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HaeSoo Cheon, Desert Mountain ‘11 Carolina Lopez, Horizon ‘11 Jennifer Na, Xavier ‘11 Jessie Worger, Highland ‘12 Eva Hilton, Chaparral ‘14 Arin Segal, Chaparral ‘12 Alejandra Munoz, Tolleson ‘12 Siobhan Spiak, Arizona School for the Arts ‘12

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Publisher Deb Rochford Editor-in-Chief Michelle Burgess Creative Director Veronica Sherbina Assistant to the Publisher Dani Merrill Copy Editor Jennifer Na

correspondents Jimmy Abarikwu, Chaparral ‘11


Art Direction SW!TCH s t u d i o Design Chaidi Lobato Carla Rogers Webmaster Tony Subia

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It’s our fourth HOT 100, but a couple of misconceptions still need to be rectified. First, being a HOT 100 has nothing to do with looks. Oh, sure, many of our winners – students AND teachers/coaches/admins/staffers – are absolutely smokin’, but that’s beside the point. They’re being recognized because of the contributions they make to their school communities.

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Becky Barber Marketing and Special Events Morgan Dowling Public Relations

Jessica Mayer Public Relations Lexi Bergelt Public Relations

Second, other than this year’s two overall winners – Mesquite’s Mrs. Alber and Sunrise Mountain’s Taylor Wetnight – the HOT 100s are listed in no particular order. So No. 3, stop talking smack to No. 100. You’re equals!

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Finally, this issue marks the final contribution for many of our staffers. Sixteen azTeen editors and correspondents are graduating, including longtime major contributors and current eds Bree Purdy, HaeSoo Cheon, Jennifer Na and Carolina Lopez. They are our very own own azTeen hotties, and they will be missed. Have a safe, HOT summer! Michelle Burgess Editor-in-Chief


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Rachel Addington, Mesquite ‘14 Molly Argue, Chaparral ‘11 Shannon Beckham, Xavier ‘12 Arielle Ben-Mayer, Desert Mountain ‘11 Julianne Brenenstuhl, Notre Dame ‘11 Olivia Brown, Boulder Creek ‘13 Haley Kay Burgess, Gilbert ‘13 Bailey Byers, Perry ‘12 Katie Calderon, Sunnyslope ‘12 Melia Candelaria, Poston Butte ‘12 Alexia Carrasco, Sierra Linda ‘12 Shelby Churney, Chaparral ‘14 Katlyn Coveney, Fountain Hills ‘12 Alexandra Dersch, Pinnacle ‘13 Elizabeth Fishman, Sunnyslope ‘12 Kelly Fleming, Saguaro ‘11 Clare Fuller, Phoenix Country Day ‘12 Ricardo Galvez, Tolleson ‘12 Jose Luis Gomez, Tolleson ‘12 Jenna Goulder, Xavier ‘11 Skyy Gue, Apollo ‘12 Brittany Guthridge, Saguaro ‘12 Elizabeth Hudy, Boulder Creek ‘13 Rayna Katz, Chaparral ‘12 Lily Keenan, Arcadia ‘14 Maren Kletcher, Desert Mountain ‘11 Julie Kline, Saguaro ‘13 Tiffany Lam, Liberty ‘13 Jordan Laughlin, Mountain Pointe ‘11 Emily Liu, Williams Field ‘14 Erika Mionis, Chaparral ‘12 Keyera Mitchell, Millennium ‘12 Leah Motzkin, Phoenix Country Day ‘12 Alex Nunez, Ariz. School for the Arts ‘12 Hailee Pallas, Pinnacle ‘12 Thalia Perez, McClintock ‘11 Caroline Pryor, Saguaro ‘12 Emily Raschke, Hamilton ‘12 Madison Skye Robotham, Centennial ‘13 Abby Rudd, Perry ‘11 Sarah Sakha, Xavier ‘14 Kayli Schattner, Sunrise Mountain ‘12 Carly Schmidt, Shadow Mountain ‘13 Colton Schubert, Poston Butte ‘12 Taylor Seely, Ariz. School for the Arts ‘13 Leah Sharaby, Arcadia ‘14 Ariel Shemesh, Jess Schwartz ‘14 Courtney Sheridan, Gilbert ‘13 Isabela Silva, Mountain Pointe ‘13 Zoe Simon, Phoenix Country Day ‘12 Destiny Singvongsa, Campo Verde ‘13 Erin Stipp, Millennium ‘11 Cedar Sugarman, Ariz. School for the Arts ‘13 Leah Tsonis, Shadow Mountain ‘13 Taylor Turkeltaub, Chaparral ‘11 Rachel Underhill, Phoenix Country Day ‘12 Monika Vinje, Notre Dame ‘12 Danika Worthington, Xavier ‘12 Ave Wright, McClintock ‘11

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number one: taylor wetnight

Taylor Wetnight never knew her aunt Bobi, who was murdered years before Taylor was born. But as Taylor grew, she heard all about Bobi’s death and, even more importantly, her life, and at some point decided to do something big to honor her family’s memories of Bobi. This year, the Sunrise Mountain junior turned 16 – the age Bobi was at her death. While she had already committed to living the full, happy and giving life that Bobi never got to experience, Taylor decided to do something more. So, in honor of Bobi, Taylor set out to raise $1,000 for Parents of Murdered Children. She visited 500 businesses and secured more than $6,000 in donations for a silent auction and organized and carried out a Broadway-style cabaret. Ultimately, she raised nearly $5,000 for the organization. Taylor is being honored by Kohler Academy and Quiksilver with the top spot in azTeen’s 2011 Hot 100 not just because of the money she was able to raise through her hard work and perseverance. With her determination to altruism, her passion and her commitment to fully embrace every day with gratitude and joy, Taylor sets a great example for all of us.


