Veterans Living Library on November 9, 2022. A "living library" is a chance for guests to meet experts on certain topics, in this case veterans. Attendees could then "check out" their experiences and stories. Casteel's media assistant Christine Williamson Diaz, an original CCHS staff member since the school opened in 2015, introduced the concept to Casteel for the first time in 2021. With her connections to friends, Casteel staff members, and Sun Lakes Rotary, she gathered 12 veterans to share their stories. She wanted to bring new ways for students to learn in a school library setting while sticking to a library's foundation of primary resources, research, and discovery. Read more about Casteel High School's living library and meet three veterans.
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    Visit Basha High Website Report a Problem with Item A011423 Basha High (2022-2023)
    US Marine Brisa Sayler
    Congratulations to Basha High alum and US Marine Brisa Sayler. Sayler graduated from Basha High School May 2019, left for boot camp in November 2019, and is currently a corporal stationed at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, CA. Thank you for your service.
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    Visit Basha High Website Report a Problem with Item A011425 Basha High (2022-2023)
    Capstone Scholars and AP Certificates
    Congratulations to Basha High School students who earned the AP Capstone Diploma or AP Seminar and Research Certificate during the 2021-2022 school year. The AP Capstone Diploma program helps students develop critical thinking, research, collaboration, and presentation skills that are essential for academic success. To receive the AP Capstone Diploma, students must earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar, AP Research, and on four additional AP Exams. To receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate, students must earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research. CAPSTONE SCHOLARS: Madison Carrington, Amelia Cunningham, Alexander DeGrave, Amelia Edwards, Madigan Fredette-Roman, Marina Hess, Zoe Huestis, Allyson Huynh, Jessica Li, Riley Mayes, Kennedy Melton, Jadyn Ocampo, Aiden Stubbs, Tyler Tannenbaum and Meghana Tripuranenit. AP SEMINAR AND RESEARCH CERTIFICATES: Morgan Esch, Haylee Montes and Taylani Tran.
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    Capstone Scholars
    Congratulations to Jayden Katz and Ashley Kalscheur who earned the AP Capstone Diploma during the 2021-2022 school year. The AP Capstone Diploma program helps students develop critical thinking, research, collaboration, and presentation skills that are essential for academic success. To receive the AP Capstone Diploma, students must earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar, AP Research, and on four additional AP Exams.
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    Capstone Scholars and AP Certificates
    Twenty-eight CUSD students earned the AP Capstone Diploma and 7 have earned the AP Seminar and Research Certificate during the 2021-2022 school year. The AP Capstone Diploma program helps students develop critical thinking, research, collaboration, and presentation skills that are essential for academic success. To receive the AP Capstone Diploma, students must earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar, AP Research, and on four additional AP Exams. To receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate, students must earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research.
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    Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A011427 Hamilton High (2022-2023)
    Capstone Scholars and AP Certificates
    Congratulations to Hamilton High students who earned the AP Capstone Diploma or AP Seminar and Research Certificate during the 2021-2022 school year. The AP Capstone Diploma program helps students develop critical thinking, research, collaboration, and presentation skills that are essential for academic success. To receive the AP Capstone Diploma, students must earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar, AP Research, and on four additional AP Exams. To receive the AP Seminar and Research Certificate, students must earn scores of 3 or higher in AP Seminar and AP Research. CAPSTONE SCHOLARS: Richa Chirravuri, Nour Hassan, Nikasha Kapadia, Ria Kulhari, Iris Lai, Joohyun Lee, Hillary Li, Marenda Li, Jubilee Lin, Annie Qin, and Zariya Sharns. AP SEMINAR AND RESEARCH CERTIFICATES: Camille Disalvo, Diana Gordon, Eden Krieger, and Orli Sanyal.
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    Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A011430 Chandler High (2022-2023)
    Kelsey Brown
    Chandler High teacher Kelsey Brown was named an "Arizona International Baccalaureate (IB) Career Program Teacher of the Year." She teaches IB History as well as the IB Personal and Professional Skills course for all IB Career students. She has worked diligently at helping to foster learning and ethical decision making in her classes and prides herself on helping to make students engaged and intentional learners. The IB Career program helps to promote the CTE courses on our campus as well as provide rigorous academic resources for these students. In turn, it helps create opportunities, such as earning an IB College and Career certificate, college credits and career certifications. CUSD Newsroom: Chandler High Teacher Named ‘Arizona IB Career Program Teacher of the Year’
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    Visit Santan Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A011417 Santan Elementary (2022-2023)
    Kindergartners Visit Health Office
    Kindergartners in Mrs. Reuss' class took a visit to our health assistant, Mrs. Wingate! They learned where her office is, landmarks they see on the way, and asked her about helping our school and community. She even had time to answer some questions!
