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    Feeding the Future
    Perry Culinary students competed in the statewide Feeding the Future 2020: School Lunch-Inspired Bites and Beverages competition where they worked with a local chef, Chef Tamara Stanger, to create school lunches that were appealing and desirable, while meeting nutritional and budgetary restrictions of the National School Lunch Program. Each team spent months testing and costing recipes with the help of Blue Watermelon Project chefs to better understand the challenge schools face everyday: how to provide delicious, nutritious and affordable lunches to students. Congratulations to Keeley Erickson and Royal Schradder who placed 2nd, winning $3,000, and Brandon Park and Miqueas Barrios who placed 3rd, winning $2,000. The Feeding the Future competition is hosted by the Blue Watermelon project, an initiative of Slow Food Phoenix. Slow Food Phoenix - Blue Watermelon Project website
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    Random Acts of Kindness
    Perry High teacher Melissa Lu joined teachers Lauren Cundiff (San Marcos) and Michelle Capriotti (Casteel High) to represent the district and their schools in the Desert Financial "Random Acts of Kindness" float in the Fiesta Bowl Parade. Pictured left to right: Lauren Cundiff, Michelle Capriotti and Melissa Lu.
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    Connor Adams
    Out of almost 80 entries, ALL first place winners in the Town of Gilbert 2019 High School Sustainability Artwork Contest were from Perry High School! Winners received recognition from the Town of Gilbert and an Amazon gift card. Be sure to watch for the first place winners' artwork along with their names and school displayed on the solid-waste trucks used by the town. Congratulations to all of our incredibly talented students:
    • AP 3D Art senior Kiley Park - first place
    • Environmental Systems Science junior Connor Adams (pictured) - first place
    • Graphic Design II sophomore Jill Syphus - first place
    • Graphic Design II junior Caitlin Salanga - first place
    • Graphic Design II sophomore Brooklyn Braaten - third place
    Town of Gilbert 2019 High School Sustainability Artwork and Video Contest website
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    Kiley Park
    Congratulations to Kiley Park, AP 3D Art student, who won first place in the town of Gilbert's Sustainability Art Contest. Her sculpture (see photo) addresses issues surrounding recycling and the detrimental effects of garbage on wildlife. She won an Amazon gift card, and an image of her artwork will be displayed on Gilbert recycling trucks with her name and "Perry High School!"
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    Perry Cheer
    Perry High School cheer competed at the USA Deer Valley Regional December 7. Not only did all performances qualify for nationals, but additionally the freshman, junior varisty and varsity teams all placed first. The stunt team also placed fourth out of 16 groups.
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    Sustainability Artwork Contest Winners
    Perry High School students from Caryn Butler graphic design 2 class won awards in the Town of Gilbert's Sustainability Artwork contest. Brooklyn Braaten was awarded third place, and Jill Syphus and Caitlin Salanga each were awarded first place in different categories. The first place winners' artwork along with their names and school will be displayed on the solidwaste trucks used by the town. In addition, each student won an Amazon gift card.
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    Congratulations to Chaz Castillo-Wilson, Lexi Foster, Diana Garza, Ashlyn Gates, Nicolas Gomez, Alexander Gonzales, Hayden Jaramillo, Nathan Martinez, Nabor Rios and Aryzema Urrutia who have been named National Hispanic Scholars for scoring within the top 2.5% on the PSAT/NMSQT amongst Hispanic and Latino testers during their junior year.
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    Caroling in the Library Event
    Perry High Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Early Childhood Club members volunteered at the Maricopa County Library with their annual Caroling in the Library event. Students helped with games and activities for the children during the event. Caroling in the Library Event Photo Album
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    Congratulations to Christopher Ning who has been selected as a semifinalist for the prestigious 2020 Coca-Cola Scholarship, a $20,000 achievement-based award to high school seniors who are "recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities." The Coca-Cola Scholars Program's stated goal is to cultivate "a network of leaders who create and inspire positive change in their communities and beyond." Almost 2,000 students were selected as semifinalists from over 93,000 applicants from across the U.S. From this number, 250 will advance as Regional Finalists, and 150 will become Coca-Cola Scholars. Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation 2020 Semifinalists website
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    FALL SPORTS WRAP UP:  Congratulations to Perry Golf, finishing the season with the following honors:
    • Golf Girls - 10th at State
    • Golf Boys - 7th at State

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    FALL SPORTS WRAP UP:  Congratulations to Perry Football, finishing the season with the following honors:
    • State Quarterfinalists
    • Chubba Purdy - Danny White Top Quarterback in Arizona award for the AZ Chapter of the National Football Foundation; named AZ Cardinals Offensive Player of the Year

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    FALL SPORTS WRAP UP:  Congratulations to Perry Badminton, finishing the season with the following honors:
    • State Badminton Champions
    • Nikhita Jayaraj and Ashley Rodarte - Badminton Doubles State Champions
    • Megan Dye and Sophie Jex - Badminton Doubles State Runners Up
    • Ashley Rodarte up for AZ Central Badminton Player of the Year
    • Lerina Johnson named AIA Division 1 Coach of the Year, received her second CUSD Milestone Victory Award, and named AZ Central Coach of the Year

