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Visit Chandler Traditional Academy - Liberty Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A011217 Chandler Traditional Academy - Liberty Campus (2021-2022)
Chloe Hayman

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Wharton Global High School Investment Competition Winners

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Cyberstart National Semifinatlists
Congratulations to Hamilton's Cyber Security students who competed in the national cyber security competition, Cyberstart. Cyberstart is "capture the flag"-based competition where students complete real world challenges involving cryptography, programming, network security, and forensics. Nationwide there were 45,962 students competing this year. In Arizona, 29 students qualified as National Semifinalists, and seven of them are from Hamilton. These students are now in the competition to earn the top awards and scholarships. Congratulations to Stanley Nguyen (71,700 points), Ty Stinson (48,300 points), Mateo Aleksov (45,100 points), Luke O'Dempsey (43,650 points), Nathan Richards (28,000 points), Brian Chung (22,800 points) and Ananya Rai (21,100 points).
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ASU Gammage High School Musical Theater Awards
Hamilton Theatre is proud to announce many semi-finalists and finalists for the 2021-2022 ASU Gammage High School Musical Theatre Awards. Winners will be announced at a Gammage Awards Ceremony on May 28 where six of our lucky cast members will perform on the Gammage stage. Congratulations to:
Finalists
  • BEST SUPPORTING MALE - Viet Zaengle
  • BEST COSTUMES - Kris Crane
Semi-Finalists
  • BEST MUSICAL - Matilda
  • BEST LEAD MALE - Jonathan Almog
  • BEST LEAD FEMALE - Alyse Negroni
  • BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE - Ellie Barker
  • BEST VOCALIST - Alyse Negroni
  • BEST DANCE ENSEMBLE - Loud
  • BEST HAIR and MAKEUP - Quincy Cowans and Taylor James
  • BEST LIGHTING - Chloe Applegate
  • BEST SOUND - Kelton Hoffmeyer
  • BEST SET and PROPS - Alex Price and Catherine Morse
  • ASU GAMMAGE LEADERSHIP AWARD - Alyssa Fabio
  • EXCELLENCE IN STAGE MANAGEMENT AWARD - Dylan Strickland
  • Instagram Photo Album: ASU Gammage High School Musical Theater Awards Competition
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    Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A011227 Hamilton High (2021-2022)
    Academic Decathlon Success
    STATE CHAMPIONSHIP:  Hamilton's Academic Decathlon team was named Regional Champion (7th year in a row), State Champion (4th year in a row), and placed 4th in Division 1 at NATIONALS after competing against 47 schools from the US and China! Congratulations to Chloe Zhan, Andy Ma, Kenny Wang, Shriya Bathula, Navaneeth Unnikrishnan, Sanvi Lamba, Arun Chebrolu, Angela Sun and Taryn Preis. Team members also won the following individual awards:
    HONORS
    • Chloe Zhan: SILVER in Art and Science
    • Andy Ma: SILVER in Literature; BRONZE in Economics
    • Kenny Wang: BRONZE in Science
    • SCHOLASTIC
      • Shriya Bathula: BRONZE in Science
      • Navaneeth Unnikrishnan: SILVER in Interview
      VARSITY
      • Taryn Preis: BRONZE in Speech
      • Arun Chebrolu: BRONZE in Mathematics
      In addition to the team competition, we are eagerly awaiting the results for three Hamilton students who competed in the online individual competition.
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      Visit Shumway Leadership Academy Website Report a Problem with Item A011225 Shumway Leadership Academy (2021-2022)
      Student Rebuild

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      Chandlers Got Talent
      PHOTO ALBUM: Chandler's Got Talent
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      Chandler High Car Show
      PHOTO ALBUM: Chandler High Car Show
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      Chandler E-Sports
      Every single Chandler High E-Sports team made it to the 2022 Playoffs. The Smash team ended their season with a loss against the second seed team from Willow Canyon High School. Hayden Wendt, Madden 22 player, ended his amazing winning streak due to a scheduling conflict with a national Robotics competition. Daniel Torrez is still in the running for the PlayVS championship for Madden, currently competing in the regional semifinals. The Rocket League team entered playoffs at seed 13 and faced the Seton Sentinels from Seton Catholic Prep in the first round. In a best-of-7 game series, the Wolves swept 4-0, but then lost to Brophy last Friday. Congratulations to CHS E-Sports and Coach Samantha Seery on a terrific first season!
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      Spring 2022 Recognition

