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  • Cesar Chavez Wins Phoenix Union Athletic Program of the Year

    Posted by Communications on 5/15/2019

    Cesar Chavez unseated Betty Fairfax’s two-year reign as the Phoenix Union Athletic Program of the Year. The award was announced at the District’s Sports Awards program, May 14. The Champions made the post-season in football, tennis, baseball, badminton and wrestling. They had six PUHSD Players of the Year in various sports and three coaches of the year.

    Daniel Rubio was named PUHSD Coach of the Year. He led nine boy wrestlers and four girl wrestlers to the state championships. Andres Avelar, the Wrestler of the Year, won a state championship, and the Chavez boys had four medalists, finishing a best-ever 7th in Division I. He has been coaching at Chavez for nine years, including rhree as varsity coach.

    Cesar Chavez also won the All-PUHSD Sportsmanship Award for 6A.

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  • Central Students Recieve Scholarships to Ivy League Schools

    Posted by Communications on 5/15/2019

    Central’s Elizabeth Avila was offered over $1 million in scholarships and has decided on Stanford, while Jordan Young is deciding on two Ivy League colleges. These are just a couple of the top scholarships earned by Central seniors.  Avila chose Stanford and a $273,000 package over other Ivy League schools Columbia, and Brown, as well as New York University, USC and all three state universities. Her scholarship offers totaled over $1.2 million

    Jordan has offers worth $665,000 and has narrowed her choices to Yale and Dartmouth.  Both scholarships are worth approximately $275,000 over four

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  • Camelback Hosts Two Athlete Signings

    Posted by Communications on 5/15/2019

    Camelback had 2 athlete signings May 14—Basketball player Leon Browne, basketball is going to Phoenix College and Myra Valenzuela will play soccer at South Mountain Community College.

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  • Betty Fairfax Athlete Brakes Own State Record in 300 Meter Hurdles

    Posted by Communications on 5/15/2019

    Betty Fairfax’s Ma’Kayla Dickerson broke her own state record in the 300 meter hurdles, winning with a 41.39 time, placed 2nd in the 200 meters, 5th in the 100 meters, and helped the 4 x 400 meter relay to a third place finish in the Girls Division II State Track and Field Championships, May 4.  The Stampede had the best finish of the PUHSD teams, placing 6th in the state. Corteaja Andrews was 6th in the 400-meters, and Andrews and Dickerson joined D’Ionna McBride and Hayley Toro in the 4 x 400 relay.  

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  • Three Phoenix Union Schools Win in “Green Yo’ Prom Challenge”

    Posted by Communications on 5/15/2019

    Three Phoenix Union schools took part in a sustainability competition this spring called the “Green Yo’ Prom Challenge” sponsored by the City of Phoenix’s Office of Sustainability and ASU’s Sustainable Cities Network. Schools were encouraged to make decisions in their prom planning and implementation that promoted sustainability. The goal of the Challenge is to improve awareness of sustainability and how sustainable practices and purchase decisions can be implemented in everyday activities. The winners were announced yesterday at City Hall with Mayor Kate Gallego.

    Bioscience and Franklin Police and Fire combined their April 30 prom at Franklin, and saving on duplicating events and locations, the two schools took first and second place prizes, worth $2,000 for each school.  Betty Fairfax received $1,000 for third place.

    The winning schools utilized outdoor areas, not needing air conditioning, purchased food items in bulk, gave water bottles that could be refilled, utilized recycled materials, promoted the event and voting for prom royalty via social media, saving on paper.  Students were encouraged to come to the prom by public transportation.

    “Sustainability is part of our brand,” Mayor Gallego said. “We want to do things that others haven’t done, and perhaps it will spread to other cities. 

    “This competition was not as easy as it sounds, but we know that the younger generation is paying a lot more attention to sustainability,” Anne Reichman, Director of ASU’s Sustainable Cities Network and Project Cities Program, said.

    Franklin principal Lorenzo Cabrera said the funds would be used to plan next year’s prom. 

    Students and some staff from the three schools attended.  Governing Board member Naketa Ross also represented Betty Fairfax High School.  Juve Lopez spoke on behalf of the District and sustainability and recycling promoter Tony Scarfo, PUHSD’s Campus Facilities Manager attended.

    A current and former PUHSD student organized the challenge.  Fabian Chavez is the sustainability officer for Bioscience and interned with the city’s sustainability office.  Peggy Lam, a Central alumnus who just graduated from ASU in Environmental Science also interns with the office.   

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  • Phoenix Union and Wilson Elementary Host a High School Signing Day

    Posted by Communications on 5/15/2019

    Phoenix Union and Wilson Elementary took a page out of the athletic arena to host a High School Signing Day, May 8 at Wilson Elementary School. Just like high school athletes signing letters of intent for college athletic scholarships, incoming ninth-graders declared their commitment to their future, signing certificates of intent to Camelback, Metro Tech, North, the Academies at South Mountain, Carl Hayden, and, of course, Phoenix Union’s Wilson College Prep, which is right across the street. Parents and school representatives welcomed the Class of 2023 with pennants and other giveaways, music and food, while school mascots danced and clowned with the 8th graders. 

