Sahuarita Students Excel in Areas of Interest

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein

Einstein was an early proponent of education that is based on the interests and talents of the individual student. This kind of personalized instruction is a foundational principle in Sahuarita Unified School District’s programming district-wide. In all SUSD schools, “raising the bar for every student” is the goal.

SUSD has enhanced programs across the extracurricular and academic spectrum, including STEM, career and technical education (CTE), athletics and the arts. In each of these areas, Sahuarita schools have produced students who have excelled in their chosen fields.


Cadet Briana Chavez – Sahuarita High School, Class of 2014

SHS Class of 2014 valedictorian Briana Chavez is now Fourth-Class Cadet at the United States Air Force Academy. Briana was the first cadet from the Sahuarita Naval Junior ROTC program to be accepted to the Air Force Academy. She served as commander of the SHS NJROTC unit her senior year of high school. She plans a career in the United States Air Force.


Kiara Murphy – Sahuarita High School, Class of 2013

Kiara Murphy is currently a sophomore at ASU, where she is majoring in Criminal Justice and maintains a 3.9 GPA. Kiara was actively involved in the SHS Mustang Marching Band, where she played the mellophone. She also played the French horn in the SHS concert band and was selected as a member of the Tucson Philharmonia Youth Orchestra during her senior year. She is now a member of the Sun Devil Marching Band and aspires to be a criminal profiler.


Justine Bacchus – Sahuarita High School, Class of 2012

Justine Bacchus is now a biomedical engineering major in the Honors College at the U of A. At SHS she was involved in the drama club, National Honor Society, and the England Exchange Program, among other extracurricular activites. In 2013, Justine taught English to refugee families, and she now teaches foundational leadership skills to first-year students in the Blue Chip leadership program. She continues to dance for Ballet Continental Company in Green Valley.


Many other Sahuarita graduates have also excelled in their chosen fields because of the opportunities in athletics, the arts and academics that SUSD provided. By offering a variety of academic and enrichment programs, SUSD allows students to shine where their individual talents and interests lie.

Programs like art and music, Junior ROTC, and career and technical education are funded in part by the Sahuarita community. In 2010, Sahuarita voters approved two budget overrides, funded by community tax dollars, in order to provide these programs for area kids.

Sahuarita has the chance to vote in support of continuing a broad educational experience for SUSD students this year. To continue the overrides that fund these extracurricular activities, Vote Yes on Propositions 421 and 422.

For more information, visit the Sahuarita Win 2014 website.


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