Horizon High Girls Volleyball Takes the 2021 AIA 5A Championship Title
Horizon High School defeated Millennium High School to win the 2021 Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) 5A State Volleyball Championship. The state championship was held on November 13 at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

“This team was very special in many ways. They were coachable, had amazing chemistry, great work ethic, and played with determination and resiliency. This team’s talent was only surpassed by their passion and love of the game and their teammates. Hands down, this is the best team I coached in my 42 years,” says Coach Valorie McKenzie.

The Horizon Huskies beat the Millennium Tigers in three games, 25-15, 25-14, and 25-15. The Horizon Huskies ended the season with a record of 38-5.

“Winning this state championship was even more special as I had coached many of them for three to four years. I thank the assistant coaches, parents, staff, administration, my family, and all the players for being a part of this achievement,” adds Coach McKenzie.

Paradise Valley High CREST Teacher Named 2021 ASTA High School Teacher of the Year
Amanda Cherry, a science teacher in the Center for Research in Engineering, Science, and Technology (CREST) program at Paradise Valley High School, received the 2021 High School Science Teacher of the Year award presented by the Arizona Science Teachers Association (ASTA).

“My science educator peers were the judges and being recognized by our professional organization is a truly special honor,” Cherry says. “I was first introduced to ASTA and the importance of continuing to improve my practice while I was a student teacher, and my continuing education has helped to keep me motivated and excited to share the process of science with my students.”

Registration Now Open for the 12th Annual PVSchools Community 5K Run
Registration for the 12th Annual PVSchools Community 5K Run is now open. The last day to register for the event is February 1, 2022.

Participants must register by January 7, 2022, to receive a T-shirt. All participants will register under their team name (school, department, or other). To register, visit raceentry.com/races/paradise-valley-5k-community-fun-run/2022/register.

The race will be virtual again this year. Participants can complete the 3.1-mile run/walk with family and friends anytime between February 1-8, 2022. Proceeds benefit PVSchools.