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      National Honor Society Inductees

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      IB Senior Recognition

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      Nicolas and Emilio Acedo

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      Lundyn Smith
      STATE CHAMPIONSHIP:  Auxier Elementary sixth grader Lundyn Smith has been a SUPERSTAR on the Casteel Junior High Academic Pentathlon team this year. During the state competition Lundyn was named 1st in the state in three of the five events and the top sixth grader in science. She was #1 overall for honors sixth graders. She also beat all honors seventh graders and only one honors eighth grader outscored her. Lundyn and Casteel advance to Nationals which will be held in about a month. Arizona is one of the top states in Pentathlon, so she is a legitimate contender for National Champion. Coach Sheila Wilson is very excited to have her join the pentathlon class next year. Sixth graders from feeder schools are eligible to compete on the Casteel team, but generally must study on their own to prepare for competition (can't attend class or club).
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      Enhanced Mathematics Counting Collection Lessons
      PHOTO ALBUM: Enhanced Math Counting Collections
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      Arizona State Diploma Seal of Arts Proficiency

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      Students of the Year

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      Writing Backstories

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      Trevor Rogers

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      Bianca Lorraine Osterling
      Congratulations to Bianca Lorraine Osterling who was accepted to the Summer TGen Bioscience Leadership Academy. She submitted her application, went though a rigorous interview process, and was selected from a pool of over 130 competitive candidates. She will attend a two-week bioscience program where scientists and staff will share their research expertise and expose students to technical skills basics, lab shadowing, clinical trials, bioethics, experimental design and so much more! Each graduate of the program receives a $1,000 scholarship.
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      District Night of Recognition

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      Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A011101 Hamilton High (2021-2022)
      Mayors Challenge Winners
      STATE CHAMPIONSHIP:  Students from Hamilton High School were crowned Arizona State Champions in the David Ricardo Economics Challenge. They now advance to national semi-finals. On Friday April 15, 28 Hamilton students competed in the Arizona Economic Challenge Competition held at Mesa Community College. Rachel Kan, Chloe Zhan, Kenny Wang, and Andy Ma are Arizona State Champions in the David Ricardo Economics Category. A second team of Kevin Li, Arnav Nigam, Vivienn Burnett and Arhan Sankhla took first place in Personal Finance Challenge and Ryan Gan, Aditya Patel, and Vihaan Hari received the Judges Award in Personal Finance Case Study. Mayor's Challenge for Economic Education™ website
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      City of Chandler Environmental Art Contest Winners
      On April 19, the City of Chandler held the 19th Environmental Art Contest in city council chambers to to recognize nineteen fourth grade winners. Hundreds of school children from private, charter and public schools within the city submitted artwork focused on recycling, water conservation and storm water pollution prevention. Twelve winners from seven Chandler Unified School District schools were winners of this year's contest. Their winning artwork will help promote the City of Chandler's conservation messages though a calendar, poster, city newsletters, social media and more. Congratulations to all the CUSD students!
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      Visit Tarwater Elementary Website Report a Problem with Item A011096 Tarwater Elementary (2021-2022)
      Margaret Anne Dunn

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      Visit Arizona College Prep High School Website Report a Problem with Item A011182 Arizona College Prep High School (2021-2022)

      STATE CHAMPIONSHIP:  Congratulations to Yatee Kapoor for winning 1st place in the Senior Individual Website category at the National History Day State competition April 9-10. Yatee's website was titled "The Route 40 Saga: A Road of Racism, Debate, and Diplomacy ." Yatee was among top two entries in the category at the state/affiliate level, and is now invited to the National Contest to be held virtually June 12-16.
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      ACP Middle School National History Day Winners
      STATE CHAMPIONSHIP:  Congratulations to Than Tsay and Thanvi Voruganti for winning 1st place in the Junior Individual Website category at the National History Day State competition April 9-10. Ethan's website was titled "Baldwin V. Buckley: The Debate of the American Dream," and Thanvi's website was titled "Dave Brubeck: Diplomacy Through Jazz." Ethan and Thanvi were among top two entries in their category at the state/affiliate level, and are now invited to the National Contest to be held virtually June 12-16.
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      Drum Parade

