FIRST DIPLOMA SEAL RECIPIENTS for Arts Proficiency

  • Twenty-five AFUHSD students completed their requirements to receive the state's first-ever State Seal of Arts Proficiency as part of their graduation diploma.  The diploma seal is administered by the Arizona Department of Education’s Office of Arts Education and is awarded to graduates who complete minimum arts pathway requirements throughout their high school career. The State Seal of Arts Proficiency was signed into law by Governor Doug Ducey on May 14th, 2019. Board rule for this law was adopted by the State Board of Education on October 28th, 2019.   The purpose of the state seal is:

    • To celebrate students who demonstrate high levels of proficiency in the Arizona Arts Education Standards through personal expression and creative experiences in arts education programs

    • To identify pathways of artistic literacy that cultivate skills for 21st century success

    • To prepare students for college and career readiness, including active participation in the creative industries sector

    • To promote increased access to well-rounded, high-quality arts education across the state

    If you know these students, teach them or have hired them for their talents, please take a moment to congratulate them.  These students have far exceeded the arts pathway requirements administered by the state.  

     Anthony Varela  AFHS  Music
     Darren Tudor   AFHS  Music
     Juan Carlos Barragan  AFHS  Music
     Rian Cameron  AFHS  Music
     Sophia Gonzalez  AFHS  Music / Theatre
     Devon Christensen  DEHS  Theatre
     Simone Smyer  DEHS  Visual Art
     Faith Jackson  DEHS  Visual Art
     Taylor Ollila  DEHS  Choir
     Nicholas Garcia  DEHS  Choir
     Mackayla Averyt  DEHS  Choir
     Natalie Figueroa  DEHS  Visual Art
     Etana Kindred  DEHS  Dance
     Stevie Zoellner  DEHS  Dance
     Bethany Novotny  MHS  Theatre
     Alec Roberts  MHS  Theatre
     Dylan Campbell  MHS  Theatre
     Emily White  VHS  Theater
     Emma Noel  VHS  Dance
     Niana Hughey  VHS  Band
     Kyle Wipprecht  VHS  Band
     Stephen Douyon  VHS  Band
     Jonny McCaskill  VHS  Band
     Eliana Valenzuela  VHS  Band
     Jessica Perez  VHS  Band