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Local students honored at DVUSD Governing Board meetings


NORTH VALLEY – Several local students were honored at recent Deer Valley Unified School District Governing Board meetings.

Boulder Creek High School senior Cory Crooks captured the State Championship in Wrestling at the 145 pound Weight Class. During this season, Cory had just two offensive points scored on him. Cory is coached by his dad, Doug Crooks, who said that he is most proud of Cory’s character. When he was a sophomore and junior, he requested during senior night that his dad put in a senior instead of him to give other wrestlers an opportunity, even though it could affect the meet and his career record. Cory has regularly demonstrated good sportsmanship on and off the mat.

The DVUSD regularly recognizes students, staff, and community members who exemplify strong character and courage, and Boulder Creek sophomore Levi Folker has received the Community of Character and Courage Award. Levi recently exhibited the traits of Caring, Perseverance, and Good Citizenship when he turned a class project into something much bigger. During Levi’s health class last year, he had an assignment to find a not-for-profit organization that supported health/mental health and research it, then create a booth for the health fair at BCHS. Levi decided that he would work with an organization called Defending the Blue Line (DTBL). This organization provides hockey equipment, hockey camp scholarships, and even hockey league scholarships for military family kids and tickets to pro hockey games for military families. He went above and beyond supporting DBTL through the health fair, contacting the director of hockey at the Ice Den, and organizing an equipment drive, collecting a large variety of equipment. Levi reached out to PayNShip, who paid for the shipping of the equipment back to Minnesota. Through the Ice Den, Levi was able to connection with the Coyotes foundation, who at that point had already given out all their grants, but DTBL was able to be the recipient of the proceeds for the 50/50 raffle at the Coyotes game. That raffle raised $7,000 for the organization.

Over 600 pieces of student artwork were considered for the 2016 Valley Metro Calendar Art contest, and two Desert Mountain School students’ artwork were chosen for this year’s calendar. Desert Mountain students Hayden Welborn’s and Addison Thompson’s artwork have both been featured in the 2016 calendar, Hayden in March and Addison in November.

Boulder Creek senior Ryan Burdett received the Arizona Academic Decathlon Overall Top Individual Score. Recently, DVUSD hosted 25 schools from throughout Maricopa County for the Arizona Academic Decathlon Association Region II Competition. Boulder Creek, Mountain Ridge, and Sandra Day O’Connor high schools competed and qualified for the upcoming state competition. Ryan took home multiple top honors, including Overall Outstanding Interview, Overall Outstanding Speech, and Overall Top Individual Score with a total of 8005.10 points.

Congratulations to these students!