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Paradise Valley Unified School District (PVSchools) is celebrating the exceptional achievements of two standout students from its high schools, who have made significant strides in their respective sports.
Senior Danielle Gleason from Shadow Mountain High School has made waves in the world of high school swimming. Gleason clinched the Division III State Championship title in both the 500-yard and 200-yard freestyle competitions, an extraordinary feat that underscores her talent and unwavering commitment to swimming.
Her achievements didn’t stop there. Gleason was also named the Women’s Division III Swimmer of the Year by the AZ Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Coaches Association, a testament to her prowess in the pool. Remarkably, this year’s state championship marks her consecutive win in these categories, highlighting her consistent excellence.
Gleason’s extraordinary performances have been recognized throughout the state. She clocked the fastest swim times across all three high school divisions in Arizona, firmly establishing her as a top-tier swimmer. Her skills have earned her a spot at the University of Missouri, where she will join as a Mizzou Tiger next fall, ready to make a splash in collegiate swimming.
Over at Pinnacle High School, another PVSchools student is turning heads in the realm of high school football. Alan Soukup, a standout football player, has been selected to play in the prestigious Under Armour All-American Game. The event, scheduled for January 3 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida, showcases the nation’s top high school football talents.
Soukup’s selection for this esteemed game is a clear indicator of his extraordinary abilities on the football field. His dedication and outstanding performance have not gone unnoticed, as he’s currently ranked as the nation’s number one long-snapper by Kohl’s Kicking. Last month, a ceremony at Pinnacle High School celebrated his achievements and his journey to this significant milestone.
These two athletes from Shadow Mountain and Pinnacle High Schools exemplify the spirit of dedication, skill, and perseverance. Gleason and Soukup are not just champions in their respective sports; they are inspirations for their peers, proving that hard work and commitment truly pay off.