Glendale Cardinals Celebrated at Awards Ceremony

Achievement Above All Awards Best of the Best
Posted on 01/18/2018
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Please enjoy this highlight video from the Achievement Above All event.

January 2018 – The annual Achievement Above All ceremony celebrates a teacher, student, support staff member, student group and volunteer who exhibit superior traits and representation. Glendale High School celebrated their achievers on January 17.

“As we know, Glendale High School has a proud tradition of educating and serving the Glendale community for over 100 years,” Principal Justin Tarver said. “We believe wholeheartedly in teamwork, believing all students can learn, in continuous improvement, and in being solution-focused. It is this mindset that continues to make Glendale an exceptional school. This evening we have an opportunity to celebrate some of our amazing staff and students that make Glendale High School successful and special.”

Achievement Above All Teacher Recipient:

Hector Borboa has taught at Glendale since 2000, instructing students in all levels of Spanish. He has also coached soccer for six years and is the department chairman. Mr. Borboa is a dedicated member of the faculty and Cardinal campus.

“He and his department consistently have the highest student performance in our district as his commitment and leadership disperses to his colleagues,” Tarver said. “His foundation for this success is the incredibly strong relationships he builds with his students. He values them, believes in them, diligently prepares for their success and then challenges them to achieve it while providing the necessary support.”

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Achievement Above All Student Recipient:

Deisy Valencia performs at the top of her class, contributes to her community and shines as a positive role model to her peers.

Ms. Valencia carries a 4.89 GPA, is enrolled in four Advanced Placement courses and is a third-year member of the Student Council.

“She has always set out to challenge herself, but also to help others in the process. This is the mark of a great future leader,” Tarver said.

Beyond the classroom, Ms. Valencia is a member of the tennis and badminton teams, the Anime Club and was selected as the Rotary Student of the Month and Cardinal of the Month.

She earned a full ride scholarship to Grand Canyon University, where she will study biomedical engineering.

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Achievement Above All Student Group Recipient:

The Glendale Football Team, led by Coach Robert York, was honored as the Student Group of the Year. The team makes a concerted effort to not only perform on the field, but in the classroom. A major focus this season has been on academic success, York said.

The team has a daily commitment to attend study hall to receive extra help and teammates work together to improve their GPAs.

“Their work ethic has changed, the time commitment has grown substantially, and their character on campus has greatly improved,” York said.

The team finished the season with a record of 8-2, narrowly missing the region championship by only four points; this is the best record for a Glendale High School Football team since 1981.

“This group has the ability to set the positive tone for the entire school year,” Principal Tarver said. “The coaches and the leaders of this team clearly value and understand this responsibility to represent, both in the classroom with character and on the field as they compete with honor.”

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Achievement Above All Support Staff Recipient:

Karen Lopez is a product of the Glendale Union High School District, having graduated from Apollo High School. She joined the Glendale campus five years ago as the front office receptionist.

“Here on the frontlines, there is no one more effective at greeting people who walk through our doors with a smile and desire to help,” Tarver said. “She is someone that so many of us in the front office depend on to help perform our jobs more effectively.”

Glendale Administrative Assistant Maddy Piccou had this to say about Ms. Lopez: “When someone walks through our doors, she is always greeting them with a smile. If she does not have an answer, then she will go out of her way to find it for the person. She performs her job with class and dignity.”

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Achievement Above All Volunteer Recipient:

Glendale’s Volunteer of the Year has been a staple on the Cardinal campus for more than three decades. Dan Lindsey was the band and orchestra teacher for 32 years and has since remained on campus as a volunteer clinician for the marching band.

Though Mr. Lindsey has used his talents to assist the band and color guard in several areas, he has also supported the programs through fundraising. In the last five years, he has raised more than $22,000 for the band program through alumni and community outreach efforts.

“In getting to know Mr. Lindsey, he is a very humble man who is eager to help others,” Tarver said. “He has truly dedicated his life to serving Glendale High School and the community.”

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Thank you and congratulations to each of the Achievement Above All recipients. We are grateful for your contributions to Glendale High School and the Glendale Union High School District community.