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number two: Mrs. cassie alber

For everyone who thinks that teachers have it easy since they get summers off and hey, the school day ends before three, we have one word for you: Ha! In most cases, teachers’ pay comes out to about 7 cents an hour. And those who take on extra roles – as club advisors or coaches – do not do so for extra money; factor in those extra hours and those folks make about 4 cents an hour. So when Mrs. Cassie Alber agreed to take over Mesquite’s Speech & Debate team a few years ago, it wasn’t for the glory or the big payday. And it certainly wasn’t so that she could brag to her friends. Students, like senior Nicole Fisher, who nominated Mrs. Alber, freely admit that the team was in shambles. But that was then. Thanks to Mrs. Alber’s hard work as sponsor and coach, the team has tripled in size – from 13 last year to 40 this year – and gained a reputation on the S&D circuit as a force to be reckoned with. An Iowa native, Mrs. Alber has taught at Mesquite for 11 years and is also the StuGo senior advisor. She says she loves Speech & Debate because it trains kids to be critical thinkers and spontaneous speakers. She was very moved that Nicole took the time to nominate her for the Hot 100. “It’s amazing to feel appreciated,” she says. “It’s astounding for students to take time out of their often egotistical lives and recognize the importance of showing gratitude. It speaks volumes about what I do and about them.” Mrs. Alber received a $200 gift card from Kohler Academy for a full day of beauty and a supply of styling products.

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Tolleson and Afghanistan are worlds apart (except for the heat and desert landscape, perhaps), but that hasn’t stopped the 30+ members of the New Global Citizens club from throwing themselves behind the cause of the education of women and children in that country. Under the direction of advisor and University High social studies teacher Mr. Daniel Goman, the NGC has raised enough money through special events to fund the education of 43 members of the Afghan community. Mr. Goman has a special knack for sparking his students’ desire to become true citizens of the world.

Ever pass a track at night and see groups and individuals circling into the wee hours? That was probably a Relay for Life event, and the participants were raising money for cancer research. Hamilton junior Nicole Thompson has been involved with Relay for Life for four years and is now on the Board. She chopped her hair off last year for Locks of Love. And every day, she inspires.


She created a club at Chaparral, Global Family Philanthropy Organization, and recently spent 10 days in Haiti helping relocate displaced orphans; she is set to return in May. It’s all part of senior Maria Zorn‘s grand plan to help children and families in need around the world.

5 A tradition at Skyline, the Key Club’s annual Pink Out event to raise money for breast cancer research is always well-received by the Coyotes student body. A girls’ basketball game is the centerpiece of the event, in which the jerseys are pink, luminarias are displayed at halftime to commemorate those affected by breast cancer, pink shirts are sold, and stylists give haircuts to girls willing to donate their hair to Locks of Love.



Leukemia hit Ceci Christenson, so she and friend and fellow Gilbert junior Karissa Sorensen hit back. Ceci was saved by a bonemarrow transplant from her brothers, so to help increase awareness and raise the chances of others waiting on transplants, she launched Ceci’s Climb. Pals like Karissa took on the cause, ensuring that everyone at Gilbert knew about the mission.


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Taylor Tschantz talks the talk, walks the walk and raises big bucks for the Susan G. Komen Foundation to battle breast cancer. The Centennial sophomore organized car washes, yard sales and candy sales to raise her entry fee for the threeday, 60-mile walk. And in her spare time? She volunteers at Hospice of the Valley.


Faced with an obstacle, many people curl up the fetal position and give up. Not Ally D’AmoreVoreck. The Sandra Day O’Connor sophomore was on the way to a camp for the hearing impaired when she was in a car accident in which she lost a liter of blood and broke her pelvis, sacrum, tailbone, hip and several ribs. Now she’s a seatbelt crusader (since one saved her life) and works to raise money for dog-therapy programs.


10 We’d run out of ink if forced to print HOT 100 certificates for everyone at Poston Butte who came to the aid of husbandand-wife teachers Mike and Jennifer Delatorre. So the Delatorres – he’s a social studies and PE teacher and football coach; she’s a special-ed teacher and cheer coach – will represent all of PBHS who came together when the couple’s daughter, Jordyn, was diagnosed with cancer last year. Various school organizations put together fundraisers, and the entire Broncos community rallied behind the family. Poston Butte is a new school, in San Tan Valley in the farthest recesses of the southeast Valley. It’s small and relatively unknown, but as the Delatorres can attest, it’s got heart.

11 The kids in Mesa’s Students Helping Out! Club – the SHOut Club – spend their time helping out their town’s neediest residents. They volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul and help their neighbors do yardwork and other tasks. They also work for worldwide organizations such as Feeding My Starving Children and Project CURE.



