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·         On 12/3/15, senior Danae Ruiz signed a Letter of Intent to play basketball at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona. This will be the first women’s basketball team at the Prescott campus. Danae plans to major in forensic psychology.

·         In December, 2015 the MUSD Governing Board received the ASBA Total Boardsmanship Award. This award recognizes governing boards for participation in professional development training for the purpose of becoming more effective Governing Board members. This award was presented at the ASBA Annual Conference in December.

·         On 11/19/15, the Arizona Educational Foundation named MES teacher Angelia Ebner as one of five finalists for the 2016 Arizona Teacher of Year Award. 

·         In the fall of 2015 it was announced that for the or seventh consecutive year the MUSD Business Office received a "Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting" from the National Association of School Business Officials. This recognition was given because the district’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report met the highest standards of the national association.

·         In the fall of 2015 MUSD received a grant from the Arizona School Facilities Board. Four small Maricopa High School projects were funded for a total of $44,000. One large grant was funded to reseal the exterior of MHS at a total cost of $622,400.

·         Thanks to the efforts of the Maricopa Ak-Chin STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Foundation and their sponsors: Electrical District 3, Harrah’s Ak-Chin and the Ak-Chin Indian Community; MUSD was able to form 15 robotics teams in 2015-16 to compete in Vex Robotics Competitions.

·         Maricopa High School Girls Basketball Coach Kati Burrows was named the Division ll Basketball Coach of the Year by the Arizona Basketball Coaches Association on 3/5/15. On 3/22/15 Kati was named the “All-USA Arizona American Family Insurance High School Girls Basketball Big Schools Coach of the Year.”

·         The MHS Girls Basketball team defeated Seton Catholic 52-49 in the 2015 Division II State Championship game on 2/2/15. This is the first state championship in the history of the girls program. The Lady Rams were the underdog going into the game as they were the twelfth seed into the tournament, while Seton Catholic was seeded second. In addition, Seton Catholic won the state tournament in four of the previous five years. Congratulations to the MHS Girls Basketball team!

·         In February, 2015 the Future Cities team from MWMS 20+1 class competed in the Future Cities National Competition in Washington, D.C. in February. The team of Joseph Rice, Elise Brown Thunder, Emily Cordero, and Sarah Skrnich (Project Manager) placed first in the nation for “Best Residential Zone” and “Most Sustainable Food Production System.”

·         The MUSD Governing Board received the “Governing Board of the Year 2014” at the annual Arizona School Boards Association conference. The award is presented each year to the one of 217 Arizona Governing Boards that best demonstrates leadership, initiative and best practices.

·         In January, 2015 academic teams from MWMS and DWMS MUSD 20+1 classes competed in the Arizona Future Cities State Competition held at ASU.  The teams from MUSD garnered one-half of the awards presented on Saturday.  The MWMS team “Diamant de l'Arizona” placed first in State. The MWMS students will travel to the Future Cities National Competition to be held in Washington, D.C. in February.

 

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