Character Counts Nominations

Aani Nagaiah, front row far right, is the winner among 10 finalists for the 2024 Character Counts s...
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Arcadia senior wins 2024 Character Counts Scholarship

Arcadia's Aani Nagaiah on Wednesday night was presented as the winner of the 2024 Character Counts scholarship courtesy of Parker & Sons.
2 months ago
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Vincent DeAngelis

Arcadia’s Aani Nagaiah inspires people through music, sports and research

Aani Nagaiah is a senior at Arcadia High School who volunteers, plays three different sports and is even a nonprofit owner.
3 months ago
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UMKC track commit Naomi Malone has a plan to help others

University of Missouri-Kansas City sprinter commit Naomi Malone has a clear picture of her future, even if the present might be a tad busy.
4 months ago
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Gilbert Classical Academy senior thrives on keys, track and volunteer work

Regan Birk has had an impact in his community through many different facets before he looks ahead to the transition to college next summer.
2 months ago
Casa Grande Union High School...
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Casa Grande sophomore making most of his time on and off basketball court

Casa Grande Union High School sophomore Phinneas Linehan aspires to make it on the basketball court with law school on his radar.
4 months ago
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Damon Allred

Heritage Academy’s Abby Dirks works hard to be a good example for all

Abby Dirks knows what it means to be a leader on and off the court. She understands the big picture and her place in it.
5 months ago
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Aaron Schmidt

Campo Verde’s Addison Gavigan spreads positivity, overcomes academic adversity

Addison Gavigan might don a 3.20 GPA as a senior at Campo Verde High School, but there's more to her academic career than the eye can see.
5 months ago
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Aaron Schmidt

Red Mountain’s Matt Hamilton faces adversity, leads with purpose

At Red Mountain, Matt Hamilton has faced adversity throughout his running career. Despite his challenges, he remained a leader off the track.
6 months ago
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Aaron Schmidt

ALA Ironwood’s Braxton Henderson impacting community at young age

As a student, business owner and varsity baseball star, ALA Ironwood's Braxton Henderson has had quite the high school experience.
6 months ago
Andrew Roe of Notre Dame Prep high school, winner of the Arizona Sports and Parker & Sons $10,000 C...
Zach Larson

Notre Dame’s Andrew Roe named Arizona Sports and Parker & Sons Character Counts winner

Notre Dame's Andrew Roe was diagnosed with a form of juvenile arthritis just two years ago and has turned the obstacle into something more.
1 year ago
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Zach Larson

Saguaro’s Sloane Richie using faith to support her community

Saguaro volleyball player Sloane Richie has a soaring GPA, helped turn her team around and volunteered in communities near and far.
1 year ago
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Zach Larson

Eastmark’s Isaiah Jackson leaving footprint in school’s early stages

Four years ago, Eastmark High School in Mesa opened its doors to a new wave of students. One of the incoming freshmen back in 2019 was Isaiah Jackson.
1 year ago
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Zach Larson

Horizon Honors’ Liam Proctor determined to fulfill his dream

It's not typical for students to have a career set in mind before making it to college, let alone high school. Liam Proctor is an exception.
1 year ago
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Zach Larson

Perry volleyball’s Woodworth dominating on courts, in classroom

Perry High School libero Braelyn Woodworth has turned in academic success on top of her volleyball career.
1 year ago
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Zach Larson

Mountain View golf’s Kaiya De Silva takes school spirit to another level

Kaiya De Silva, a Mountain View High School senior, takes pride in helping recognize all of her Toro classmates and their contributions.
1 year ago
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Zach Larson

Mountain View pom captain Kayla Smith takes leadership beyond high school

Mountain View High School is historically one of the best schools in terms of athletics. The Toros' pom team is no different.
1 year ago
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Zach Larson

Notre Dame Prep LAX player uses experience with juvenile arthritis to help others

Andrew Roe, a senior at Notre Dame Prep, is not only a dominant lacrosse player. He's also fighting for those with juvenile arthritis.
1 year ago
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Zach Larson

Northwest Christian’s Noah Larson uses his faith to be best role model

Being as social as Northwest Christian's Noah Larson is has made him aware of different problems others deal with.
1 year ago
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Zach Larson

Rancho Solano’s Pia Sachdev uses time to paint shoes for young patients

Rancho Solano student Pia Sachdev has grown a passion for painting and customizing shoes for kids at Phoenix Children's.
2 years ago
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Zach Larson

Red Mountain’s Jaimie Rusnak uses sewing as a way to give back

Jaimie Rusnak has given back by turning to one of her passions out of the classroom and off the world of sports.
2 years ago
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8th grader maintained school activities through virtual COVID-19 setting

Life in school has been wildly different for children during the COVID-19 pandemic. It didn't stop Hanna Macias during her eighth-grade year.
2 years ago
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Mountain Ridge’s Tegan Bernard helps individuals find strength

Mountain Ridge High School's Tegan Bernard knows that not everyone can be mentored or helped in the same way.
2 years ago
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Apache Junction High School’s Shantel Ortiz wants to give everyone a fair chance

Like most kids her age, Shantel Ortiz knows that her future plans can change. Job opportunities and educational goals evolve.
2 years ago
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Barry Goldwater’s Kilan White uses experiences for philanthropic purpose

Most young men struggle to balance the difficult challenge of every day life, but Kilan White is not like most young men.
2 years ago