• State and National Recognition State and National Recognition


    The Chandler Unified School District is a premier district of choice.  We are proud to celebrate and communicate the achievements of our students and staff!

    Our mission: To empower all students with the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to excel in college, career and life.

    Our vision: The Chandler Unified School District is a safe and productive environment where students and adults are engaged in meaningful learning. Our diverse population is a strength, and a spirit of equity, collaboration and respect permeates our community. 

    • Our graduates are prepared for success in the global community and thrive as responsible and ethical citizens.
    • Our families are confident in the District's commitment to their children's achievement and well-being.
    • Our employees are respected and valued for their compassion, expertise and professionalism.
    • Our community takes pride in the Chandler Unified School District as a premier District of choice.

    Scroll down to check out our BRAGS in State and National Recognition below! 

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    Visit Arizona College Prep High School Website Report a Problem with Item A011696 Arizona College Prep High School (2023-2024)
    Swim State Champions
    The Arizona College Prep Knights secured the DIII State Championship titles in both the boys' and girls' swimming. Coached by the dedicated duo of Kristine Nelson and Carson Sundem, this achievement represents back-to-back triumphs for the Knights, solidifying their status as the reigning champions. Congratulations to the Knights on their outstanding performance in the pool!
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    Congratulations to following ACP students who won Division III state titles in their individual events: The Girls 200 Medley Relay featured a stellar performance by Ashlyn Tierney, Nicole Byrnes Cortinas, Saylor Debnam, and Abigail Lawarence from ACP. Nicole Byrnes Cortinas of ACP shone in the 200 IM. The Girls 200 Free Relay by ACP, with Abigail Lawarence, Adia Peterson, Surie Feng, and Nicole Byrnes Cortinas, delivered an impressive performance. The Boys Relay team, consisting of Langston Lindsey, Tiago Wakefield, Elijah Peng, and Jeremiah Boyer from ACP, showcased their excellence. Nicole Byrnes Cortinas of ACP achieved remarkable results in the 100 Breaststroke event.
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    Visit Basha High Website Report a Problem with Item A011699 Basha High (2023-2024)

    Congratulations to Basha High's Division I swin state title winner, Andrew Simmons, who stood out in the 100 Backstroke category.
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    Taylor Drewry
    Taylor Drewry from Basha High secured victory in the Division I cross country state championship, showcasing an outstanding performance.
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    Visit Casteel High Website Report a Problem with Item A011697 Casteel High (2023-2024)

