Honors, Awards and Special Programs
Honors, Awards and Special Programs
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Bogle Junior High - (2019-2020) Congratulations to Bogle choir students Baylie Soto, Nora Chase, Alina Nguyen and Aubree Buri who participated in the first ever Harmony Fusion Barbershop Festival at the Chandler Center for the Arts in August.
Payne Junior High - (2018-2019) The Payne Junior High chamber orchestra received a Superior (the highest rating) at the Flagstaff Junior High Orchestra festival on Saturday, May 4. Congratulations to our chamber orchestra and director Valerie Dopp!
Willis Junior High - (2018-2019) Willis Junior High jazz band, under the direction of John Studzinski, received the highest-ranking award for their division at the Highland Jazz Festival. This annual jazz festival has been running for the past 10 years and this year had more than 45 jazz bands performing for adjudicators from all over the United States. Willis received a Superior rating from all three judges and received the highest ranked score in the Junior High and Middle School Division.
Andersen Junior High - (2018-2019) Scot Lewis was named the 2018-19 Chandler Online Academy Teacher of the Year. Scot teaches Music Appreciation and Junior High Exploring Music. Scot is currently the director of bands at Andersen Junior High.
Chandler Online Academy - (2018-2019) Scot Lewis was named the 2018-19 Chandler Online Academy Teacher of the Year. Scot teaches Music Appreciation and Junior High Exploring Music. Scot is currently the director of bands at Andersen Junior High.
Santan Junior High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Santan Junior High's Indoor Percussion winterguard who won the state championship on March 29-30 at Arizona State University in the junior high division.
Payne Junior High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Payne Junior High Symphonic Band and teacher Deanna Bessette who received a rating of Superior with Distinction at the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association (ABODA) area festival on March 27.
Santan Junior High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to our Santan Junior High indoor drumline for capping off their undefeated season with a first place finish at WGAZ (Winter Guard Arizona) Championships at the end of March. This makes our Santan indoor drumline State Champs! YouTube: SJHS Indoor Drumline
Basha Accelerated Middle School - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Basha Accelerated Middle School student Vishwesh Vakacharla who won Honorable Mention at the Tempe Festival of Arts in the 6-8 grade section.
Casteel High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to the Casteel High School Colt Marching Band, 3rd Place - Bronze Medal winners at the ABODA (Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association) State Marching Band Championships on November 17.
Casteel High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Casteel High band director Drew Eary who was recognized in AZCentral's Who's Next: 21 educators shaping Arizona's Next generation. AZCentral.com - Who's Next: 21 educators shaping Arizona's next generation
Casteel High - (2018-2019) The Casteel High School chamber orchestra, under the direction of Paula Jones, was selected by the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association (ABODA) to perform at the 2019 Arizona Music Educators Association State in-service convention at the Mesa Convention Center. Only one school orchestra is chosen for this honor each year.
Bogle Junior High - (2018-2019) Bogle Junior High choir students participated in the Diamondbacks Choir Night and sang the National Anthem at the game.
Casteel High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Casteel High teacher Cami Clausen who was surprised Thursday, October 25 with a 2018 Fiesta Bowl Wishes for Teachers grant. Cami Clausen's wish is to take her concert choir to New York City to perform at Carnegie Hall. This choir was invited to perform but does not have all the funds to travel. This wish will fund the students to perform in April of 2019. Fiesta Bowl Charities Wishes for Teachers website
Elite Performance Academy - (2018-2019) Elite Performance Academy seventh grader JT Church was selected to be a pro dancer on Dancing with the Stars: Juniors! He also participated in a 10-minute photo challenge recently when his flight was delayed. So talented!
Arizona College Prep - Oakland Campus - (2018-2019) Incoming ACP Oakland 6th grader Jyotishman Nath performed the Rabab (an age-old Afghan instrument) with the Santoor (100 string instrument) maestro, Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya at Arcosanti in June. Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya, a well-renowned Santoor player who played with George Harrison of the Beatles and contributed to the "Chants of India" album, refered to Jyotishman as a "child prodigy." AZ India Times: A Budding Artiste
Santan Junior High - (2017-2018) Santan Junior High art teacher Stacey Celestino has submitted her work to Disney and was accepted as a freelance artist. She is officially under contract and will begin creating paintings of their characters and stories. She will start with Ariel from The Little Mermaid and will create her interpretation of Ariel and her story.
