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Scottsdale Charros honor students, educators at awards banquet

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Outstanding Scottsdale Teachers And Students Were Honored By The Scottsdale Charros At Their Awards Banquet. Photos Courtesy Scottsdale Charros

The Scottsdale Charros honored the 2017 Scottsdale Unified School District Outstanding Students and Educators, Scottsdale Community College Educator of the Year, and The Charro Foundation scholarship and fellowship recipients last month.

Honorees were celebrated during the Scottsdale Charros 31st annual Outstanding Students and Educators Awards Banquet on April 28 at Mountain Shadows Resort in Paradise Valley.

The event’s keynote speaker was Marshall Trimble, Arizona’s official state historian. Dr. A. Denise Birdwell, SUSD Superintendent and Grand Canyon University students also spoke at the event.

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Scottsdale Charros

“The education process can, at times, be tedious, overwhelming and challenging. The very dynamic of the journey can present hurdles that seem too high and unattainable,” said Charros Education Chair Rick Carpinelli. “The entire populous of SUSD proves daily, weekly and annually that with set goals, focused efforts and teamwork all hurdles are manageable. It is always a pleasure to celebrate the greatness of SUSD. ”

During the awards banquet, the following outstanding educators and students were honored.

Elementary Outstanding Educators:

Kerry Jameson, Anasazi; Carrie Robinson, Cherokee; Colleen Taylor, Cochise; Melinda Chapman, Desert Canyon; Kathleen Repp, Hohokam; Livia Rice, Hopi; Casey Nosky, Kiva; Brian Vogan, Laguna; Amy Altieri, Navajo; Alex Poole, Pima; Inma Gabriele, Pueblo; Danette Imafidon, Redfield; Kathryn Holmes, Sequoya; Sharon Nelson, Tavan; Victoria Acton, Yavapai; Jennifer Rhodes, Arcadia; Patrick McGinty, Arcadia; Heather Glover, Cheyenne; Karen Wevursky, Cheyenne; Nanette Hubbell, Copper Ridge; Jill Gerding, Copper Ridge; Lisa Achtzehn, Tonalea; Emma Miranda, Tonalea

Middle School Outstanding Educators:

Maureen Brown, Cocopah; Angela Bogsinske, Desert Canyon; Kevin Mauser, Ingleside; Gayle Myzwinski, Mohave; Ashley Bahling, Mountainside

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Students and teachers honored at the awards banquet hosted by the Scottsdale Charros.

High School Outstanding Educators:

Richard Maxwell, Arcadia; Lori Jordan, Chaparral; Schultz Bennett, Coronado; Tyler Knox, Desert Mountain; Caryn Bird, Saguaro

 Outstanding High School Students:

Camryn Lizik, Arcadia; Keaton McDonald, Arcadia; Bailey Kroop, Chaparral; Levi Schulman, Chaparral; Marisela Arias, Coronado; Christopher Ramirez, Coronado; Kristen Matta, Desert Mountain; Wesley Jung, Desert Mountain; Virenzyth Fedora, Saguaro; Simon Ortiz, Saguaro

Arthur W. DeCabooter Educator of the Year:

Beth Viquesney, Scottsdale Community College

Scottsdale Community College Scholarship:

Paloma Miranda, Arcadia High School

The Charro Foundation Education Scholarship:

Aimee Yates, Hohokam Traditional School

Future Teacher Scholarship:  

Alexandra Mooney, Coronado High School

Mooney, Coronado High School senior and future teacher scholarship recipient, received a $5,000 renewable scholarship that will pay for her education degree at Arizona State University.

“I’ve just felt 100 pounds lighter just knowing that now, I can start preparing for my classes and getting excited about college without money being a distractor,” said Mooney.

 For more information about the Outstanding Students and Educators Awards Banquet, visit or call 480-990-2977.


About The Charro Foundation

The Charro Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which has provided millions of dollars in scholarship, grants and donations to local charities. The mission of The Charro Foundation is to promote education through scholarships, youth development and sports in our community. The Charro Foundation proudly supports this mission by developing programming through collaborative partnerships with community organizations. For more information about The Charro Foundation, please visit or call 480.990.2977.


About Scottsdale Unified School District

Scottsdale Unified School District, where we Engage, Educate and Empower Every Student, Every Day. The Scottsdale Unified School District offers 31 schools serving approximately 24,448 students. School boundaries include parts of Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Phoenix and Tempe. More information regarding SUSD can be found at