Achievement Above All - Apollo High School

Achievement Above All - Apollo High School

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Apollo Principal Sue Maland introducing Teacher of The Year Sam Wooldridge.

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Sam Wooldridge thanking the governing board members.

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Governing Board member Donna Stout presenting Sam with his award.


Teacher of The Year – Sam Wooldridge

Sam graduated from Scottsdale High School and shortly thereafter began working for the Phoenix police department.  He actually retired from the Phoenix PD as a detective.  With a BS degree in business from the University of Phoenix, a B.A. in history from ASU followed by post bachelor work in education also at ASU.  Sam did his student teaching at Apollo before being hired in the social studies department in 2004. He is a perfect role model for a continuous learner.

Sam Wooldridge is an amazing individual. Everything Sam does, he does in an excellent way, definitely modeling “Choose Excellence.”  First and foremost, Sam is an outstanding teacher of government and economics.  He has a strong presence in the classroom, and students respect him a great deal. 

Sam is also involved in Apollo beyond teaching.  For several years he has been co-director of the Hawktown camp. That is a huge undertaking and one so much appreciated by the whole school.  He also took a turn chairing the social studies department and this year, he has taken on a new challenge—junior class sponsor and all the money raising that it entails. 

Niya Gima the SS department chair said the following about Sam:  I am so thrilled Sam is being honored for Achievement Above All.  He is such a wonderful and dedicated teacher, friend, husband, father, and mentor.  To me, Sam embodies integrity and commitment. 

 

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Sue Maland introducing Student of The Year Shelby Frauen.

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Shelby thanking the Governing Board.

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Governing Board member Pam Reicks presenting Shelby with her award.


Student of The Year – Shelby Frauen

Not only is Shelby the top ranked student academically, she is excellent in her involvement with extra-curricular activities.  She has been part of the Student Council leadership for all four years, President of the Senior Class, and an active member of the National Honor Society, also previously participated in Key Club and Best Buddies.  She has contributed over 160 hours of community service from 2006 to the present.  Her Student Council leadership roles include chairing the Homecoming Carnival—a monumental task, Adopt-a-Family, Teacher Appreciation Week, five assemblies, and the Aloha Bash.  In addition, she is an athlete having participated in varsity swim, junior varsity soccer and varsity soccer.  She is an amazingly versatile and well organized young woman.

According to her teacher Mrs. McAdams, “Shelby is one of the hardest working students I have ever had.  She will not only complete a project on time, she always goes above and beyond to make sure it is flawless.  It doesn't matter if it is a committee she is working on, an event notebook, or an English research paper, the results are the same.  Shelby is confident, caring, and passionate about everything she involves herself in.  She is an incredible young lady who has overcome much to finally be recognized for all the good she does.”

In the future, Shelby plans to attend Utah State University and then go on to graduate school in medicine. 



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Boys soccer team, coached by Dan Benford.

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Dan Benford thanking the Governing Board.

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Governing Board member Vicki Johnson presenting the boys soccer team with their award.

Student Group of The Year – Boys Soccer Coached by Dan Benford

This past year was a very successful season for AHS soccer team in that they tied for first place in the region before losing in a shootout in overtime.  Mr. Benford’s expectation is that the players strive for excellence on and off the field in their academics and character.  Four of the players will be playing college ball, so obviously this is a very talented group of boys.

We congratulate the Varsity Boys’ Soccer team for a wonderful season.



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Sue Maland introducing Support Staff of The Year Terri Rosenlof.

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Terri thanking the Governing Board.

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Governing Board member Ian Hugh presenting Terri with her award.


Support Staff of The Year – Terri Rosenlof

Terri Rosenlof has worked for the district for 23 years beginning in the Media Center and Bookstore before settling in to her position as secretary to the APOR.  Ed Barnes, the O & R calls Terri “An icon within the Apollo High School athletic community.

 Terri is an excellent and caring staff member who goes far beyond her regular duties. She is the party planner for the coaches’ breakfasts, faculty lunches, and end of semester luncheons.  She also plans the tailgate barbecues before football games.  What she does for the tailgate parties is most appreciated because tailgating in the end zone allows some staff bonding and promotes family attendance at varsity games.  Last fall at every home game, Terri provided food and snacks for our Apollo families.