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Governor’s office awards San Luis High School FAFSA MVP for large schools

After taking part in the state-wide Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Challenge, San Luis High School was awarded the 2019-20 MVP for highest FAFSA completion rate.

The Sidewinders had 64 percent of their Class of 2020 complete their FAFSA as of May 1, leading the state of Arizona in its large enrollment category. The award comes from the Governor’s Office of Education, Achieve60AZ, and the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education, which has been monitoring schools’ progress since the FAFSA window opened in October 2019.  

“First off, a huge thank you to our English teachers, who played a key role in winning the state championship this year,” SLHS Director of Guidance Cesar Castillo said. “They were instrumental in first helping out with the Federal Student Aid IDs and moving forward with completing their FAFSA. I would like to thank our administration team for allowing the counseling team to bring in ideas and allowing us to move forward with them. It has been truly a team effort and we are ready for the next challenge. There was also the help from Omar Heredia and his team at Arizona Western College who provide assistance in our FAFSA Fiesta Night and throughout the school year. We want to wish the best to our cohort 2020 class.”

Over the past few school years, San Luis students have consistently been one of the state’s leaders in postsecondary enrollment. They had a 76 percent college-going rate in 2017 and have exceeded 60 percent postsecondary enrollment for five consecutive years.

“Congratulations on being awarded Arizona’s 2019-2020 MVP-Highest FAFSA Completion Rate champions,” FAFSA Challenge Project Manager Julie Sainz said in a letter to Castillo and SLHS administrators. “Thank you for going above and beyond to increase your school’s FAFSA completion rate and ensure more Arizona students are equipped to pursue postsecondary success.”

San Luis will be announced as the 2019-2020 MVP-Highest FAFSA Completion Rate winner in the May 2020 Arizona FAF$A Challenge newsletter which was released this week. They also receive a personalized trophy along with two laptops to award current graduating seniors

The SLHS counseling team consists of: Castillo, Carmen Castaneda, Rigoberto Conde (Dropout Prevention Specialist), Maria Dillard, Rebecca Garcia, Elva Lozano, Teresa Moore, and Diana Trovatore.

Eric Patten