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School Glance 5-23-18

Sun - 5/24/2018

Gila Ridge student wins AIA Unified Sports Athlete of the Year

Gila Ridge High School's Maria Sodari was the recipient of the Arizona Interscholastic Association Unified Sports Athlete of the Year for the 2017-18 school year.

Unified Sports is an inclusive sports program that unites Special Olympics athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and partners (individuals without intellectual disabilities) as teammates for training and competition.

Sodari, who was a member of the Gila Ridge Spirit Line, was selected as Athlete of the Year after being nominated by teacher Tricia Severs and going through an interview process.

"Every day Maria amazes us by not allowing her exceptionality to define who she is," Severs said. "She rises to every challenge and hurdles over every obstacle. I am proud she is a role model for every student."

Sodari was honored during the 2018 AIA Champions Award Luncheon, an annual event that recognizes a variety of athletes, administrators, coaches and others that support interscholastic athletics in the state.

Yuma County Career and Technical education registration underway

The Southwest Technical Education District of Yuma (STEDY) is enrolling students for the 2018-2019 school year.

Enrollment in the Southwest Technical Education District of Yuma for the 2018-2019 school year is open to all high school students in Yuma County. Personnel are now meeting with students and parents individually to ensure students meet with success and earn an industry certification in their career related choice.

STEDY provides career preparation the following areas: Air Conditioning and Refrigeration; Community Health Care Worker; Cyber Criminology; Drafting/CAD Technologies; Electrical Technologies; Office Administration; Solar Panel Installation; Computer Coding.

Beginning in August, the STEDY will be introducing three new programs: computer animation, laboratory assistant and medical assistant.

These programs will enable students to begin employment in the related fields once a certification has been earned. For program information and admissions to STEDY, please visit or call (928) 366-5884.


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