State and National Recognition
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Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler Girls Volleyball was named the Bronze Bracket Champions at the Westwood Tournament of Champions.
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.
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) Tatum Stall 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.
Riggs Elementary - (2019-2020) In the recent Riggs PTO Read-a-Thon, students read a total of 196,585 minutes -- surpassing last year's total by 33,690 minutes! In addition, the total amount raised was $18,646.
Arizona College Prep - Oakland Campus - (2019-2020) A HUGE congratulations to J.T. Mulvihill! J.T. 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. He and his science fair project, The Impact of Football Helmet Lining or Coating on Impact Force Reduction to the Head, 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
Bogle Junior High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Leela Raj-Sankar 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, Shining a Light on Osmosis, 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
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 Unified School District - (2019-2020) Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public announced the Top 300 competitors in the 9th annual Broadcom MASTERS® -- the nation's premier Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competition for middle school students. Of the top 300 students from science fairs across the U.S., only five students are from Arizona -- and THREE of those hail from Chandler Unified School District! Congratulations to J.T. Mulvihill (ACP Oakland), Leela T. Raj-Sankar (Bogle Junior High) and Ashlyn Grace Drew (Casteel High). They now compete for the top 30 spots, to be announced on September 18. Top 300 MASTERS 2019
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Holly Hoogstra, Chandler High senior, who was recognized with the IB Student of the Year Award at the quarterly meeting of the Arizona International Baccalaureate Schools.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler High junior Andre Richardson has been selected to attend the Southwest Airlines 2019 Continuing the Legacy in Aviation (academy/program) at the Southwest HQ Campus in Dallas, Texas this October. In June, Andre was selected to attend a weeklong Aviation Career Education Academy and learned about the aviation field through tours and professional instructions. Andre received an award for outstanding graduate as well as the Top Flyer Award. Andre was recommended by his academy instructor to apply for the Southwest Airlines Continuing the Legacy in Aviation event that hosts students from all over the country. Andre's application was selected and he was awarded the all-expense paid trip for him and a parent to attend.
Santan Elementary - (2019-2020) Santan Elementary won a $2,500 grant from the Sun Devil Athletics and the Sun Devil Club Extra Yard for Teachers program in recognition for the hard work the school and community does to go that "Extra Yard" for students.
Basha High - (2019-2020) Basha High School Social Studies teacher Elizabeth Schley is a part of a podcast for teacher tips. She is also an an author for Stories From Schools AZ where she shares daily life in an Arizona classroom for the Northern Arizona University AZ K12 Center where she is on the Teacher Advisory Board. Apple Podcasts S6 Episode 1: 3Ps in a Pod Top 10 Tips for Back to School Stories from School AZ website
Arizona College Prep - Oakland Campus - (2019-2020) Congratulations to ACP Oakland 7th grader Megan Williams who was awarded 6th place in the country at the summer 2019 American Harp Society's National competition.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler High graduate Whitney Foster recently won third place in the world and first in the nation as a part of ASU's all-female robosub team at the Robonation International Competition in San Diego. The Si Se Puede Foundation, a valuable partner to CHS, was one of the founders of the WAVE Robotics Team. ABC Good Morning America: All-female robotics team wins major awards while slashing stereotypes of women, Latinos in STEM.
Perry High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Perry senior Amber Adams who was elected this summer as the Arizona DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) State President -- the first in Perry school history!
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!
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2019-2020) Niche released their 2020 best schools school rankings, and Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus is the second best district school in the State of Arizona. Proud to be a Knight!
Conley Elementary - (2019-2020) Conley was granted $15,000 from the Chandler Education Foundation (CEF) to have Playworks on our site! We are so excited to take on this venture promoting safe play and developing problem solving skills, while also providing opportunities for our students to participate in Junior Coach leadership on campus! The entire staff is on board, and we have our lunch staff trained to provide an environment of structured play for students. Thank you, CEF! And thank you to Playworks for donating 80 backpacks with school supplies to our students in need!
Conley Elementary - (2019-2020) A special thanks to the Chandler district, our Conley team and one of our very own teachers for supporting the families who faced the tragic loss of their homes burning down. One of our teachers, Mrs. Amanda Serchen supported her son on a project to reach a goal of raising $1,000 to support these families! Not only did they reach that goal, but our great community members donated household supplies, clothing, and furniture to Conley families affected by this loss. Our parents were very grateful and said they truly feel a part of the Conley family.
