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Valley Vista’s Mikela Cooper Invited to Tryout for Greek National Team
Photo of Mikela Cooper at graduationValley Vista High School alumna Mikela Cooper has been invited to attend tryouts for the Greek U18 National Basketball Team, beginning on July 4. Cooper graduated from Valley Vista High School last month, and played varsity for the school’s five-time state championship girls basketball team for the last four years.

“Playing for the Greek National Team has been a childhood dream,” said Cooper. “I always wanted to represent Greece on a national level… I’m extremely honored and grateful to be considered and given an opportunity to try out for the U18 National Team.”

Cooper has strong roots in Greece, and her family actually lived in Chalkida, Greece for a brief time to assist her grandfather who was experiencing health issues. While there, she played club basketball and met some coaches from the Greek Basketball Federation. Since returning to the U.S. in 2018, Mikela has kept in touch with them and they have provided her continued feedback and guidance on her development as a basketball player.  

Cooper played power forward and shooting guard for Valley Vista High School, which was recently named the 2022 Arizona Republic Girls Team of the Year. In 21-22 she was selected for the 6A All Conference 1st Team. In her senior year, she averaged 13.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 2.6 steals per game. In December 2021 Cooper committed to play women’s basketball at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts.
Posted : 6/20 | Direct Link
VVHS Events for the week of May 2nd - May 8th
VVHS Events for the week of May 2nd - May 8th

Monday - 2

Teacher Appreciate Week
Early Release @ 12:15p
Deadline for Outside Credit Submission
Incoming Freshmen Athletics Night in the Gym
Beach Volleyball State Playoffs

Tuesday - 3
Senior Honors & Awards Ceremony in The Vista @ 9a
Student Council Induction in the Cafeteria @ 6p
Senior Parent Meeting in THe Vista @ 7p

Wednesday - 4
Law Enforcement Celebration in the Commons @ 5p

Thursday - 5
Senior Meeting in The Vista @ 9:15a
Dance Concert in The Vista @ 7p
Shoe Drive Drop-Off @ 2:30p

Friday - 6
Last day to drop iSchool Classes
Last day for Senior iSchool Finals
Honors by Contracts Deadline
Dance Concert in The Vista @ 7p

Saturday - 7 
DUSD Math Challenge in the Gym
Saturday school in the Commons @ 8a
Track & Field AIA State Championships
Shoe Drive Donation Drop Off 



 
Posted : 5/2 | Direct Link
VVHS Events for the week of April 25th - April 30th
VVHS Events for the week of April 25th - April 30th 

Monday -- 25

Art Showcase in The Vista Lobby
Early Release @ 12:15p
Varsity Baseball vs. Westview @ 6p
JV Softball vs. Copper Canyon @ 3:45p
Varsity Softball @ Copper Canyon @ 3:45p

Tuesday -- 26
College Pride Day
Senior CPR Testing in The Vista during SW
JOSTENS in Lecture Hall Lobby during both lunches
EMCC on Campus
Boys Volleyball vs. Sunnyslope @ 4:30p

Wednesday -- 27
Huntington University in 1101 during SW
Boys Volleyball @ Queen Creek @ 4:30p

Thursday -- 28
Rio Salado in 1201 from 9-11a
PEO Scholarship in 1101 @ 1p
Choir Concert in The Vista @ 7p --BUY TICKETS HERE 

Friday -- 29
Track & Field Last Chance @ Westview
Choir Concert in The Vista @ 7p --BUY TICKETS HERE 

Saturday -- 30 
Saturday School @ 8a
Track & Field Perry Puma Last Chance
Prom 
Posted : 4/26 | Direct Link
VVHS Events for the week of April 18th - April 24th
VVHS Events for the week of April 18th - April 24th 

Monday -- 18
Seniors Only Spirit Week
Early Release @ 12:15p
Beach Volleyball vs. S. Perry @ Central High School @ 4:30p

Tuesday -- 19
Seniors Only Spirit Week
Cheer Parent Meeting in the Lecture Hall @ 6p
F/JV Baseball @ Shadow Ridge @ 3:45p
Varsity Baseball vs. Shadow Ridge @ 6p
Track & Field @ Shadow Ridge @ 4p
Boys Volleyball vs. Shadow Ridge @ 4:30p
JV Softball @ Sunnyslope @ 3:45p
Varsity Softball vs. Sunnyslope @ 6p

Wednesday -- 20
Positivity Day
Seniors Only Spirit Week
Dysart HERO Event in The Vista @ 5:30p
Pom Auditions in the Dance Room
Dual Enrollment Meeting in The Commons @ 5:30p
Boys Volleyball vs. Rincon @ 4:30p

