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Posted: Saturday, May 10, 2014 3:45 am | Updated: 6:32 am, Mon Jul 28, 2014.

The Tempe Diablos hosted its 25th annual Excellence in Education award ceremony Monday evening at the Tempe Center for the Arts, honoring teachers, students and faculty members across Kyrene, Tempe Elementary and Tempe Union High school districts.

Nearly 600 audience members gathered inside Tempe Center for the Arts and showed support to 24 different teachers, administrators and staff members as they took the stage to be honored for their outstanding work.

“It’s truly an honor to be part of this. It’s exceptional that we have a community that values education as much as Tempe does,” said Dr. David Schauer, superintendent of Kyrene.

Winners were announced in eight different categories: Class Act Award, Outstanding New Teacher Award, Inspiration Award, Above and Beyond Award, Achievement Award, Innovation Award, Lifetime Achievement Award and Teacher of the Year Award.

“It’s wonderful, but it’s a reflection on everybody who has passed my life. It’s representation of everyone who has crossed my path,” said Anne Sccoman, student services secretary from Kyrene Altadeña Middle School, after she received her Class Act Award.

Students were also recognized during the night, where 28 seniors across Tempe Union High School District (TUHSD) received Tempe Diablos Scholarships.

Nearly 120 seniors across TUHSD applied for the Tempe Diablos Scholarship and more than 60 of them went through an interview process.

Johnathon Campion, senior from Mountain Pointe High School, received a Tempe Diablos Scholarship and felt the award would go toward assisting him on furthering his education at Arizona State University.

During his application process, Campion explained the different community services he was involved in, which accumulated to more than 100 hours over the four years he attended Mountain Pointe.

“It means a lot because financially it’s a big help, and it means a lot because my brother also got it,” Campion said.

Campion plans to attend Arizona State University in the fall studying finance at W.P. Carey School of Business.

Romonia Dixon, who was a Tempe Diablos Scholarship recipient in 2010 and guest speaker for the award ceremony, spoke to audience members on how being a recipient has added to her success in life and her education.

“It eliminated stress for me and allowed me to focus on my studies, instead of trying to work a job in order to pay for school. It allowed me to be the best student that I could be,” she said. “Education was the key to my success and the community is my backbone. They held me up so I could one day give back to my community.”

Currently, Dixon is getting ready to graduate from the W.P. Carey School of Business, and will be attending the Masters Program of Communications at ASU.

“Teachers call Excellence in Education, ‘The academy awards for teachers’ because the teachers, administrators and staff really are the stars to us,” said Greg Garcia, chairman of the event and a member of the Tempe Diablos. “For 25 years, we’ve been proud to honor the extraordinary work our educators perform every day.”

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dochoa@ahwatukee.com.

ABOVE & BEYOND

• Tempe Elementary School District

Meg Arredondo, Fees College Preparatory Middle School

• Kyrene Elementary School District

Matt Penland, Kyrene Centennial Middle School

• Tempe Union High School District

Paige Peterson, Desert Vista High School

ACHIEVEMENT

• Tempe Elementary School District

Linda Laneback, Scales Technology Academy

• Kyrene Elementary School District

Dan Langston and Kyrene de las Manitas staff, Kyrene de las Manitas

• Tempe Union High School District

Erin Ostroski, Mountain Pointe High School

CLASS ACT

• Tempe Elementary School District

Mary Sorensen, Nevitt Elementary School

• Kyrene Elementary School District

Anne Saccoman, Kyrene Altadeña Middle School

• Tempe Union High School District

Julian De La Cruz, Marcos de Niza High School

INSPIRATION

• Tempe Elementary School District

Arlie DuPlessis, Fees College Preparatory Middle School

• Kyrene Elementary School District

Doug Littell, Kyrene Centennial Middle School

• Tempe Union High School District

Jason Thompson, District Office

INNOVATION

• Tempe Elementary School District

Anne Lorenzo and Jennifer Highum, Arredondo Elementary School and TD3 Professional Learning Center at Bustoz

• Kyrene Elementary School District

Dual Language Program, Kyrene de los Niños Elementary School

• Tempe Union High School District

Birgit Musheno, Desert Vista High School

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

• Tempe Elementary School District

Dolores Quintero, Connolly Middle School

• Kyrene Elementary School District

Melinda Dumais, Kyrene Aprende Middle School

• Tempe Union High School District

Mary Catherine Boatright, Mountain Pointe High School

OUTSTANDING NEW TEACHER

• Tempe Elementary School District

Brittany Barnes, Wood Elementary School

• Kyrene Elementary School District

Kimberlea Wadsworth, Kyrene del Pueblo Middle School

• Tempe Union High School District

Marianne Webb, Marcos de Niza High School

TEACHER OF THE YEAR

• Tempe Elementary School District

Adrianna Aragon, Nevitt Elementary School

• Kyrene Elementary School District

JoAnne Skoglund, Kyrene Altadeña Middle School

• Tempe Union High School District

Sergio Holguin, Mountain Pointe High School

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