MOON VALLEY AAA RECIPIENTS
The Glendale Union High School District Governing Board recently shone a light on the accomplished individuals honored at Moon Valley High School's Achievement Above All event. This annual celebration recognizes outstanding members of the Moon Valley community, including a teacher, a student, a student group, a support staff member, and a dedicated volunteer. Principal Kort Miner of Moon Valley High School had the honor of introducing the recipients to the community, governing board, and superintendent as they were each presented with certificates or awards in recognition of their remarkable achievements.
Teacher of the Year, Shanalee Dorsey
Moon Valley High School alumni, Shanalee Dorsey is this year’s Teacher of the Year. After graduating from Moon Valley, Ms. Dorsey attended Arizona State University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Drawing and Art Education. Ms. Dorsey teaches Art 1-2, Art 3-4, Advanced Art and AP Drawing. She has been the sponsor of the Art Club for the past 16 years. Over those years, the club has painted murals for various sports. Right now, they are working on a bulletin board painting.
Ms. Hopeman says, “Shanalee is a compassionate educator who deeply cares for her subject. She strives to get the best possible outcome from the students during the art making process, which has brought many awards and recognition to Moon Valley and the District.”
Student of the Year, Eris Bowers
Described as the kindest human, Eris Bowers is this year’s Student of the Year. Bowers has participated in NJROTC, wrestling, and 3-D art design while at Moon Valley. She has been on the Honor Roll, Principal’s List, a wrestling state qualifier, Moon Valley’s female athletic representative at the AIA, and an athletic partner for Unified Sports. Bowers has enlisted in the military and aspires to be a firefighter after her service. She has already received the highest enlisted signing bonus the military gives, which is a $10,000 scholarship.
Mr. Scafone says, “Eris always has a smile on her face. Always, asks how you are doing. Always has a great attitude. If you ever lose your faith in this generation, talk to Eris for two minutes, and you will quickly learn that we are in good hands,”
Student Group of the Year, LINK Crew
Moon Valley’s LINK Crew is this year’s Student Group of the Year. The group is made up of 60 students led by science teacher Madison O’Neal and Social Worker Cassie Miller. LINK Crew is a Freshman orientation and transition program that works to acclimate freshmen to the high school setting with guidance and mentoring from junior and senior students. This year, LINK Crew has held 1st Day of School Orientation, Freshmen Dance, Link Leader-led classroom lessons, follow-ups with freshmen, and some other after-school activities for freshmen.
Support Staff of the Year, Christy Wiley
Moon Valley’s Compliance and Transition Service Support (CTSS) is this year’s Support Staff of the Year. Christy Wiley has worked for the district since 2008. She started as an aide at Independence High School and then worked as an aide at Next STEP. From there she worked at Apollo as a Job Coach and then to Moon Valley. Outside of the classroom, she is a varsity coach for volleyball and softball at Moon Valley. Last school year, she was Coach of the Year for the Skyline Region in softball.
Moon Valley teacher, Kim Dismuke says, “Your role as the CTSS and Coach is extremely important, and we are thankful to have someone like you on as a Moon Valley Rocket!”
Volunteer of the Year, Ursula Haro
Moon Valley’s Volunteer of the Year is Ursula Haro. Haro volunteers as a Spirit Line and Cheer parent booster. She helps students fundraise to go to competition events and then helps transport them to the events. When she is not volunteering she can be found reading, watching movies, and taking road trips.
Coach Ciara says, “Ursula is our go-to, right-hand woman. She is constantly rearranging her schedule to support our teams, makes sure we are taken care of whether it is a home or away game. Ursula has driven our kids to Nationals in Anaheim, California, and does all of this with a smile on her face. We can’t thank her enough for her continuous support.”