Thursday -- 21
Seniors Only Spirit Week
NHS Induction Ceremony in The Lecture Hall @ 4:30p
Pom Auditions in the Dance Room
Boys Volleyball @ Tucson @ 4p

Friday -- 22
Senior Only Spirit Week
Senior Assembly
Pom Auditions in the Dance Room
Color Wars on the Practice Fields @ 6p
F Baseball vs. Canyon View @ 3:45p
JV Baseball vs. Westview @ 3:45p
Varsity Baseball @ Westview @ 3:45p
JV Softball vs. Westview @ 3:45p
Varsity Softball @ Westview @ 3:45p

Saturday -- 23
Saturday School 

 
Posted : 4/18 | Direct Link
VVHS Events for the week of April 11th - April 17th
VVHS Events for the week of April 11th - April 17th 

Monday -- 11

Early Release @ 12:15p
PD in the Commons w/ Dave Nagel @ 12:30p
OAB Meeting in the Commons @ 6:30p
Girls Tennis @ District @ 1p
Boys Tennis @ District @ 1p

Tuesday -- 12
ACT Testing for Juniors
ACT Aspire Testing for Freshman
Cheer Tryouts Clinic in the Gym @ 3p
Varsity Girls Tennis @ La Joya @ 3:30p
Varsity Boys Tennis vs. La Joya @ 3:30p
JV Baseball @ Rincon High School @ 3:45p
V Baseball vs. Rincon High School @ 3:45p
JV Softball vs. Rincon High School @ 3:45p
V Softball @ Rincon High School @ 3:45p

Wednesday--13
College Signing in the Lecture Hall @ 8a
Cheer Tryouts Clinic in the Gym @ 3p
Beach Volleyball vs. Shadow Ridge @ 5p
Track & Field vs. Willow Canyon @ 3:45p
Boys Volleyball @ Sunnyslope @ 4:30p
Governing Board Meeting @ 6pm

Thursday --14
Rio Salado on Campus from 9-11am
Unified Track Meet from 8a-1p
Cheer Tryouts in the Gym @ 3p
F/JV Baseball vs. Shadow Ridge @ 3:45p
V Baseball @ Shadow Ridge @ 5p
JV Softball vs Shadow Ridge @ 3:45p
V Softball @ Shadow Ridge @ 3:45p
Girls Tennis vs. Highland Prep @ 3:30p

Friday --15
NO SCHOOL
Cheer Tryouts in the Gym @ 3p

Saturday--16
Saturday School 
Posted : 4/11 | Direct Link
VVHS Events for the week of April 4th - April 10th
VVHS Events for the week of April 4th - April 10th 

Monday - 4

Early Release @ 12:15p
Girls Tennis @ Surprise Tennis Center @ 1p
Boys Tennis @ Surprise Tennis Center @ 1p

Tuesday - 5
AZ Sci Testing for Juniors
ACT Aspire Part 1 Testing for Freshman
FAC Meeting @ 2:30p
Girls Tennis @ Willow Canyon @ 3:30p
Boys Tennis vs. Willow Canyon @ 3:30p
FR Baseball @ Copper Canyon @ 3:45p
V Baseball vs. Copper Canyon @ 6p
JV Softball @ Copper Canyon @ 3:45p
V Softball vs. Copper Canyon @ 6p

Wednesday - 6
Beach Volleyball vs. Verrado @ 4p
JV/F Baseball @ Cesar Chavez @ 3:45p
V Baseball vs. Cesar Chavez @ 6p
Track & Field @ Willow Canyon @ 3:45p
V Boys Volleyball vs. Cesar Chavez @ 4:30p
JV Softball vs. Cesar Chavez @ 3:45p
V Softball @ Cesar Chavez @ 3:45p

Thursday - 7
CIP Presentations in The Commons @ 3:00p
College 101 Night @ 5:30p
Girls Tennis vs. Millenium @ 3:30p
Boys Tennis @ Millenium @ 3:30p
JV/F Baseball vs. Copper Canyon @ 3:45p
V Baseball @ Copper Canyon @ 3:45p
Boys Volleyball @ Shadow Ridge @ 4:30p

Friday - 8
AZ SCI Make Up Day
Storm Watch Rewards
Track & Field @ Hohokam Warrior Invite
JV Softball vs. Tolleson @ 3:45p
V Softball @ Tolleson @ 6p

Saturday - 9 
Saturday School
Health Fair in The Vista Parking Lot 
 
Posted : 4/4 | Direct Link
All District Boys and Girls Soccer Team
All District SoccerDysart Schools held their annual All District Boys and Girls Soccer Team Award presentation to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary student athletes who displayed excellence in the 2021-2022 season. First Team, Second Team, and All Academic Team athletes were selected from Valley Vista, Shadow Ridge, Dysart, and Willow Canyon High Schools, as well as a Player of the Year.

