Rio Rico High School students receive awards from Cambridge International Examinations
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Rio Rico High School students receive awards from Cambridge International Examinations

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  • Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District No. 35

Rio Rico St Udents Who Received Awards From Cambridge International Examination

Twenty students from Rio Rico High School (RRHS) received prestigious awards from Cambridge International Examinations to acknowledge their outstanding performance in the May 2016 Cambridge examination series, an exam given to students in over 40 countries around the world.

Two students received the highest scores in the United States, scoring above all other U.S. students taking the exam.

Receiving the highest award based on results from the chemistry exam was Angel Ojeda, a junior.

This is the second consecutive award for Ojeda; In 2015, he received “Top of the Country” for biology. This year it was Esteban Urena, a sophomore, who received that distinction. 

Students take exams in three or four subject areas, and are awarded a grade from “A” through “G” based on their performance on each exam.

The Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards program celebrates the success of students taking Cambridge examinations in over 40 countries around the world.

Students will be recognized in February at an academic awards ceremony

Aimee Denovchek, Cambridge biology teacher at RRHS, is coordinating the ceremony.

“Having achieved the highest possible awards granted by the prestigious Cambridge International program, these students are now among an elite group of students in the world,”  Denovchek said. “It is our hope that this accomplishment will unlock opportunities that would not have otherwise been available to them. We wish them every success as they move forward.”

Superintendent Verdugo agreed, adding praise for the high school’s Cambridge teachers.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment for our students,” said David Verdugo, SCVUSD Superintendent. “This now places their career-and-college readiness on the international stage. We are proud of them, and of our teachers who guided them to this pinnacle.”

Award List

Cambridge Scholar Award with Distinction: Awarded to students that earn an “A” on three or more of their exams. 

Deigo Soto, Sophomore
Samantha Schadler, Sophomore
Kaitlyn Naff, Sophomore
Edgar Perez, Junion
Delanie Rendon, Junior
Kayla Coronado, Junior
Sofia Gray, Junior

Cambridge Scholar Award with Merit: Awarded to students that earn at least a “B” on three or more of their exams. 

Jesus Murillo, Sophomore
Antonio Moreno, Sophomore
Andres Cruz, Sophomore
Samantha Coronado, Sophomore
Lauren Clerc, Sophomore
Edward Urena, Junior
Jubin George, Junior
Issac Martinez, Junior
Luis Fierro, Junior
Sebastian Valencia, Junior
Carolina Soto, Junior
Angel Ojeda, Junior


Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District No. 35:  A growing, dynamic school district covering approximately 267 square miles.

The district operates five schools, and approximately 3,475 students are enrolled during the 2016-2017 school year.

Cambridge International School at SCVUSD No. 35:  As part of the University of Cambridge system in Cambridge, England, Cambridge International School is the world’s largest provider of international education programs and qualifications for students 5 to 19 years of age. 

In 2012, Rio Rico High School was approved as a Cambridge International School, making SCVUSD the only district offering the Cambridge Program in Santa Cruz and Cochise Counties.

Cambridge offers four levels of education for students in grades K-12. SCVUSD is implementing two of those levels: the middle and high school levels.