Governing Board Awards Thunderbird High School Achievers

Thunderbird High School Achievement Above All Recipients Recognized at Annual Ceremony
Posted on 03/05/2020
Kelly PavlikMarch 2020 – The Glendale Union High School District Governing Board awarded Thunderbird High School’s 2019-2020 Achievement Above All recipients at its meeting on March 4. The annual event recognized a handful of Thunderbird faculty, staff and students that have displayed outstanding leadership and exceptional accomplishments. Thunderbird High School Principal Jeannie Paparella introduced each recipient to the governing board and to those in attendance. 

“Tonight we have the privilege to celebrate a number of individuals for the great things they have accomplished, evidenced in their outstanding character and service to the students, staff and community of Thunderbird High School,” Paparella said. “Their contributions have made Thunderbird a richer and more excellent place.”

Achievement Above All Teacher Recipient: Kelly Pavlik 

Ms. Pavlik’s connection with GUHSD started as a 2002 Greenway High School graduate. After graduation, she attended Phoenix College for two years before transferring to Baker University in Kansas. She then returned home to attend Arizona State University where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Mathematics. 

She currently teaches Algebra II at Thunderbird where she is passionate about helping her students enjoy math. 

“I am passionate about making students enjoy math a little more and making math a little easier for students,” Pavlik said. “Overall, math typically is not a fan favorite for students in regular math classes, so it is always my goal for students to enjoy math a little bit more after they've taken my class.”

In addition to being an excellent math teacher, Ms. Pavlik has also sponsored Thunderbird Student Council for the past three years. 

“In three short years, I have seen major growth in my student council kids and the program overall,” Pavlik said. “I learn from them every day and they continue to make me want to be the change that I want to see in this world!”

Under her leadership, Thunderbird Student Council went on to earn the “Council of Distinction” Award at the 2020 Arizona Association of Student Councils Convention. 

On campus, Ms. Pavlik also gives back to students by coaching badminton and softball. 

Governing Board Member Patty Kennedy and Kelly Pavlik Kelly Pavlik poses with her award

Achievement Above All Student Recipient: Josh Moore

Thunderbird High School Senior Josh Moore is a hard-working student and excels in academics, athletics and performing arts on campus. 

With his top-notch transcript, Josh currently holds a weighted GPA of 5.095. He has proved to be a skilled student in mathematics, as he received exceptional grades in AP Calculus AB and BC, and Statistics. He is currently completing an independent study for Calculus III. 

During his high school experience, Josh has earned the respect of his peers, administration and faculty. 

Thunderbird AP Calculus Teacher Mr. Baker said, “He has always had a great work ethic, strong morals, and has held himself to high standards. Students and teachers alike look up to him for leadership and knowledge.” He added, “I have taught thousands of students, but Josh is truly one of the best.”  

Thunderbird Language Arts Teacher Ms. Boykin also said, “Josh makes everyone feel appreciated for their contribution and he challenges his peers’ thinking so they can sharpen their own analysis skills.”

In addition, Josh is successful in athletics including baseball, and in performing arts such as marching band, concert band and jazz band. His passion and hard work ethic in his band classes earned him the opportunity to perform in Western Europe for two weeks with Arizona Ambassadors, and with the Arizona Regional Band. 

Some of Josh’s other noteworthy achievements include receiving the PSAT Letter of Commendation, Award of Excellence from the Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists, and National Honor Society’s Junior with Distinction. 

Governing Board President Pam Reicks and Josh Moore Josh Moore poses with his award

Achievement Above All Student Group Recipient: Key Club 

Sponsored by Thunderbird Teachers Victor Vega and Kimberly Anderson, the key club currently has 62 members, including four student leaders. Thunderbird Key Club is a volunteer and service organization linked with North Phoenix Kiwanis, and its purpose is to promote student leadership, foster a community of caring individuals, and to serve local and global communities.

Thunderbird Key Club participates in a wide range of activities in order to fulfill its mission of serving others. 

“Their activities include helping feeder schools with Love Our Schools Day, fundraising for and serving several charities, and my personal favorite – accompanying the self-contained Sensory Integration students to the State Fair – an event that gives all involved a broader perspective on the struggles of others,” Paparella said. 

This year alone, the group has raised awareness and funds to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, made strides for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wrote letters to U.S. troops overseas, and volunteered at Andre House to help feed the hungry. 

However, one of their most rewarding accomplishments from this school year was participating in the annual St. Mary’s Food Drive in December 2019. Together, the group collected over 2,300 lbs. of food and contributed $863, which St. Mary’s Food Bank translates into over 6,000 meals for Arizonans in need.  

Their current project involves raising awareness and funds to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in April 2020. 

Governing Board Clerk Patti Hussey and Thunderbird Key Club Thunderbird Key Club poses with their award

Achievement Above All Support Staff Recipient: Kimberly Azevedo

Thunderbird High School is much like Kimberly’s second home, especially so because it is the only place that she has ever worked at. After homeschooling her children while serving as a youth leader for 15 years, Kimberly began her career with Thunderbird as a special education aide before transitioning to a job coach. She then landed in her current role of athletic secretary in 2015, where she found her niche. 

In her position as athletic secretary, some of Kimberly’s responsibilities include assisting coaches with clearance and certification records, helping students complete registration to participate in athletics, and updating clubs and sports rosters. 

Thunderbird High School Assistant Principal of Operations and Resources Chris Francis acknowledged Kimberly for her initiative.

“When I ask her for something I need, she is handing it to me,” Francis said. “If I need her to do something, she is doing it or more likely has already done it. When I’m working on complicated schedule changes, she will gently offer to take care of it and have it done in like five minutes.”

Kimberly’s colleagues describe her as a nice, caring and positive individual with a smile that can make anyone’s day, Paparella said. 

Paparella also touched on how Kimberly has positively affected Thunderbird High School.

“As principal, I can’t say enough about the value Kim brings to campus each and every day,” Paparella said. “Thunderbird is a better place because of her.”

Outside of work, Kimberly enjoys traveling, camping and spending quality time with her grandchildren. 

Governing Board Member Susan Maland and Kimberly Azevedo Kimberly Azevedo poses with her award

Achievement Above All Volunteer Recipient: Kevin Moore

“Thunderbird High School is truly blessed with parents and community members who consistently support our mission to prepare kids for life after high school through a quality educational experience,” Paparella said.

Thunderbird High School volunteer Kevin Moore embodies this description because of his efforts to make the school a better place.  

As a Thunderbird High School Class of 1986 graduate, Kevin has strong ties to his former school and is passionate about giving back to students.

“Kevin is one of the most active and involved parents Thunderbird High School has had the pleasure to work with,” Paparella said. “He serves as secretary for the Chief Parent Association, secretary of the baseball boosters and works tirelessly with the band boosters.” 

In addition, Kevin volunteered at this school year’s Academic Decathlon Region II Competition. 

His commitment to volunteer efforts come straight from his heart, Thunderbird CPA President Kim George said.

“The kids have a tremendous respect for him and you would be hard pressed to find an adult that doesn’t consider him a friend,” George said. “He’s one of the most kind, generous and giving people you will ever meet. He doesn’t do any of it for recognition; he’s just a genuine kind- hearted person.”

Kevin also volunteers at other organizations outside of Thunderbird including the Boys Team Charity, United Way and the AZ District II Little League. 

Governing Board President Pam Reicks and Kevin Moore Kevin Moore poses with his award

Congratulations to Thunderbird High School’s 2019-2020 Achievement Above All recipients!

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