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Twenty-one Mountain Pointe High School athletes were among the students honored with awards for excellence on the field, in the classroom or both.

Three freshman males and two freshman females were among the 11 students earning Athlete of the Year awards while Chynna Simmons and Nathan Reinert won the Master Athlete of the Year awards.

The Master Athlete award is given to the senior boy and girl who have accumulated the most varsity letter awards in their high school careers. Both Nathan and Chynna garnered seven.

Scholar athletes must have competed in two sports and had the highest grade point averages in their class. One boy and one girl from each class is selected.

The scholar athletes, their GPAs and their class rank are:

Freshmen: Zachary Cortez, 4.833, ranked 1; Leila Sajadea, 4.5, ranked 7;

Sophomores: Kevin Fitzner, 4.444, ranked 19; Avery Luoma, 4.722, ranked 3;

Juniors: Matthew Logan, 4.065, ranked 54; Sarah Van Horn, 4.29, ranked 19;

Seniors: Devin Hasty, 4.442, ranked 26; Nura Muhammad, 3.833, ranked 107.

Athletes of the year are chosen on a point system basis made up of lettering for a varsity sport, and membership in an all-city, all-region, all-state or all-star team.

They included: freshmen Spencer Michael, Gage Klein, Rashion Hodge, Molly Harrison and Kristen Kopplin; sophomores Matthew Pola-Mao and Piper Manross; juniors Kenneth Churchwell and Gabrielle Leo; and seniors Isaiah Pola-Mao and Kayleigh Conlon.

Some of the non-athlete awards included students who excelled in math, community service and academics in general.

Sara Bacon and Daniel Diaz won the Ahwatukee American Legion Post 64 awards; Jadyn Bruce received the Daughters of the American Revolution Citizenship Award; a Maricopa Friends of the Library Scholarship went to Jessica Mathews.

Saul Favil, Josh Svatora and Adam Tejada were named National Hispanic Scholars and Mica Stewart was named a National Merit Finalist.

Community service letters were awarded to 18 students, with Cassie Riggs logging the highest number of hours in community service.

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