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    Visit Weinberg Gifted Academy Website Report a Problem with Item A011431 Weinberg Gifted Academy (2022-2023)
    Kerri Zitar
    Congratulations to Kerri Zitar, winner of the 2022 Arizona Association of Teachers of Mathematics (AATM) Copper Apple Award for Teaching in Mathematics. The Copper Apple Award is the highest recognition awarded annually by the Arizona Association of Teachers of Mathematics to recognize excellence in mathematics education in Arizona. The Copper Apple Award for Teaching is given to one K-12 teacher who has made outstanding contributions in fostering an interest in mathematics among students.
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    Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A011422 Hamilton High (2022-2023)
    Lt Col Franklin and Master Sergeant Fred Driver
    Hamilton's AFJROTC instructors were recognized by the Director of Air Force Junior ROTC, Colonel Johnny McGonigal, as "Outstanding Instructors" for 2022. This award recognizes the top 10% of 1,800+ AFJROTC instructors worldwide. In a letter to the CUSD Superintendent and Hamilton High School Principal, Colonel McGonigal recognized the efforts of Lt Col Franklin and Hamilton's 20-year Aerospace Science Instructor, Master Sergeant Fred Driver: "These professional educators 'represent the 'Best of the Blue' we have in AFJROTC. Through this award, we honor their exemplary contributions and impact on their cadets, school, and community."
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    Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A011412 Hamilton High (2022-2023)
    Hamilton AFROTC Recognized
    Hamilton High's Air Force Junior ROTC program was recently recognized as a 2022 "Distinguished Unit, With Merit" by Headquarters AFJROTC. This is AFJROTC's highest-level unit award and the distinction places Hamilton's corps of cadets in the top 10% of the 870 AFJROTC units worldwide. According to the Director of Air Force Junior ROTC, Colonel Johnny McGonigal, "These awards recognize the personal growth and accomplishments of the cadets, contributions of the instructors as mentors, and the support of the school and local community. " During his presentation of the award to the cadets, Lieutenant Colonel Greg Franklin, Hamilton's Senior Aerospace Science Instructor, recognized their leadership and organizational skills which resulted in the unit receiving an 'Exceeds Standards' on their SY2022 triennial formal HQ inspection. He also commended them for their dedication to the school and community in amassing over 2,000 service hours during the school year.
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    Visit Riggs Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A011435 Riggs Elementary (2022-2023)
    New Authors
    Riggs first graders Zander Wong and Ever Weems are new authors. The books they created were bar coded and added to the school library by the librarian, Kim Reininga. The librarian offers this opportunity to everyone at the school and these two worked hard to create books to share. Now their friends can check out their books to read!
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    Science Lab
    Riggs fifth grade students participated in a science lab based on balanced and unbalanced forces. The challenge was for the students to successfully run all three cogs simultaneously down the track to get from point A to point B in under 30 seconds. The students were under the direction of a classmate to direct their decision making. Students had to consider size, track lengths, and angles amongst other things.
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    Visit Basha Accelerated Middle School Website Report a Problem with Item A011420 Basha Accelerated Middle School (2022-2023)
    Academic Pentathlon National Champions
    The Basha Accelerated Middle School Academic Pentathlon was featured on Fox 10 News for placing 1st in nation, aiming for their third national title. Fox 10: Chandler students aim for third win at the National Academic Pentathlon
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    Job Presentations
    Riggs kindergarten had presentations to learn about different jobs in our community.
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    Visit Chandler Traditional Academy - Freedom Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A011440 Chandler Traditional Academy - Freedom Campus (2022-2023)
    Ancient Civilizations
    Sixth grade students at CTA Freedom in Lori Woodman's class have been learning about ancient civilizations. They learned about cuneiform, the first known writing system. Then, they used cuneiform symbols to write messages on salt dough tablets.
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    Academic Pentathlon
    STATE CHAMPIONSHIP:  Congratulations to the Basha AMS Academic Pentathlon Team for finishing in 1st place in the State for the second year in a row! STATE CHAMPIONS WINNING TEAM: Arnav Modem, Karan Vallamshetla, Grace Gaffney, Pranjal Singh, Abhinav Sirigineedi, Breanna Bearden, Dorian Hewett, Kayla Ong and Andrew Ritchay.
