Honors, Awards and Special Programs
Hamilton High - (2019-2020) During an afternoon ceremony, Hamilton High students Zana Ryan, editor; and Nolen Coley, cinematographer; earned a student production Rocky Mountain Emmy Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences from their work in the category of "High School Student Craft Editor" for their Hamilton High track promotional video.
Hamilton High - (2019-2020) Hamilton High School is currently piloting an AP course developed through a partnership between the CollegeBoard and the African Diaspora Consortium: AP Seminar with African Diaspora content. This is the first ever AP course with an African topic, and Hamilton is proud to be the first school in the western US to offer this course. The Senior Executive Director of the African Diaspora Consortium, Rhonesha Blaché, visited with the class and facilitated a lesson about changing perceptions of Africa. Hamilton students have also had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Adama Sallu as a guest speaker and attending a 1619 commemoration event during which Dr. Sallu was a panelist. A university partnership is also a part of this pilot program, so students will have opportunities for field trips to ASU and graduate student mentorship as they conduct research.
Hamilton High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Hamilton Girls Golf on their 4th place finish at the Chappy Wheeler Tournament in Palm Desert, CA on September 6 and 7.
Hamilton High - (2019-2020) Hamilton High School DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) Officers participated in the DECA Officer Leadership Camp at Lost Canyon in Williams, AZ in August.
Hamilton High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Hamilton girls varsity golf won first place at the Nighthawk Tournament on August 23 and 24, defeating Xavier and Cactus Shadows. Maddie Adam shot par for 36 holes!
Hamilton High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Karina Yang, Third Place and $3,500 Scholarship winner in the 2019 Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest (sponsored by the VFW Auxiliary 720 of Phoenix, Arizona) for her oil painting titled "What They Have Left Behind." Click link below to check out her artwork and accompanying essay. 2019 Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest website
Hamilton High - (2019-2020) Hamilton senior Devrath Iyer was selected to attend the prestigious Research Science Institute (RSI), jointly sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Education and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. RSI is an intensive, six-week program that gives students the opportunity to conduct original, cutting-edge science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) research in state-of-the-art university laboratories, hospitals and corporate research facilities in Boston and Cambridge, MA. His accomplishment was recognized by Hon. Andy Biggs, Arizona Representative, in the records of the 116th US Congress and by Governor Doug Ducey via a commendation from the State of Arizona.
Hamilton High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Hamilton teacher Hilary Johannes who has authorship credit for Going Deeper with Self- and Peer Assessment Guide.
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) OUR GRADUATES:
We are proud to report that Hamilton High 2018-19 graduates earned:
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) Hamilton Theatre won several state awards after their performance on May 24 at ASU Gammage. Our musical was in the top ten for the state for Best Musical, we won for Best Costumes, and Sophia Donnell won Best Lead Female. Sophia will go on to represent Arizona in New York City for the national competition, The Jimmy Awards. She won an all-expense paid trip for a training camp at NYU and then will perform in the same theatre as Lion King.
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) In an overnight game on May 15, Hamilton High, under the direction of Coach Mike Woods, won the 6A State Baseball Championship against Corona Del Sol 8-1 at Tempe Diablo Stadium. The first pitch was not thrown until 10:39 p.m. by freshman pitcher Logan Saloman. The last was thrown at 12:30 a.m. It was the third state title in four years and the seventh overall for the Huskies.
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) Jennalynn Fung has been selected as a contributor for the 2019 edition of Apprentice Writer. Her photography piece, Fantasies Woven in Thread, will appear in the publication this fall. Apprentice Writer received student submissions from nearly 20 countries in this 37th year of publication.
