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27 schools recognized for excellence in civic engagement

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  • Sally Stewart/ Arizona Department of Education

Civic Engagement

Twenty-seven schools will be recognized by the Arizona Department of Education’s Excellence in Civic Engagement Program for their efforts in ensuring students are informed and engaged citizens from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 17 at the Sheraton Crescent Hotel in Phoenix.

At the event, Central High School JROTC Color Guard will present the colors and lead the pledge of allegiance, Kynlee Goodfellow and Jenni DeAdder of Skyline High School will sing the national anthem, a student from each school will be recognized and speakers will include Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal, Dylan Dalzotto from the  Joe Foss Institute, Robyn Prud’homme-Bauer from the League of Women Voters of Arizona, and   Joannie Delgado Collins from the Arizona Bar Foundation.

27 schools recognized for excellence in civic engagement Civic-EngagementResearch-based evidence shows a decline in civic learning in American schools.

On the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress Civics Assessment, less than one-third of eighth graders could identify the historical purpose of the Declaration of Independence, and less than a fifth of high school seniors could explain how citizen participation benefits democracy.

ADE’s Excellence in Civic Engagement Program was developed to provide resources, support, and recognition for those schools engaging in civic learning.

Please contact Sally Stewart for more information on a school’s civic program or on the recognition ceremony at 602.542.5072 or

Arizona Civic Engagement Schools 2013-2014

Schools of Merit

SCHOOL                                                                                         DISTRICT

Arizona Charter Academy                                                                   Charter

Boulder Creek High School                                                                 Deer Valley Unified School District

Dobson High School                                                                             Mesa Public Schools

East Valley Academy                                                                            Mesa Public Schools

Franklin Junior High                                                                            Mesa Public Schools

Fremont Junior High                                                                            Mesa Public Schools

George Smith Junior High                                                                  Mesa Public Schools

Globe High School                                                                                Globe Unified School District

Kino Junior High                                                                                  Mesa Public Schools

Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies                                              Mesa Public Schools

Poston Junior High                                                                              Mesa Public Schools

Red Mountain High School                                                                Mesa Public Schools

Rhodes Junior High                                                                             Mesa Public Schools

Safford IB Magnet School                                                                   Tucson Unified School District

Taylor Junior High                                                                               Mesa Public Schools

Schools of Distinction

SCHOOL                                                                                                     DISTRICT

Carson Junior High                                                                              Mesa Public Schools

Chandler High School                                                                          Chandler Unified School District

Hamilton High School                                                                         Chandler Unified School District

Mesa High School                                                                                 Mesa Public Schools

New School for the Arts and Academics                                          Charter

Sandra Day O’Connor High School                                                  Deer Valley Unified School District

South Mountain High School                                                            Phoenix Union High School District

Tanque Verde High School                                                                Tanque Verde Unified School District

Westwood High School                                                                      Mesa Public Schools

Schools of Excellence

SCHOOL                                                                                                     DISTRICT

Arizona School for the Arts                                                              Charter

Challenge Charter School                                                                 Charter

Skyline High School                                                                           Mesa Public Schools

Student Speakers

Schools of Merit 

SCHOOL                                                                                                     STUDENT

Arizona Charter Academy                                                                   Joseph Zickefoose

Boulder Creek High School                                                                Samantha Pear

Dobson High School                                                                            Julieta Larios

East Valley Academy                                                                            Ruby Rocha

Franklin Junior High                                                                           Niko Radakovich

Fremont Junior High                                                                           Brandon Good

George Smith Junior High                                                                 Anissa Torres

Globe High School                                                                                Vince Lozano

Kino Junior High                                                                                  Gabby Baker

Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies                                              Patrick Walsh on behalf of school

Poston Junior High                                                                              TBA

Red Mountain High School                                                                Joelle Dykstra

Rhodes Junior High                                                                             Marcus Cruz

Safford IB Magnet School                                                                   Levi Corrales

Taylor Junior High                                                                               Jaden Puckett


Schools of Distinction 

SCHOOL                                                                                                     STUDENT

Carson Junior High                                                                              Christian Leon

Chandler High School                                                                          Annie Bricker

Hamilton High School                                                                         Grace Arnpriester & Sowmya Ravi

Mesa High School                                                                                 Maya Valli

New School for the Arts and Academics                                          Katie Brown

Sandra Day O’Connor High School                                                  Jenna Gilbertson

South Mountain High School                                                            Rafael Lopez

Tanque Verde High School                                                                 Emma Bowman

Westwood High School                                                                       Lyndsey Anderson


Schools of Excellence

SCHOOL                                                                                                     STUDENT

Arizona School for the Arts                                                              Sarah Johnson

Challenge Charter School                                                                 Gracie Senseman

Skyline High School                                                                           Ryan Gurr