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      Basha FCCLA
      Congratulations to Basha High FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) Early Childhood students on their achievements at the FCCLA State Competition. Seven students qualified as national contenders, placing first or second in the state in their competitive event, earning GOLD medals and moving on to FCCLA Nationals in San Diego, CA this summer:
      • Jared Alexander
      • Sara Alexander
      • Laila Carrillo
      • Carissa Cruz
      • Metheny
      • Madalyn Moore
      • Annabelle Sanborn (who also earned a perfect score)

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        Basha FCCLA
        Congratulations to Basha High FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) Early Childhood student State Competition award recipients:
        • SILVER: Savannah Bluhm, Paige Noland, Kalia Cole
        • BRONZE: Hannah Roberts
        • $1,000 FCCLA Senior Scholarship: Paige Noland
        • Successful completion of the FCCLA National Program - Power of One: Jared Alexander, Sara Alexander, Laila Carrillo, Emily Metheny, Madalyn Moore, Paige Noland, and Annabelle Sanborn
        • GOLD Chapter Achievement Award and 2nd Place State Service Project - Lead4Change: FCCLA Basha Chapter
        • Finally, one amazing student from Basha FCCLA Early Childhood was elected to serve on the 2022-2023 Arizona FCCLA Executive State Council. Congratulations to Kalia Cole - FCCLA State President! This is a Career and Technical Student Leadership Organization with over 3,000 members across the state. What an honor!
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          All-State Choir

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          National History Day Winner
          STATE CHAMPIONSHIP: 
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          Fine Arts Diploma Seal
          Nine Chandler High students have earned the Fine Arts Diploma Seal. These students represent the first at Chandler High to earn this in both dance and theatre. Congratulations to the following students and their mentor teachers for this impressive achievement:
          • Music: Kayla King, Kyle Collins, Todd Applegate, Charlotte Ruth, Chelsea Grayling, Jacob Hernandez (Wendy Umbrianna, Mentor Teacher)
          • Dance: Dana Son (Tiffany White, Mentor Teacher)
          • Theatre: Katie Hisle, Ryan Cogley (Stephanie Likes, Mentor Teacher)

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            Crossroads Dance Concert

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            Fry Bread Afternoon

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            Chandler FFA at Maricopa County Fair
            Maricopa County Fair was a huge success. We are so proud of all Chandler High FFA Fair Exhibitors.
            • Lambs: Adrianna Erwin, Jayda Schmerfeld, Ricardo Tapia, Raynelle Harrington
            • Cattle: Chandra Andazola, Riana Alexander, Annabelle Williams
            • Hogs: Lily Manygoats, Ilsa Gooch, Emma Martin, Jailia Reed, Jenna Kirkland, Porter Fitzpatrick, Ben Higgins, Ezekiel Morales, Angel Sanchez, Kaeli Bielak
            • Chickens: Samantha Castro, Jordyn Taranec, Hailey Hutchison, Logan Le, Aiden Collins, Eva Willard, Nick Salas, Nickole Leon, Leo Orozco, Melany Bernal, Madisyn Newell, Noelia Espinosa, Dylan Daffara, Daniel Manship, Sadie Larson, Nayeli Herrera, Sherilyn Valladares, Dennis Hernandez, Aislinn Siener, Jocelyn Flores, Brady Poulson, Aaliyah Crawford
            • Chandler High FFA at Maricopa County Fair Photo Album
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              Chandler FFA at Maricopa County Fair
              Maricopa County Fair was a huge success for Chandler FFA (Future Farmers of America) with exhibitors demonstrating extreme teamwork in action, amazing showmanship, and market achievements. Chandler High students earned over $91,000 by selling their market steers, lambs, hogs, and chickens:
              • Adrianna Erwin placed 3rd in the market black face lambs.
              • Annabelle Williams was 2nd in her Heavy Weight Crossbred class, and 3rd overall.
              • Chandra Andazola was 2nd her market class. Chandra sold her market steer for $22,750.
              • Jayda Schmerfeld sold her market lamb for $3,900.
              • Porter Fitzpatrick sold his market hog for $12,750.
              • Leo Orozco sold his broiler chickens for $900.
              • Adrianna Erwin, Annabelle Williams, Chandra Andazola, Kaeli Bielak, Jayda Schmerfeld & Raynelle Harrington all received callbacks and were in the finals for showmanship for large livestock.
              • Chandler High FFA at Maricopa County Fair Photo Album
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                Job and Trade Fair