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Abby Liu, Ella Ai and Thalia Liu! Out of over 1,800 high school students from more than 80 countries, regions, and territories around the world competing May 12 - 17 in Phoenix at the prestigious 2019 International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the team of Abby, Ella and Thalia won 4th place overall in the category of Biomedical Engineering and $500 for their project titled Identifying Key Pathways/Mechanisms for the Generation of Pancreatic Beta Cells by Trans-differentiation of Acinar Cells. 2019 ISEF Grand Award winners
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Mindy Long! Out of over 1,800 high school students from more than 80 countries, regions, and territories around the world competing May 12 - 17 in Phoenix at the prestigious 2019 International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the Mindy won 4th place overall in the category of Biomedical Engineering and $500 for her project titled A Smartphone-Based, Point-of-Care Iron Sensor Utilizing Colorimetric Techniques. 2019 ISEF Grand Award winners
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Hamilton sophomore Jessica Zhang who was selected by the University of South Carolina as one of the 20 best young pianists from across the U.S. and has been invited to participate in the 17th annual Southeastern Piano Festival June 16-23. Participants will take daily lessons with university piano faculty, attend master classes with guest artists who are among the world's top pianists and practice up to five hours a day. The festival culminates with the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition featuring $9,000 in cash prizes. Jessica has studied piano since the age of six and has won multiple piano awards. Southeastern Piano Festival website
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT: Christian Weninger is a member of the Hamilton High Class of 2019. He has been extremely active on campus, participating in DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America), Motivational Outreach Organization and FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) Fashion Club. Christian is a persevering entrepreneur and has already established a business where students can display and share their artwork on his online magazine. His company also sells clothing along with planning fashion shows across the valley. Christian is outgoing and conveys his astonishing personality on campus and with everyone he meets. Christian works hard to help his fellow classmates meet their full potential. Hamilton High Seniors Highlights
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Jessica Hogan who was named the Sun Lakes Rotary Sandy Lundberg Educator of the Year for 2019. This award recognizes and rewards excellence in education as reflected in the school district and the general community.
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Malik Whitaker, the Division I State Champion in Mens Varsity High Jump.
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) Please congratulate our state champion Boys Double team of Neil Bhardwaja and Rahul Bhat! This is the 2nd year in a row that our Boys Tennis Double team has claimed the state championship. We are so proud of these seniors and Coach Gonzalez for all of their hard work.
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) Our 2019 girl's tennis season came to an end, but not before making an improbable run into the state championship match where Hamilton finished as the state runner up behind Xavier.
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) After four and a half hours of battling with Brophy, the boys tennis team ended with a score of 3-5, state runner-up champions! The boys had an incredible regular season at 13-1 and finishing 2nd in state! We are very proud of these tough young men!
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT: Akshay Murali has been very involved on campus. He is in the top 20% of his class and has accomplished much in his two years as a Hamilton Husky. He is the vice president of ASCE (American Society Of Civil Engineers) Club and the USA Computing Olympiad. Akshay also participated in Robotics Club and served as treasurer and statistical analyst for Interact. He recently placed 3rd at the Arizona Science and Engineering Fair (AzSEF) in Environmental Engineering. Moreover, Akshay has been very active in the community, volunteering at Feed My Starving Children every week. Akshay will be attending the University of California, San Diego in the fall of 2019 for Data Science. Hamilton High Seniors Highlights
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT: Madeline York has enjoyed her four years pole vaulting for the Hamilton Varsity Track and Field team. At the Arizona State Division I Championships, she pole vaulted to a 4th place finish her freshman year and 3rd place finish her junior year. It is with a strong sense of pride and honor that Madeline has accepted an appointment to the US Military Academy West Point. Hamilton High Seniors Highlights
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) Students Jerry Sun (Cornell-bound senior), Travis Zhang (Junior), and Daniel Hsu (ASU-bound senior) are playing a pivotal role as CUSD prepares for the inaugural Summer Equity Symposium - Breaking Barriers for Excellence. The students utilized their coding and tech skills to create an app for symposium attendees. The Breaking Barriers for Excellence app will help the event run smoothly by providing easy access to information about schedules, speakers, and sessions.
