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Casteel High - (2019-2020) Casteel High School wrestling coaching staff recognized custodian Rosa Orellana for all her efforts in keeping the wrestling room in excellent condition. In appreciation of all her hard work, the wrestling program surprised her with a gift basket before one of their workouts.
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Casteel High School senior Sadie DeShon was named a Samsung American Legion Scholar national finalist from Girls State. She will receive a $10,000 award. Samsung American Legion Scholarship website
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Casteel High early childhood education classes volunteered at Feed My Starving Children during October, packing nutritious meals for hungry children around the world. Feed My Starving Children website
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2019-2020) WASTECON 2019 showcased different types of sustainability methods being implementing all over the U.S. at the Phoenix Convention Center on Wednesday, Oct. 23. As part of the event, the Arizona Recycling Coalition announced their six $5,000 grant awardees... and we are proud to announce that three ACP Knights were granted a $5,000 award to start sytrofoam recycling in our own school cafeteria using Tenebrio beetles! The grant will fund an effort to manage styrofoam within the schools cafeteria, reduce ACP Erie's ecological footprint, and aim for a sustainable school. The president of the organization also mentioned that though there was a record number of applications this year, ACP Erie was on top of the list! Arizona Department of Environment Quality is looking forward to our project as a pilot program for other organizations, too. Way to go, Aahana Dugar, Blake Entwiller and Nevan Hanford. GO KNIGHTS! Arizona Recycling Coalition Grants website
Hamilton High - (2019-2020) James Flannery's architectural drafting students took a tour of new construction in downtown Chandler and asked many questions. Thanks to Layton Construction, Whitneybell Perry Inc., and especially project manager Lisa Shea, Hamilton architecture students were able to tour a four-story office building, one-story commercial space, outdoor recreation plaza and hotel, and the new parking garage site. Architecture Field Trip Downtown Chandler Photo Album
Perry High - (2019-2020) Perry High students Joyce Poon, Bailee Lewis, and Holly Hames in Caryn Butler's graphic design program each received a $750 cash scholarship from the Graphic Communications Education Foundation. Each plans to continue their education in the Visual Graphic Communications field. The money can be used for tuition, books, or graphic tools such as a laptop, drawing or camera equipment. Graphic Communications Education Foundation website
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2019-2020) The Knights Innovators presented their idea of a Hydrothermal Hat to Maricopa Superintendent of Schools Steve Watson and Deputy Superintendent Matt Morales. Both of them had a great time at Rachna Nath's class playing with all of her pets. The team's Hydrothermal Hat idea was highly appreciated, and Mr. Morales is connecting the team with companies like Medtronics, SAP, Intel and First Solar. The team has also been invited by the Chandler Innovation Incubator program to start the Track 1 program and an entrepreneurship soon.
Basha High - (2019-2020) Once again, the Basha High School FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) Early Childhood chapter was one of 33 schools from across the country that has earned the Lead4Change Certified School honor in recognition for its inspiring community service work and demonstration of leadership. Lead4Change is a student leadership program which provides leadership lessons that align with 21st century skills and integrate literacy, social-emotional learning, and project-based learning standards. Additionally, Lead4Change provides financial support to help students with their community service projects as they apply leadership lessons and address specific needs in our community. Pictured: Teacher/Chapter Adviser, Melanie Alexander; Student/FCCLA Chapter President, Sebastian Dees; and Principal, David Loutzenheiser.
Basha High - (2019-2020) Basha student Winter Ashley of the Basha High Y.E.S. (Youth Equity Stewardship) was interviewed by National Public Radio (NPR) recently as a part of their "Teen Girl Activists Take On Skeptical Boys, Annoying Buzzwords" article. NPR website: Teen Girl Activists Take On Skeptical Boys, Annoying Buzzwords
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler High's Modazz won first place in a Choreography Competition! Scottsdale Community College (SCC) has selected a piece that Angelina Flores choreographed, and Modazz will be performing this dance in the SCC dance performance in December. The dancers will take class, set light cues, participate in a photo shoot, perform in two performances, and be part of a question and answer session with the audience at the conclusion of each performance.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Luke Bass, CHS senior and baseball player, has been named a Player's Choice Academy (PCA) Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship Finalist! A Triple-Impact Competitor is an athlete who works to improve oneself, teammates, and the game as a whole. Luke has a 4.8 cumulative GPA, is part of the IB program, and is a leader on campus and on the baseball field.
