Matthew Anderson, a student at Arcadia High School and Alexandra Kallner, a student at Chaparral High School, each received a $500 scholarship from the Scottsdale Charro Foundation, according to a press release.
Nominations for these awards are made by SUSD athletic directors and coaches, the release states.
In order to be eligible for this scholarship, the All-City student athlete must plan to pursue a healthcare related curriculum at a state or private educational institution in Arizona.
“We really want to honor and recognize our student athletes who have done a phenomenal job in the District. This event also recognizes families who have supported their student’s academic and athletic endeavors. We do this at each and every All-City Banquet,” said Clif McKenzie, executive director of K-12 Athletics.
This year’s keynote speaker was former NBA player Eddie Johnson who asked student athletes to remember,
“There are a lot of people who make you the athlete you are. There are All-City banquets going on all over the world. Notice I didn’t say the U.S. I said the world because that’s who you are competing with. How do you compete? You continue to dream big and never slow down.”
The tri-annual All-City Banquet is a way for Scottsdale citizens and businesses to recognize and to honor the accomplishments — both academic and athletic — of athletes within SUSD’s sports programs. Eighty-one athletes were honored at this event.
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