Senior Highlights - Class of 2019

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Class of 2019

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Divider and spacer Visit Basha High Website Report a Problem with Item A007172 Basha HighMatthew Tucker - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Matthew Tucker will graduate from Basha High with perfect attendance (no instances of absence or tardies) over the course of his entire 13 year academic career, remaining diligent and focused on attending and participating in school every day. He ranks 20th in his graduating class and earned a 4.675 GPA. Matthew was awarded the AP + PLTW (Project Lead The Way) Achievement for earning qualifying scores on a combination of three Advanced Placement Exams and Project Lead the Way end-of-course assessments in the Engineering Pathway. He also earned a Career and Technical Education (CTE) certificate in Engineering Sciences, taking four AP courses and the five associated AP tests for those classes. A recipient of the Presidential Scholarship at ASU, Matthew has been accepted into Barrett, the Honors College in pursuit of a Robotics Engineering degree. Basha High Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Chandler Online Academy Website Report a Problem with Item A007171 Chandler Online AcademyVictoria Wilson - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Victoria Wilson is a senior at Chandler Online Academy who has done so much outside of the traditional school setting. She has not only completed her traditional course work, but she has also completed the Veterinary Assistant Program at EVIT (East Valley Institute of Technology), and she attended and completed a program at the Academy of Equine Dentistry in Idaho. Attending online school has allowed Victoria to keep a rigorous academic course load and be very involved in her passion of working with horses. On top of all these accomplishments, she also received an appointment to the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY! We are so proud of Victoria and all she has done, but we cannot wait to see all that she will continue to do. The sky is the limit for this young lady! Chandler Online Academy Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A007170 Arizona College Prep - Erie CampusKaitlyn Starks - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Kaitlyn Starks is the first female Arizona College Preparatory athlete to commit to playing at the collegiate level in soccer. Kaitlyn excels in everything she does. She is the current Student Government President and also a member of National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, and She's the First. Kaitlyn was awarded Outstanding Student of the Year 2018-19 for her commitment to ACP and her classmates. She will graduate this year as a Distinguished Scholar and has earned an Academic Letter all four years for a GPA far above a 4.0. Kaitlyn is the Varsity Soccer Captain and has also earned an Athletic Letter all four years. She plans to attend St. Joseph's College Brooklyn in the fall to further both her soccer and academic careers. ACP Erie Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A007168 Chandler HighMikaila Williams - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Mikaila Williams is a multi-sport athlete, playing both beach and indoor volleyball. As a Distinguished Scholar and member of National Honor Society, she has maintained a 4.44 GPA throughout her high school career. Mikaila received a scholarship to continue her volleyball career at South Mountain Community College. Chandler High Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A007169 Hamilton HighChristian Weninger - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Christian Weninger is a member of the Hamilton High Class of 2019. He has been extremely active on campus, participating in DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America), Motivational Outreach Organization and FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) Fashion Club. Christian is a persevering entrepreneur and has already established a business where students can display and share their artwork on his online magazine. His company also sells clothing along with planning fashion shows across the valley. Christian is outgoing and conveys his astonishing personality on campus and with everyone he meets. Christian works hard to help his fellow classmates meet their full potential. Hamilton High Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A007167 Arizona College Prep - Erie CampusMackenzie Hanson - (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 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Casteel High Website Report a Problem with Item A007151 Casteel HighLindsay Charvet - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Lindsay Charvet is driven and determined to do her best and is very helpful to her fellow classmates. Lindsay exemplifies Courage, Character and Commitment with her work ethic and personality. She is one of the kindest, hardest workers at Casteel and maintains a 4.2 GPA. Lindsay will attend NAU on the Lumberjack Scholarship to study Pre-Med. Casteel High Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Casteel High Website Report a Problem with Item A007152 Casteel HighChloe Davis - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Chloe Davis works hard, works great with others and is kind and helpful. Her dedication to academics is evident by her 3.97 GPA. Chloe will attend Chandler-Gilbert Community College on the Presidents Honors Scholarship. Casteel High Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Casteel High Website Report a Problem with Item A007153 Casteel HighJoshua Hattaway - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Joshua