    Congratulations to Casteel's Division I swim state title winners: Baylee Sloan in the 200 IM event and August Vetsch in both the 200 Free and 100 Fly events.
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    Letter Grade Report
    Once again, CUSD received an A-rating from the Arizona Department of Education! This top rating is a testament to our unwavering dedication to academic excellence and our relentless pursuit of providing the best possible education for our students. We attribute this growth to our highly dedicated instructional staff and their focus on high-yield instructional strategies for all students to have access to a rigorous and relevant curriculum and content. Click for more details about our letter grade report from the Arizona State Department of Education.
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    Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A011691 Hamilton High (2023-2024)
    Chinese Teacher Milestone Award
    Hamilton Teacher Ran An was among four outstanding educators from the Chandler Unified School District who were honored with the prestigious Milestone Award by the United Chinese Association of Arizona (UCAA) and the Chinese Language Teacher Association of Arizona (CLTA-AZ). This award is a testament to their remarkable contributions to education in Arizona. Notably, among the nine teachers recognized statewide, an impressive four belong to the CUSD community: Ran An - Hamilton High School, Hongyu Yang - Tarwater Elementary, Linyong Yao - Tarwater Elementary and Hong Zhou - Tarwater Elementary. Click for more information about the Chinese Teacher Milestone Award award.
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    Hamilton High State Gold Champions
    The Hamilton Boys Golf team has clinched the D1 State Championship, marking their remarkable 10th state title victory. Under the guidance of Coach Steve Kanner, the Huskies continue to showcase their excellence. Additionally, Angela Chen, representing Hamilton High, secured the title of Division I Individual Champion in Girls' golf.
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    Congratulations to Hamilton's Division I swim state title winner, Corinne Warriner, who displayed her prowess in the 100 Breaststroke.
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    Visit Perry High Website Report a Problem with Item A011687 Perry High (2023-2024)
    Megan Driving Hawk
    Megan Driving Hawk of Perry High School is the 2023 Arizona State Art Educator of the Year! Megan wears many hats at Perry High (Traditional Photography Program, Visual Arts Level Lead, Fine Arts Department, Indigenous Student Advisor, Indigenous Education Program, Teacher Equity Leader, Equity & Inclusion) and we are so honored to have her on team CUSD! This prestigious accolade, from the Arizona Art Education Association, is testament to Megan's dedication to quality art education in the state.
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    Donna Gustafson
    Donna Gustafson, a Social Studies teacher at Santan Junior High, was chosen to take part in National History Day's professional development program for fall 2023. This program utilizes the resources available in the online Library of Congress to enhance the development and backing of historical arguments. This opportunity is made possible through NHD's affiliation with the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Consortium. Donna's selection is particularly noteworthy, as she is one of just seven educators in Arizona to receive this prestigious honor.
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    Tarwater Chinese Teacher Milestone Award
    Four outstanding educators from the Chandler Unified School District, including three from Tarwater Elementary, have been honored with the prestigious Milestone Award by the United Chinese Association of Arizona (UCAA) and the Chinese Language Teacher Association of Arizona (CLTA-AZ). This award is a testament to their remarkable contributions to education in Arizona. Notably, among the nine teachers recognized statewide, an impressive four belong to the CUSD community: Hongyu Yang - Tarwater Elementary, Linyong Yao - Tarwater Elementary, Hong Zhou - Tarwater Elementary, and Ran An - Hamilton High School. Additionally, Tarwater's recognition for being named an outstanding Chinese Language School was published this month in the Chinese Language Teacher Association Journal. Click for more information about the Chinese Teacher Milestone Award award.
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    Evan Corbin
    Evan Corbin, 5th Grader at Auxier Elementary School, competed at the USA National Championships and Team Trials in July. Evan brought home a Bronze medal representing Arizona and Chandler Martial Arts Center!
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    Joshua Corbin
    Casteel Senior, Joshua Corbin, competed at the USA National Championships and Team Trials in Richmond, Virginia this summer. He made the USA Junior Karate Team by placing in the top three in the nation! Joshua will be training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado and competing internationally through out the year.
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    Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A011674 Hamilton High (2023-2024)

    Nikolas You made a monumental achievement over the summer. He set a new all-time world record at a powerlifting competition in Las Vegas on July 11 and brought home four gold medals. BarBend.com | 16-Year-Old Nikolas You (75KG) Sets All-Time Drug Tested Raw Open Deadlift World Record Of 343 Kilograms
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    Visit Basha High Website Report a Problem with Item A011670 Basha High (2023-2024)
    Basha students win big at FCCLA Nationals
    Five amazing Basha students, Kalia Cole, Emily Metheny, Gillian Wirtz, Annabelle Sanborn, and Lindsay Graham, traveled to Denver, Colorado in July to compete at Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Nationals, bringing home four silver medals and one gold medal. Annabelle Sanborn was a Top Ten National Finalist in the Early Childhood Education STAR Event, and Emily Metheny took FIRST place in the nation in the Promote and Publicize STAR Event, earning a perfect score! Additionally, the Basha FCCLA Early Childhood Chapter was recognized on stage as one of six national service project challenge award winners from the Lead4change organization.
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    Olivia Lu
    HAMILTON SOPHOMORE BECOMES MULTI-NATIONAL CHAMPION IN 2023 ROLLER SKATING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN PENNSYLVANIA

    Hamilton sophomore Olivia Lu recently won gold in the Domestic International event and two silver medals in the Freshman A and Junior Women Solo Dance events in the 2023 American Artistic Roller-Skating National Championships held in Pennsylvania, marking this year her fifth consecutive year as the national champion. Despite contending with older and more seasoned skaters, she emerged victorious among a large number of competitors, exhibiting the exceptional skills she has honed over her 11-year journey in the competitive arena. Congratulations to Olivia for her outstanding achievements!