All District Girls Soccer

1st Team 
  • Kiara Sanchez- DHS
  • Brooke Williams- DHS
  • Estrella Chavez- DHS
  • Mia Lohr- SRHS
  • Kayleen Laramee- SRHS
  • Sophia Konieczny- SRHS
  • Logan White-SRHS
  • Kambria Steele- VVHS
  • Ellie Silva- VVHS
  • Lauryn Rodgers- VVHS
  • Isabella Pineda- WCHS
  • Grace Brown-WCHS
  • Katelyn Nylen- WCHS

2nd Team 
  • Briana Arellano- DHS
  • Karolina Quinonez- DHS
  • Jennifer Rocha- DHS
  • Ajaless Blackman-DHS
  • Alanna Zepeda- DHS
  • Olivia Arratia Rivera-SRHS
  • Mikayla James- SRHS
  • Izzy Blaco- SRHS
  • Sophia Bohon- SRHS
  • Kendyl Lopez- WCHS
  • Katzibe Villalobos-WCHS
  • Lexi Williams- WCHS
  • Olivia O’Neal-Kervick- WCHS

All Academic Team
  • Danielle LeMoine- DHS
  • Lesli Arredondo- DHS
  • Sophie Konieczny- SRHS
  • Izzy Blanco- SRHS
  • Madisyn Yazzie- VVHS
  • Kambrie Steele- VVHS
  • Kendyl Lopez- WCHS
  • Madeline Buoscio- WCHS

Player of the Year:  Paige Garcia- WCHS 

All District Boys Soccer

1st Team 
  • Mauri Ortiz- DHS
  • Caden White- DHS
  • Ethan Clark- SRHS
  • Dominic Calandra- SRHS
  • Jacob Engwall- SRHS
  • David Flores- DHS
  • Gabriel Engwall- SRHS
  • Aidan Murray- SRHS
  • Daniel Benitez- VVHS
  • Aldhair Valenzuela Rodriguez- WCHS
  • Oscar Mendez- DHS
  • German Cervantes- DHS

2nd Team 
  • Kaeden Skawski- VVHS
  • Luis Esparza- VVHS
  • Bryson Wilke- WCHS 
  • Caden Bott- SRHS
  • Eric Orozco-Zavala- DHS
  • Jackson Servais- VVHS
  • Camden Fleming- SRHS
  • Justin Suarez- VVHS
  • Macuna Patterson- WCHS
  • Tiesen Cudmore- SRHS
  • Domink Bormann- VVHS
  • Dezmon Valdivia- DHS
  • Eli Anderson - SRHS

All Academic Team
  • Caden White- DHS
  • Angel Rocha- DHS
  • Abdullah Hasan- VVHS
  • Daniel Benitez- VVHS
  • Bryson Wilke- WCHS 
  • Devin Seay- WCHS
  • Dominic Calandra- SRHS
  • Aidan Murray- SRHS

Player of the Year:  Agustin Orozco, Jr.-DHS

Photo Gallery
Posted : 4/1 | Direct Link
All District Boys and Girls Basketball Team
All District Boys and Girls Basketball TeamDysart Schools held their annual All District Boys and Girls Basketball Team Award presentation to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary student athletes who displayed excellence in the 2021-2022 season. First Team, Second Team, and All Academic Team athletes were selected from Valley Vista, Shadow Ridge, , and Willow Canyon High Schools, as well as a Player of the Year. 

All District Girls Basketball 

1st Team 
  • Jennah Isai- VVHS 
  • Mikela Cooper- VVHS
  • Destiny Lunan- VVHS
  • Olivia Arvallo- VVHS 
  • Chloe Lobmeyer- WCHS
  • Talia Dial- DHS 
  • Kelsey Ericksen- SRHS

2nd Team 
  • Makayla Ramirez-WCHS
  • Leilani Soto- WCHS
  • Mia Martinez- WCHS
  • Rachel McClanahan- SRHS
  • Geneva Holman- DHS
  • Torah Dial- DHS
  • Qeirnin Acevedo- VVHS 

All Academic Team
  • Mikela Cooper- VVHS 
  • Jennah Isai- VVHS 
  • Nevaeh Henson-  WCHS
  • Mia Martinez- WCHS 
  • Halle Bryan- SRHS
  • Rachel McClanahan- SRHS
  • Lieyla Albino- DHS
  • Talia Dial- DHS

Player of the Year:  Jennah Isai 

All District Boys Basketball

1st Team 
  • Darius Anderson- DHS
  • Eli Flemming- DHS
  • Aadem Isai- VVHS
  • Dwayne Porter- VVHS
  • Luke Arington- SRHS
  • Pike Tancil- WCHS
  • David Bright- WCHS

