Moon Valley High School's Achievement Above All Event

Moon Valley High School's Achievement Above All Event
Patty Kennedy Luanne Ashby
Board Member Patty Kennedy presents Luanne
with her award. 
Luanne Ashby
Luanne Ashby proudly represents Moon Valley. 

Teacher of the Year- Luanne Ashby

Luanne has a long history in the Glendale Union High School District, beginning as a graduate of Thunderbird High School.  After high school, she attended University of Arizona for her undergraduate work and later received her Master’s degree in Counseling from Chapman University.

Luanne returned to the district to begin her teaching career at Moon Valley in 1997. She taught Algebra and Geometry for 4 years and then moved into the Moon Valley Counseling department. Although she is working in the counseling office now, she has remained involved in Project Sharp, a summer math program, and served as an AIMS math tutor.


Throughout her career at Moon Valley, Luanne has been an active and involved member of the Moon Valley community, working in a variety of areas including athletics, clubs, and academics. From serving as the Hoopsters Coordinator for the Boy’s basketball program, to the Key Club sponsor, to her continued work as a football statistician, PSAT/SAT Prep class instructor and Girls’ basketball scorekeeper, Luanne is always an active presence on campus.
In addition, Luanne has served on numerous committees in order to help build a strong academic culture for the students at Moon Valley.  She helped build the successful 9th grade transition program and is always focuse on what is best for the kids. Colleagues say that her drive has helped them to become better educators. Congratulations, Luanne!

Chris Kaplan and Rick Fields
Board Member Rick Fields presents Christopher
with his award. 
Chris Kaplan and Craig Mussi
Christopher Kaplan poses for a photo with Principal 
Craig Mussi. 

Student of the Year- Christopher Kaplan

Christopher has achieved and maintained a level of excellence throughout his academic career. He is ranked among the top in his class and carries a 4.0 GPA and a 4.56 Weighted GPA. Christopher’s choice of a rigorous curriculum has continued this year; he is carrying a full academic load and is enrolled in four AP classes, including AP Calculus, AP Government, AP English, and AP Physics.

Christopher has a wide-range of interests, and his favorite subjects include English, Biology and Math. His hard work and dedication to academics has already paid off.   He was recognized earlier this school year as a National Merit Semi-Finalist and was named Outstanding Young Man of the Year by the City of Phoenix for 2011.

Christopher’s interests include poetry, essay and philosophical writing, reading, tennis, guitar playing and antique book collecting.  He serves as president of the Key Club and was the driving force behind the school food drive earlier this year. He also is a member of the Green Thumbs group, helping to beautify the campus. In his spare time, he recently held down the lead role in Moon Valley's fall play, "New Kids at Vampire High."

In the future, he plans to attend college and possibly advance into grad school, and he plans to be involved in politics in some way.


He says this to sum up his motivation, “I believe in people, in our potential for good. I attempt to express this belief by writing and volunteering, and that is why I behave as I do.” Congratulations, Christopher!

Shaun Bottcher and Vicki Johnson
Board Member Vicki Johnson presents Shaun with
her award. 
Shaun Bottcher
Shaun Bottcher proudly represents Moon Valley. 

Support Staff of the Year- Shaun Bottcher

Shaun is another long-time member of the Glendale Union High School District family. She attended Thunderbird High School and also attended classes at Glendale Community College.

Shaun has spent 11 years in the district, beginning first as a one-on-one aide, and then working with English Language Learners for 9 years. This is her 2nd year as a CTE aide.

Her work as a CTE Aide primarily involves assisting in the Culinary Arts, Applied Tech, and Business classes.  Her work with students in the kitchen, school store, and engineering classes receives high praise from the CTE teachers, and her experience as an Aide in other areas allows her to identify students needing the most intervention.  On top of all this, Shaun also does shopping for the CTE program.

Brandi Jans, Moon Valley FACS Department Chair, says “Shaun Bottcher is an integral part of the CTE program. We simply cannot accomplish the amazing activities we do throughout the year without Shaun. She is extremely dedicated to our students and their success. She is an embodiment of the district’s core values that all students can learn and not only teachers, but support staff as well, make the difference.”


In her spare time away from work, Shaun enjoys crafts, baking and cake decorating, welding, sewing, co-ed softball, fishing, camping, hiking and traveling. She also taught dance for 8 years and taught a girl’s church group. In the future, she would like to own her own combined craft workshop and bakery.

Shaun is always on the go.  She takes her job very seriously and never complains.  Her approach every day is to help teachers do their jobs and devote everything she has to ensuring that all students are successful.  Congratulations, Shaun!

Board President Ian Hugh and Moon Valley NJROTC
Governing Board President Ian Hugh presents the 
Moon Valley NJROTC with their award. 
Commander Patrick MacLean and three cadets
proudly pose with their award.

Student Group of the Year- Moon Valley NJROTC

The NROTC program’s mission is to instill in students the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment.

The Moon Valley NJROTC program has a long tradition of success and excellence.  With nearly 125 student members, the program has an amazing list of achievements. In the 2010-2011 school year, the group collectively logged 3,594 community service hours, 1,086 school service hours, and participated in a total of 80 after-school activities. Some of these activities included Adopt-a-Street, Special Olympics, Kiwanis Walk-a-thon, Feed the Homeless Veterans, and Community Emergency Response Team Training.

They are proud that a majority of their cadets participate on one of seven competition teams, including Academics, Athletics, Air Rifle, Armed Drill, Color Guard, Orienteering and Unarmed Drill.

Even during summer break, the group remained busy participating in programs such as Sail Academy in San Diego and the Arizona Youth Leadership Conference.

Although this group never expects accolades for what they do, they have received the Distinguished Unit award, 2nd place in the Navy National Academic Championhip in Washington, D.C., and 2nd place in the Regional Orienteering Championship. They have also earned over $182,000 in scholarhips. Their goal for this year is to reach 5,000 hours of community service.


Lt. Commander Patrick MacLean says, “Our unit’s success is not measured by the number of trophies in a case, but rather by the number of our students who succeed in living a life of honor, courage and commitment." Congratulations, Moon Valley NJROTC!

Pam Reicks with Kraig and Jennifer Nolz
Governing Board Clerk Pam Reicks presents Kraig
and Jennifer Nolz with their award. 
Kraig and Jennifer Nolz
Moon Valley benefits from the hard work of Kraig 
and Jennifer Nolz. 

Volunteers of the Year- Kraig and Jennifer Nolz

Mr. and Mrs. Nolz’s service has been incredible over the past four years.  Each of them has devoted countless hours to the school.  Much of their work has come in providing assistance and support to our Band program.  Mrs. Nolz works with the Band Boosters in organizing the upcoming competitions and performances, ensuring that meals are provided at competitions, and ensuring that all uniforms are tailored and fit properly.

Mr. Nolz can be found at each morning and evening practice helping with the set-up, driving a rental truck to competitions, ensuring all equipment gets where it needs to be for the students to perform, and handing out cold water to students and parents.

Their service to the campus does not stop with band. Mrs. Nolz currently serves on the School Council where she provides an active voice in the decisions being made to better Moon Valley.  She has also served on the school leadership committee.

Mr. Nolz has taken on an even more active role over the last year.  He recently put up mirrors for the flagline, is getting ready to paint the band room, and is now becoming actively involved in assisting the theater program. 

GUHSD is grateful for parents like Kraig and Jennifer Nolz, who are willing to generously give their time and energy to the various clubs and activities on campus. Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Nolz, and thank you for all that you do!