Hattaway is always prepared for class, contributes to the discussions, and is a wonderful person. He is a Chandler Education Foundation Impact Scholarship award winner, has a 4.0 GPA and is an outstanding example of where hard work will take you. Josh will attend NAU on the Lumberjack Scholarship to study Mechanical Engineering. Casteel High Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Casteel High Website Report a Problem with Item A007154 Casteel HighEmily Kellogg - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Emily Kellogg is extremely dedicated to her education, actively engages in her classes and encourages others to strive to be their best. A member of our Project Lead the Way Cybersecurity class, Emily has a bright future. She has earned a 3.6 GPA and will attend Chandler-Gilbert Community College on the Presidents Honors Scholarship to study Cybersecurity. Casteel High Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Casteel High Website Report a Problem with Item A007155 Casteel HighEli Ludwig - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Eli Ludwig is a respectful student who leads by example. The way he goes about his business, day in and day out, exemplifies not only the three Cs (Courage, Character, and Commitment) but also what being a baseball player and a short stop is all about. As a three year varsity starter, Eli has proven to be reliable on and off the field. He has been an anchor in the lineup throughout three region championship seasons and earned a spot on the All-State 2nd team during his senior season. Eli maintains a strong 3.8 GPA, all while taking AP classes and being a member of Casteel's Baseball team. He will attend NAU to study Criminal Justice. Casteel High Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Casteel High Website Report a Problem with Item A007156 Casteel HighLauren McGhee - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Lauren McGhee has good grades and does very good work. She maintains a GPA of 3.9 and will attend Chandler-Gilbert Community College as a Presidents Honors Scholarship recipient to study Business and Marketing. Casteel High Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Casteel High Website Report a Problem with Item A007157 Casteel HighConnor Miller - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Connor Miller has a great attitude about being challenged as a learner and working to learn new skills and concepts. He is strongly committed to mastering whatever is presented to him, regardless of the difficulty level. Conner has a 4.2 GPA. His dedication to academic excellence demonstrates the characteristic of Commitment at Casteel. Connor will attend ASU on a Dean's Scholarship to study Pre-Med. Casteel High Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Casteel High Website Report a Problem with Item A007158 Casteel HighBlaine Moran - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Blaine Moran completed three years of engineering as an outstanding student. He is hard-working and pays attention to details. Blaine has a 3.92 GPA and will attend NAU on the Lumberjack Scholarship to study Mechanical Engineering. Casteel High Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Casteel High Website Report a Problem with Item A007160 Casteel HighMaryssa Orta - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Maryssa Orta always works hard and strives to deeply understand whatever she is learning. She is consistently polite to teachers and classmates and is always willing to help her fellow students when they need help. Maryssa is a great student, maintaining a 4.0 GPA. She is committed to academics by always finding classes that are challenging, and has taken multiple AP classes at Casteel. Maryssa will attend U of A to study English. Casteel High Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Casteel High Website Report a Problem with Item A007161 Casteel HighRebecca Ray - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Rebecca Ray has been concert master for the Casteel Chamber Orchestra all four years, taking our school to Regionals for four years and two years to State. She has maintained a 4.56 GPA while taking a full course load of AP classes. Rebecca is a multi-talented student who is able to shine both academically and musically. She consistently demonstrates Courage, Character and Commitment in everything she does. Rebecca will attend ASU on the Presidents Scholarship and Special Talent Scholarship (Violin). Casteel High Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Casteel High Website Report a Problem with Item A007162 Casteel HighAlexia Stewart - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Alexia Stewart values higher level learning and is never fearful of a challenge. She is courageous about working through any obstacles that confront her. She is an outstanding member of our school community and assists others by working as a Peer Facilitator. Alexia is also a member of both the band and choir programs at Casteel. She has earned an impressive 4.4 GPA and is clearly headed for a bright future. Alexia will attend U of A on the Wildcat Distinction Scholarship to study Pre-Pharmacy. Casteel High Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Casteel High Website Report a Problem with Item A007163 Casteel HighKyle York - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Kyle York has good grades and does outstanding work. Kyle has earned a 3.75 GPA and will attend Northern Arizona University in the fall on the Lumberjack Scholarship. Casteel High Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Casteel High Website Report a Problem with Item A007164 Casteel HighMaddie Zook - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Maddie Zook shows