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By our calculations, there must be legions of Arizona math teachers helping turn confused math dunces into numbers whizzes. Here are a few we want to recognize. Chaparral’s 13 mr. Joseph Olney makes math class fun, understandable and even relatable to real life; yes, he has a ready answer to the question “When will we ever need to know this in life?”/We can’t confirm this, but sources tell us that after calculus tests given by Arcadia’s 14 Ms. Jennifer Dukelow, students turn to each other and ask “Wasn’t that fantastic?” Now that’s a great teacher/What are they putting in the water over at Arcadia? Honors geometry/trig teacher 15 Mrs. Anna Patterson gives up her lunch hour and time before and after school to help struggling students, though many of those in her class – even previous math-phobes – come to enjoy as well as completely understand math/Known and loved by the whole school, Paradise Valley’s 16 Mr. Thomas Rothery has already made an impression on Perry students. Sure, he teaches math, but it’s the charisma he exudes while performing as a cheerleader at assemblies or convincing his students to donate their pocket change to a worthy cause that has secured his reputation as a Puma with presence/After Winter Break, teachers can understandably start to get a wee bit cranky. But not Gilbert’s 17 Mr. William Brendle. Always understanding, positive and infinitely patient, Mr. Brendle gets to know his students one-on-one and – aided by Mrs. Brendle’s chocolate-covered pretzels – lets them know that he sees them as more than just a district-issued student number.

number 12: george chi

13 Sometimes a soso artist can propel himself to success with excellent marketing. But George Chi is the reverse – a naturally gifted artist with amazing talent who has only recently agreed to self-promote. The Hamilton senior is in demand at school, where his artwork has been featured in a fashion show and he sells t-shirts from his own line, Imagin8ion.


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19 Junior Kelly Kottmer is the president of multiple clubs at Sunnyslope, is at the top of her class and is on the school newspaper staff. She is involved in Christian Club, Ac-Dec, Key Club, NHS and the Spanish Honor Society.

18 As captain of Millennium’s Scholastic Bowl team, senior Mark Sellers models for his teammates the qualities of diplomacy, perseverance and integrity. He has worked as a soccer referee, is vice president of NHS and treasurer of FBLA.


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20 UofA-bound in the fall, Williams Field’s Nicolas Martino is the Black Hawks’ second-ever Valedictorian and a recipient of the prestigious Baird Award. But all work and no play is not his style – Nicolas also plays varsity baseball.

Always there to supply a “finals survival kit” or mix CD for her friends, Sunnyslope senior Jasmine Fuller aims to make a difference in the world socially as well as with her big brain. She’s atop her class academically, a National Merit Finalist, member of NHS and the recipient of a bevy of academic awards.

These 4 will go down in History! Having lived in five countries, Notre Dame world history and pop culture teacher 24 Mr. David Lamb brings a realworld experience to his classroom. He is known as an engaging, interactive educator, who comes in costume for some lectures, re-enacts historic events with students and spurs his Saints to take an active role in the history being made all around them. Like a spooky cautionary tale told around the campfire, the legend of 25 Ms. Charlyn Morgan was passed down

from older siblings to the newbies going into sophomore AP European History at Shadow Mountain. Even for the brightest of students, earning a 70 on the first test of the year is considered a major accomplishment. She’s tough, yes. But dry and boring? Absolutely not. In addition to having a wardrobe that is the envy of her female students, Ms. Morgan brings history to life through costumes and even a trip to Europe for 50 lucky students. Achieving an A from Ms.

Morgan is akin to a rave review from Simon or hearing “You’re hired!” from The Donald.

got a great sense of humor and, say students, it’s clear he knows and loves his stuff.

As the golf coach and sponsor of two clubs (Speech and Debate and the new Conspiracy Club), longtime Mountain Pointe social studies teacher 26 Mr. Lane Waddell spends his day surrounded by students. Still, Mr. Waddell’s opendoor policy is always in effect; he welcomes kids at lunch and stays after school or comes in early to help students for as long as they need him. He’s

Who’s that mustachioed man striding down the halls of Phoenix Country Day? Why, that’s 27 Mr. Dave Martin, and he’s a legend. Mr. Martin teaches AP U.S. history to juniors, but everyone knows him. He’s the guy who always has time to explain things to you, the guy who motivates you to work hard so you can make him proud, the guy who teaches for the right reasons and not to gain kudos or attention.

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Somebody’s doing something right at Perry. Actually, make that two somebodys… Principal Dan Serrano and Assistant Principal Heather Patterson offer a one-two punch of administrative know-how and a never-settle attitude. The dynamic duo helps students discover where their niche as a Puma is and how to bring out the best of what makes them, them.

Social studies teachers are always a HOT favorite


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makes no sense. But these front-office folks are still pretty awesome.

28 Hollywood has Cher and Madonna, but Tolleson’s University High has Lonnie. An expert at hugs and high-fives, Ms. Lonnie Lansford manages to remain cheerful despite her heavy workload as University’s only secretary. Students, faculty and other staffers know that Lonnie is the woman with the advice, the information and the ever-present smile that all Wolverines covet.

29 A school’s success starts at the top; without a dynamic administration that truly cares about the individual and group accomplishments of the student body, nothing of note will every happen. Ms. Patricia Goolsby, Mountain Pointe’s assistant principal in charge of activities, probably doesn’t consciously think about setting a stellar example as a leader on campus – she just does it, day after day. When there is an opportunity for any member of The Pride to shine, Ms. Goolsby does all she can to make it happen.