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) Chandler Wolves and Hamilton Huskies students worked together with CTA/EPA Humphrey sixth graders in a "Courage Retreat." Students learned to follow their hearts and not the crowd.
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) The following Hamilton actors and technicians qualified as Top Ten Finalists in the Arizona High School Musical Theatre Awards (local High School Tony Awards) for Little Women the Musical! Winners will be announced after our performance at ASU Gammage on May 24. Dashaun Dunn and Sophia Donnell are also eligible to win an all-expense paid trip to represent Arizona at the National High School Theatre Awards in New York.
- A whopping $41,557,950 in scholarships!
- 4,089 hours of college credit (Dual Credit), and
- 22,213 hours of service learning
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Melody Solorio, Sydney Lautt and Lauren Lautt. They competed at the State Leadership Convention for our HOSA club (Future Health Professionals, formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America), winning first place for their public service announcement entitled "First Moments." What a great group of future health professionals! CTE Programs YouTube video: "First Moments" - HOSA PSA 2019 (First place)
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Hamilton student Daniel Obarski who was selected as the Boys' Arizona State Winner in the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) Student Athlete Scholarship Competition. He received a plaque and a $500 check. Additionally, his application will go onto compete in the next round for a chance at that national award.
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT: Carson Beck was busy last summer learning to fly. He was one of 120 student cadets from around the world accepted into the inaugural class of the U.S. Air Force Flight Academy, where he earned a pilot's license. Carson was awarded the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Cadet of the Year for Arizona. He is currently a unit commander in JROTC. In addition, Carson is busy serving as Executive Officer of fundraising for Hamilton's Student Government and worked as President of LINK Crew for the past two years. In his free time, he has managed to earn the highest rank in Boy Scouts, the prestigious Eagle Scout. Carson will be attending the University of Colorado Boulder on a Marine ROTC Scholarship. Hamilton High Seniors Highlights
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT: Destinee McCaster is heavily involved in both school and community theatre, winning Superiors and several first places for group, duo and solo performances and directing. Destinee placed first at the Chandler Film Festival for her Public Service Announcement. Her college submission short film on mental health won several awards. She is currently serving as president for both Drama Club and Film Club, as well as vice president of Urban Lemmings, an improv troupe. Destinee enjoys volunteering at the East Maricopa County Dog Shelter. She plans to attend USC in the fall. Hamilton High Seniors Highlights
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT: Ellen Napolitano won the 2018-2019 Jerome McDonough Arizona State Playwright competition. She is the current president of National Charity League (NCL) San Tan Chapter and has been an NCL volunteer for six years. Ellen attended Teen Leadership Academy her junior year and had the opportunity to intern with the Chandler Mayor for a week. Ellen represented Hamilton at Arizona Girls State this year. Ellen is planning to attend Colorado State University as part of the Honors Program, majoring in pre-med. Hamilton High Seniors Highlights
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT: Jennifer Curry made us Husky Proud by becoming a state champion in wrestling during the first year it was an AIA sanctioned sport for girls in Arizona! She maintains a rigorous academic schedule while blazing a path in her sport. She brings humor and comrade to all of her classes and demonstrates a fierce competitive spirit which she will take with her as college athlete. Hamilton High Seniors Highlights
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) Hamilton Academic Decathlon competed in Minneapolis in April against 72 other teams from the US, the UK and China (approximately 876 students). Our Huskies made Arizona proud! Team results:
- Best Male Lead: Dashaun Dunn
- Best Female Lead, Best Vocalist: Sophia Donnell
- Best Supporting Female: Morgan Swanson
- Best Costumes, Best Hair/Make-up: Meredith King, Maxine Kruse, Vaishalini Sitaraman, Kenneth Kwan
- Best Lighting: Abbey Flanigan
- Best Sound: Rylan Cox, Jay Domadia, Izzy Viker, Taylor Wickham
- Best Sets/Props: Annabell Gambino, Tabby Graf, Haley Kavanagh, Andrea Flores-Pena, Olivia O'Connell, Conner Onishi, Alex Price, Ryan Repko, Natalie Sturgeon, Cole Tracey, Kammy Venkataraghavan