leadership both in the classroom and on the soccer field. Maddie is kind to all and has worked hard to graduate with honors. She spends countless hours on the soccer field and has been recognized as a scholar athlete. Maddie has a 4.0 GPA and will attend U of A on the Wildcat Excellence Scholarship to study Business. Casteel High Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Casteel High Website Report a Problem with Item A007165 Casteel HighBryce Mortensen - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Bryce Mortensen consistently exemplifies the three Cs of Courage, Character and Commitment. Bryce has not missed a wrestling practice in three years and is always the last to leave a facility, cleaning up any trash and leaving the the place better than he found it. A great student, Bryce will receive the Arizona Dairy Council's All-American Wrestling Award for his academics and service. Casteel High Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Casteel High Website Report a Problem with Item A007159 Casteel HighMadison Officer - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Madison Officer is consistent in her efforts in calculus as she diligently works and tutors others in the class. She is generous, goal oriented, and positive. Madison has a 4.2 GPA while taking multiple AP classes. In addition to being an outstanding student academically, she also shines artistically in sculpture. Madison will attend U of A on the Wildcat Distinction Scholarship and three private donor scholarships to study Neuroscience. Casteel High Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Casteel High Website Report a Problem with Item A007134 Casteel HighAustin Ponsness - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Casteel High senior Austin Ponsness has a true gift for working with individuals with special needs. He treats everyone as his best friend and appears equally happy whether on the basketball and volleyball court or working in the special needs classroom as a peer facilitator. Austin is comfortable in his own skin and non-judgmental of others with differences. Austin understands and embraces the hard work necessary to be successful and achieve one's goals. He is a true role model to his peers and to the students he works with every day. Casteel High Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A007166 Hamilton HighAkshay Murali - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Akshay Murali has been very involved on campus. He is in the top 20% of his class and has accomplished much in his two years as a Hamilton Husky. He is the vice president of ASCE (American Society Of Civil Engineers) Club and the USA Computing Olympiad. Akshay also participated in Robotics Club and served as treasurer and statistical analyst for Interact. He recently placed 3rd at the Arizona Science and Engineering Fair (AzSEF) in Environmental Engineering. Moreover, Akshay has been very active in the community, volunteering at Feed My Starving Children every week. Akshay will be attending the University of California, San Diego in the fall of 2019 for Data Science. Hamilton High Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A007125 Arizona College Prep - Erie CampusSusan Martin - (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 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A007124 Chandler HighCole Neff - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Cole Neff played on the Chandler High state champion football team for three years. His senior year, he chose to join the EVIT (East Valley Institute of Technology) program to study firefighting. On May 4, 2019 Cole graduated from the East Valley Regional Cadet Academy as a Fire and Rescue Cadet. He will attend EVIT next year to continue his firefighting career goal and then plans to join the service for firefighting. Chandler High Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Chandler Online Academy Website Report a Problem with Item A007123 Chandler Online AcademyKenadie Cooper - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Kenadie Cooper has attended all four years of high school at Chandler Online Academy. She is an outstanding young lady who excels in both ice hockey and her academics. Going to online school allowed for her to capitalize on the opportunity to attend the North American Hockey Academy in Vermont during each year, while completing her Honors and AP high school courses with outstanding success. In the fall, she will attend St. Anselm College in New Hampshire, as an NCAA Division I ice hockey player. It has been a privilege to watch Kenadie flourish, competing in a sport she has such a passion for. Her ability to focus, train, learn, live away from home and still keep everything organized will be a tremendous asset to her in this next part of her journey. We know she will find even further success as a St. Anselm Hawk! Chandler Online Academy Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A007121 Hamilton HighMadeline York - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Madeline York has enjoyed her four years pole vaulting for the Hamilton Varsity Track and Field team. At the Arizona State Division I Championships, she pole vaulted to a 4th place finish her freshman year and 3rd place finish her junior year. It is with a strong sense of pride and honor that Madeline has accepted an appointment to the US Military Academy West Point. Hamilton High Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Chandler Early College Website Report a Problem with Item A007126 Chandler Early CollegeKoen Symalla - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Koen Symalla came to Chandler Early College as a freshman and has been a consistent performer academically as well as a model citizen representative