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.
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
Knox Gifted Academy - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Knox Gifted Academy chess students who won 1st place (K-3) in the 2019 Govenor's Cup.
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
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) 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 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.
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.
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) Jennalynn Fung has been selected as a contributor for the 2019 edition of Apprentice Writer. Her photography piece, Fantasies Woven in Thread, will appear in the publication this fall. Apprentice Writer received student submissions from nearly 20 countries in this 37th year of publication.
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Abby Liu, Ella Ai and Thalia Liu! Out of over 1,800 high school students from more than 80 countries, regions, and territories around the world competing May 12 - 17 in Phoenix at the prestigious 2019 International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the team of Abby, Ella and Thalia won 4th place overall in the category of Biomedical Engineering and $500 for their project titled Identifying Key Pathways/Mechanisms for the Generation of Pancreatic Beta Cells by Trans-differentiation of Acinar Cells. 2019 ISEF Grand Award winners
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Mindy Long! Out of over 1,800 high school students from more than 80 countries, regions, and territories around the world competing May 12 - 17 in Phoenix at the prestigious 2019 International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the Mindy won 4th place overall in the category of Biomedical Engineering and $500 for her project titled A Smartphone-Based, Point-of-Care Iron Sensor Utilizing Colorimetric Techniques. 2019 ISEF Grand Award winners
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Hamilton sophomore Jessica Zhang who was selected by the University of South Carolina as one of the 20 best young pianists from across the U.S. and has been invited to participate in the 17th annual Southeastern Piano Festival June 16-23. Participants will take daily lessons with university piano faculty, attend master classes with guest artists who are among the world's top pianists and practice up to five hours a day. The festival culminates with the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition featuring $9,000 in cash prizes. Jessica has studied piano since the age of six and has won multiple piano awards. Southeastern Piano Festival website
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2018-2019) We are excited to announce that Mrs. Rachna Nath was selected as an Honorable Mention for the Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators 2019, sponsored by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for 2019. Congratulations! E.P.A. website: Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators
Basha Elementary - (2018-2019) Chandler Fire Department presented a Heroism Award to Basha sixth grader Kaden Brimhall. Due to his quick actions, Kaden was able to pull the granddaughter of Patterson Elementary first grade teacher Heather Ackerman from a pool and saved her life. Additionally, $1,000 worth of swim lessons are being offered for free and a pool fence is being installed at someone's house, both in his honor. He was also given the "Golden Rule Student of the Month" award by Agree.
Basha High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Camden Mateen, the Division I State Champion in Mens Varsity Long Jump.
Basha High - (2018-2019) Basha High choirs, Noteworthy, Counterpoint and High Impact, earned three Superior ratings in National Music in the Parks competition at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. In addition, High Impact, Basha High School's Show Choir, won the Overall Choir award, with the highest score in the competition. Robyn Amans directs the Basha High choirs.
Casteel High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to our Individual and Relay Track and Field Division I State Champions for 2019:
- Mens 4 X 100 Relay: Brandon Thomas, Matthew Abrahmson, Isaiah Newcombe and Collin Gapen
- Womens Pole Vault: Taylor Starkey
- Womens Javelin Throw: Tyla Biggs
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to our Individual and Relay Track and Field Division I State Champions for 2019:
- Mens 100 Meters: Quaron Adams
- Mens 4 X 100 Relay: Eli Sanders, Tyson Tippett, Kiondre Taylor and Quaron Adams
- Mens 4 X 400 Relay: Terry Byrd, Kamijah Carter, Trent Gaiser and Latrell Tellis
- Mens Varsity Shot Put: Andrew Menlove
- Womens 100 Meters: Trinity Henderson
- Womens 200 Meters: Trinity Henderson
- Womens 400 Meters: Kelise Davis
- Womens 800 Meters: Morgan Foster
- Womens 1600 Meters: Morgan Foster
- Womens 4X400 Relay: Kelise Davis, Jocelyn Johnson, Morgan Foster and Trinity Henderson
- Womens 4X800 Relay: Ava Potts, Sarah Plant, Mihajla Milovanovic and Morgan Foster
- Womens Shot Put: Ciera Jackson
- Womens Javelin Throw: Makayla Hunter
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Chandler High boys volleyball and Coach Bobby Robson won the state championship in a five-set thriller over Mountain View on Saturday, May 11, 2019. The victory is Chandler Volleyball's first state title in school history.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) The Wolf Howl publication team attended a Journalism Education Association convention and participated in a Write-off Competition in Anaheim, California. Two Chandler High students were honored among 3,500 attendees from around the world with two impressive awards. Congratulations to Kailey Shupe for earning Excellent in Commentary Writing, and Selena Haggerty for earning Honorable Mention in Literary Magazine: Poetry.
Chandler Traditional Academy - Independence Campus - (2018-2019) Congratulations to 3rd grader Alexander Zhu who took first place in his division at the 2019 Governor's Cup chess tournament. Alex was undefeated in the tournament.
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Malik Whitaker, the Division I State Champion in Mens Varsity High Jump.
Perry High - (2018-2019) 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.