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                Flying Drones

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                CUSD National History Day Winners
                STATE CHAMPIONSHIP: 
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                Touch a Truck and Job Fair
                PHOTO ALBUM: Envision - Touch a Truck and Job Fair
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                Dawson Hubbard

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                Channing Chasten and Niall Dunn

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                Art Masterpiece at Jacobson

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                Lorena DeCristofaro
                Perry High School Fine Arts Teacher Lorena DeCristofaro competed in Master Chef Latinos. She selected amongst thousands of applicants to fly to Mexico City to be in a live cooking casting/competition. Every episode consisted of a cooking challenge to select who was saved from elimination. Episodes included being in a farm, plucking and butchering chickens, scaling and butchering whole huge fish, cooking in outdoor grills for Bikers, one was filmed in pyramid settings including only pre-hispanic ingredients (and insects!). She made it to the top 6. Congratulations Lorena. Episodes can be seen YouTube under Master Chef Latinos 2022.
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                Incubating Chicks

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                Willis Junior High National History Day Winners
                STATE CHAMPIONSHIP:  Congratulations to Abbie Johnson, Clara Olpin, Hana Gerstberger and Alexia Heaton for winning 1st place in the Junior Group Performance category at the National History Day State competition with their presentation "The Equal Rights Amendment." Abbie, Clara, Hana and Alexia were among top two entries in their category at the state/affiliate level, and are now invited to the National Contest to be held virtually June 12-16. Willis Junior High is proud to continue their strong tradition of sending student to National Competition.
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                Academic Pentathlon Team
                STATE CHAMPIONSHIP:  The Basha AMS Academic Pentathlon team finished 1st place in Arizona, taking the STATE CHAMPIONS title for the second year in a row! Congratulations to our STATE CHAMPIONS WINNING TEAM of Arnav Modem, Karan Vallamshetla, Grace Gaffney, Pranjal Singh, Abhinav Sirigineedi, Breanna Bearden, Dorian Hewett, Kayla Ong and Andrew Ritchay. They are excited to move on to a very challenging national competition with the top teams from every state. Congratulations to our Basha AMS Academic Pentathlon individual state medal winners in the Honor Division:
                • Grace Gaffney: SILVER in Literature
                • Karan Vallamshetla: BRONZE in Science; SILVER in Mathematics
                • Arnav Modem: BRONZE in Fine Arts and Mathematics; 3rd PLACE OVERALL
                • Daniel Gu: GOLD in Mathematics
                • Jocelyn Beall: SILVER in Mathematics

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                STATE CHAMPIONSHIP:  Congratulations to our Basha AMS Academic Pentathlon individual state medal winners in the Scholastic Division:
                • Pranjal Singh: GOLD in Literature, Social Science, Science and Fine Arts; 1st PLACE OVERALL
                • Soham Joshi: SILVER in Literature and Social Science; BRONZE in Science; 2nd PLACE OVERALL
                • Hunter Brown: BRONZE in Literature
                • Sidharth Donepudi: BRONZE in Social Science
                Congratulations to our Basha AMS Academic Pentathlon individual state medal winners in the Varsity Division:
                • Wyatt Mekhanik: SILVER in Literature
                • Zev Kochar: GOLD in Social Science
                • Karsen Roughsedge: BRONZE in Social Science and Mathematics
                • Dorian Hewett: GOLD in Science; BRONZE in Mathematics; 3rd PLACE OVERALL
                • Kayla Ong: SILVER in Fine Arts
                • Syiran Nittala: BRONZE in Fine Arts; SILVER in Mathematics
                • Yogendrasrinivaswaroop Tirumalasetti: BRONZE in Literature

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                Science Camp

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                Cade Yaghoubi

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