2nd Team 
  • Tate DeBoer- WCHS
  • Aidan Carino- WCHS
  • Bryce Hanson-WCHS
  • Tyren Gibbs- SRHS
  • Dallas Marker- VVHS
  • Clayton Werner- VVHS
  • Nigel Anderson - DHS

All Academic Team
  • Pike Tancil- WCHS
  • Anthony Wheatley- WCHS
  • Nigel Anderson- DHS
  • Vincent Torres- DHS
  • Brenden Kohne- SRHS
  • Rocco Bonini-SRHS
  • Aadem Isai- VVHS
  • Clayton Werner- VVHS

Player of the Year:  Pike Tancil


Photo Gallery
 
Posted : 3/30 | Direct Link
VVHS Events for the week of March 28th - April 3rd
VVHS Events for the week of March 28th - April 3rd

Monday - 28

Early Release @ 12:15p
Senior Showcase in The Vista
Beach Volleyball vs. Millenium @ 5p
DUSD Career Expo from 3-7p

Tuesday - 29
EMCC On Campus
Senior Showcase in The Vista
Girls Tennis @ Copper Canyon @ 3:30p
Boys Tennis vs. Copper Canyon @ 3:30p
JV/F Baseball vs. Sunnyslope @ 3:45p
V Baseball @ Sunnyslope 4:00p
Boys Volleyball @ Westwood @ 4:30p
JV Softball @ Westview @ 3:45p
V Softball vs. Westview @ 6:00p

Wednesday - 30
Beach Volleyball @ Willow Canyon @ 4:00p
Track & Field @ Westview
JV Softball @ Pinnacle @ 3:45p
V Softball vs. Pinnacle @ 6:00p

Thursday - 31
Rio Salado Visit
V Softball vs. Alhambra @ VVHS @ 6:00p
Girls Tennis vs. Maricopa @ 3:30p
Boys Tennis @ Maricopa @ 3:30p
F Baseball @ Sunnyslope @ 4:00p
JV Baseball @ Sunnyslope @ 6:00p
V Baseball vs. Sunnyslope @ 6:00p
Boys Volleyball vs. South Mountain @ 4:30p
JV Softball vs. Sunnyslope @ 3:45p
V Softball @ Sunnyslope @ 3:45p

Friday - 1
V Softball vs. Maricopa @ VVHS @ 6:00p
Beach Volleyball @ Sandra Day O'Connor @ 3:00p
Track & Field @ Desert Vista
Boys Volleyball @ Centennial

Saturday - 2
Saturday School
Wrestling Car Show @ VVHS 






 
Posted : 3/28 | Direct Link
DECA chapters thrive at State Conference
DECA chapters thrive at State ConferenceThe Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) chapters from Dysart Unified School District’s four high schools competed in the Arizona DECA State Career Development Conference in Phoenix this past month. Students had the opportunity to network with over 2,200 peers from around the state while competing in one of 50 unique business competitions. Additionally, students also had the opportunity to visit with Arizona’s top colleges, top businesses, and learn first-hand how to be ready at any level, for any career. 

Willow Canyon High School received Gold Certification in Retail Operations and Gold Recertification in Food Operations for their School Based Enterprise (SBE). Willow Canyon students Braxton Vinson and Ryan Carter also received fifth place in Team Decision Making, Entrepreneurship. 

Dysart High School received the State Affiliation Chapter Award, Gold Diamond Society Award, and the Gold School Based Enterprise Recertification Award. Several students were also finalists in their events and received a top 10% medal for their written exams including Clayton Williams (Principles of Hospitality and Tourism), Servando Lopez (Food Marketing Services), and Lorenzo Roman (Business Administration and Management). Dawn Jones and Lorenzo Roman also placed fourth in the state in Team Business Law and Ethics, and have qualified to attend the International Conference. 

Shadow Ridge High School had nine students place in their events, with several more students receiving test medals. Stephen MacKellar, Jamie Springer, Noah Axelson, Kloey Garcia, and Lily McDaniel received first place in their events with Stephen MacKellar and Jamie Springer also placing first overall. Additionally, Meghan Crisan placed second overall, and Krystina Dunham placed fourth overall. Shadow Ridge also received SBE Gold Certification, and have qualified to send several students to the International Conference. 

Valley Vista High School had seven students compete and received Bronze in the Chapter Community Service Competition and received the DECA Rising Star Award. 

The DECA International Career Development Conference will take place April 23-26, 2022 in Atlanta, Georgia. 

DECA is a premier student organization that supports the development of marketing and management skills in career areas such as hospitality, finance, sales and service, business administration, and entrepreneurship.  DECA is one of the many Career and Technical Education (CTE) opportunities offered to prepare students for the academic and vocational skills necessary to successfully enter the workforce. Learn more at dysart.org/cte.
Posted : 3/22 | Direct Link
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