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Posted: November 10, 2015

14 Clubs/Activities Receive Achieve Awards

The APS Education Foundation granting program supports clubs and activities that engage students and offer a more well-rounded education.

Fourteen clubs/activities from throughout the district were selected for funding in the APS Education Foundation’s fall Achieve Award cycle.

The granting program funds clubs and activities that engage students and offer a more well-rounded experience at schools throughout the district. In all, about 2,800 students from throughout the district are affected.

“This fall’s cycle was our most competitive yet – we received 57 submissions, about 20 more than last spring,” said Foundation Executive Director Phill Casaus.

About $50,000 was awarded in the fall, with another $45,000 cycle opening later in the winter.

This fall’s winners and their clubs include:

  • Julie Gnerich, Matheson Park Elementary, a Lego Club for primary grades
  • Kathryn Hammel, Edward Gonzales Elementary, before- and after-school clubs
  • Jim Koerber, Eldorado High School, Marine Corps JROTC
  • Josephine Gonzales, Highland High School, Hornet band
  • Jose Cervantes, East San Jose Elementary, Chess Club
  • Jamie Escobedo, Eldorado High School, Educators Rising Club
  • Gabrielle Anzures, Roosevelt/A. Montoya K-8, Community Service Craft Club
  • Rebecca Shore, Hoover Middle School, Best Buddies Club
  • Megan Muirhead/Nicholas Prior, Eisenhower Middle School, Eisenhower Choir
  • Stephanie Davy, West Mesa High School, West Mesa Best Buddies Club
  • Emily Campbell, Madison Middle School, Lego League Robotics Club
  • Chris Speck, Mark Hendricks and Charles Newman, Garfield Middle School, West Mesa High School and Valley High School, team projects aimed at STEM trajectory clubs.