Described by a student as “a firecracker of positive energy, a helpful mentor and an inspirational fixture” on the Phoenix Country Day campus, Ms. Jenny Treadway is known for her cheerful demeanor and contagious enthusiasm. As assistant division head of the high school, Ms. Treadway has a lot on her plate but always manages to choose inspiration over intimidation.

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Yes, there are some mean deans out there. But Desert Ridge’s dean of students, Ms. Melinda Murphy, isn’t mean – she just has high standards. She has dedicated her life to the Jaguars under her watch, and her continuous encouragement helps to ensure their success.

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The folks who bring beauty to campus She’s a lifetime performer and the first student choreographer for a Notre Dame musical production. Junior Emily Versen also choreographs the Saints Alive Show Choir, is a member of the Do Re Mi School of the Arts traveling “Encore” group and has traveled to San Francisco and Boston to perform. She is on Notre Dame’s StuGo board and, perhaps so as not to be completely consumed by singing, dancing and acting, also throws the discus for the Saints track team.


An IB student respected by teachers, Dominique Holley is creative in the classroom and a master in band, in which the Millennium senior has qualified for Region all four years of high school.



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There are worse nicknames than Bona, and besides, Ms. Kim Bonagofski knows it was bestowed with love. The Mountain Pointe theatre teacher and director and club advisor stays late and spends her own money to make sure that The Pride’s productions are top-notch. Bona is fun and relates well to her students, but they know when it’s time to get down to business.

35 Teaching is a job. But for some, including Arcadia’s Mr. Paul Hoeprich, it is much more than that and something not left behind when the final bell rings. As media communications instructor, Mr. Hoeprich spent many of his “off” hours helping students complete a documentary on SB1070 that became an official selection of the 2011 Phoenix Film Festival and offers countless opportunities beyond his classroom walls.

36 This year, the Xavier/Brophy stage, next year, the prestigious New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. Clare Will has danced at Suns games and the White House, performed in school musicals and still manages to find time for community service and close friends.


A great attitude, charismatic personality and killer instinct on the track and cross country course have helped louie ChaVez make his mark at Chandler. The senior is a DECA stud and heavily involved in StuCo as well. Recognizable for his gravity-defying hair, Louie has a never-say- die attitude when competing on the Wolves’ distance squad and is a tireless cheerleader for his teammates when his own races are over.



There are some cool kicks out there, but nothing like the one-of-a-kind creations of Sunnyslope’s Kelley Kemp. The junior began by coloring white Van’s for her friends and now has a fierce following around campus, with multiple masterpieces bearing her signature style.

39 The plays of junior Autumn Farrell have won school competitions, her grades rock and her passion has perched her on top when it comes to school spirit at Metro Arts.

Of course, band is cool – especially when it’s taught by Mr. Adam Roberts at the Arizona School for the Arts. Students call him the “coolest, craziest man alive” and insist that band is the most exciting class of the day. Mr. Roberts injects random nuggets of knowledge about jazz, rock and life into every lesson, along with anecdotes from his most interesting life.


Dance is the backdrop for the work that Ms. Micah Kriston has done during her 13+ years at McClintock. An excellent high school track coach was once asked what he taught in the classroom, and he replied “kids.” That’s Ms. Kriston’s philosophy as well. Whatever they are going through, whatever they need, she is there for her students.



Although she’s only 4-foot-10, Nancy Pimentel’s hard work and passion elevate her on the Sierra Linda campus. She’s a flyer on the cheer team – the girl that gets tossed into the air – and is editor-inchief of the school newspaper and sings in the choir. Her ambition is to become a journalist, and our recommendation is that no one even think about selling her short. HOT 100 2011


Is there anything they can’t do?:

Some students just can’t stand having any free time!

He’s got spirit, yes he do! He’s got spirit – how ‘bout you? As rally organizer, senior Adam Silverman is behind the pep at Shadow Mountain. He’s also a standout tennis player, stellar student and the force behind the Matadors’ frequent campus blood drives.

46 Millennium senior Ally Carr is involved in Drama, and the Speech and Debate and Scholastic Bowl teams. She won praise for her portrayal of Allison in MHS’s production of The Breakfast Club, has great fashion sense and maintains a 4.25 GPA. Oh, she’s also a member of the Tigers swim team AND works part-time as the Dip ‘N Dots girl at Coyote games.



She’s your classic triple threat, demonstrating prowess in sports, the arts and school spirit. Saguaro’s Taylor Sundermeier is student-body president, sings in the Sabercats’ top choir and plays varsity soccer. A senior, T-Sun is endlessly enthusiastic, giving and dedicated to breaking down barriers between cliques.


Guys at an all-boys school don’t toss around labels such as “angel” very often. But that’s the term friends use to describe Brophy senior J.P. Mulligan because of his sincere heart. He has been on StuCo for four years, is a NHMS and was the recipient as a sophomore of his school’s award for an underclassman who “excels in all areas of the graduate and represents Brophy’s goal of being a Man for Others.” J.P. ran varsity cross country all four years and is a practitioner of the Israeli martial arts form Krav Maga.

Let’s see. Nicholas Deporzio is ranked number one in the junior class at Fountain Hills, is governor of Key Club – aka head honcho over the entire Southwest region of Arizona, California and New Mexico – competes in football and track for the Falcons, is a member of Research Club, Teen Court, Falcon Leadership and NHS and takes nothing but AP classes. And – wait for it! – he’s also a truly good guy.