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2017-2018) Congratulations to the following students whose art pieces have been accepted to be displayed in the District Art Show this year! Sean Cygan (senior) - Sculpture; Morgan Rumsey (sophomore) - Drawing; Farah Eltohamy (senior) - Watercolor.
Bogle Junior High - (2017-2018) Congratulations to our 19 Bogle orchestra students who were selected participate in the CUSD Honor Orchestra.
Bogle Junior High - (2017-2018) Congratulations to Ariana Posegay, Savar Sinha, and Daniel Choi who were selected to participate in the All State Junior High Orchestra.
Bogle Junior High - (2017-2018) Bogle Junior High Chamber Orchestra was awarded a rating of Superior at the 2018 Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association (ABODA) Festival in March.
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2017-2018) Junior Brooke Betsuie entered two watercolor paintings into an art contest and sale sponsored by the Heard Museum in Phoenix. Of 500 pieces of art submitted, her painting was one out of only three selected to be published on note card sets for sale at the museum with proceeds going toward funding college scholarships. Additionally, the original piece was purchased by a Heard Museum member at the event. Brooke was awarded a ribbon, a cash prize and the proceeds from the sale of her original art. 2018 American Indian Student Art Show & Sale
Willis Junior High - (2017-2018) Thirteen Willis Junior High students auditioned and were selected to perform at the American Choral Directors Association Conference over Spring break in Pasadena, California. These students spent countless hours practicing prior to the event and went through a rigorous rehearsal schedule to be a part of the ACDA Western Division Honor Choir. An exceptional music program has always been a hallmark of WJHS, and these students certainly exemplified that through their participation in this event. Western Region American Choral Directors Association Honor Choirs website
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2017-2018) Congratulations to Sean Cygan who received four Regional Gold Keys (1st place) in the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the most in Arizona, for his Ceramics & Glass submissions titled Crumbling Bridge, Nezha and Saros the Archangel, and his Sculpture submission titled Paper Coil Baskets. Regional Gold Key work is currently being considered for national recognition in New York City, to be announced March 13, 2018. Scholastic Art & Writing Awards website: What We Do
Basha Accelerated Middle School - (2017-2018) AMS 7th graders Sofia Llanos and Samantha Qian received an Honorable Mention for their art work in the 2018 Phoenix Chinese Week Art Contest.
Andersen Junior High - (2017-2018) The Andersen Junior High Choir, led by Verónica Morales, put on a wonderful holiday choir concert in December.
Santan Junior High - (2017-2018) Santan Junior High Bella Voce sang the National Anthem at ASU Marylou Fulton Teachers College Convocation. Stunning, they were an absolute hit! They even had the opportunity to do a private caroling performance for Mr. Ira Fulton and Dr. Carol Bassile, Dean of Education.
Basha Accelerated Middle School - (2017-2018) Basha AMS 6th grader Alexa Midtun was a winner in the Lions Club International Peace Poster contest.
Casteel High - (2017-2018) Congratulations to Casteel students Macey Clausen, Arielle Ayoub, Brycen Gledhill, Tyler Christensen, and Michael Contreras. Macey and Arielle were chosen for the All-State Show Choir, and Macey, Brycen, Tyler and Michael were chosen for the All-State Jazz Choir.
Basha Accelerated Middle School - (2017-2018) Kathryn Murphy, 7th grader at Basha AMS, made the WDACDA regional honor choir which will be in Pasadena, CA in March. (Western Division American Choral Directors Association - Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah)
Casteel High - (2017-2018) The Casteel Marching Band won 5th Place at the Arizona Marching Band Association (AZMBA) State Championships.
