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  • From Curtis Finch Jr., PhDDr. Finch at the Desk Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD), staff and students had another banner year!

    The district received the number No. 1 ranking in the nation as the Best Mid-Size Public School Employer from Forbes. The state added two more DVUSD A+ School of Excellence awards at Mountain Shadows and West Wing.

    Two additional Model Professional Learning Community Schools were awarded at Mountain Shadows and Anthem School by the international PLC group. Our incredible communications department won an Arizona Copper Medallion and a Gold at the national level for its kindergarten enrollment campaign.

    DVUSD teaching staff excelled with four new national board certification additions and one recertification. 

    Sixteen teachers received Fiesta Bowl Wishes for Teachers awards and one garnered the AzTEA Ed Tech Specialist of the Year award.

    Two high school coaches won state coach of the year awards. Troy Dueling won in boys volleyball and Jamey Spartz in girls beach volleyball; Troy won the national NFHS volleyball coach of the year for his perfect season. Both coaches secured a state title for the O’Connor Eagles and ended the season ranked No. 1 in the nation.

    Mountain Ridge and O’Connor cheer teams won USA Spirit National titles in Jazz and five-man stunt.

    DVUSD senior students received more than $88 million in scholarship offers, 112 Seals of Biliteracy awards, 19 associate degrees, and 31 Fine Arts Seal awards. Four hundred and eleven DVUSD students received a “perfect score” on the new AzM2 assessment.

    There were 45 DVUSD Career and Technical Education State Champions and one Educator Rising National Champion, Brynn DeVries.

    Barry Goldwater High School produced a ProStart Culinary State Championship team this year and sent 14 students to Nationals. DVUSD students also secured a U.S. Presidential Scholar award, two Phoenix Outstanding Youth awards, two Flynn Scholars, five National Merit Scholar Finalists, and one Congressional Art Award Winner.

    Athletes secured eight state and national champion awards. Sydnee Broadway and Margo Smith won the AZ Central D1 Beach Volleyball Pair of the Year and Zach Rama won 6A Male Volleyball Player of the Year honors. Jocelyn Erickson won the AZ Gatorade Player of the Year for softball. They all attended O’Connor.

    Barry Goldwater’s Bree Garcia finished her third state wrestling championship and won Arizona female wrestler of the year honors. Josiah Anderson from Barry Goldwater won the 400-meter state track title, and Caelle Arnijo won the 100-yard freestyle state swimming championship representing O’Connor.

    Mountain Ridge secured the AIA’s Director’s Cup for Arizona’s outstanding athletic program, and the basketball team also won the AIA Sportsmanship Award for the State.

    Awards are a product of a commitment to continuous improvement. Whether in academics, arts or athletics, DVUSD students, staff and schools are committed to do their best and be #extraordinary!

    We’ve listed all 35 pages, complete with names, pictures, and accolades, at Regardless of achievements, we realize it takes everyone to contribute to the success of our students, staff, and schools. Thank you for your support of DVUSD!

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