- 3rd Super Quiz Division 1: 4th (in the NATION!) overall Division 1
Adding in the teams from other divisions and the international students, Hamilton ranked 7th overall. Photo Album: Hamilton Academic Decathlon Shines at International Competition
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Leila Cook, Beth Goldsobel, Claire Mraz and Cianna San Nicolas who placed 2nd, and Darius Alston, Rey Lamostre, Mason Messenger and Trysten Zapata who placed 10th in the 2019 Spring Stock Market Game Competition. The Stock Market Game is sponsored by the SIFMA Foundation (Securities Industry Financial Markets Association), the Arizona Council on Economic Education and Charles Schwab. The state competition ran from February 4 - April 18, 2019. Students were given $100,000 to spend on their stock portfolios. Out of 300 participating teams of approximately 2,000 students competing in the high school division, our second place team earned an impressive 11.5% rate of return, and our 10th place team earned almost 9%. CTE Programs
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT: Emily Jacobson has been a terrific student in math this year. She completes ALL homework and takes advantage of the extra credit opportunities. Emily comes in for tutoring when she doesn't understand a concept and then aces her tests and quizzes. She's very involved in marching band and will be attending ASU in the fall as part of their music program! Hamilton High Seniors Highlights
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT: Neil Bhardwaja is truly an incredible student. Many events on campus have been positively impacted due to his attention to detail, organization, and reliability. Neil serves as the treasurer for Student Government, which is quite an undertaking. He always comes to class with a smile on his face, and we always know that we can depend on him to get anything done. Neil is willing to help out in every facet of the organization and helps guide the under-classmen. He is an amazing young man, and we are going to miss him next year! Hamilton High Seniors Highlights
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT: Tierney Zubchevich is the epitome of a Husky. She puts a tremendous amount of effort into everything she does. Tierney always has a great attitude and is a pleasure to teach. She will be a success as she continues her education at George Fox. Hamilton High Seniors Highlights
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT: In her spare time, Bella Lines likes to delve into her creative side, journaling and writing letters. She especially likes to write letters to "someone who is having a hard time and needs some encouragement." Despite a heavy load of AP classes, Bella has participates in the Personal Progress and Honor Bee program through her church, focusing on faith, good works, and virtue. This program has taught her "how to set goals, evaluate growth, be involved in family and community, expand talents, and dedicate herself to values she is passionate about." Determined to strengthen herself through dancing, Bella achieved dancing en pointe after only six months of ballet. She also strengthened her leadership skills through Seminary Council and as President of the Laurel class in her church. Bella also acts as a dance mentor and mentors her two younger adopted sisters so that they can "strengthen their view of family. " In the fall Bella plans to attend BYU-Provo. Hamilton High Seniors Highlights
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT: Evidence of Katherine Roshak's caring, empathetic nature can be found both inside and outside the classroom. Whether she is participating in a group discussion in class or organizing events for Girl Up, a club that helps raise money for women's shelters, Katherine always tries to serve as a role model for her peers. One of Katherine's most outstanding accomplishments has been her work with Students for Sustainable Schools. In addition to recycling paper and other materials at Hamilton, Katherine and her club are in the process of creating a composting program with bins for food waste for the cafeteria. Katherine hopes to share her ideas about sustainability by joining similar clubs at Barrett Honors College. Hamilton High Seniors Highlights
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT: Thalia Moreno is a dedicated student who goes above and beyond in all her roles. She prioritizes her school work while maintaining an active role as a MECHA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan) club officer and works part-time at a community child care program. She sets a great example for her peers by demonstrating initiative, passion, and commitment. Hamilton High Seniors Highlights
