All-City Awards banquet honors 4 Scottsdale student athletes

all-city-1Four Scottsdale Unified School District students were awarded scholarships Monday, Jan. 26 at the All-City Awards Banquet.

Between Scottsdale Charros Price Nosky, left, and Rick Carpinelli are Mathew Anderson and Alexandra Kallner

Between Scottsdale Charros Price Nosky, left, and Rick Carpinelli are Mathew Anderson and Alexandra Kallner.

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.

Rachel Thomas, a student at Chaparral High School and Alexander Stevens, a student at Saguaro High School, each received a $500 scholarship from the Scottsdale Healthcare  Scholarship Program.

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.

From left are Alexander Stevens, Eddie Johnson and Rachel Thomas

From left are Alexander Stevens, Eddie Johnson and Rachel Thomas

“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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