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Accomplishments

Laveen schools, students, staff, and governing board have won numerous statewide awards recognizing their excellence in education.

School Awards

Award Sponsor Recipient Year
National Blue Ribbon School U.S. Department of Education Vista del Sur 2016
A+ School of Excellence Arizona Education Foundation M.C. Cash School 2014, 2018
A+ School of Excellence Arizona Education Foundation Trailside Point 2014, 2018
No Place for Hate Anti-Defamation League of Arizona Trailside Point 2015, 2018
High Performing Reward School Arizona Department of Education Vista Del Sur 2015
Gold Achievement Award Positive Behavior and Interventions Supports of Arizona Trailside Point 2015, 2016, 2017
Silver Award Positive Behavior and Interventions Supports of Arizona Desert Meadows 2017
Silver Award Positive Behavior and Interventions Supports of Arizona Vista del Sur 2017
Silver Award Positive Behavior and Interventions Supports of Arizona Trailside Point 2014
Bronze Award Positive Behavior and Interventions Supports of Arizona Cheatham 2017

District Awards

Award Sponsor Recipient Year
Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting Association of School Business Officials International Business Office 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
Overall Excellence in Public Relations Arizona School Public Relations Association Communications Department 2016-2017
Excellence in Publications and Electronic Media Arizona School Public Relations Association Communications Department 2016-2017
Award of Excellence for a Specific Public Relations Program Arizona School Public Relations Association Communications Department 2015-2016

Governing Board Awards

Award Sponsor Recipient Year
Spirit of South Mountain Award, Laveen Chamber of Commerce Governing Board 2008
Lou Ella Kleinz Award of Excellence Arizona School Boards Association Governing Board 2007

Staff Awards

Award Sponsor Recipient Year
Exemplary Principal Award Maricopa County Education Services Agency Sarah Zembruski, Trailside Point 2018
Exemplary Principal Award Maricopa County Education Services Agency Tim Thomas, Rogers Ranch 2017
Educator of the Year Anti-Defamation League of Arizona Sarah Steele, Trailside Point Counselor 2017
Milken Educator Award Milken Family Foundation Tim Thomas, Rogers Ranch Principal 2017
Outstanding Leadership Award Arizona Council of Administrators in Special Education Steve Preis,  Desert Meadows Principal 2017
Distinguished Service Award Arizona Council for Exceptional Children Colleen Reinboldt, Laveen School Occupational Therapist 2017
Superintendent of the Year (Large District) Arizona School Administrators  Dr. Bill Johnson 2016
Rodel Exemplary Teacher Rodel Foundation of Arizona Sarah Mikula, M.C. Cash 2016
S/P/N Excellence in Education Award Alpha Delta Kappa Betty Ehret, Trailside Point 2016
Higher Education Division’s Outstanding Dissertation Student Arizona School Administrators Todd Liolios, Student Services Director 2015
Rodel Exemplary Principal Rodel Foundation of Arizona Lisa Sandomir, M.C. Cash 2015
Rodel Aspiring Principal Rodel Foundation of Arizona Brett Humphrey, Trailside Point 2015
Adult Coach/Mentor Award Arizona FIRST Lego League Tristan Henderson, Vista del Sur 2015
Rodel Aspiring Principal Rodel Foundation of Arizona Cory Woodard, Rogers Ranch 2014

Student Awards

Award Sponsor Recipient Year
11th Place Arizona Geography Bee Samhith Pandala 2018
3rd Place
4th Place
Arizona Spelling Bee Lindsay Davis, Vista del Sur 2017
2016
“Symbol of Freedom” Art and Essay Contest Phoenix Suns & Southwest Airlines Selene Contreras, Arissa Perucho, Pichlinna San, Itzel Paco Montano, and Zariah Parker, Vista del Sur
Lizbet Suarez, M.C. Cash
2018
2014
“I Can Do It” Award Arizona Council for Exceptional Children Taji Sneed, Laveen School
Luis Reyes-Serna, M.C. Cash
Juliana Garcia, Desert Meadows
Carlos Gaspar, Desert Meadows
Josiah Davis, Rogers Ranch
2018
2017
2016
2016
2015
 Martin Luther King, Jr. Art & Essay Contest  Arizona State University Berdina Riggs, 1st Place – Art
Alan Roy, Vista del Sur 2nd Place—Essay
Lucas Henderson, Vista del Sur 3rd Place—Essay
Jorge Jasso, Trailside Point, 3rd Place –Art
2018
2015
2015
2015
Chief Azul Scholar Award Gila River Indian Community Angel Molina, Vista del Sur
Sariah Lewis, Paseo Pointe
2018
2017
Arizona’s Smart Money Challenge Junior Achievement  Mekeilah Aguilar, Vista del Sur 2016
Silver Medal – 25 meter free style Special Olympics State Competition  Andrew Capono, Trailside Point 2015, 2016
Stormwater Pollution Calendar Art Contest Maricopa County Environmental Services  Jaymie Vindell, M.C. Cash 2015
February 2015 winner Children’s Goal Setting Project Breanna Hurd, Vista Del Sur 2015
Bronze Award Grand Canyon State Games Essay Contest  Julia Adams, Vista del Sur 2015
Silver Award Grand Canyon State Games Essay Contest  Elisabeth Montoya, Desert Meadows 2014
Student Illustrations Jeremy Jackrabbit Books Ava Escarzaga, Vista del Sur
Celeste Lamadrid, Vista del Sur
Sarah Lynd, Trailside Point
Natalie Pol, Trailside Point
Stephen Purvis, Trailside Point
Marissa Torres, Trailside Point
2015
2014

Team Awards

Award Sponsor Recipient Year
1st Place and advancement to national finals AZ MESA Day Rogers Ranch (2 teams) 2018
1st Place and 1st Place Overall, Middle School Division AZ MESA Day Vista del Sur (3 teams) 2018
1st Place AZ MESA Day Vista del Sur (4 teams) 2017
2nd Place AZ MESA Day Rogers Ranch 2017
3rd Place AZ MESA Day Rogers Ranch 2017
2nd Place Academic Pentathlon Cheatham 2016, 2017
2nd Place AZ MESA Day Vista del Sur 2016
2nd Place AZ MESA Day Vista del Sur, Trailside Point 2015