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    Academic Pentathlon Individual Medalists
    STATE CHAMPIONSHIP:  Basha AMS Academic Pentathlon STATE INDIVIDUAL MEDALISTS:
    • Honor Division
      Grace Gaffney: Literature - GOLD; Karan Vallamshetla: Science - BRONZE; Mathematics - SILVER; Arnav Modem: Fine Art and Mathematics - BRONZE; 3rd PLACE OVERALL; Daniel Gu: Mathematics - GOLD; Jocelyn Beall: Mathematics - SILVER
    • Scholastic Division
      Pranjal Singh: Literature, Social Science, Science and Fine Art - GOLD; 1st PLACE OVERALL; Soham Joshi: Literature and Social Science - SILVER; Science - BRONZE; 2nd PLACE OVERALL; Hunter Brown: Literature - BRONZE; Sidharth Donepudi: Social Science - BRONZE
    • Varsity Division
      Wyatt Mekhanik: Literature - SILVER; Zev Kochar: Social Science - GOLD; Karsen Roughsedge: Social Science and Mathematics - BRONZE; Dorian Hewett: Science - GOLD; Mathematics - BRONZE; 3rd PLACE OVERALL; Kayla Ong: Fine Art - SILVER; Syiran Nittala: Fine Art - BRONZE; Mathematics - SILVER; Yogendrasrinivaswaroop Tirumalasetti: Literature - BRONZE

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      Positive Classroom Culture
      San Marcos 2nd graders in Kristie Moreno, Amanda Russo, and Liz Lucky's classrooms read First Day Jitters to ease their first week nerves. The second grade team has been hard at work building positive classroom culture and relationships.
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      Welcome to Kindergartners
      San Marcos kindergarten teachers (Courtney Geil, Tonee Lopez, and Emilee Taylor) welcomed our new students to campus. We can't wait to watch this bright group or students learn and grow this year!
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      Visit Arizona College Prep High School Website Report a Problem with Item A011405 Arizona College Prep High School (2021-2022)
      Rachna Nath
      Rachna Nath, ACP High School science teacher, was recognized by Time Magazine as one of the Nation's Innovative Teachers of the Year for 2022.
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      Frederick Changho
      SENIOR SPOTLIGHT:  Frederick Changho attended ACP since freshman year. He joined the speech & debate team and became a member of the team's leadership council. He won his senior year's State Championship in Public Forum Debate and qualified for the Congressional Debate summer 2022 at the National Speech and Debate Tournament. He was awarded with the NSDA Seal of Outstanding Distinction and recognized as an Academic All-American. He also earned the highest possible ACT score and graduated summa cum laude as an AP Scholar with Distinction. Frederick will attend Arizona State University as a National Merit Finalist studying biological sciences. ACP High School Spotlights
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      Josh Ebe
      SENIOR SPOTLIGHT:  Arizona College Prep High School's Josh Ebe will be attending Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University, majoring in computer science engineering. ACP High School Spotlights
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      Zoe Soderquist
      SENIOR SPOTLIGHT:  Zoö Soderquist is an AP Scholar with Distinction who attended ACP schools since 6th grade. Zoö has been in Speech & Debate for four years and Lincoln Douglas (LD) Debate Captain for three years. She is the State LD Debate Champion, and she qualified three times to the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) National Tournament. She earned the elusive NSDA degree of Premier Distinction (1,500 points, representing over 250+ debate rounds) and the Academic All-American Scholar (top 1% of students). She is the #1 ranked LD debater in AZ, and #32 in the country! Zoö maintains a 4.4 GPA while working part-time and tutoring kids in public speaking. After graduating magna cum laude, Zoö will pursue writing and communications at Arizona State University with the New American University Scholarship. ACP High School Spotlights
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      Zoe Turnbow
      SENIOR SPOTLIGHT:  Zoe Turnbow was an active member of the cross country and track teams for four years. She also played the flute in the band for three years. She maintained a 4.0 GPA while balancing extracurricular activities and working. She plans to attend ASU in the fall and study fine arts and business. ACP High School Spotlights
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      Dominic Sobieski
      SENIOR SPOTLIGHT:  Dominic Sobieski was a student at ACP since 7th grade. Known for pushing boundaries, he was also known for being quick to lend an ear and a hand. He is genuinely interested in people and leaves ACP well-known and well-liked. With a bold fashion sense and an eye for street style, it was no surprise Dominic finished his senior year as Best Dressed. One of the earlier members of the DECA program at ACP, we expect to see his marketing aptitude and fashion savvy birth a clothing line in the near future. After graduation he is taking a gap year to travel beginning with Australia, and later Papua New Guinea, a country with strong family ties. ACP High School Spotlights
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      Waldo Benjamin King