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48 Is there anyone at Desert Ridge who doesn’t know Richie Becerra? Rumor has it, this sophomore’s GPA is 4.83. His look is fresh to death. He plays football and basketball, sings and acts, and is funny and nice to everyone. Also, says one nominator, he’s “obnoxious.” But in a good way.

Student-body president, member of NHS and Boulder Creek’s Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership, Girls State delegate – and its Outstanding Lobbyist – and in the top 10 percent of her class, senior Taylor McCulley has definitely made her mark during her four years as a Jaguar. She has organized an executed a clothing drive for children in the Crisis Nursery and, along with a friend, made sandwiches and distributed them to the homeless in downtown Phoenix. It’s our policy not to name nominators, but we’ve never met a prouder sister than Kate McCulley, whose nomination form for Taylor was practically a manifesto…


Sure, he’s a four-year member of the Apache Junction varsity baseball team, but senior Nick Saathoff is much more than simply an impressive athlete. An academic standout, Nick tutors students at an AJ alternative school and started a program to encourage college attendance for those who haven’t believed they were college material. This year, he was “Mr. Prospector,” an honor he earned by dressing like a lunch lady and performing a skit, and in the fall he’s off for another challenge: studying business and playing baseball at Harvard. From Prospector to ivy league Bulldog is a big leap, but something tells us that Nick is up to the challenge.

Valerie Hanna found her passion early and stuck with it. The Pinnacle senior has been involved in student government since elementary school and after two years as class president is now serving as student body vice president. As a junior she was elected State President of the Arizona Association of Student Councils. She is co-chair of the student-led non-profit organization Students Supporting Brain Tumor Research (SSBTR) and founded the AZ Student Leaders community service day, where leaders from around the state come together to serve Arizona. She teaches swim lessons to kids, is in NHS and the Society of Women Scholars, and is a “big boss” in the freshman mentor program. Valerie has danced ballet for 13 years, is in AP/Honors classes and is very active at her church.

Christian Shappee is your gardenvariety overachiever. He’s an awardwinning photographer, Pinnacle’s student-body president, a member of NHS, Key Club and the track team, and maintains a 4.1 GPA in a heavy AP/ honors courseload. He is involved in Pinnacle’s SSBTR organization to raise money for brain cancer research and is headed off to ASU’s Barrett Honors College in the fall. It’s a safe bet that he’ll jump right in and make his next four years as jam-packed as the past four.



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true characters:

Who’s the most helpful Sagauro Sabercat in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes? That’s junior Simon Deng, a genius in the classroom who is involved in his church, plays club volleyball and boasts friends in every clique.

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Some people, you just like. And when it comes to Horizon senior Chelsea Regan, what’s not to like? Funny, sweet and outgoing, Chelsea champions the manatees, holds down a job, takes AP classes and plays lacrosse.

54 Flashback to 2008: George Felder arrives in Arizona from Rhode Island and isn’t too happy about it. Still, his wicked sense of humor and interesting point of view on so many topics was on full display from the beginning. Nowadays, the Horizon senior is still interesting and funny. He’s also positive, happy, and a favorite around school. 26

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56 Currently in remission after a battle with Hodgkin’s Disease, Sheree Lopez hopes to be a nurse one day and contribute her hard-won empathy into the lives of young patients. The Centennial freshman is known for her positive outlook and admired for the way she embraces life.


Having a bad day? Well, if you’re on the Gilbert campus, track down junior Kelsi Farrell and she’ll give you a boost. She’s got a big heart, inspirational quotes on her bag, and a willingness to listen to others’ problems. For Valentine’s Day, she made 50 goodie bags for fellow students – another example of Kelsi’s practice of putting others first.

He’s studentbody president and has incredible school spirit. That’s Paradise Valley senior Michael Case, one of the most beloved Trojans on campus.

59 After facing cancer, Brooke Alden had a decision to make: to let the rebuilding of her knee keep her down, or move on. She chose the latter. “I’ve learned the hard way that attitude totally makes a difference,” says the Sunrise Mountain senior. She vows to “be impactful on every aspect” of her life.

After being felled by a mysterious blood disorder, Gilbert sophomore Kelsey Wood spent 20 days in critical condition, during which time she received 11 units of blood. Her Facebook status after the ordeal? “I am so thankful and blessed.” That sums up Kelsey: always positive, always smiling, always inspiring.



All of us need a little extra help sometimes. At Millennium, the Special Ed Paraprofessional (SPED) team – Brittany, Adina, Zhana, Andrea and Mysti – is always there to make sure that all of Millennium’s students get the best possible chance for success. In classrooms of 30+ students, these hardworking women stand as advocates for kids who might otherwise get lost in the shuffle.

62 Since most teenagers think of 30 as impossibly old, this is gonna blow your mind: Mr. Jim Ewan just retired from Chandler after 40 years of coaching football and teaching P.E. Even more impressive, his career has been as much about quality as quantity. More than 60 of his former players have themselves gone into teaching/ coaching at all levels, from high school up to Div.1 collegiate. When he took over coaching the Wolves a decade ago, they had only won three games in three years. Now, it’s one of the best programs in the state – playoffs eight of 10 years and twice in the semifinals. Another impressive stat: In the past 10 years, 72 of Ewan’s athletes have gone on to college on an academic or athletic scholarship.