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    National Mathleague Competition
    We are so proud of our Rice Rhinos who participated in the National Mathleague Competition in June 2023. Their dedication, hard work, and passion for math brought them to this prestigious event.
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    Principal Shirley Mathew
    Congratulations to Principal Shirley Mathew for being selected as a 2023 Maricopa County Exemplary Principal! "It is an honor to recognize Shirley Mathew as an Exemplary Principal. Shirley is a dynamic instructional leader who has thoughtfully and strategically built and implemented a collective vision for students, teachers, and the Rice community. She is a positive force and has created a school environment rooted in caring relationships, high expectations, trust, guidance, feedback, and sheer joy."
    -- Superintendent Steve Watson, Maricopa County School Superintendent

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    Mathleague Competition
    Congratulations to our Rice team on their outstanding performance at the state MathLeague competitions in May! They did a fantastic job. Rory McGillicuddy, Gavin Schumacher, Chase Leavy and Benjamin Bear have qualified for the national competition. Huge thanks to Mrs. Tate and Mrs. Kraemer for their dedication and hard work in preparing these talented students. We're so proud of you all!
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    Nasreen Wahid
    As part of Disney's 100th anniversary celebrations, they invited educators for a special "Disney Imagination Campus 100 Teachers Celebration" at Disneyland on May 5, 2023. Rice K-6 Technology Teacher Nasreen Wahid, was selected from the nearly 8,000 applicants as one of the 100 chosen from around the nation to take part in the festivities. They were chosen due to their essays which highlighted how they bring wonder, creativity, and imagination to life in their classrooms. Teachers appreciation with some Disney magic | Good Morning America
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    Visit Basha High Website Report a Problem with Item A011463 Basha High (2022-2023)
    Flinn Scholar Candidates
    Congratulations to Basha High School seniors Cameron Bautista and Sofia Llanos who are in the next round to be named Flinn scholars. Good luck, Cameron and Sofia!
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    Chandler FFA
    Congratulations to Chandler FFA for receiving 16 awards at the Santan FFA Regional Career Development Contest.
    • Farm Business Management CDE - 1st Place Team; 1st Place individual Jayda Schmerfeld; 2nd Place Individual Melony; Hernandez; 3rd Place Individual Annabelle Williams; 5th Place Individual Sergio Camarena
    • Floriculture CDE - 1st place Team; 1st Place Individual Mae Henderson; 3rd Place individual Ellie Craig; 6th Place Individual Laura Ash; 10th Place Individual Adrianna Erwin; 13th Place Individual Sarah Hartrumph
    • Agricultural Sales CDE - 2nd Place Team; 4th Place Individual Jalia Reed; 7th Place Individual Nickole Leon; 8th Place Individual Eva Willard; 11th Place Individual Leo Orozco
    • Job Interview/Employability - 1st place Individual Natalie Valliere; 3rd place Ilsa Gooch
    • Vet Tech - 3rd Place Team; Ben Higgins; Haily Hutchison; Nayeli Herrara; Isabelle Medal

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      Flinn Scholar Candidates
      Four CUSD students are in the next round to be named Flinn scholars. Congratulations to these students and good luck!
      • Cameron Bautista, Basha High School
      • Sofia Llanos, Basha High School
      • Carol Chen, Hamilton High School
      • Richa Chirravuri, Hamilton High School

