Honors, Awards and Special Programs
Honors, Awards and Special Programs
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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.
Basha High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Basha High Early Childhood seniors who applied and tested for the National Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. All nine passed the exam and verification observation/interview, earning their credential! Additionally, they collectively were awarded almost $4,000 in scholarships to cover the entire cost of the certification.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Senior Nichelle Apodaca Rocha and sophomore Mark Damacion are Chandler High's spring semester Positive Referral drawing winners and the recipients of new Chromebooks. 255 students were recognized this semester for going above and beyond and exhibiting excellence in character, and their names were entered into a drawing for Chromebooks purchased with the money CHS earned through participation in the School Cents program.
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
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Chandler High junior Casey Likes who won Best Vocalist and Best Male Lead for his role in Les Miserables. The last award makes Casey eligible for the National Jimmy Awards, so ASU Gammage is flying him to New York City June 16-25 where he will be representing Arizona and CHS at the national awards competition! ASU Gammage High School Musical Theatre Awards website
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Will Kemper won the Chandler High School Alumni $1,000 Scholarship by submitting a terrific one-minute video explaining what being a Wolf means to him. He captured it beautifully! YouTube video: What it means to be a Chandler Wolf
Chandler High - (2018-2019) AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) sophomores completed a Spirit of Giving Project, a community service project designed to give students the opportunity to give back to their community. Students researched an organization where they could complete at least five hours of service. The project culminated in a reflection essay and poster that highlighted their experience.
Arizona College Prep - Oakland Campus - (2018-2019) Congratulations to ACP Oakland 6th, 7th and 8th grade winners in the Grand Canyon Essay Contest! We had winners in each grade and SWEPT the 7th/8th grade category winning Gold, Silver and Bronze! Winners were:
- Marissa Ruiz - 6th grade Silver medal
- Zachery Tullo - 6th grade Bronze medal
- Merissa Wongso - 6th grade Honorable Mention
- Alison Alfredo - 8th grade Gold medal
- Grace Burns - 7th grade Silver medal
- Faith Hsia - 7th grade Bronze medal
- Carter Smith - 8th grade Honorable mention
Jacobson Elementary - (2018-2019) Viola? Trumpet? Bass? Sax? Fourth grade students learned about band, orchestra and general music options to help them make a music choice for 5th grade. Thanks to Ms. Oh and Mr. Virgo and our student volunteers who gave these students an introduction into their musical options. Jacobson is proud to offer strong music programs for our students.
Jacobson Elementary - (2018-2019) Kindergarten hard work pays off! Kindergarten students and teachers participated in a project-based learning activity where they discussed WHY they need a new, better-designed playground and HOW it should look. Students and staff used thinking maps to process their ideas and create ideas for a new, safe playground. Students wrote letters and created videos that went to district office officials and school principal, Ms. Wolf. These kindergarten leaders found out this month the project was a success! Jacobson will get a new north-side playground this summer!
Jacobson Elementary - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Audra Gorder! Audra, a Jacobson 6th grader, is heading to Santa Monica in July after qualifying for the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) Beach Volleyball West Coast Junior Olympic Games! Go, Audra!
Knox Gifted Academy - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Knox Gifted Academy chess students who won 1st place (K-3) in the 2019 Govenor's Cup.
Chandler Unified School District - (2018-2019) Superintendent Dr. Camille Casteel, Hartford Sylvia Encinas principal Heather Anguiano, and Weinberg Elementary special education teacher Andrea Donnellan were among the 14 women recognized as "Chandler's Power Women 2019" by Chandler Lifestyle Magazine. They were honored at the Chandler Chamber of Commerce Women in Leadership Luncheon on May 21.
Arizona College Prep - Oakland Campus - (2018-2019) Several Spanish students from ACP Oakland attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2018 National Spanish Examinations. They earned a total of 37 gold (must have scored in the 95th percentile or higher in nation), 50 silver (must have scored between the 94th -85th percentile in nation) and 76 bronze medals (must have scored between 84th -75th percentile in nation) along with over 50 percent of the students earning honorable mentions. "Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious," said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, National Director of the Exams, "because the exams are the largest of their kind in the United States with over 146,000 students participating in 2019." Spanish teachers, Jennifer Betlach, Timothy Cox, Diane Loff, Dana Olidan, and Heather Orr taught these students. American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese website: National Spanish Examinations
Bologna Elementary - (2018-2019) Leader in Me Friday Clubs at Bologna Elementary promote leadership and fun. Every teacher and student on campus gets to enjoy one another, form bonds and relationships across grade levels, and hone their skills in various areas (including, but definitely not limited to: Lego STEM, yoga, origami, literature with crafting, crochet, and more).