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT: Over the past four years, Olivia Wang has been a part of National Honor Society and the Red Cross, UNICEF and Photography clubs. She has also been a part of the Hamilton girls tennis team. Outside of school, Olivia volunteers as a teacher assistant at Hope Chinese School on Saturdays, and she enjoys art, photography and playing tennis. Olivia earned the AP Distinguished Scholar award this year. Next year, Olivia plans to attend Barrett Honors College at ASU where she will major in Software Engineering. Hamilton High Seniors Highlights
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT: Josh Zimmerling has held a 4.0 GPA throughout his entire high school career. Over the last four years, Josh has dedicated countless hours to several organizations including eSports, Helping PAWS, French Club, East Valley Boys Service Club, National Honor Society and Technical Theater. Josh is also skilled at playing the piano. Josh will be attending ASU, majoring in Software Engineering. Hamilton High Seniors Highlights
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT: Congratulations to Cassie Bromley for all her successes this year. Not only is she a wonderful student, but she has accomplished so much. Cassie received a 4-year scholarship from ASU. She is our DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) president, an academic scholar, has shown nothing but class and style under pressure, and has the heart of a humanitarian. We are proud of Cassie and wish her much success in all that she sets out to do. Hamilton High Seniors Highlights
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT: Brandon Hill has worked hard on both academic and athletic endeavors. He has earned a 4.0 in the classroom while participating in two varsity sports. He will be continuing both his athletic and academic careers in college. Hamilton High Seniors Highlights
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT: Jaden Stubbs is captain of our varsity pomline. She has been an amazing leader this year, and was chosen as our MVP. Jaden recently auditioned for the Grand Canyon University Dance Program and earned a spot on their team! Congratulations, Jaden! Hamilton High Seniors Highlights
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT: Nick Forsythe has participated in Business Management for three years, growing each year in confidence and overall social skills. He is secretary for FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) and has really been the backbone of our Club this year. Besides helping students get involved in various business field trips and class assignments, Nick has been a great asset helping to guide second year students who took the State Business Test this year. Hamilton High Seniors Highlights
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT: "My high school experience has been a flurry of laughter and learning. As an aspiring artist, I have learned to experiment, to take risks, and be to content with my 'mistakes' by finding ways to turn them into 'intentional' abstractions and stylized strokes. High school has offered me a safe environment to thrive, to learn, and to become who I strive to be. "
- Jake Nance - Bronze OVERALL, Gold in Science, Silver in Language and Litertaure, Silver in Music, Silver in Art, Bronze in Math
- Jasmine Sun - Gold in Art, Silver in Interview, Bronze in Science, Bronze in Social Science, Bronze in Speech
- Zuzia Stechly - Gold in Interview, Silver in Art, Bronze in Music
- Emily Jefferson - Bronze in Language and Literature
- Melina Chabolla - Bronze in Interview
-- Camille Winn
Hamilton High Seniors Highlights
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT: Zachary Killmer participated with the Hamilton High School jazz band on drum set, but outside of school this year, he has been a part of the Scottsdale Community College (SCC) big band as well as an SCC jazz combo, both on drums. Additionally, Zachary was one of three drummers nationwide selected to participate in Berkley's College of Music Master Summit where he got to play with Jeff Coffin from the Dave Matthews band and also work with drummer Chester Thompson. Hamilton High Seniors Highlights
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT: "I had the opportunity of participating in Link Crew, which is a leadership class designed to welcome incoming students to high school. We did many different activities to involve them in the school and school spirit. Some examples are a pool party, spirit weeks, tutoring activities, food clubs, etc. It was always fun and exciting to be a part of this program!"
-- Karsyn Chubbs
Hamilton High Seniors Highlights
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) Hamilton Orchestra auditions were held for the 2019 Arizona All-State Orchestra. Hamilton orchestra students did well overall, with six accepted (Grace Zhang, Zocelyne Kow, Christine Lee, Brandon Tang, Ryan Widjaja and Colin Guan) and one first alternate. These exceptional musicians will participate in the upcoming festival at NAU, April 11-13. This achievement represents the highest honor an Arizona high school musician can earn.