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      Flinn Scholar Candidates
      Congratulations to Hamilton High School seniors Carol Chen and Richa Chirravuri who are in the next round to be named Flinn scholars. Good luck, Carol and Richa!
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      Hamilton Academic Decathlon team
      The Hamilton Academic Decathlon team won 1st place win at the Region IV competition this past Saturday! Hamilton now holds the title for most consecutive wins, numbering at 8! The team score was 40,732.3 with several members receiving individual awards:
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      Basha Marching Band Wins State Championship
      STATE CHAMPIONSHIP:  The Basha Bear Regiment won the Arizona State Marching Band Championship for Division 2 bands! On November 19, the Bears performed in the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association (ABODA) event where they secured the win. Please join us in congratulating the students and teachers!
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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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      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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        Nicolas Acedo
        Nicolas Acedo, ACP High School freshmen, won a silver in Kumite and a bronze in Kata in the 2022 National Karate Championships in Spokane, WA in July. Nicholas represented Chandler Martial Arts Center, Chandler, AZ.
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        Emilio Acedo
        Emilio Acedo, ACP Middle School eighth grader, won a bronze in Kumite and a bronze in Kata in the 2022 National Karate Championships in Spokane, WA in July. Emilio represented Chandler Martial Arts Center, Chandler, AZ.
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        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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        Riley Mayes
        SENIOR SPOTLIGHT:  Riley Mayes played soccer and was a Science is Fun, Girls XSTEM, and National Honor Society member while being academically driven and taking rigorous courses. Riley gave back to the community through Hugs for the Holidays and campus clubs. She was received the 4.0 Award all four years and was named an AP Scholar with Distinction and a National Merit Finalist. Riley earned the National Merit Scholarship from the University of Arizona, the Solara Ladies Club Scholarship, and the Dean's Exemplary Award Scholarship. She plans to attend the Honors College at the University of Arizona and study engineering. Basha High Senior Spotlights
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        Meghana Tripuraneni
        SENIOR SPOTLIGHT:  Meghana Tripuraneni worked as an early learner instructor at a tutoring center, a volunteer at four organizations and a member of eight extra curriculars including Girls XSTEM, Science is Fun, and LEO Club. As part of her Basha Gives Back Project, she promoted awareness about holistic healthcare for hospitalized children and raised $3,000 towards UofA's Infectious Diseases Research and Training Fund. Meghana was a HOSA (formerly Health Occupations Students of America) Nutrition 2nd & 3rd place finisher in 2021 and 2022, a National Spanish 2 Examination Silver winner, and a National Spanish 3 Examination Bronze winner. She earned the Seal of Biliteracy in Spanish. Meghana earned three scholarships including the National Merit Scholarship. She hopes to become a pediatric oncologist and attend medical school, so she will attend the University of Arizona Honors College to major in physiology and medical sciences and minor in psychology. Basha High Senior Spotlights
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        Championship Chess Team
        STATE CHAMPIONSHIP:  Five Knox Gifted Academy students won 1st place, the "Governor's Cup Championship" in the chess tournament in May. Congratulations to Aaron Li, Henry Zhou, Alan Zhang, Vedant Mudaliar, and Evan Lushnikov.
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        Rob Bickes
        Exemplary Principal:  Congratulations to principal Rob Bickes who was surprised with the prestigious Exemplary Principal Award from Steve Watson, Maricopa County School Superintendent on May 13. Watson is recognizing leaders who understand the connection between a thriving school culture and high levels of student achievement and teacher retention. These leaders intentionally and strategically nurture school environments where teacher and student voices set and realize the school's vision. They lead schools where students achieve academically and emotionally, and teachers are inspired to remain at the school and in the profession. Award recipients undergo a rigorous evaluation that involves a superintendent nomination, application, teacher survey, video interview, site visit and extensive data review.
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        VEX Robotics World Championships
        CUSD students participated in the VEX Robotics World Championship in Dallas, TX. This year more than 20,000 students from 49 states and 36 countries participated at the VEX Worlds competition. The following high school students, competing together as Team 2647X Endgame, won the "Robot Skills Award" -- one of the top four awards of the entire competition. These talented students began their robotics path as sixth and seventh graders at ACP Oakland and decided to remain together as a private team since they attend different high schools. Huge congratulations to team 2647X:
        • Krish Narotam - 12th (Hamilton)
        • Andrew Kang - 12th (ACP High School)
        • Rahil Shah - 12th (Hamilton)
        • Dylan Banhart - 11th (ACP High School)
        • Shaan Mukhergee - 11th (Hamilton)

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        Andrew Yang
        STATE CHAMPIONSHIP:  Sophomore Andrew Yang won the AIA Div. 3 state singles championship at the Paseo Racquet Center. Andrew, seeded No 2, beat No. 4 Jacob Kauffman in the championship match 6-2, 7-6. The ACP High School tennis program is coached by John Deogracias.
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        Aria Hewett
        Junior Aria Hewett placed second overall Academic Decathlon National Competition. She earned 7 out of 8 possible subject medals. This competition was open to all students who placed 1st, 2nd, or 3rd in their respective state competitions. Aria qualified by placing 3rd in Arizona in March.
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