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Nominate a High School Student With Character!

Do you know a high school student between 14 and 18 years old who has proven to have shown outstanding character or good sportsmanship through an act or deed? Nominate them now and they could be the winner of a $10,000 scholarship courtesy of Parker and Sons Heating Cooling, Plumbing and Electrical.


10 Character Counts Nominees will receive:

  • Featured story on Character Counts Page on ArizonaSports.com
  • Invitation to the Character Counts Awards Ceremony, hosted by Arizona Sports' Doug Franz and Ron Wolfley
  • Chance to win a $10,000 scholarship from Parker and Sons.
  • Winner will be chosen by a select panel of judges.


Congratulations to the 2019 Character Counts scholarship winner, Naomi Nyboer!

Casteel High School student Naomi Nyboer was named the winner of the Arizona Sports Character Counts $10,000 scholarship courtesy of Parker & Sons Heating, Cooling & Plumbing.

She was announced as the winner at an event held Tuesday, Feb. 18, in the pavilion of Talking Stick Resort Arena. Former Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan and 98.7 FM Arizona's Sports Station's Doug & Wolf helped host the event and presented the finalists before naming Nyboer the winner.

"I'm really grateful for it. It's amazing that I won this," Nyboer said after learning she won the scholarship.

Nyboer is a sophomore from Casteel High School and a soccer player who participates in the Arizona Soccer Club's special needs program, TOPSoccer. She serves as a buddy to Brett, who Nyboer says isn’t deaf but doesn’t speak.

Through her fluidity of American Sign Language (ASL), Nyboer formed a relationship with Brett and helped him find a love for soccer that she's always had. Nyboer was creative with doing so, using Brett's known love of werewolves by teaching him sign for the word and coming up with a soccer activity that involved them.

“I said ‘OK, let’s go kick some werewolves’ kicks,” Nyboer said, adding Brett would howl before each kick.

Learn more about Naomi NyboerHere

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