Achievement Above All - Sunnyslope High School

Achievement Above All - Sunnyslope High School

Teacher of the Year – Elizabeth Lantka

Student of the Year – Royce Woolridge

Royce Woolridge
Principal Linda Whitehead introducing Student of the Year Royce Woolridge.

Royce Woolridge
Royce thanking the Governing Board.

Royce and Pam
Governing Board member Pam Reicks presenting Royce with his award.

Royce was born in Phoenix and attended Richard E. Miller and Royal Palm schools before becoming a Viking. In 2009, he was named the Big School Player of the year for the State of Arizona. 

He carries a 3.8333 GPA and a HPA of 4.0658, never earning less than a 2 in any course.

Next year, Royce will become a Jayhawk at Kansas University with a full ride scholarship he was awarded during his sophomore year at Slope (Marking the first time in Kansas history that a sophomore has been so honored).

After college, Royce plans to play in the NBA and/or start his own clothing line in California.

He does have interests outside of basketball and those include: music, dancing, and his favorite school courses are Advanced Marketing and Government.

Stephanie Gramm, vocal music teacher, says this about Royce:

He is obviously a great athlete, but he is also a very respectful student.  Royce is always willing to help out a fellow student and is a diligent learner.  He is quick to make up any missed work and likes to stay ahead of the game.  I have been very impressed with Royce's initiative and work ethic.

Foreign language teacher, Sarah Glover, wrote:

All his teachers love him.  He's polite, hardworking and an all around nice kid. I'll never forget meeting his mother for the first time.  She too is ideal.  She let me know that basketball is a privilege earned, not a given, and that he knew his grades had better be good.

Finally, Darrell Preston, Royce’s Advanced Marketing teacher adds”

Royce is very respectful and willing to join in and help out any time. His smile, great attitude and drive will get him far in life.  He is a team player on and off the basketball court.

Student Group of the Year – Boys Basketball Team coached by Daniel Mannix

basketball team
Boys basketball team with Coach Daniel Mannix and assisant coaches.

team and vicki
Governing Board member Vicki Johnson presenting the Boys Basketball team with their award.

This group of young men with Head Coach Dan Mannix and staff has achieved the following:

·         2008-09 4A1 State Champions with 24 W 5 L


·         2008-09 Western Sky Region Champions



·         2008-09 Western Sky Coaching Staff of the Year



·         2009-2010 Record currently stands at 18 W  3 L



·         2010 participant with a 4-0 record



·         2010 MLK Classic participant


Their goals include:


·         getting better everyday



·         increasing their knowledge of basketball fundamentals, and



·         learning teamwork and strategies that will aid the program in the coming years


Here’s what one faculty member writes:

Boys basketball at SHS has become legendary under the direction of Dan Mannix.  With players who are dedicated and focused on the court and in the classroom, it is evident that their drive for perfection is the result of what is expected of them from their coaches. Boys basketball is what it is because of the actions of Coach Mannix, and his staff.

Support Staff of the Year – Annie Hestand

linda and annie
Principal Linda Whitehead introducing Support Staff of the Year Annie Hestand.

Annie thanking the Governing Board.

annie and vicki
Governing Board member Vicki Johnson presenting Annie with her award.

Annie graduated from North High in Salinas, CA. She married and started her family. After her 2 boys began kindergarten, she began working for the King City School District as an account clerk. In 2004, Annie and her husband moved to Phoenix and she became our Counseling Secretary in January 2008 then Annie moved to her present position as Administrative assistant to Principal Linda Whitehead.

Her goal for the future is to retire by the lake with her husband.  But right now, Annie, who once won an award for Most Improved Bowler, enjoys fishing, swimming, being with friends, and gardening.

Sarah Glover wrote:

She’s a confidant to almost everyone on campus.

Another wrote:

She keeps this school running, without her, we would fall apart. When I call or stop by, regardless of how crazy my question is, she can find the answer. I can always rely on Annie for anything. I appreciate her patience, hard work, awesome sense of humor and kind heart. I think Annie has gone above and beyond the requirements of her job, and she deserves this recognition tremendously.

Stephanie Gramm said:

    Annie keeps us all sane!