Perry High - (2019-2020) Perry High School "Puma Diner" is up and running. It was created and run by Perry students to work on a variety of job skills while feeding the Puma Nation.
Perry High - (2019-2020) Sixteen Perry company and advanced dancers were chosen to perform at the University of Arizona's Arizona Jazz Dance Showcase Invitational Concert.
Perry High - (2019-2020) The Perry eSports Rainbow Six team took first place during the nationwide Summer Invitational, and the Perry eSports Rocket League team took third place. High School eSports: Perry Rainbow Six - 1st place High School eSports: Perry Rocket League - 3rd place
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Kambria Anson, Juliette Covitz, Bryn Creek, Ezra Glenn, and Haniyah Syed have been named National Merit Commended Students! Although they will not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scorers of more than 1.5 million students who took the PSAT/NMSQT.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Sarah Quintana and Trent Gaiser who were named Chandler High's 2019 Homecoming Queen and King.
Hamilton High - (2019-2020) After being named a finalist in 2017, Hamilton High science teacher Debbie Nipar was named a recipient of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science. She traveled to Washington D.C. last week to be recognized. Established in 1983, this is the highest award given by the U.S. Government to kindergarten through 12th grade teachers of mathematics and science, including computer science. Awardees come from schools in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools, and schools in the United States territories of Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands. Nominations and awards are facilitated by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Science Foundation. Whitehouse.gov website: President Donald J. Trump Announces Presidential Excellence Awards in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2019-2020) 2019 National Blue Ribbon School Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus has been designated an Exemplary High Performing Schools - National Blue Ribbon School for 2019! The recognition is based on a school's overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups, and affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. ACP Erie is among 362 schools in the nation and one of five schools from Arizona that will be honored by the U.S. Department of Education at a recognition ceremony on November 14-15 in Washington, D.C. 2019 National Blue Ribbon School: Arizona College Prep Erie Campus - U.S. Department of Education website
Hamilton High - (2019-2020) Hamilton High Assistant Principal Dick Baniszewski spent fall break in China. He was part of a delegation that visited Duhiangyan High School as part of an educational trip. He represented CUSD, Chandler, Arizona and the country admirably. American Educational Delegation in Dujiangyan
Basha High - (2019-2020) Basha High symphonic orchestra, under the direction of Jonathan Gott, won "Superior with Distinction" at the ABODA (Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association) Fall Festival at Corona del Sol High School prior to fall break.
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2019-2020) The following 12 Knights have earned the title of Commended Students in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship program, based on their 2018 PSAT/NMSQT scores: Parsa Amini, Ian Booth, Angelina Brasen, Jon-Luc Bryant, Junyi Gao, Mia Gomez, Matthew Kearney, Dawson Moulesong, Ivy Nguyen, Thomas Obrenovich, Michelle Yao, and Natasha Zimmerman. Commended Students placed among the top 50,000 scores out of 1.5 million students who entered the competition by taking the 2018 exam.