of the student body. In addition to CEC, Koen has attended East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) for the last year, studying Emergency Medicine. Recently, he and a partner competed in the Emergency Medical Technician portion of the Arizona HOSA Competition. The event consisted of two rounds. The first round involved a multiple choice and written test. In the second round, the two showcased their hands-on skills. Not only did the pair score the highest written score of the event, but the duo ultimately took 1st place overall in the state. The pair will now head to Orlando in June for the HOSA International Leadership Conference. After high school, Koen plans on attending the Pima Medical Institute to become a paramedic. His ultimate goal is to be a firefighter or SWAT medic. Chandler Early College Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A007115 Arizona College Prep - Erie CampusKamal Shaik - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Kamal Shaik has been awarded the National Honor Society Scholarship recognizing his commitment to service, leadership, and character. Kamal is involved in several leadership positions on campus and is co-captain and a four-year varsity athlete on the tennis team. This year, he advanced to the quarterfinals of the AIA State Doubles Tennis Tournament. Kamal is planning on studying Biological Sciences (Biomedical Sciences) and Business in college. ACP Erie Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A007116 Arizona College Prep - Erie CampusAshley Gaskin - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Ashley Gaskin was awarded the Silver Level Graduating Seniors Award on behalf of the Program Development Committee of U.S. Figure Skating. The U.S. Figure Skating Graduating Seniors Award recognizes the commitment and dedication of student athletes who have participated in figure skating throughout high school along with high academic achievement. Ashley will attend Arizona State University, Barrett in the fall. ACP Erie Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A007117 Arizona College Prep - Erie CampusBrooke Betsuie - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Congratulations to Brooke Betsuie. Brooke recently graduated from the Hoop of Learning at Maricopa County Community College. She is a talented artist and recently sold two of her paintings at the Heard Museum Art Show. Brooke also received the Judges Choice Award for her painting titled "Long Ride Home." The Navajo culture has inspired her art and her future education. Brooke is planning to pursuit a degree in Native American Studies and Political Science at the University of Arizona. ACP Erie Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Arizona College Prep - Erie Campus Website Report a Problem with Item A007118 Arizona College Prep - Erie CampusBlaise Dalton - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Blaise Dalton is Arizona College Prep's second football player to commit to playing football at the next level. In the two short years of the school's football program, Blaise has been recognized as 1st Team All CUSD Punter, 1st Team All-Metro Punter, and Arizona All Academic Honorable Mention. Next year Blaise will take the field as a Cobber playing for Concordia College in Morehead, Minnesota as a kicker and punter. Blaise is planning to study neuroscience. ACP Erie Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Casteel High Website Report a Problem with Item A007131 Casteel HighSam Perez - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Casteel senior Sam Perez is an outstanding student. In April, he placed in the top 10 in the "Professional Selling" category at the International DECA (Distributive Education Clubs of America) competition in Orlando, Florida after competing against more than 200 students from around the world. Additionally, he was the only student from CUSD to move onto finals, and one of about 15 students from Arizona to make it to the top 10. Sam has been accepted into Barrett, The Honors College at ASU. Casteel High Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Chandler Online Academy Website Report a Problem with Item A007113 Chandler Online AcademyChristian Walstad - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Christian Walstad is a Chandler Online Academy senior who has done incredible work online. He plans to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and then will attend the University of Utah where he will pursue a career in the medical field. Christian has worked hard and earned a 4.15 GPA which is a reflection of his grit and determination to do well in spite of hardships. We are excited for his future success. Chandler Online Academy Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Chandler Online Academy Website Report a Problem with Item A007114 Chandler Online AcademyCatherine Baxter - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Catherine Baxter is a Chandler Online Academy senior who is looking forward to her next adventure at ASU Barrett Honors College studying civil engineering. Her hard work in high school has resulted in her being awarded a New American University Merit Scholarship as well as the Provost Scholarship at ASU. While in high school Catherine took many college courses and was extremely successful at that level. We look forward to seeing all that Catherine accomplishes in this next phase of her journey. Chandler Online Academy Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Basha High Website Report a Problem with Item A007122 Basha HighEgesi Iheduru - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Egesi Iheduru has come a long way throughout her four years of high school. Participating in cheer, theatre, and choir, Egesi strives