A record-tying seven Phoenix Union schools competed in the 40-school State Academic Decathlon, March 11-12 at Red Mountain High School. Cesar Chavez finished fourth, its best finish ever at state and seventh consecutive top ten finish. Maryvale was 9th, followed by Alhambra (25th); South Mountain, (31st); Betty Fairfax (33rd); North (37th) and Central (39th). The District had seven schools qualify for State one other time, in 2013.
Seventeen students received $20,000 worth of scholarships ranging from $500 to $3,000 at the Diversity Leadership Alliance Youth Scholarship Awards, March 23, at North High School. The organization has been working with Phoenix Union students for eight years, forming the Diversity leadership Academy, with the goal of cultivating and developing future leaders from diverse backgrounds. Selected students are diversity-conscious and have a desire to take on a leadership role in their schools and community. The DLA Leadership Academy is designed to assist students with transitioning from school to work, as well as provide them with tools and resources to help build leadership skills. Two-hundred students participated in DLA workshops and events this school year, meeting once a month. DLA’s member corporations have provided $300,000 in scholarships.
Alexandra Castro Sanchez of Alhambra won the Personal Leadership award of $3000 and she delivered a speech to the students that she will give again at the Diversity Leadership Alliance (DLA) conference next fall. Other Personal Leadership scholarships went to Stephanie Marquez of Franklin ($2000) and Brenda Batres of Alhambra ($1000). Alejandra Otero of Camelback won a $3,000 DLA Scholarsip, Salvador Sebastian-Neri of Central and Luz Arreola of North received $2000 scholarships. Jacqueline Vaca-Delgado, Metro Tech; Anna Deogratias, North, and Zinnia Lizbeth Figueroa, Trevor Browne, won $1000 scholarships.