Get out your pencil and paper and take note of some of the latest news items from Paradise Valley Unified School District (PVSchools).

Shadow Mountain High Ceremony Activates Space Force JROTC Program
Shadow Mountain High School embarks on a historic designation. The school is one of only 10 high schools’ Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) selected as the inaugural cohort of high school Space Force JROTC detachments. To commemorate this monumental milestone, 82 cadets recently attended an Air Force Deactivation, Space Force Activation Ceremony, and a Space Force Lapel Pin Ceremony. The Space Force JROTC program will commence on May 12. To prepare, Shadow Mountain cadets have received new uniform items identifying the unit as a new JROTC unit. New uniforms and a new curriculum focused on Space Force principles, mission objectives, and policies will be implemented in the next few years. Space Force JROTC is still in the developmental phase of establishing mission objectives, but a focus on STEM principles is expected. The U.S. Space Force was created in December 2019 and is the sixth branch of the United States military.

Paradise Valley Varsity Boys Soccer Team Honored with the AIA Sportsmanship Award
Paradise Valley High School’s Boys Varsity Soccer Team was recently awarded the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) Sportsmanship Award. This prestigious award is given to a team that demonstrates extraordinary sportsmanship during the season.

“This award is a huge honor and means so much to our team and program. Our program strives to win games and play good soccer, but we want our players to leave our program with qualities that will allow them to be successful later in life,” says Coach Brett Bowman. “This award is a direct result of the efforts my coaching staff and I put in to train these young men in soccer and life. Whether we win or lose, we want our teams to play with integrity and show good sportsmanship. The coaching staff and I would like to thank this class of seniors for setting the standard for future teams as we continue to build up young men who will be successful beyond their time in our program.”

Shadow Mountain Junior Wins AIA Division III Wrestling Championship
Congratulations to Luke Isaak, a junior at Shadow Mountain High School, for winning the 2022 Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) Division III Wrestling Championship at 190 pounds. “The hard work paid off, and the work showed with this win. It was an awesome end to the season,” says Luke. He ended the season with an impressive 34-1 record. He has been wrestling for three years.

“Luke is very coachable and enjoys helping his teammates even if they struggle,” says Coach Tyrone Abercrombie. “He worked for this moment, and we are extremely happy to have been there and witness that win.”