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    FALL SPORTS WRAP UP:  Congratulations to Perry Volleyball, finishing the season with the following honors:
    • State Runner Up - Girls Volleyball
    • Tatum Stall up for Volleyball Gatorade Player of the Year and AZ Central Player of the Year

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    FALL SPORTS WRAP UP:  Congratulations to Perry Swim and Dive, finishing the season with the following honors:
    • Alexia Jackson - State Champion (Dive)
    • Kalli Fama - State Champion (Swim 100 Free and 100 Backstroke)
    • Swim Girls - 6th at State (Perry Girls Divers finished: 1st - Alexia Jackson; 4th - Brooklyn Larsen; 7th - Amayah Wiley, and 18th - Mackenzie Wager)
    • Swim Boys - 12th at State
    • Keddi Murrish was named AIA Division 1 Coach of the Year.

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    FALL SPORTS WRAP UP:  Congratulations to Perry Cross Country, finishing the season with the following honors:
    • Cross Country Girls - 5th at State (Also, Taylor Lovell finished as the 3rd individual, which is the highest finish ever for a girl cross country runner)
    • Cross Country Boys - 8th at State
    • Taylor Lovell up for AZ Central Cross Country Runner of the Year. She finished as the 3rd individual at the State Meet, which is the highest finish ever for a girl cross country runner from Perry.

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    State Runners Up
    Congratulations to Perry High girls volleyball on an incredible season, runners up after a dramatic contest with Basha High for the 6A girls volleyball state championship on Wednesday, Nov. 13.
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    Top Lacrosse Athletes
    Congratulations to lacrosse player Gabriella Valadez (Perry junior) who along with Rylee Dockery (Casteel junior), Kateri Hernandez (Hamilton senior) and Reese Mastellon (Hamilton junior) were chosen by the Women's National Lacrosse Team to represent Team Arizona and will be traveling to the President's Cup in West Palm Beach, Florida in November. The CUSD girls were selected based on skill, athleticism, and leadership and will join other lacrosse players from the state to compete on the national stage. This is the highest division in Arizona for girl's lacrosse, and we are thrilled to cheer them on! Pictured top, from left to right: Reese Mastellon, Kateri Hernandez, Rylee Dockery. Bottom: Gabriella Valadez.
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    The Arizona Department of Education announced that Perry High received an "A" grade for the 2018-19 school year.
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    Congratulations to Perry seniors Craig Cardon, Hester Charles and Alyssa Zhang 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.
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    Dia de los Muertos
    All nine Perry High Spanish teachers and their combined 1,200 students celebrated and learned about all the cultural components of Dia de los Muertos. The students rotated classes/teachers every 20 minutes into a new station to learn something different relating to Dia de los Muertos. The product can be seen on the two wall alters in the upstairs new C-wing. The Spanish teachers put in many hours to prepare for this event and the students enjoyed the cultural experience.
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    For the second time in Perry High's history, The Precedent student newspaper, under the direction of Damien Tippett, won first place in Arizona for General Excellence. The award is journalism's version of a state championship, and was presented at the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association fall convention. The newspaper won 29 awards for writing, design, cartoons and photography; congratulations goes out to Vivian Duong, Anna Myers, Kenna Cassey, River Bradshaw, Nadine Loureiro, Isabel Behrendt, Grant Sands, Holly Olaszak, Aeneas Zobel, Rhaelyn Mehan and Mea Griffen! The Precedent - the online voice of Perry High
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    Girls Diving Champ
    Congratulations to Perry High School sophomore Alexia Jackson who won the Division I girls state diving championship on November 8 at the Kino Aquatic Center in Mesa.
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    Perry DECA Win
    Congratulations to Perry High DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) for winning first place in the Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge! The JA Student Stock Market Challenge is a live stock market simulation, featuring teams of high school students who compete to see who can accumulate the highest possible net worth in their investment portfolio. The exciting, fast-paced event offers a taste of what it's like to build a portfolio, manage risk, and experience its performance in a compressed period of time. Approximately 430 students (86 teams, five students per team) from around 20 valley high schools experienced the thrill of the trading floor at Junior Achievement's 2019 Stock Market Challenge Event. Chris Atwood, Hunter Quick, Sammie Baldwin and Bryce Lynch beat out 86 teams from around the state to bring home the trophy to PHS! Junior Achievement's Student Stock Market Challenge website
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    Badminton State Champs
    Perry High badminton prevailed over Hamilton High, 5-0, on Thursday, October 31 in an all-CUSD State Division I championship game at Mesquite High School. The Pumas, coached by Lerina Johnson, won the state title for the third straight year. Perry's doubles team of Nikhita Jayaraj and Ashley Rodarte won the doubles state championship against their teammates Sophie Jex and Megan Dye. Perry Badminton Division 1 State Champs - Photo Album
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    Concolor Yearbook Awarded
    Perry's Concolor Yearbook staff won First Place in General Excellence at the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association's Fall Convention for their 2019 book But Who's Counting? Individual staffers also won awards for their photography and writing. Sydney Carlson & Layla Mushtaq, Sydnee Milkovic & Lauryn Terry, and Sophia Vojacek & Amanda Romano won Honorable Mention for Clubs, Academics and Sports, respectively. Abby Kozel & Alexa Guy won Excellent in Sidebar Writing for their Student Life Stats. Ashley Johnston & Layla Mushtaq won Superior for Student Life. And Sydnee Milkovic won Superior in Featured Photo for Combustion Experiment.
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    Scholarship Winners
    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
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    Puma Diner
    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.
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    Arizona Jazz Dance Showcase Invitational
    Sixteen Perry company and advanced dancers were chosen to perform at the University of Arizona's Arizona Jazz Dance Showcase Invitational Concert.
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    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
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    Tatum Stall
    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.
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    CPR Training
    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.
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    Stop the Bleed
    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.
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    Never Forget Project
    The Perry High Teenage Republican Club (TARs) organized the 9/11: Never Forget Project memorial on campus. They planted over 1,000 flags to commemorate the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 and honor the American victims, first responders and families affected.
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    John Prothro
    The Social Studies department at Perry High School is inaugurating a chapter of the Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society. Its namesake is John Prothro whose dedication to teaching social studies has impacted countless students over his 30+ years in the classroom. Advisors for the new honor society are Danielle Platt and Taryn Randall.
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    Mixed Media Project
    Drawing and Painting 3 students Autumn Carrol and all students in Drawing 3 ( third semester of art class ) painted a mixed media project done in Mrs. DeCristofaro's class.
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    Badminton Tournament
    Perry Badminton competed in the 16-team Highland Flying Feathers Tournament over the 3-day Labor Day weekend. Perry Badminton won the tournament for the 4th time in a row, and Nikhita Jayaraj was voted to the All-Tournament Team.
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    DECA Leadership Camp
    Perry High School DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) Officers participated in the DECA Officer Leadership Camp at Lost Canyon in Williams, AZ in August.
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    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!
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    THANK YOU to the Perry Special Education Department. They do a great job of recycling, doing laundry, and keeping track of our garden outside by the pool.
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    Staff comment: "I want to send a HUGE shoutout to the amazing counseling department! I have gained a whole new appreciation and respect for everything our counselors do. Thank you to every one of you for being so welcoming. You are an awesome team, and Perry is lucky to have such dedicated, hard working, and caring counselors!"
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    Tutoring Event
    Perry High math teacher Eric Rygiel organized a tutoring event for Algebra I students with the LINK Crew. The event was a huge success and had a turnout of more than 60 students.
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    Perry High Graduates
    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