Ms. Barbara Chura doesn’t ask her P.E. students or soccer players to do anything she isn’t willing to do. That doesn’t mean her workouts are easy – after all, this is a woman who runs 10 miles a day. So, from the infamous Chase Chura workouts to canal runs and Saturday-morning practices, Xavier Gators know when they’ve been put to their paces by Coach Chura. Her high standards relate to effort, though, not performance. Regardless of your skill level or speed, she just wants to know you’ve given your all.

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On a campus brimming with outstanding, connected teachers and administrators, Perry’s Mr. Brandon Keeling manages to stand out. As StuGo advisor, “B.K.” is lauded for always giving 100 percent to every student, project, class or club he is involved with. Never content with the status quo, Mr. Keeling strives to make a great school even better. A Maricopa Community College The Maricopa County Community College District is an EEO/AA institution.

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72 No matter where they work, high school guidance counselors usually have the same job desciption: help kids navigate the academic – and sometimes emotional – path through students’ four years of school. Ms. Janeen Scaringelli does this with compassion and heightened empathy, say the Basha Deers under her care. No matter how many students she sees in a day, each is met with true interest and concern.

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Desert Mountain’s Mr. Bret Beckle understands that math doesn’t come easily to everyone. His students know that no question is ever stupid and makes sure that each section is understood before the class moves on. He believes in his students, and that counts for a lot.

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Sometimes it’s the social studies studs who top our nomination and winners list, but this year, the lords and ladies of lit have it. Why? Well, with her nurturing, gregarious personality, Saguaro’s 65 Mrs. Renee Davis captivates students and sparks their excitement/”Fun,” “cool,” and “modest” 66 Mr. Mark Nicholas at Arizona School for the Arts makes every day in his history and English classes a blast, say students/No pushover, Williams Field English Department chair and book club advisor 67 Ms. Leslie Jones nonetheless makes class enjoyable and is a role model for student on how to do a ton and manage it all beautifully/Are typewriters exciting? Just ask Alhambra’s students of 68 Mr. Ryan Adney, who use his collection of antique typewriters to do their daily journals. The result is more connectedness to their work – and a blog ( just broadcast student news when you can dress up in a Cougar costume and broadcast student news? That’s just one way the passion of Raymond S. Kellis’s 69 Mrs. Judy Britton, who tempers her push to be successful with amusing anecdotes about her days as a hippie/Beautiful, stylish and a whiz at teaching her students how to read actively, 70 Ms. Andrea Taylor is a brilliant guide to the next level of English excellence for her Desert Ridge Jaguars/Desert Vista English Department chair 71 Ms. Deb Benedict made the Ahwatukee News’s list of top-five teachers. And why not? After taking her class, students are lean, mean writing machines.


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With pre-college and trade programs running the gamut from medical and dental services and law enforcement to culinary arts and fashion merchandising, the East Valley Institute of Technology has something for almost everyone. Helping students stay on track and on task is Mr. David Pullman, an EVIT counselor who sees to it that they have every opportunity to succeed. What he does not do, say those who have worked with him, is ever just phone it in.


Patience is the hallmark of Sra. Rebecca Rodriguez, Spanish teacher at Desert Ridge. Funny, energetic and always happy about being in front of her classroom, she takes a personal interest in each individual student and relates well to high schoolers, something that many teachers can’t – or won’t – do.

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The kids in Pinnacle’s “Foster care” program – ie, those who take AP U.S. history with Mr. David Foster – love him for his sense of humor and ability to keep students’ rapt attention throughout each and every lecture. Every kid gets a nickname from Mr. Foster, who believes that the importance of due dates and deadlines pales in comparison to having students who truly understand the class’s content.


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Variety is the spice of life for Fountain Hill’s Dr. Paul – that is, Dr. Paul McElligott – who teaches engineering, AP and honors physics, AP bio and honors and AP chem. Also a college professor, Dr. Paul nonetheless finds time to sponsor several after-school clubs. With a lighthearted tone and humorous approach, he engages students, but his knack for teaching means they end up learning more about science than they ever thought possible.


Mr. Jeff Locey teaches geology and earth science to Desert Ridge students “in a way that we cannot only comprehend but also apply when we see nature in everyday life,” says one. Easygoing, entertaining – and, according to more than one student, “hot” in the physical sense – Mr. Locey preps his students for college success and inspires even those for whom science has never been a primary interest.






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As always, a chunk of the HOT 100 belongs to the athletes. Here’s this year’s roster…


4th in the state in 5A2 as a junior and 3rd as a senior, Perry’s Bryce Dillard is a standout wrestler. But why stop there? He also placed in state as a diver… and a pole vaulter, all while maintaining a B average.

Every woman for herself doesn’t work on the soccer field. So Pinnacle’s girls soccer team – the 5A2 state champs – worked together and finished the season ranked 19th nationally by ESPN/Rise.

Mountain Pointe’s Joey Curletta is a home-run powerhouse. The 6-foot-4 junior is The Pride’s starting first baseman but, thanks to two older brothers, stays humble and is a favorite of his classmates.


Sure, he’s just a freshman. But those in the know at Desert Vista wouldn’t let a HOT 100 go by without nominating Joe Underwood. The multi-sport athlete has broken national swim records, swam Alcatraz, and volunteers extensively with kids who have spinalcord injuries. Besides the spina bifida that keeps him in a wheelchair, Joe doesn’t seem to notice that there are things he shouldn’t be able to do. He just does them.