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2019-2020) Publishers of "The American Srbobran," the longest-running, continually published Serbian newspaper worldwide, selected an article by ACP's Katarina Marceta to publish. Her article highlighted another ACP Erie student, Adriana Kangrga, who spent the summer performing traditional Serbian dances across southeastern Europe. Katarina is the Editor-in-Chief of ACP Erie's "Knight Times" student-led newspaper and loves bringing words to life through journalism. Knight Times article: Katarina Marceta's National Newspaper Publication
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Katherine Chou and Sydney Chun (Chandler High/Chandler Online Academy) who have been named National Merit Semifinalists based on last year's PSAT NMSQT scores. About 1.6 million students in some 22,000 high schools enter the National Merit Scholarship competition annually when they take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Semifinalists are the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represent the top 0.5% of the state's senior students.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) CHS Theatre's production of The Great Gatsby was superb! The play, directed by Ms. Stephanie Likes and Ms. Katie Kolacki, featured Elijah Newton, Charlize Cornejo, Ryan Cogley, Drew Sedgley, Liz Del Vecchio, Izzy Stephens, Zac Denny, Luke Waxman and an awesome ensemble cast. Without the outstanding stage management and other crews, this production would not have been possible. Congratulations on a great show!
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler High's DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) Marketing program and Student Council teamed up to sponsor CHS's 2019 Fall Fest, a community festival including rides, games, a petting zoo and food.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler High's Symphonic Band, under the direction of Mr. Carlos Aguero, has been invited to perform at the ASU School of Music's Band and Orchestra Invitational in the spring. The band received the selective invitation by earning a Superior rating at the 2019 ABODA (Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association) State Concert Festival.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Ciana Reynoso, Chandler High varsity golfer, earned an individual top ten finish in the Aguila Open Golf Tournament.
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2019-2020) STYROFOAM BUSTERS! A group of eight students are looking at innovative ways to get rid of styrofoam pollution at ACP Erie. They are creating awareness among students to drop their used lunch plates in special containers, and then these students are collecting them everyday. The aim is to compress the styrofoam, hence reducing the volume and treat it with materials that will dissolve them. Creativity and innovativeness comes from critical thinking and problem solving. GO KNIGHTS!
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2019-2020) Halloween is definitely near -- but students had so much fun assembling the skeleton in Rachna Nath's Human Bio class.
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2019-2020) ACP Erie's Lemelson-MIT team, the KNIGHTS INNOVATORS, presented their Hydrothermal Hat/Headband to the CEO of Chandler Innovations, Mrs. Daina White. Mrs. White invited the team to attend the Track 1 program that the City of Chandler sponsors in collaboration with NACET (Northern Arizona Center for Emerging Technologies) for starting their own entrepreneurship. These ACP students will now be able to access technical support, marketing support, patent support and meet with some of the top businessmen in Arizona to support their cause. The Knights Innovators started their track last Tuesday at Chandler Innovations in Downtown Chandler. This group consists primarily of freshman and sophomores. We are proud of them for mastering public speaking and reaching out to Mayor Kevin Hartke, the Chandler Chamber of Commerce, and many IT companies around Chandler. VIDEO: Hydro-Thermal Hat
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2019-2020) ACP Erie is proud to have FOUR National Merit Scholar Semifinalists: Jayden Chen, Kazushi Iwamoto, Sharmila Nimbkar, and Orchee Syed. About 1.6 million students in some 22,000 high schools enter the National Merit Scholarship competition annually when they take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). Semifinalists are the highest-scoring program entrants in each state and represent the top 0.5% of the state's senior students. Way to go, Knights!
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Dalton Card, the first ever defensive player to be nominated for the Ed Daugherty - Arizona Athletic Excellence Award.
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.
Basha High - (2019-2020) Keith Tomaszewicz's engineering classes took a field trip in September to Grand Canyon University to participate in Engineering GCU DAY. Students were exposed to different engineering programs and career options, and got to do a hands-on workshop with breadboards and electronic circuits to operate autonomous robots and a laser beam. Additionally, they went on a tour of the engineering labs and reviewed the engineering curriculum that GCU offers. Actual GCU engineering students also took Mr. Tomaszewicz's 2nd and 3rd year students around the campus to show them what campus life is like. GCU Engineering Day Photo Album
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Casteel High students attended the National Honor Society (NHS) and National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) Arizona State Summit at ASU on September 12 to elevate our school's commitment to scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship.