Casteel High - (2018-2019) Casteel Junior High Academic Pentathlon, under the direction of Sheila Wilson, finished fifth overall at nationals in Nashville Tennessee. Additional awards include:
- Ajay Maslanka - Bronze in Math, 4th in Science and 9th overall in Honors
- Tiara Furukawa - 4th in Social Science and 8th overall in Scholastic division
- Kendall Smith - 4th in Literature and 8th overall in Varsity division
- Ernie Clark - 4th in Science and Math
- Steven Donaldson - 4th in Science
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Giselle Dominguez, a Chandler High senior, was a Finalist for the 2019 Congressional Art Show and will have her artwork hung in Congressman Greg Stanton's office until September.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Katherine Chou, a Chandler High junior, was a runner up for the 2019 Congressional Art Show, and her work will hang in Greg Stanton's office until the end of May.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Ninety-one Chandler High seniors have earned a Seal of Biliteracy on their diplomas and reflected on their transcripts. The seal was created to reward high school students who were proficient in English and at least one other language as evidenced by their performance on a state board approved assessment.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Solomon Liddell and Alan Valadez signed letters of intent to play soccer at Mesa Community College.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Tatum Slate and Kayla Myers signed letters of intent to play softball at Ave Maria and Park Universities.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Sydney Wiedeman signed a letter of intent to play soccer at Adams State University.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Nate Rohlicek and Brendy Bryan signed letters of intent to play baseball at Cochise College and Chandler-Gilbert Community College.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Alexys Matcuk signed a letter of intent to swim at Southwest University (Texas).
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Sakina Buycks signed letters of intent to be part of the Aztec Diamonds Dance Team at San Diego State University.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Gracie Bonenberger signed a letter of intent to compete in Field and Track at Hastings College.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Tanaeya Johnson signed a letter of intent to compete in Track and Field at Mesa Community College.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Da'Jon Walker, Andrew Kirk, Demetrius Warren, Tim Boyd, Javan Ah Quin Jr., Kaipo Magsayo, Jacob Zevallos, and Jon Williams signed letters of intent to play football at the collegiate level.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Emily Kendall signed a letter of intent to play volleyball at Pacific University Oregon.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Annika Lagos, Jaden Juarez, Saachi Poddar, Lila Patel, Yvette Mejia, and Trey Lewis have their work on display at Art Intersection in downtown Gilbert. This is a great honor, as there were over 900 entries and only 80 pieces were chosen to be included.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Chandler High celebrated the accomplishments of 25 AVID graduating seniors during the AVID Senior Celebration and banquet. The seniors, many of whom have been a part of the college-prep elective for four years, have all been accepted to four-year universities and have earned over $350,000 in scholarship offers.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Twenty Chandler High student-athletes participated in Chandler High's Spring NCAA College Signing Recognition Day and committed to play at the next level. That makes 41 signees this year.
Chandler Traditional Academy - Independence Campus - (2018-2019) CTA Independence National Elementary Honor Society students toured and visited with Hamilton High social worker Rajani Rastogi. She took them into the Mindfulness room for a session. The students also met with NHS (National Honor Society) students and Husky Helpers. For the past two years, CTA Independence National Elementary Honor Society students have donated gift cards to help homeless and underprivileged students and families at Hamilton.
Chandler Unified School District - (2018-2019) Chandler Unified School District was recently named the top overall school district for raising $78,000 for the American Heart Association. Students from CTA Goodman and CTA Independence were also recognized for their fundraising efforts.
Elite Performance Academy - (2018-2019) Elite Performance Academy students Emily Baradic, Savannah LaBerge, Lili Evans, Emma Schultz and Libby Thai were chosen as finalists in the Appelley Poetry Contest. Each will be published in the book, Rising Stars. They are pictured here with teacher Amy Hoffman.
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) In an overnight game on May 15, Hamilton High, under the direction of Coach Mike Woods, won the 6A State Baseball Championship against Corona Del Sol 8-1 at Tempe Diablo Stadium. The first pitch was not thrown until 10:39 p.m. by freshman pitcher Logan Saloman. The last was thrown at 12:30 a.m. It was the third state title in four years and the seventh overall for the Huskies.
Hancock Elementary - (2018-2019) Hancock Elementary fifth grader Sam Saliba was the winner in his division in this year's Drug Awareness Poster, "Drugs Take Away..." The judges chose his entry out of 48 essays received from students all over the city. Sam was honored Wednesday, May 15 at The Youth Awards Nights Banquet, held at the Chandler Elks Lodge.
Jacobson Elementary - (2018-2019) Jacobson Elementary students in Shannan Wright's class had the opportunity to work with Earnest Robinson of the CUSD videography crew and record their "I AM" poems, which highlight their cultural diversity, for the upcoming Equity Symposium, which will reach CUSD teachers and staff as well as surrounding districts.
Jacobson Elementary - (2018-2019) Jacobson sixth graders worked during fourth quarter on their Genius Hour Projects. The students learned how to sew sling backpacks and worked to fill them with toiletries. These were donated to Hamilton High School to help CUSD students in need. Rajani Rastogi, a social worker for the district, was a guest speaker in one class and invited students to Hamilton High to see how the district manages supplies for underprivileged families. While at Hamilton, Mrs. Wright's class packed 90 supply bags for families, toured the high school and spoke with National Honor Society and Huskies Helping Huskies students, as well as attending a mindfulness session. Photo Album: Genius Hour Projects - May 2019
Knox Gifted Academy - (2018-2019) Knox Gifted Academy held its annual Maker Faire on Friday, May 17. Students in grades kindergarten through sixth shared their design process and innovative ideas from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with lunch on the lawn with their families. There were 200 indoor and outdoor booths, showcasing students' talents.
Payne Junior High - (2018-2019) Payne Junior High loves bus drivers rocking their attire! They are a great group of people who keep kids safe and are always working to make connections with students.
Perry High - (2018-2019) 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.