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82 At 6’2 and 285 pounds, Seton Catholic’s big #70, Kevin McDonald, dominated the gridiron the past few years. The ’11 graduate, who also competes as a thrower on the Sentinels’ track team, was an Honorable Mention 4A2 All-State Offensive Lineman this year and was also nominated as a national Old Spice Player of the Year.

She’s smart and driven and an excellent writer. But the most tangible evidence of Kalie Jonovich’s prowess are the Millennium sophomore’s goals scored on the soccer field. As a freshman she led her team with 28 goals, earning First Team All-Region honors.


Hall of fame

When Hot 100 nominations start rolling in every fall, there are always dozens of new names, as well as a few we hear about year after year. So with this installment we are introducing our Hot 100 Hall of Fame, in which those teachers, administrators, coaches and staffers who are clearly fan favorites are permanently commemorated as some of Arizona’s absolute hottest commodities.

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85 Jewell Hereford Stage fright? Ha! Jewell hereford doesn’t let nerves get to her when she’s on stage. The Desert Ridge sophomore – also active in the Jags’ Best Buddies program – completely commits herself to each performance.


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A killer instinct and positive attitude have combined to make Courtney Sherwin a powerful force on Red Mountain’s softball team. The senior center fielder is a second-year captain with a 4.1 GPA and a big bat: her two-run homer was the key to the Lions’ 5A1 state championship last year, and as of press time for this issue, Courtney had just logged three hits and four RBI in a defeat of rival Xavier in a pivotal game on the road to a another state title.



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Calling someone an icon usually sounds like an exaggeration, but in the case of Ms. Betty H. Fairfax, it’s a description that’s apt. Recruited to come teach PE and science at Phoenix’s Carver in pre-integration 1950, Ms. Fairfax spent 57 years with the district, primarily as a counselor, eventually being named a dean emeritus at Central. Known as energetic and gracious, Ms. Fairfax also sponsored the college education of kids she had challenged when they were eighth graders to get their degrees. In 2006, Betty H. Fairfax High School in Laveen became the first school in the 112-year history of the district to be named after an employee. Ms. Fairfax died in November at the age of 92. But her positive influence on literally thousands of students over the years is incalculable.



Only 4-foot-11 but with the appetite of a linebacker, Ms. Kathy Jue is a legend at Casa Grande. During her 42 years of teaching marketing, this world traveler has taught generations of students; many of her current kids are the children or even grandchildren of some of her earliest students. Ms. Jue is also the advisor to the world’s largest DECA program. Her passion for her students and DECA kids is unwavering, as is her devotion to her life’s work.

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89 At Xavier, the Gators badminton team is a family – albeit a very competitive, successful family. That wasn’t always the case; a few years ago, the Gators slogged along at the back of the pack. When Ms. Nancy Meyers took over three years ago, that changed. In her second year, Coach Meyers’ Gators won the 5A1 state championship; this year, they were state runners-up. Between drills on the F-words (footwork and flexibility), she introduced some fun, devoting one practice to learning to flamenco dance and organizing group lunches featuring her own signature salads.


Without a doubt bound for the state’s track and field Hall of Fame, Mr. Stephen Carson has built a dynasty at Chandler during his xx years as boys head track coach. This is Track Town, AZ, people – something you surely know if you are familiar with the sport or have been to a big meet at the Wolves’ Austin Field and watched Carson’s athletes blow the rest of the field away and felt the stands shake with the stomps of Chandler faithful who know they are in the presence of greatness. Of late, one of those Wolves putting on a show has been seniors, Hannah Carson, the coach’s daughter who hasn’t needed to ride his coattails as she made her own mark. She’s ranked first in the country in the javelin, an event not offered in high school but in which she will compete next year as part of Texas Tech’s track team. She dominates in shot put, discus and high jump, three events she won at the recent 71st annual Chandler Rotary Invitational. In 2010, both Wolves teams, boys and girls, claimed state 5A1 titles; as of press time, they were warming up to attempt a repeat.

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“Treat yourself, don’t cheat yourself!” Track and basketball athletes at Liberty will recognize the words of Mr. Robert Jones, for whom good enough is never, well, good enough. Only an athlete’s best will do, but because he smiles as much as he issues orders, Coach Jones is appreciated and admired rather than feared.


Ms. Janet Cuppage “has been one of the greatest influents in my life, and I have learned from her how to open my heart to people and not judge by outer appearance,” says one Highland student who has seen Ms. Cuppage operate as junior high P.E. teacher and Unified Sports Special Olympics coach. On Unified Sports’ teams, students with and without disabilities play alongside each other. Coach Cuppage strives for equality, banning the “R word” amongst her students and athletes, and making everyone feel unique and valued.


As Desert Vista’s publications advisor and journalism teacher, Ms. Michelle Coro oversees yearbook production, student-run Thunder Vision and the campus newspaper. What sets her apart, say students, is how well she knows her stuff and how adept she is at passing that knowledge on to them. Says one devotee, who will be attending Ms. Coro’s alma mater, ASU’s Cronkite School, in the fall: “She has made me feel prepared.”

95 StuGo advisors are usually credited with being some of the most likeable people on campus. That’s certainly true at Westview, where Ms. Jennifer Edens is regarded as “the StuGo sponsor every school wishes it had.” She offers support and motivation to her charges, who feel Ms. Edens’s influence long after they have left Westview’s halls.