      SENIOR SPOTLIGHT:  Waldo Benjamin King was involved in Speech and Debate, where he participated in many competitions and captained three different events. His efforts led to a letter, pins, and distinction as an Academic All-American. He also founded the school's Philosophy Club. He is a member of National Honor Society and a National Merit Scholar Finalist. He maintained a 4.75 weighted GPA and graduated summa cum laude. Waldo will attend Pomona College to pursue a career in either economics research or law. ACP High School Spotlights
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      Rania Shaltot
      SENIOR SPOTLIGHT:  Rania Shaltot was an ACP Knight since 7th grade. In addition to ACP, Rania has attended EVIT (East Valley Institute of Technology) as part of the veterinary assistance program for the past two years and graduated as an approved veterinary assistant. Rania is a very kind and caring friend, always checking in with her friends. She is graduating to attend University of Arizona and pursue her passion for taking care of animals as a veterinarian. She worked hard the past four years and earned the Wildcat Tuition Recognition Scholarship. ACP High School Spotlights
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      Arun Barath Vijay Sankar
      SENIOR SPOTLIGHT:  Arun Barath Vijay Sankar was part of National Honor Society, Key Club, Best Buddies (Treasurer) and Sports Medicine (President). He expressed his commitment and compassion to his community through various volunteer activities and accumulated over 1000 hours of volunteer work. He enjoyed volunteering as an athletic trainer student aide working alongside ACP's athletic training staff this past year and volunteering weekly with the Banner Desert Medical Center. Arun will be graduating summa cum laude as an AP Scholar with Distinction and a Chandler IMPACT Scholar at 16 years old. He will study physiology and the medical sciences with the W.A. Franke Honors College at the The University of Arizona, where he accepted the Wildcat Excellence and Dean's Exemplary awards, in hopes of attending Medical School in the future. ACP High School Spotlights
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      Mariela Galindo
      SENIOR SPOTLIGHT:  Mariela Galindo joined ACP in 7th grade and was involved in several clubs and activities since. She was a Link Crew and StuGo member, and her spirited personality helped her become co-mascot through her junior and high school years. She was the President of ACP's Environmental Club (first ever), the National Honor Society and the Senior Class. Mariela also represented ACP at the City of Chandler Mayor's Youth Commission Teen Town Hall, AASC (Arizona Association of Student Councils) State Convention, the Hermanas Conferences and the CUSD's Youth Equity Stewardship. Mariela will graduate magna cum laude with a Seal of Biliteracy in ASL (American Sign Language) and as a National Hispanic Scholar. She'll attend the Honors College at Northern Arizona University with a Lumberjack Scholarship and National Hispanic Scholarship. ACP High School Spotlights
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      Hunter Bickes
      SENIOR SPOTLIGHT:  Hunter Bickes was involved in Student Government (student body president), Best Buddies, National Honor Society, and golf. He worked with administration to help prepare for the opening of the new Arizona College Prep campus, coordinating tours of the new facility and providing information about the school to interested families. As a four-year member of ACP's golf team, Hunter qualified to play in the state tournament each year, helping them earn the State Runner-Up trophy his third year. He served as team captain and mentored younger athletes. Hunter graduated summa cum laude and will attend University of Arizona to major in biochemistry while working to become an orthodontist. ACP High School Spotlights
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      Ibrahim Altiti
      SENIOR SPOTLIGHT:  Ibrahim Altiti is a well rounded individual. He earned his martial arts first degree Black Belt at 12 years old. Ibrahim has been a student at ACP since 7th grade. During his high school years, he joined many clubs like UNICEF, Key Club, Future Medical Professionals and National Honor Society. To be exposed to various majors and fields, Ibrahim participated at ASU National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI). During NSTI he became OSHA and Flagpole certified. As Ibrahim graduates high school at age 17, he will have earned 35 hours of Dual Enrollment credits. Ibrahim is graduating magna cum laude with great distinction in academic achievement. He has been awarded the New American University Scholarship at ASU and will major in Applied Biological Sciences in preparation for medical/dental school. ACP High School Spotlights
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      Jake Spector
      SENIOR SPOTLIGHT:  Jake Spector is an Eagle Scout. He created and led the Game Club at ACP for four years. He is a member of the Quill & Scroll International Honor Society for high school journalists and is a two-time winner of the districtwide film festival. He was awarded the Arizona State Art Seal in media proficiency. Jake started his own 3D printing business, servicing customers in school and online. He also enjoys costume design in his spare time. He will study film and media with an emphasis on production at Grand Canyon University. ACP High School Spotlights
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      Nathaniel Huffman
