Taking a look back at the 2018-19 school year

Wickenburg High School and Virtual Academy top 10% of the 2019 graduating class Kylie Rankin (back, from left), Isaac Olson, Kade Peterson, Tristan Willis, Michael Mindnich, Cueli Zhu, Braden Ravenscraft, Joanna Raymundo (front, from left) Kylie Dalley, Cambri Maben, Madison Valencic, Ilse Murillo, Marisol Garcia, and Charlotte Cordi.

As the school year comes to an end, we reflect back on the many events that make the year unique.

Here’s a quick look: The passing of our seventh Maintenance and Operations Override was again a blessing– Thank You Voters.  Dr. Howard Carlson received Arizona’s Superintendent of the Year Award; Rose Garcia received the Golden Bell Award for the Virtual Academy’s program to help our students involved in the roping world; moving all the District offices to 101 E. Coconino St. next to Hassayampa Elementary; finishing last of the bond projects and opening a 24/7 gym for teachers with a grant and donated equipment from Wickenburg hospital.  Spelling bees, concerts, plays, musicals, a visit from Red Sparks of Cologne, Germany, assemblies, promotions and graduation will also be memorable events. The school board’s approval of the four day school week beginning the 2019-20 school year may become the most remembered!. On the grant end, some of the major grants received include a $20,000 Wellik grant for student reimbursement of college classes taken while attending high school, a collaboration with the Wickenburg Art Club to raise over $10,000 for the arts programs in all our schools and a large APS grant to put solar covers on the high school parking lots in 2019.

With all those great events, the most important work we continue to do, and improve every year, is to fulfill our vision of helping each child move forward academically, emotionally and physically to reach their dreams.  Whether that dream is working the family business, a vocational goal or college degree, we believe in our students and use every tool we have, plus every tool can get, to help them move forward in life and careers after their graduation.   

A great representation of the outstanding student body, great educators and families of the Wickenburg Unified School District is found in the top 10% of the graduating class of Wickenburg High school and the Virtual Academy.   I list them here in alphabetical order and share their next steps after graduation.

Charlotte Cordi – Internship at Bearcat/Welding; Kylie Dalley – BYU Idaho/Interior Design; Cambri Maben – NAU/Biology;  Michael Mindnich – University of Redlands/Accounting; Isaac Olson - UofA/Management Information Systems; Kade Peterson – GCU/finance; Tristan Willis -NAU/Math/Science; Joanna Raymundo – GCC/Business Entrepreneur;  Braden Ravenscraft - University of Oregon/Environmental Science:  Madison Valencic- ASU/Business Entrepreneur; Xueli Zhu – ASU/Health Science

Top graduating students at Wickenburg Virtual Academy include

Marisol Garcia – ASU/Nursing and Kylie Rankin – UofA/Sports Medicine

We look forward to a new year starting July 29 and appreciate all our dedicated staff and the amazing community that support our kids and public education.  It takes a village.

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