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT: Arizona College Prep's Mackenzie Hanson puts 110% into everything she does. She has helped to develop the DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) program on ACP's campus and is currently a DECA State Officer. Competing at both state and national levels, she has earned 1st place in Buying and Merchandising Operation Research Event at the State Career Development Conference. She also received the DECA Speakers Bureau Award. Mackenzie also achieved athletic honors as a four-year varsity athlete. She has been recognized as Arizona All Academic Cross Country First Team, Soccer Player of the Game and Track MVP. Mackenzie will graduate with High Honors and is planning on attending Northern Arizona University in the fall as a Lumberjack Scholar. ACP Erie Seniors Highlights
Weinberg Elementary - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Weinberg students Sawyer Alvarado, Gabe Pusz, and Connor Leavy who participated in Mathleague's state level competition and did a remarkable job. Sawyer and Gabe will be representing Chandler Unified at the national competition on June 15th at Texas A & M. Go, Wranglers!
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2018-2019) Our College and Career Specialist Mrs. Paula Dalton received recognition from the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education in partnership with the Governor's Office for Education and Achieve60AZ for helping to ensure our senior families completed the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). As a school site, ACP Erie had a 77% completion rate -- which is WAY above the state average!
Hamilton High - (2018-2019) Please congratulate our state champion Boys Double team of Neil Bhardwaja and Rahul Bhat! This is the 2nd year in a row that our Boys Tennis Double team has claimed the state championship. We are so proud of these seniors and Coach Gonzalez for all of their hard work.
Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT: Susan Martin is a National Merit Finalist, Distinguished Scholar and an AP Scholar with Distinction. Susan's commitment to academics doesn't stop with her. She is the president of Arizona College Prep's Tutor Club, pairing students with peer mentors, scheduling times and places for them to meet. Susan is also involved in several clubs and organizations on campus: Spanish Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Honor Society, Comic Club and Mu Alpha Theta Club. Amazingly, she still has time to dedicate to playing the oboe in ACP's orchestra. Next year, Susan will attend University of North Texas. ACP Erie Seniors Highlights
Chandler Traditional Academy - Freedom Campus - (2018-2019) CTA Freedom 5th Grader Makenzie Gutierrez took 1st place at the state level in the Letters about Literature writing contest. Her writing will be advancing to the national level!
Auxier Elementary - (2018-2019) Exemplary Principal: Congratulations to Principal Tony Smith who was surprised on May 2 with the news that he was named a 2019 Exemplary Principal by the Maricopa County School Superintendent's office. His staff pulled him outside with the ruse that there was snake needing to be chased away. Click here to watch the Facebook video.
Casteel High - (2018-2019) Casteel High's chorale students recently traveled to New York with their teacher, Cami Clausen. They were participated in a private clinic with a cast member from Mean Girls (Broadway show) who taught them a dance combo and a Broadway music director who gave Broadway tips and taught harmonies from the show. They performed at Queen's College for an adjudication panel who gave Casteel a 98/100 and said they had "something special." They performed with other top choirs from around US and Canada in a Nationals choir at Carnegie Hall under the direction of Dr. Z Randall Stroope.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Kenneth Applegate, Chandler High junior, scored a perfect 36 on the ACT! To put Kenny's achievement in perspective, of the more than 2 million students who took the exam nationally last year, only 2,760 achieved a perfect score. Kenny has a 4.67 GPA, maintains straight A's in all of his classes (including four AP), and plays in the CHS Chamber Orchestra.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Chandler Boys Volleyball, the 2019 Premier Region Champions.
Chandler High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to the Chandler High Girls and Boys Track Teams, 2019 Division I State Track and Field Champions! This is the fourth championship in a row and 13th out of the last 14 years for the girls. The boys are eight-time state champions, and have won State three out of the last four years. Kudos to all of the athletes who won their races and events, including QuaRon Adams for running the 9th fastest U.S. all-time 100 meters for a freshman at 10.49 seconds. His time is a top-five all-time in Arizona as well.
Fulton Elementary - (2018-2019) Fulton students won awards in the Elementary School Division of the VEX IQ Challenge at the Worlds Robotics competition in Kentucky. They were one of only two Arizona teams to place out of 409 teams who participated. Team 4750C (Hannah Rahamim, Michael Stahl and Cayden Thompson) also won the Inspire Award. The Inspire Award is presented to a team only at Worlds that has inspired judges with their approach to the VEX IQ program.
Perry High - (2018-2019) 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.
Ryan Elementary - (2018-2019) The Arizona Educational Foundation honored Ryan Elementary Monday as an A+ School of Excellence for 2019. Photo Album: Ryan Celebrates A+ Status
Jacobson Elementary - (2018-2019) Congratulations to Chloe Faria, 5th grade student in Mrs. Clapham's class. Chloe won the USA Gymnastics Region 1 Level 6 Beam Championship in Reno. Her proud mom added, "She works so hard, and it wouldn't be possible without the support she gets in the classroom as her education always comes first."
Perry High - (2018-2019) 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
Casteel High - (2018-2019) Congratulations to the Casteel DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) chapter on their amazing success at their first International Career Development Conference (ICDC) competition in Orlando in April. Sam Perez was one of 15 students from Arizona who qualified for finals, was recognized for a top role-play, and placed in the top 10 overall in Professional Selling against over 200 other competitors from around the world. The Casteel chapter also received an award for having the highest percentage increase in chapter membership from last year to this year in all of Arizona! CTE Programs Photo Album: Casteel at the International Career Development Conference - April 2019