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Casteel High School sophomore Trey (Henry) Telfar III (pictured far left) who was selected by Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction, Kathy Hoffman, for her African American Advisory Council.
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Casteel High teacher Christopher James was interviewed by his U.S. Military students (class) about his experiences serving in Iraq. The Veterans Heritage Project was on campus to record the interview and discuss the upcoming publication of the interview. Casteel sophomore, Sydnee Watkins will write the story to be published in the Library of Congress and the Veterans Heritage Project Book. Furthermore, James encouraged other students, including sophomore Hope Henry, to interview and write a story about a family member who served and can share their experiences as well. Hope is interviewing her grandfather about his experiences in the Vietnam War and will have the interview and story published.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler High's Air Force JROTC visited iFLY indoor sky diving last Monday and engaged in lessons on physics and wind tunnels and how terminal velocity can be calculated using a Algebraic equation. Cadets then suited up, received flight lessons, and had two flights in the flight chamber. After their flights, the cadets calculated their terminal velocity and came up with figures very close to what their true number was. It was a very rewarding experience.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler Girls Volleyball was named the Bronze Bracket Champions at the Westwood Tournament of Champions.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler came away with a 56-0 win over Capital Christian on the first game of the 2019 Cali Football Classic played at Moorpark High School. Mikey Keene was 10-10 completing all passes for 261 yards, Jalen Richmond had two touchdowns and Gunner Maldonado had two punt returns for 126 yards. On the ground, Dae Dae Hunter had two touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving, and ran for 69 yards. Nick Nesbitt ran for 77 yards and had a touchdown catch, and Rodney Clemente had a 43 yards rushing on five carries. The defense was led by Zion Magalei, Jeremiah Tyler, Anthony Hanger and Bryant Jackson. Strong defensive performances were also turned in by the linebackers Malik Reed, Tate Romney, and Kyler Orr.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) The Bring Change to Mind Club hosted an "I Care" table at lunch last week and encouraged students to write notes of encouragement and thanks to people they care about. Bring Change to Mind is a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging dialogue about mental health, and to raising awareness, understanding, and empathy.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Mattie Shumaker and Isabel Honzay went undefeated in doubles 2 at the 2019 Forner Badminton Tournament and earned 1st place medals.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) The Lady Wolves Cross Country Team ran to a second place finish at the Ojo Rojo Invitational. Ava Potts, Brooke Eversden, Lauren Kazaroff, Daniela Montufar, Lauren Copeland, Alyssa Lewis and Cydney Maxson were the top seven scoring for the varsity team. In the freshman race, Destiny Hernandez ran strong for an 8th place finish.
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.
Perry High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Tatum Stall who was named the MVP of the Westwood Tournament of Champions Volleyball Tournament this weekend. Perry High won the tournament which featured 36 of the top teams in the state.
Perry High - (2019-2020) Dr. Darren Johnson's Sports Medicine students participated in a program called "Stop the Bleed" in partnership with Dignity Health. The program teaches students to tie a tourniquet, recognize arterial bleeds and other lacerations, stuff deep puncture wounds, and apply direct pressure to any bleeding. It includes vocabulary, explanation of wounds, pictures, and then a hands-on session. Congratulations to all students who completed the training and earned "Stop the Bleed" certification.
Perry High - (2019-2020) Dr. Darren Johnson's and Rebecca Goetz's Sports Medicine students recently participated in CPR training in partnership with Dignity Health and earned their CPR certification.
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Ashlyn Drew who was named one of the Top 300 MASTERS (out of 2,348 nominees from across the U.S.) in the 2019 Broadcom MASTERS, a program of Society for Science & the Public. She and her science fair project, Heightened Hydroponics, will now compete to become one of 30 national finalists in the Broadcom competition. Press Release: Broadcom MASTERS Announces the Top 300 Middle School Innovators in National STEM Competition
Chandler Early College - (2019-2020) Chandler Early College celebrated Red, White and Blue Day and Spirit Day.