Sunnyslope High School's Achievement Above All Event

Sunnyslope High School's Achievement Above All Event
Troy Linnartz and Pam Reicks
Governing Board Clerk Pam Reicks presents Troy
Linnartz with his award. 
Troy and family
Troy poses for a photo with his family. 

Teacher of the Year- Troy Linnartz

Sunnyslope is truly a family affair for Troy Linnartz. His wife, Pandy, teaches AP Biology, Biology, and Thinking Science at Sunnyslope and both of his children currently attend SHS. 

Troy Linnartz graduated from Central High School and earned both his bachelor’s and his Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from NAU. He has taught for the University of Phoenix and conducted new employee back and body mechanics and safety classes at Good Samaritan Hospital while working as Physical Therapist.  He left his clinical work to become a teacher out of a desire to have a schedule more conducive to raising a young family ten years ago. He now teaches two sections of Honors Biology, two sections of Human Science, a Medical Terminology class, and a Biology class at Sunnyslope.

All the time and energy Troy contributes to Sunnyslope cannot easily be measured.  He does lunch duty, volunteers to monitor after school with administrators when needed, works games and is generally known as a “go-to guy.”  He has earned the respect of his colleagues and students by leading by example and holding himself and those around him to high expectations, and no matter what, his biggest concern is always what’s best for the kids, whether in or out of the classroom.

Beyond being a masterful teacher, Troy is also a talented and driven coach.  He’s been coaching soccer for 11 years, tennis for 7 years, and coached track for 1 year. 

In his spare time, he is an avid runner because he is an avid eater.  He loves to snow ski, snowboard, surf, play tennis and work on his house. Congratulations, Troy!

Ellie and Rick Fields
Board Member Rick Fields presents Ellie with her
Ellie Stern
Ellie Stern proudly represents Sunnyslope. 

Student of the Year- Ellie Stern

Ellie attended Simis Elementary and graduated from Madison Meadows before becoming a Viking. While at Sunnyslope, she has been involved in student government and the academic decathalon team.

Ellie’s future plans include graduating from Georgetown University and pursuing a career in International Relations. 
Her other interests include reading, soccer, volunteering, and traveling. Her favorite subjects and teachers are AP Government, AP English, and Honors French and the respective teachers of those classes---Matt Pierce, Ms. Patty Bohmaker and Deanne Hutchinson, Ms. Angela Kintscher. 

Ms. Bohmaker states, “Ellie Stern is a serious, responsible student; in class she leads by example, and she works diligently.  Despite her busy schedule with student council, she turns her assignments in on time, and she takes great pride in her classwork.  She also possesses a warm sense of humor and a sharp wit, both signs of an effective leader.  She is a joy to know.” 

Congratulations, Ellie!

Jo Sardinha and Patty Kennedy
Board Member Patty Kennedy presents Nurse Jo
with her award. 
Jo Sardinha
Nurse Jo Sardinha says she loves working at 

Support Staff of the Year- Jo Sardinha

Jo Sardinha has had ties to Glendale Union High School District for most of her life, having graduated from Apollo High School. Although Jo is just in her 3rd year working for the district, she has already been chosen by her colleagues for the AAA award because of who she is and for the service she provides. 

After just one year with Sunnyslope, she was selected as the District Nurse Facilitator.  Before coming to Slope, she graduated from GCC, served as a nurse for 16 years in another district, and was a nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital for 8 years. 

Her goals for the future include utilizing evidence based practice in school nursing and traveling during summer breaks. She loves to read and browse through farmer’s markets and has 2 turtles Salmonella and Sammy.

The school psychologist, Anna Martineau says of Nurse Jo, “She always goes above and beyond.  She never complains and just does what she needs to do. There is a student who does not attend SHS anymore due to medical problems, and she goes to see him on a regular basis.  She is always willing to work on cases together and always willing to answer any questions I have for her regarding medical diagnosis, etc.  She is a pleasure to work with!”

Congratulations, Jo!

Ian Hugh and Andy LaRusch
Governing Board President Ian Hugh congratulates
Director Andy LaRusch on his band's success. 
Viking Pride Band
The Viking Pride Band is proud to be this year's AAA

Student Group of the Year- Viking Pride Band

Under the direction of instructor Andy LaRusch, the 58 member Viking band provides live music for school functions, at local community ceremonies and by special request, especially during the holidays.  They play at all home and most away football games, 4 concerts each year, 3 marching festivals, the Veterans’ Day Parade, the Fiesta of Light Parade, both the Winter and Spring Craft Fairs, the District and Regional Honor Band event, and recently, a select group of band members played at GCU to encourage the SHS volleyball team in the State Volleyball Championship.

The leaders include drum majors Matt Fisher and David Arms, and section leaders Lexie Brunelle, Diana Caraveo-Parra, Taylor Ransom, Jennifer Mothershead, Skyler Leach, Andrea Eskew, and Danielle Holcomb.

The band received an Excellent Rating at the 2009 State Marching Festival, an Excellent rating at the 2011 performance at the Heritage Festival in Anaheim, California, and in 2011 was awarded $25,000 in new instruments from Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation and Fidelity Future Stage. 

The band’s goal is to continue to grow in number and quality of musicianship. Congratulations to the Viking Pride Band!

Sue Mulligan and Rick Fields
Board Member Rick Fields presents Sue with her 
Mulligan Family
Sue Mulligan poses for a photo with her family. 

Volunteer of the Year- Sue Mulligan

Sue Mulligan's time at Sunnyslope began in 2001 after she retired from a 20 year career as a CPA in the spring, and her son started at Sunnyslope in the fall.   It didn’t take long for Sue to get involved with the Viking Parent Club.   She has continuously served as an officer since 2003, either as treasurer or co-president.  She is currently the co-president of the VPC.

Throughout her tenure, she has been heavily involved with raising and spending over $225,000 on the campus for students and staff, for the lunch-quad shade structures and tables, and for the auditorium music system and marquee.  She has also been instrumental in awarding $20,000 in scholarships to seniors.

During her stints as president, she has changed the focus of the monthly parent club meeting to include a topic of interest for parents.   Last month, a large number of parents attended the VPC meeting to hear nine college representatives speak about their schools.

Sue is also proud of the accomplishments of her children after they left Sunnyslope.  Her oldest son has since graduated from ASU with a degree in Biological Sciences, Conservation Biology and Ecological Sustainability. The next son is a senior at ASU studying biomedical engineering.   Her youngest, a senior at SHS this year, and also a player on the state champion volleyball team, is planning on attending ASU’s Barrett Honors College next fall.

Principal Linda Whitehead says she will be sad to see Sue go once the last of her kids has graduated. Congratulations, Mrs. Mulligan!