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2019-2020) Positive Coaching Alliance is honored to annually award nearly 150 scholarships totaling nearly $150,000 across the US to student-athletes who strive to be a Triple-Impact Competitor, impacting sport on three levels by working to improve themselves, their teammates, and their sport as a whole. These finalists were selected from more than 3,500 applicants who received nearly 7,500 references in support of their application. It was a very competitive group and these finalists rose to the top! Of the 15 Arizona finalists, ACP Erie has 5! Congratulations to: Emma Byrd, Ahlias Jones, Krista Rowan, Owen Sullins, and Tendall Weigand. Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Finalists
Knox Gifted Academy - (2019-2020) Knox Gifted Academy third grader Daniel Yan is competing in the World Youth Chess Championship. The 2019 World Youth Chess Championship is the world's top-level youth chess event. The main competition venue is located in Weifang International Leisure Sports Town (Shandong, China).
Hull Elementary - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Logan Boyer, past Hull Elementary student, who has made it to pro-baseball with the Los Angeles Dodgers! San Diego Union-Tribune - MLB Draft: SDSU's Boyer ready to begin pro career with Dodgers organization
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Holly Hoogstra, Chandler High senior, who was one of 32 students from around the country chosen to participate in the Economics for Leaders program conducted at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX in July. Holly was chosen for the program because of her excellent leadership potential.
Chandler Unified School District - (2019-2020) Niche.com announced on August 8 that CUSD is the top-ranked school district in the metropolitan Phoenix area. The 2020 Best School Districts ranking is based on rigorous analysis of key statistics and millions of reviews from students and parents using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, public school district ratings, and more. All 43 CUSD schools graded by Niche.com earned either an "A" or "B" grade, and 79% of those earned an A+, A or A-. Wow! The Chandler Unified School District was also graded an "A." Certificate from Niche.com
Basha High - (2019-2020) Ten 2018-2019 Basha High FCCLA students (sponsored by Melanie Alexander) traveled to Anaheim, CA for the FCCLA National Competition, earning 3 GOLD medals and 7 SILVER medals! Congratulations to our FCCLA 2019 National Winners:
- Sara Alexander - GOLD medal in Environmental Ambassador
- Lewis Alexander and Tanner Parvin - GOLD medal in National Programs in Action
- Sebastian Dees - SILVER medal in Chapter Service Project
- Kristina DeSantiago - SILVER medal in Promote and Publicize
- Christina Jepsen and Lily Jensen - SILVER medal in Chapter in Review
- Ella Kattelman - SILVER medal in Focus on Children
- Rachel Colombo - SILVER medal in Environmental Ambassador
- Jared Alexander - SILVER medal in Interpersonal Communications
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Casteel High's Michelle Capriotti was awarded the National Education Association: Global Learning Teaching Fellowship. She is one of 42 teachers from around the country who will travel to Washington D.C. this October and then to Peru next summer. They will be focusing on global learning and applying best practices to the classrooms and sharing with teachers from around the world their projects and research.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Casey Likes, Chandler High/Chandler Online Academy Senior, will be starring in a new musical based on the 2000 movie Almost Famous that is slated for Broadway in 2020. He is currently in rehearsals in New York for a run at the Old Globe in San Diego in October before they move to Broadway!
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.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler High School Theatre has been nationally recognized by the National Youth Awards for the 2018-2019 productions of Alice and Les Miserables.Awards:
- Outstanding Production: Les Miserables
- Artist of the Year: Casey Likes (Jean Valjean in Les Miserables and Director of Alice)
- Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Musical: Kayla King as Eponine in Les Miserables; Hailey Palmer as Fantine in Les Miserables
- Outstanding Supporting Performance in a Play: Nainoa Aguano as Len/Hatter/Hedgehog in Alice
- Outstanding Costume Design: Diana Likes for Alice
- Outstanding Musical Direction: Lori Lyford for Les Miserables
- Outstanding Direction: Stephanie Likes and Katie Kolacki for Les Miserables
Chandler Traditional Academy - Goodman Campus - (2019-2020) Congratulations to CTA Goodman student Kianna Noyd for her performance at the 2019 USA Track & Field (USATF) Junior Olympics in July. She placed 18th in the Junior Olympics Girls Javelin Throw (11-12 Division), competing against girls from all across the country. USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championship Results, July 22-28, 2019
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2019-2020) Mrs. Nath was awarded Honorable Mention for the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators for the year 2019. She is one of only two people to have received this award from within the states of California, Nevada and Arizona and the first person to receive this award from Arizona since 2016. Click below to read more about Mrs. Nath and her achievements. Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE) Winners website
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Zach Espalin, Chandler High junior, has been named a USA Wrestling 2019 Freestyle National Championships All-American! Zach is just the 10th multi All-American in Chandler Wrestling history.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler High's FFA Parliamentary Procedure Team won the State competition and will compete at Nationals in October in Indianapolis.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) DeCarlos Brooks, 2019 Chandler High graduate, was named AZCentral's Football Player of the Year.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Braxton Bradbeer, 2019 Chandler High graduate, was named AZCentral's Boys Volleyball Player of the Year.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Chandler High is one of three schools in the country to have its girls, boys and beach volleyball programs receive team academic recognition from the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). The award honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that display excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale. Chandler Girls Volleyball earned a 3.71 team GPA. Girls Beach had a 4.27 team GPA, and Boys Volleyball earned a 3.64 team GPA.