    PUHSD articulation specialist LeTonya Blakely came up with the idea, and specialist Abigail Broderick gave the incoming freshman address. 

    The event was a success for Phoenix Union schools. Of the estimated 100 Wilson students moving on to high school, some 90 chose Phoenix Union schools, according to Broderick. Most will be freshmen at PUHSD’s Wilson College Prep, which will begin its third year in 2019-20.

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  • Student-Athletes and Coaches Honored at Third Annual All-Phoenix Union Sports Awards

    Posted by Communications on 5/15/2019

    Over 200 student-athletes and coaches were honored at the third annual All-Phoenix Union Sports Awards, May 14, at Central High School. Team and individual awards were presented for each sport.  All-Academic Athletes of the Year for a boy and girl on each campus were recognized, and the top Male and Female Athletes of the Year for each campus received $500 scholarships. The Phoenix Union Athletes of the Year were Betty Fairfax’s Ma’Kayla Dickerson and Central’s Cosmas Kwete, who also received $1000 scholarships from the Phoenix Union Foundation and Phoenix Union Sports Hall of Fame. Cesar Chavez was the PUHSD Athletic Program of the Year, and wrestling coach Daniel Rubio was the District Coach of the Year.

    Dickerson is a track superstar, setting state records the past two years in the 300 hurdles. She also played basketball for the Stampede. She will attend ASU next year on a track scholarship. Kwete was a dominating defensive end for Central, playing with his twin brother, Eloi. He came to the U.S. four years ago from Zimbabwe, and is on his way to Washington State University on a football scholarship.

    Anthodeus Ashley, a football player from Betty Fairfax was the Inspirational Athlete of the Year, juggling work to support his family, school and athletics, while becoming the leading rusher among large schools with over 2,000 yards and 34 touchdowns.

    Central’s Eli Fuentes won the Joseph Grant Community Outreach Award.  The football player was Youth of the Year at his Boys and girls Club branch, and completed over 1700 hours of community service, and continues to work with nonprofits that serve the homeless, refugees an children. Joseph Grant was a Camelback athlete who gave his Make-a-Wish wish back to his school for a campus project before his passing. His mother presented the award to Fuentes.

    Brian Fair from South was named Athletic Director of the Year, and was the keynote speaker, recalling his time as a young student-athlete at South Mountain in the 80’s.

    Cesar Chavez won the All-PUHSD Sportsmanship Award for 6A, and Metro Tech for 5A. Metro earlier this week was selected as the AIA 5A Conference Sportsmanship Program of the Year.  

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  • Phoenix Union Native American Education Program Held its 20th Annual Graduation Ceremony on May 11

    Posted by Communications on 5/15/2019

    The Phoenix Union Native American Education Program held its 20th Annual Graduation Ceremony, May 11 at North High School. One-hundred-twenty Native American students from 15 schools are graduating this year, and many attended the special event, which included dinner and entertainment with family and friends, and a post-ceremony reception. This year, two students were presented with Jason Savala Scholarships for highest grade point averages—Jordan Young of Central, and Chermiqua Tsosie of Camelback. Savala was a former Native American advisor for PUHSD and a security guard at Maryvale who was fatally injured in a hit-and-run accident last year.

    There are 878 Native American students in Phoenix Union, representing 39 communities. A Native American Education specialist oversees the program, and supervises five advisors who cover the campuses.

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  • Metro Tech Students Accepted into Harvard Academies

    Posted by Communications on 5/8/2019

    Seven Metro Tech juniors were accepted into the Harvard Academies this summer, attending the Pre-med or Business programs. In addition, one Metro Tech sophomore was accepted into the Harvard Pre-College Program. These are two-week programs.

    The junior students are Maria Vargas, Katherine Velazquez, Brian Zepeda, Jesus Gomez, Anahy Rascon, Brittney Perez-Montoya, and Lesli Arreaza. The sophomore is Lorena Calderon.

    All the students are in honors and Advanced Placement classes and all are first-generation students. Several are involved in MEChA and/or other community organizations.

    “Though the students received some scholarships, they are short money to pay for transportation and housing. They have a go-fund me and are sponsoring some car washes and other fundraising activities,” counselor Sue Weiner said.  

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  • Two Central Students Awarded with Myers Scholarship

    Posted by Communications on 5/8/2019

    Scholarship interviews were held on campus for the Myers Scholarship, April 26. The Myers family members are graduates from Central High School that have been giving back to their alma mater with their scholarships for several years. Amanda Nunez and Amelie Mbagu both won $12,000 for their post-secondary education.   

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