PRESCOTT – A nonprofit foundation created to support Prescott Unified School District honored some of the school’s outstanding seniors at the organization’s inaugural Rising Stars Banquet on May 9.
The 18 students selected by the Prescott High School administration and counselors in turn each recognized a district employee who impacted their education.
“What we do every day in these school is about special relationships between students and teachers,” said Joe Howard, PUSD superintendent and foundation board member.
He described the positive character of each of the night’s student honorees, adding “As they prepare to graduate, they are the living example of all we are proud of.”
Foundation President Krista Carman told attendees of the $11,000 in grants the foundation awarded to teachers across Prescott schools.
“We’re partnering with the community to enhance the quality of education for all our students,” she said.
Students and district staff honored at the banquet include:
• Alexis Carter will attend Northern Arizona University to study elementary education. She selected special education teacher Nancy Martinez.
• Alicia Acosta will pursue a degree in psychology. She selected French teacher Cathleen Cherry.
• Alyson Markey will attend NAU, majoring in biology. She selected academic adviser Robert Swan.
• Andie Gonzales will attend Yavapai College. She selected art teacher Amanda Chartier.
• Breex Arann will attend Yavapai College and plans to become a dental assistant. She selected math teacher Sara Tomlin.
• Bryan Chrzanowki will study computer science and cybersecurity, with hopes of working for the FBI or Department of Homeland Security. He selected Lt. Col. William DeKemper.
• Doris Kennington will attend community college. She selected art teacher Ann Hein.
• Emily Davis will study biology at ASU. She selected English teacher Jennifer Hawley.
• Haylee Lodmell will study business and child care. She selected English teacher Elizabeth Woolstenhulme.
• James Burton will attend Yavapai College to study law and minor in music. He selected music teacher Dan Bradstreet.
• Kayla Alvarez will attend Yavapai College and study nursing. She slected math teacher Christy Hunter.
• Makena White will attend Yavapai College and intends to pursue a degree in zoology. She selected math teacher Sara Tomlin.
• Raphael Temple will attend University of Arizona to study business. She selected Col. Denny Peeples.
• Richard Gangi will serve in the U.S. Air Force. He selected Lt. Col. William DeKemper.
• Ryan Kingston will attend Yavapai College to study culinary arts. He selected learning center teacher Cari Greco.
• Shelbie Steen plans to become a veterinarian. She selected English teacher Debra Holliday.
• Sydney Giles will attend Yavapai College to study nursing. She selected math teacher Allen Jones.
• Trey DeRonde will attend Yavapai College to study graphic design. He selected French teacher Cathleen Cherry.