Chandler High - (2019-2020) Over 350 German language and science students, teachers, and experts on the matter of sustainability from Germany and the U.S. had the opportunity to come together in Chicago to attend the Goethe Institut's Sustainability Summit at Loyola University over Memorial Day weekend. Six Chandler High School German and Environmental Science students and their teachers, Melanie Mello and Russell Davis, were lucky recipients of a grant to participate in this summit.
Casteel High - (2019-2020) Alexis Ngo and Quincy Lee, upcoming seniors in our CTE Sports Medicine Program, competed at the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) International Leadership Conference (ILC) during the summer of 2019. This is the first time Casteel High has ever attended the highest competition for HOSA. Both ladies faced tough competition from around the country and world including China, Puerto Rico, and American Samoa. Quincy fell short to the fierce competitors in her event for Medical Terminology while Alexis place 2nd overall in her event, Extemporaneous Health Poster! We're SO PROUD! HOSA International Leadership Conference - Summer 2019, Photo Album
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2018-2019) OUR GRADUATES:
We are proud to report that ACP Erie 2018-19 graduates earned:
- A whopping $20,177,868 in scholarships!
- 3,826 hours of college credit (Dual Credit), and
- 828 hours of service learning
Basha High - (2018-2019) OUR GRADUATES:
We are proud to report that Basha High 2018-19 graduates earned:
- A whopping $23,049,688 in scholarships!
- 2,081 hours of college credit (Dual Credit), and
- 24,990 hours of service learning
Casteel High - (2018-2019) OUR GRADUATES:
We are proud to report that during the 2018-19 school year, Casteel High students earned:
- A whopping $11,320,621 in scholarships!
- 1,826 hours of college credit (Dual Credit), and
- 11,381 hours of service learning
Chandler High - (2018-2019) OUR GRADUATES:
We are proud to report that Chandler High 2018-19 graduates earned:
- A whopping $26,763,975 in scholarships!
- 2,889 hours of college credit (Dual Credit), and
- 24,440 hours of service learning
Chandler Unified School District - (2018-2019) CUSD GRADUATES:
We are proud to report that during the 2018-2019 school year, Chandler Unified School District graduates earned:
- Over $150.1 million in scholarships!
- 22,238 hours of college credit (Dual Credit), and
- 113,569 hours of service learning
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) OUR GRADUATES:
We are proud to report that Hamilton High 2018-19 graduates earned:
- A whopping $41,557,950 in scholarships!
- 4,089 hours of college credit (Dual Credit), and
- 22,213 hours of service learning
Perry High - (2018-2019) OUR GRADUATES:
We are proud to report that Perry High 2018-19 graduates earned:
- A whopping $27,724,366 in scholarships!
- 7,527 hours of college credit (Dual Credit), and
- 15,037 hours of service learning
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.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Cienna Samiley, Chandler High junior, competed at the Junior Olympic Nationals in Indianapolis against the top Level 10 gymnasts in the country and medaled on the Uneven Bars with a score of 9.675. She placed 14th All-Around in the nation. YouTube video: Cienna Samiley - Level 10 - Junior Olympics National Championships - May 2019
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Faith Sterling who won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Les Miserables at the ASU Gammage HSMTA (High School Musical Theatre Awards) Ceremony. ASU Gammage High School Musical Theatre Awards website