Two SUSD students receive scholarships at All-City Awards

Dr. Denise Birdwell on left, with the two winning students (submitted photo)

Dr. Denise Birdwell on left, with Andrew Campbell and Mary Sloan Beger (submitted photo)

Scottsdale Unified School District hosted its annual All-City Athletic winter Sports Awards Banquet to honor athletes from the five SUSD high schools, Monday, March 21.

The tri-annual banquet recognizes and honors the accomplishments – both academic and athletic – of athletes within SUSD’s sports programs. 47 athletes were honored at the winter awards banquet. Athletes honored participated in wrestling, basketball and soccer, according to a press release.

This year athletes had the opportunity to hear from Dr. Denise Birdwell, interim superintendent for the Scottsdale Unified School District. Dr. Birdwell spoke about her athletic experience and how overcoming adversity at the athletic level helped her learn to persevere and apply her skills academically.

Additionally, two Scottsdale Unified School District high school students were awarded scholarships.

Mary Sloan Beger, student at Arcadia High School and Andrew Campbell, student at Desert Mountain High School each received a $500 scholarship from the Scottsdale Charro Foundation. Nominations for these awards are made by SUSD District athletic directors and coaches, based on character, academics, community service, athletics and future plans.

“This event honors our student athletes who have done a phenomenal job. The event also allows us to recognize the families that have supported their student’s academic and athletic endeavors,” stated Clif McKenzie, executive director of K-12 athletics, in the release.

There will be one additional banquet this year to honor spring sports. The spring sports banquet will be held May 16 and will celebrate the accomplishments of athletes who participate in baseball, softball, tennis and track.

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