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    Eagle Scout Project
    Perry High junior Austin Woodman coordinated an Eagle Scout project with Troup 886 to refill the emergency buckets at CTA Freedom. Forty-five buckets were replenished with fresh supplies in case of emergency.
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    Dan Serrano
    Congratulations to Principal Dan Serrano for being named the National Association of Secondary Schools Principal's Arizona Principal of the Year! He will be honored June 10 at the Arizona Association of School Administrators Conference in Tucson.
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    Friends of the Library
    Congratulations to Riley McKenna, Emily Pearce, and Ashton Blake who were among 16 recipients of the "Friends of the Library" Scholarship awards on May 4 at the Southeast Regional Library. The students were awarded $1,000 each to put toward furthering their education.
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    Dan Serrano
    Congratulations to principal Dan Serrano who was named the Horace Mann Ruler of the Month in April.
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    Perry DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) students stood out at the International competition in Orlando with 22,000 other DECA members from around the world. Paige Adams, Emily Asanagasti and CJ Parisian helped with an international officer campaign earning high praise and special praise was given to CJ for being team captain. CJ also was awarded a $1,000 AZ DECA scholarship! The Puma Den again earned International Gold Certification for retail operations. Amber Adams (Arizona DECA State Officer) finished in the top 20% for her event. And finally, Yejin Sohn earn a medal for finishing in the top 10% for her event test and finished in the top 20% overall.
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    STEM Signing Day
    Congratulations to Perry students McKenna Branting, Ashley Greenlee, Brennan Acevedo and Christopher Cutruzzula who were honored at the first-ever Arizona STEM Signing Day held on April 30. Boeing recognized excelling STEM talent at the event in front of Boeing corporate leaders, local elected officials and community partners, including the Mayor of Mesa and the Arizona Board of Regents. Just like Signing Day for athletes, the inaugural Arizona STEM Signing Day celebrates students across the state as they make their commitments to education programs focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Students signed "letters of intent" to their chosen STEM field. Photo Album: STEM Signing Day
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    World Language Students
    Perry world language students were inducted into the Spanish, French and German Honor Societies on Tuesday, April 30. These students received their certificates and honor cords. Senora Nicole Lorgan and Senora Norma Rios presented Jaycee Romanousky a Spanish AP 6 senior with the Award of Premier Honor Society Student of Spanish.
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    SkillsUSA Winners
    Students in Caryn Butler's graphic design classes received their first Gold Chapter of Distinction Award at the Arizona State Championships for SkillsUSA. Additionally, Michael Chuong won the gold medal in the Advertising Design competition in a field of 45 competitors from across the state. CTE Programs
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