      SENIOR SPOTLIGHT:  Nathaniel Huffman was on the wrestling team, National Honor Society, National Hispanic Honor Society, and ACP Athletic Leadership Council. As a wrestler, he qualified for the state tournament all four years, placing 6th his junior year and 4th his senior year. He earned All-State Academic recognition, the National Wrestling Coaches Association Academic All-American status all four years, and the College Board National Hispanic Recognition Award. Nathaniel is an AP Scholar who will graduate summa cum laude. He will attend Barrett, The Honors College at ASU and pursue a degree in actuarial science. ACP High School Spotlights
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      Gabby DeMoss
      SENIOR SPOTLIGHT:  Gabby DeMoss has been an ACP Knight for six years. In that time, Gabby has been an active member of the International Club, Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), and Art Attack club. Gabby has been President of the GSA since 2020 and Vice President of International Club since 2021. Gabby has since been named a National Hispanic Scholar and an AP Scholar and has received a full-tuition scholarship to attend the W.A. Franke Honors College at the University of Arizona. Gabby graduated summa cum laude and will pursue a major in molecular and cellular biology at UofA in the fall. ACP High School Spotlights
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      Blake Enwiller
      SENIOR SPOTLIGHT:  Blake Enwiller will be graduating summa cum laude with a 4.8 GPA. He is the Math Club president and the Speech & Debate team captain. This past year, he qualified to compete on the national level in both clubs. He is an Academic All-American, AP Scholar with Distinction, and National Merit Scholar. Blake will attend Vanderbilt University in the fall, where he will major in Economics. ACP High School Spotlights
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      Tarryn Jo Weigand
      SENIOR SPOTLIGHT:  Tarryn Jo Weigand actively mentored fellow students in the Connections Program and LINK. She held leadership roles in Student Government and National Honor Society. Her volunteer commitments and dedication to community outreach earned her the Chandler Education Foundation Impact Scholarship. Tarryn earned the Seal of Biliteracy in Spanish and will be graduating magna cum laude with a 4.4 GPA. Tarryn also successfully completed 40+ dual enrollment credits through Maricopa Community College and was selected to join the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society with her academic excellence, therefore qualifying her as an eligible recipient of the Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship. She will study strategic communication with an emphasis on advertising and public relations at Northern Arizona University with the Lumberjack Scholars Award. ACP High School Spotlights
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      Keaton Messerole
      SENIOR SPOTLIGHT:  Keaton Messerole has been at ACP since 7th grade. He will graduate cum laude. He was a four-year starter on the football team and selected to be a captain his senior year. He received many football honors throughout his four years, including All-State, All-CUSD, AZ All-Academic Team, and Offensive Lineman of the Year multiple times. He also volunteered for four years with the football team and participated in DECA (formerly Distributive Education Clubs of America) for one year. Although Keaton received many offers to play football at the college level, he decided not to pursue football in college. He received the President's Scholarship and will attend NAU where he will major in exercise science. ACP High School Spotlights
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      Robert Turner
      SENIOR SPOTLIGHT:  Robert Turner has been a student at ACP since 7th grade. He is a member of the National Honor Society, DECA (formerly Distributive Education Clubs of America), and Key Club. He played varsity football for four years, winning the Most Improved Player Award his junior year and making the state All-Academic football team twice. After graduating magna cum laude, he will attend the University of Alabama and plans on majoring in aerospace engineering. He was awarded the UA Scholar, Alumni Scholar, and UA Engineering scholarships. ACP High School Spotlights
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      Sophia Genevieve Vasquez
      SENIOR SPOTLIGHT:  Sophia Genevieve Vasquez has been a proud "Knight" since 7th grade. Her strong work ethic has enabled her to maintain a 4.2 GPA and earn AP Scholar with Honors. She received the Seal of Biliteracy in Spanish. She was manager for the varsity soccer her senior year, and she participated in several school clubs including UNICEF and Best Buddies. She will graduate cum laude as an AP Scholar with honors. After graduation, Sophia will attend ASU to study business with the New American University Dean's Award Scholarship. ACP High School Spotlights
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      Ryen Aguinaga
      SENIOR SPOTLIGHT:  Ryen Aguinaga played football and baseball while maintaining a strong GPA. He also worked alongside the sports medicine team attending various athletic events and supporting the team with injuries, rehabs, treatments, and game coverage. Ryen plans to attend Arizona State University in the fall and pursue a career in cybersecurity. ACP High School Spotlights
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