Moon Valley Achievement Above All Winners

Governing Board Recognizes MVHS Recipients
William Beech

October 2015 – The Glendale Union High School District Governing Board honored Moon Valley High School’s Achievement Above All recipients on Oct. 21. The special event recognizes distinguished members of Moon Valley, including volunteers, teachers, support staff, students and student groups.

Achievement Above All Teacher Recipient:

Julie Rasor began her teaching career with Moon Valley in 1984. In 2003, she retired from her role as a theater teacher to spend more time with her family, but returned as an ELL teacher and the ELL Department Chairwoman until 2010. This same year she also returned to teaching theater and now serves as the Fine Arts Department Chairwoman.

Mrs. Rasor has directed more than 40 plays and musical, served as the award-winning Thespian Troupe sponsor for more than 25 years and has built a program that includes more than 200 students.

“Julie spends countless hours at school. She has a very high standard and is able to get the very best out of all of her students. She reaches kids at their level, adapts instruction and exposes students to the wonders of theatre. She encourages students to be themselves and they leave her class having found their voice,” said Jonathan Peters, a fellow teacher at Moon Valley.

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Achievement Above All Support Staff Recipient:

Mildred De La Hoya has served as a special education instructional aide for 15 years and in this role has support students as a teacher, advocate and cheerleader, Principal Nathan Kleve said.

She is not only a loyal employee, but a compassionate member of the Moon Valley team who has a strong work ethic and incredible dedication to her profession.

Julie Dodson, a Life Skills teacher, had this to say about Ms. De La Hoya:

“Mildred is a direct reflection of our core value; ensuring all students reach their full potential in every class,” she said. “It is a fine line for instructional assistants to know when to assist a student and when to step aside and encourage them to do tasks on their own. Mildred has perfected this. She knows the strengths and weaknesses of every student in our care and is able to not only support them, but encourage them to develop their independence and see, for themselves, their true potential.”

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Achievement Above All Student Recipient:

William Beech is a senior at Moon Valley and he is incredibly involved on the campus. Mr. Beech is a member of Math Club, Mu Alpha Theta, wrestling, and track, National Honor Society, Link Crew and Student Council. He serves as Varsity Swim Captain and as Senior Class President. In his spare time he also works part time as a baker at Texas Roadhouse.

Mr. Beech carries a 4.6 weighted GPA and intends to attend Vanderbilt University where he will study biomedical engineering.

Jeina Serafini, Mr. Beech’s sophomore English and STUCO teacher said, “William’s motivation, drive, and dedication set him apart from his peers. He understands the value of hard work. Students see his work ethic and it rubs off on them. He give 110 percent on everything he does.”

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Achievement Above All Student Group Recipient:

Moon Valley’s Media Production group was presented with an Achievement Above All award. Students Jose Martinez, Laura Gebbia, Dylan Suarez, Angel Villa and Christiana Ramos accepted the award along with group sponsor Ryan Swartz.

The goals of the program are to communicate information school-wide, promote school success and increase school morale. Students are committed to creating work that exemplifies the school values and work that is visually appealing to the student body.

The Media Productions team is building a positive reputation on campus and off campus. The club won seven awards at the District Film Festival and Moon Valley has won the Association for Career and Technical Education of Arizona PSA video contest for two consecutive years.

Students have produced PSAs to create awareness surrounding suicide prevention and depression.

“Their commitment to each other, the school, and the community exemplify what high school co-curricular programs are all about,” Principal Kleve said.

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Achievement Above All Parent/Volunteer Recipient:

The final recipient of the evening was Basil Rabayda, who has volunteered for the school’s Booster Club as the president and for athletic events and theater productions. Separate from the school, Mr. Rabayda also volunteers for his church and helps with the Boy Scouts.

Volunteers play a vital role on our campuses and they have an impact on student success, Principal Kleve said. Mr. Rabayda’s contributions to the Moon Valley community are greatly valued and appreciated.

Eddy Lopez, Assistant Principal for Operations and Resources, has this to say about Mr. Rabayda: “Basil’s dedication to Moon Valley has been invaluable to our entire student body. He is always ready to listen to fundraising ideas and is always willing to lend a hand. He will do whatever is needed to help out a student or staff member.”

Under Mr. Rabayda’s leadership, the parent boosters gained nonprofit status and last year, the boosters raised more than $14,000. This money was redistributed to students through supplies, travel opportunities, school events and scholarships.

Thank you and congratulations to each of the Achievement Above All recipients. We are grateful for your contributions to Moon Valley High School and the Glendale Union High School District community.

Watch a highlight video from the evening here

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