to find multiple chances to make school more enjoyable. With her 4.3 GPA, Egesi always leaves time for her studies which is evident in her being named an AP Scholar with Honor. She has also ventured off campus to find opportunities to express her passions. In the past year, she has earned an Overall Superior ranking in a Solo Musical performance at the Central Arizona Thespian Festival, was a finalist in the U.S. Senate Youth Program, and acted as a Councilwoman in the Town of Gilbert's Mayor's Youth Advisory Committee's Student Government Day. In pursuit of her life goals, Egesi plans to attend a four-year university in either LA or New York -- she is still torn choosing between schools. Basha High Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A007127 Hamilton HighCarson Beck - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Carson Beck was busy last summer learning to fly. He was one of 120 student cadets from around the world accepted into the inaugural class of the U.S. Air Force Flight Academy, where he earned a pilot's license. Carson was awarded the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Cadet of the Year for Arizona. He is currently a unit commander in JROTC. In addition, Carson is busy serving as Executive Officer of fundraising for Hamilton's Student Government and worked as President of LINK Crew for the past two years. In his free time, he has managed to earn the highest rank in Boy Scouts, the prestigious Eagle Scout. Carson will be attending the University of Colorado Boulder on a Marine ROTC Scholarship. Hamilton High Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A007128 Hamilton HighDestinee McCaster - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Destinee McCaster is heavily involved in both school and community theatre, winning Superiors and several first places for group, duo and solo performances and directing. Destinee placed first at the Chandler Film Festival for her Public Service Announcement. Her college submission short film on mental health won several awards. She is currently serving as president for both Drama Club and Film Club, as well as vice president of Urban Lemmings, an improv troupe. Destinee enjoys volunteering at the East Maricopa County Dog Shelter. She plans to attend USC in the fall. Hamilton High Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A007129 Hamilton HighEllen Napolitano - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Ellen Napolitano won the 2018-2019 Jerome McDonough Arizona State Playwright competition. She is the current president of National Charity League (NCL) San Tan Chapter and has been an NCL volunteer for six years. Ellen attended Teen Leadership Academy her junior year and had the opportunity to intern with the Chandler Mayor for a week. Ellen represented Hamilton at Arizona Girls State this year. Ellen is planning to attend Colorado State University as part of the Honors Program, majoring in pre-med. Hamilton High Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Hamilton High Website Report a Problem with Item A007130 Hamilton HighJennifer Curry - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Jennifer Curry made us Husky Proud by becoming a state champion in wrestling during the first year it was an AIA sanctioned sport for girls in Arizona! She maintains a rigorous academic schedule while blazing a path in her sport. She brings humor and comrade to all of her classes and demonstrates a fierce competitive spirit which she will take with her as college athlete. Hamilton High Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A007101 Chandler HighTanaya Rowell - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Tanaya Rowell is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program candidate. In addition to completing the rigorous academic program she has volunteered as a translator at Galveston Elementary school for parent-teacher conferences and has centered her experiences around international mindedness and the value of connection through language. She was recognized by UCLA for being an African American Scholar. She will attend Hofstra University to study forensic science and forensic linguistics. Chandler High Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A007102 Chandler HighMax Sandlin - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Mitchel "Max" Sandlin will be graduating with High Honors having taken a rigorous course load and being a two-sport athlete throughout high school. Max played football all four years (three on varsity) as a defensive-end and linebacker where he earned several recognitions. He has also played lacrosse since he was in 8th grade and was chosen as captain of his team both sophomore and junior years. He was an active member of the CHS Model UN team and even travelled to Boston to participate in the Harvard Model UN. In addition, he has served as treasurer of the hiking club and Vice President of the JPEG Club which goes to show how well rounded he is. Impressively, Max will be attending the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland where he will be studying either Aerospace or Nuclear Engineering. Chandler High Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A007103 Chandler HighAustin Schattenberg - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Austin Schattenberg is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program candidate and the Drum Major for the Chandler High Marching Band. He has found ways to balance his love of music, math and science. He was selected to attend the Harvard Congress of Future Physicians. He will attend ASU to study Biology with the goal of becoming a family physician. Chandler High Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A007104 Chandler HighAmelia Sikalu - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Amelia Sikalu started school in the United States her sophomore year and has been able to adapt to the new school system and get involved with the International Baccalaureate (IB) program as she is an IB Career Program candidate. Graduating as a Distinguished Scholar, she will attend ASU with a scholarship and will be studying pre-med at the Downtown Campus. Her long-term goal is to become a neurosurgeon. Chandler High Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A007105 Chandler HighVean Simon IV - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Vean Simon IV is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Candidate and Distinguished Scholar. He volunteered countless hours at Feed My Starving Children and balanced academics and athletics. He has been playing basketball since he was 7 and is the only full IB Diploma candidate on the basketball team. His parents instilled in him the desire to travel and an appreciation for embracing other cultures. He has impressively traveled to six of the seven continents (and plans to visit Asia in the future). This fall he will study International Business at Pepperdine University. Chandler High Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A007106 Chandler HighCassandra Smith - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Cassandra Smith will be graduating as valedictorian of the Class of 2019 with an impressive 4.89 GPA as an IB Diploma Candidate. She has balanced two higher-level science classes and a higher-level math class, the most rigorous curriculum possible. During the summer after junior year, she was selected to participate as a research intern in a University of Arizona lab through the prestigious KEYS Program. In addition to excelling academically, she played basketball for CHS for three years, played the violin, and served as officer for both NHS and Spanish Honor Society. At the end of her junior year, she was the only junior to be awarded the AP National Scholar Award. As an example of her academic maturity, she chose to write her IB Extended Essay on the barriers to female education in Somalia, a topic differing from her long-term goals, in order to ensure a well-balanced perspective. She will be attending the University of Arizona Honors College to study Molecular and Cellular Biology. Chandler High Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A007107 Chandler HighEmily Smith - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Emily Smith is a multi-talented and extremely creative young lady who has excelled within our FFA program while taking a rigorous curriculum and pursing her passions wholeheartedly! She has been an officer in the CHS FFA chapter for the past three years and serves as President this year. She placed 1st individually in Arizona for Floriculture and won a gold medal at Nationals. Some of her many talents include learning to raise prize-winning chickens in an urban backyard, teaching herself to make her own instruments in woods (a hammered dulcimer and a 26-string lap harp) and then teaching herself how to play them, and growing and nurturing as many as 32 houseplants at one time! In addition, she was a National Merit Commended Student and will have earned an outstanding 37 college credits by the time that she graduates. Emily will be attending ASU Barrett Honors College to study Biological Sciences (Conservation and Ecology). Chandler High Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A007108 Chandler HighTressa Stevenson - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Tressa Stevenson is fourth in her senior class and is an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program candidate. Throughout high school she balanced rigorous academics, Varsity Golf and numerous service activities. She has been named a National Merit Commended Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction and was a Girls State delegate. This year she impressively spoke to the Arizona State Legislature on behalf of the Girl Scouts, where she sits on the Board of Directors. She will attend Barrett at ASU to study Business, Global Politics and Spanish. Chandler High Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A007109 Chandler HighMuhammad Waleed Tariq - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Muhammad "Waleed" Tariq is the class of 2019 Salutatorian. He is an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Candidate, National Honor Society president and a member of the Speech and Debate team and the Academic Decathlon team. He has been a volunteer at Dignity Health for two years and participates in the American Red Cross club. His extended essay for the IB Diploma is about cybercrime and its impact on business economics. He will be attending ASU to study biochemistry with a goal of being a cardiothoracic surgeon. Chandler High Seniors Highlights 
Email this item to a friend Open just this item  Divider and spacer Visit Chandler High Website Report a Problem with Item A007110 Chandler HighTy Templeton - (2018-2019) SENIOR HIGHLIGHT:  Ty Templeton is an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma candidate with an impressive 4.6 GPA. He took 5th at the State Golf Tournament (Top CHS finisher in at least the last 20 years) and was Honorable Mention for Arizona Boys Golfer of the Year. He was the CHS 2018 Boys State representative, received "Best Judge" Award and was asked to come back as a 2019 Boys State Counselor! He has been a key member of the CHS Student Council for the last 3 years and a proud member of National Honor Society. He plans to attend ASU Barrett to study Sustainability and is considering Environmental Law beyond that. Chandler High Seniors Highlights 
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