Santan Junior High - (2017-2018) GREAT NEWS! 31 Santan Junior High choir students auditioned and were selected for the elite Cantaremos Honor Choir for the state of Arizona. This honor choir consists of the most accomplished vocalists in all of Arizona. The concert is at 4 pm on November 11 at Central High School in Phoenix. Tickets are $5.
Casteel High - (2017-2018) Congratulations to our Casteel Colt Marching Band for winning second place in their first marching band competition in school history on September 23, 2017.
Casteel High - (2017-2018) Four Casteel High students were chosen for the All-State Jazz Choir, and two were chosen for the All-State Show Choir! Over 1,300 students tried out for 88 spots total. Congrats, Colts!
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2017-2018) The ACP Erie High School Symphonic Orchestra was featured as the band of the week and performed the National Anthem on 94.5 KOOL FM at NOON each day.
Bogle Junior High - (2016-2017) Congratulations to Jayashree Adivarahan, Thilina Balasooriya, Jasmine Chang, Ava Cranswick, Nicole Dawson, Karissa Edel, Jacquelynn Marsh, Peyton Neimeier, Ariana Posegay, Savar Sinha, Zoe SmiNitara Sukumaran, Amy Wang, and Eve Wodarcyk who were selected to perform in the 2017 CUSD Honor Orchestra Concert.
Payne Junior High - (2016-2017) Eighth grader Luke Hoang was recognized for his music composition skills by being one of ten people in the nation to participate in the National Junior Original Concert. His composition was also submitted for an international review! We are so proud of you, Luke!
Bogle Junior High - (2016-2017) Congratulations to Bogle Orchestra students Eve Wodarcyk, Amy Wang, Karissa Edel, Caroline Alwin, and Abby Alevizon who were selected and performed with the 2017 All-State Junior High Orchestra.
Bogle Junior High - (2016-2017) The Bogle Symphonic Band achieved a rating of Excellent at the ABODA Band Festival at Mesquite Jr. High School.
Bogle Junior High - (2016-2017) Bogle Cheerleaders placed 4th in the Large Show Cheer division at the State Cheer Competition.
Casteel High - (2016-2017) Casteel's Dolce Choir received the highest honor, Superior With Distinction, at the Arizona Choral Educators Festival in Tucson on Oct 27, 2016. The Dolce Choir is made up of 8th, 9th, and 10th graders, and is directed by Mrs. Cami Clausen.
Casteel High - (2016-2017) Congratulations to Casteel High Project 15 Dance Company and their teacher, Rylee Sammoms, who took 1st place in the regionals competition on November 5th.
Payne Junior High - (2016-2017) Congratulations! The Payne Jr High School Advanced Women's Choir were chosen as the October Noon Salute Winner of $1,000 for the PJHS Music Program! Way to go, ladies! They will be announced on-air today at noon on KOOL FM.
Payne Junior High - (2016-2017) Congratulations to the following students for being accepted into the Cantaremos Junior High Honor Choir: Kyla Christensen, Shayla Davis, Julianne Freestone, Carson Tanner and Ben Vinz.
Santan Junior High - (2015-2016) Congratulations to Martha (Molly) Zimpfer-Suraci and our brand new Santan Junior High improv team, the Santan Storm Troupers, who performed their first ever competitive improv show.
Casteel High - (2015-2016) Rebecca Row received an Honorable Mention award in the Grand Canyon State Games 2016 Art Contest. Arizona Sports and Entertainment Commission Website
Santan Junior High - (2015-2016) The Santan Junior High Concert Choir, directed by Wendy Umbrianna, was awarded a Superior at the AZACDA junior high choral festival!
Bogle Junior High - (2015-2016) Eve Wodarcyk, Ashley Lepham and Jihyun Lee participated in the 2016 Junior High All-State Orchestra festival in Phoenix and auditioned for chair placement. All three were seated extremely high within their instrument sections.
Willis Junior High - (2015-2016) The Willis Concert Orchestra participated in the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association (ABODA) adjudicated festival and received an Excellent Plus rating. ABODA Website