96 94 Creative, full of innovative ideas and an amazing mentor to his students and athletes, Mr. Dan Salas is known as someone who always puts the needs of others at Corona del Sol ahead of his own. A special-ed teacher and coach for boys varsity soccer and both boys and girls JV volleyball, Mr. Salas always has his hands full but never makes anyone feel rushed or unimportant.

Being surrounded by teenagers all day is no picnic, but being surrounded by teenagers AND toddlers all day sounds to most like absolute torture. But Mrs. Carmen Borja is in the middle of this action every day as Campo Verde’s child development teacher and day care director – and that’s right where she wants to be. Mrs. Borja encourages her students to always do their best, makes learning fun and offers support when no one else seems to care.

The power of the press! These young journalists do us proud

is College-bound and When the kids graduating this year were freshmen, Millennium had no school newspaper. Today, The MHS Tiger Times is a respected, award-winning and integral part of students’ lives. The weekly paper, The Roar, is 100 percent student-funded, and this spring for the first time, eight staffers were sent to the national high school journalism convention in California. Backing up the hard work of students is HOT 100 Hall of Famer Holly Bonessi.


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99 100 Students in Mrs. Nicole Lorgan’s Spanish classes often find themselves becoming borderline bilingual without even realizing it. Students say they learn and have so much fun doing so that they can’t imagine not continuing on to the next level.

Rote memorization is no way to learn Spanish! Sra. Lee Ann Silva knows this, which is why her students play Spanish red rover and enjoy fiestas complete with salsa contests – both the dip and the dance. Sra. Silva makes each class an interactive adventure with real-world applications.

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“Sleeping in and sitting by the pool reading trashy books and drinking (virgin!) daiquiris!” — Arianne Price, Phoenix Country Day ‘11

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“I’m excited to get my permit and drive around California in my Malibu Cruiser.”

“I’m excited to see my grandparents and meet my new cousin in Georgia.”

— Landin Berryman, Chaparral ‘14

“I’m going with my best friend Alix to the Taylor Swift concert in Minnesota. It’s my first concert, and I’m also really excited to be “I’m excited to a counselor at a camp for be adventurous inner city kids that don’t in finding normally get the chance to ways to make the scorching go to summer camp.” —Rachel Goldberg, Pinnacle ‘13

“I’m excited to travel to Cali and enjoy the rushing waves of the deep blue ocean and take in nature’s beauty.”

— Emily Wusterbarth, Xavier ‘14

“My cousin from London is coming to visit me, and cousins who I haven’t seen in 11 years are coming to visit too.” —Lauren Miller, Chaparral ‘12

“I’m looking forward to no homework, sleeping in, and partying day and night.”

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“To finally accept our manhood and enter into challenging institutions not for little boys.” — Sam Perkins and Josh Thrall, both Sunnyslope ‘11


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heat of Arizona summers as ‘cool’ as possible! I look forward to traveling from coast to coast and guzzling fruit smoothies on the beach!”

“The thing I’m most excited for this summer is being able to see my friends when their heads aren’t facedown on their desks, and being able to go an hour without hearing ‘I’m tired.’” — Dylan

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“I can’t wait to go to Hawaii and get a tan so people will stop calling me ‘blanket!’”

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“What I’m most excited for this summer is having unlimited time to spend with the people that mean the most to me before I head off to BYU. Also, I’m hoping to take a trip to the Grand Canyon to live it up. I am looking forward to the 120 degree heat; this 90 degree weather just isn’t doing it for me.“ — Doug Shumway,

“I’m looking forward to eating beach pizza, staying up late, and spending every second with my amazing friends.”

“Harry Potter! I can’t wait! But I can’t go to the midnight premiere because I’ll be on a road trip.”

“I love to go to the lake and spend time with the fam. We get on the boat and break out the tube. It’s a blast and a great way to just kick back.” — Amanda Pendrick, Apollo ‘11

“Traveling to Europe, seeing my summer camp friends, being able to drive and lots and lots and lots of sleep.”

— Cassie Lewis, Ariz. School for the Arts ‘13

“I can’t wait for ASU’s E2 Camp because I will finally be starting my college experience and meeting new people at the same time.” —Katelyn Conrad, Highland ‘11

“Ooooh, concerts! Rachel and I are going to see Bruno Mars, Warped Tour, and Mayhem Festival.”— Beth Clayton, Mountain Pointe ‘13

“This summer I’m most excited for spending time with my family and friends and also having the ability to get out of the house more because I will have my license!”

“I am most excited to have to wake up REALLY early in order to go be able to get my run in. Oh and partying...lots of partying.”

— Kate Welty, Xavier ‘14

— Brianna Miloz, Liberty ‘13

“Junior year was crazy, so I am just looking forward to some long relaxation!” — Katie Pflueger Notre Dame ‘12

“I’m doing a summer program in law at Columbia University.” — Harriet Bryant, Notre Dame ‘12

“Having time to make myself a yummy breakfast.” — Alyssa Coughenour, Pinnacle ‘12

“Summer time to us is all about barbeques, swimming and relaxing with friends. This summer, I’m excited to go out on the lake and have the time of my life.” — Aaron Aguirre, Sunrise Mountain ‘12

“After creepin’ around Europe last summer, I’m going to Ireland and “Being on a looking forward to an amazing cultural big boat with my budz.” experience. Hot redheads, here I come!” – Zahid Pasha, Phoenix

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