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YUHSD students earn record number of medal placements in Educators Rising state event

Education Professions and Early Childhood Education students from Yuma Union High School District earned a district-record 11 medals in the Educators Rising Arizona Leadership Conference Mar. 2-4 in Tucson.

Students from Kofa, San Luis and Gila Ridge won gold medals in various competitions at the state event, and YUHSD students earned top five finishes in 17 separate areas. San Luis High School’s Melany Gandara was also elected as a state officer, Gila Ridge High School won a gold chapter award, and GRHS teacher Christina Mercer was named Outstanding Teacher Leader of the Year on the final day of the conference.

“The results were outstanding,” YUHSD Associate Superintendent Lisa Anderson said. “We were following along with the Ed Rising Twitter feed and it seemed like every few minutes another winner from our district was announced. Overall, it was an amazing event, and it goes to show how much hard work our students and their teachers and mentors put into preparing for future success.”

The National Conference takes place June 17-21 in Washington, D.C. and will include breakout workshops, keynote presentations, and 21 competitive events. First place winners Jennifer Carranza (Kofa) and Alejandra Torres (San Luis) as well as Career & Technical Education Ambassadors will travel to nationals.

Here are all of the state winners from YUHSD:


Educators Rising Moment: Cecilia Rivera (Fourth Place)

Student Achievement Award: Jay Collins, Karisma Aldama, Dariana Guzman, Cecilia Rivera, Joanna Delgado (Merit)

Gila Ridge

Spotlight on Special Education: Hailey Leiker (First Place), Nadya Canales (Third Place)

Service Project: Delena Armas, Jasanne Endsley, Skye Tidmarsh, Kalisa Cota (First Place)

E-Portfolio: Alexandra Rodriguez (Second Place)

Lesson Planning and Delivery (Arts): Yolanda Holguin (Third Place)

Inside Our Schools: Morgan Minnick, Aliya Chatman, Vianna Zamudio (Third Place)

Lesson Planning and Delivery (Humanities): Serenity Alcala (Fourth Place)

Ethical Dilemma: Kaylin Ellsworth, David Zaragoza, Megan Mourik, Haley Taylor (Fourth Place)

Impromptu Lesson: Shelby Lagunas (Fourth Place)

Lesson Planning and Delivery (CTE): Nataly Lomeli (Fifth Place)

Student Achievement Award: Alexandra Rodriguez, Alondra Marquez, Elian Moreno, Leslie Morales (Masters); Aliya Chatman, Corina Hererra, Giselle Vizcarra, Hailey Leiker, Morgan Minnick, Nadya Canales, Walter Siquieros, Kaileigh Crotts, Zoey Jimenez, Kylie Whaley, Skye Tidmarsh, Scott Newland (Excellence); Damaris Martinez, Serenity Alcala, Isabel Willits, Hannah Bailey, Astrid Roman, Brianna Palma, Michael Fajardo, Delena Armas, Gaely Gomez, Hannah Bailey, Isabel Gaeta, Jasanne Endsley, Kaileigh Crotts, Kalisa Kota, Mario Garcia, Viersse Marquez, Yolanda Holguin, Natalie Velador, Alejandra Gonzales (Merit)


Creative Lecture (TED Talk): Jennifer Carranza (First Place)

Student Achievement Award: Madison Christensen, Julietta Aguilera (Merit)

San Luis

Impromptu Lesson: Alejandra Torres (First Place)

Inside Our Schools: Elenyn Montano, Jocelyn Montano, Keila Reyes, Kassandra Rodriguez (Second Place)

Exploring Administration Careers: Crystal Ramos (Second Place)

Lesson Planning and Development (CTE): Damian Casas (Second Place)

Lesson Planning and Development (Arts): Paola Corona (Fifth Place)

About Educators Rising

Educators Rising is a free national membership organization for aspiring teachers and their mentors. The group includes more than 2,400 schools and 43,000 students across 31 states. YUHSD students take part in Educators Rising through CTE classes such as Education Professions and Early Childhood Education.

Eric Patten