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We have a long tradition of outstanding students and staff. Here are the district's previous outstanding achievements.

5-10-22 Outstanding Achievements:
CFHS senior was named a Flinn Scholar for the Class of 2022; Two Orange Grove teams of 8th graders tied for 1st place at the State Champion Finals for the Mayor's Challenge for Economic Education; 1st/2nd grade teacher at Manzanita, was honored this month with the Tucson Values Teachers' Teacher Excellence Award; Two CFHS students have been named KEYS research interns; District poetry contest winners for 2022 have been announced.

4-12-22 Outstanding Achievements:
CFHS Blue won the Science Olympiad Arizona Championship held at the ASU Tempe campus. CFHS Silver finished strong as well, placing 5th out of 22 teams; Students from all CFSD schools participated in the SARSEF competition and earned awards; Five CFHS singers were admitted into the Arizona All-State Choir; CFHS graphic design students were recognized in the Graphic Design Regional Championships; The high school's Model United Nations team competed in the annual AZMUN at the University of Arizona; Two CFHS students won the Move Mining competition at the MINEXCHANGE 2022 Annual Conference and Expo in Salt Lake City, Utah;  Community Schools' Odyssey of the Mind teams competed at the March 27 State Championships. Two teams placed 1st: Odyssey ReOMvention Div II team took 1st in all categories (state champs); Several CFSD FIRST Lego League teams won awards at the FLL State Championship held on March 5-6 at the ASU Tempe campus; Several CFHS band members made the All-State Band and Orchestra; Music director at Canyon View and band director at Ventana Vista, received a Best Communities for Music Education Award sponsored by the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation.

3-8-22 Outstanding Achievements:
CFHS Pomline won state! They won First Place for Division 2 Pom at the Pink State Tournament on February 19; CFHS Link Crew leaders and freshmen did a "Share the Love" community service project around Valentine's Day; CFHS Pioneer 327 robotics team, placed second out of 38 teams at the Arizona FIRST Tech Challenge State Championship on February 19; Five CFHS Falcon wrestlers qualified for State; CFHS Winterguard won the Scholastic Regional A Division at Mountain View High School on February 19; CFHS Junior competed at the Junior Olympics in fencing in Salt Lake City, UT, on February 18-19. 

2-8-22 Outstanding Achievements:
The CFSD Foundation has named its two 2022 Teachers of the Year and three Distinguished Educators;  Our VVELC program has achieved accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC);  The CFHS Pomline is headed to the state competition. The team secured a spot by placing 4th out of 16 teams in Division 2 at the AIA Dance Qualifier in Phoenix;  The CFHS FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team, Pioneer 327, captained the winning alliance in the robot matches at the Queen Creek Copper Invitational;  CFHS Intermediate Theatre class held an annual English-Speaking Union, in-school competition. Two finalists were selected to represent CFHS at the University of Arizona for the local level of the competition;  CFHS art students were regional winners of the 2022 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards;  CFHS Yearbook Editors received a First Place from the American Scholastic Press Association and a First Class with 2 marks of distinction from the National Scholastic Press Association;  CFHS senior has been named a Regional Finalist for the 2022 class of the Coca-Cola Scholars Program.

12-14-21 Outstanding Achievements:
Two CFHS seniors have been named 2022 Flinn Scholarship Semifinalists; CFHS senior has been named a 2022 Coca-Cola Scholar Semifinalist; CFHS theatre students attended the Arizona Thespian Festival and two students won 1st and 2nd place in the Tech Challenge Light Hanging event; ECMS student has been recognized for Valorous Conduct by the Tucson Police Department's Chief of Police; CFSD FIRST Logo League (FLL) teams competed at the FIRST Lego League regional tournament and brought home 1st place tournament champions as well as several other awards; CFHS advanced graphic design students competed in Inviemo in the Old Pueblo where two students were recognized in the Winterhaven Logo design category; CFHS girls and boys teams placed 4th and 5th respectively at the 2021 Interscholastic Association Cross Country State Championship. 

11-09-21 Outstanding Achievements:
The CFHS Girls Golf Team came in 3rd overall at State at Omni Tucson National;  All three CFSD Falcon Choir groups received the highest possible rating of "Superior with Distinction" at the Arizona Choral Educators Fall Festival; The Foothills Falcon Band won 1st place at the Ironwood Ridge Marching Band Invitational
and won the 4A Division and the Nunamaker Award at the U of A Band Day; The Foothills Falcon Band has been invited to perform in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA, on January 1, 2023; CFHS Director of Bands Renee Shane-Boyd was in Washington D.C. in 2016 when the NAfME received a grant to write a series of primary source lessons in conjunction with the Library of Congress. Renee was asked recently to be a part of the team that will write the final round of lessons for the proficient and advanced levels;  The CFHS swim and dive teams competed at the State Championships. The boys team placed 2nd overall and the girls team finished in 5th place; CFHS Falcon varsity football squad was crowned the 4A Gila Region Champion.  

10-19-21 Outstanding Achievements:
Eight of our seniors have been identified as semifinalists in this year's National Merit Scholarship Program; The CFHS marching band received 1st place at the Sabino High School Marching Band Invitational.

8-10-21 Outstanding Achievements:
Math League students placed in the U.S. Top 25 in Division 5 at the virtual Math League National Championships on July 19; CFHS student received the Congressional Award Gold Medal at a virtual ceremony on July 30; 
Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to CFSD. 

6-8-21 Outstanding Achievements:
CFHS tennis players swept the All Sports Tucson All-Stars; Sunrise Drive's Math Team ranked 1st place in Sweepstakes at the state championship; Two CFHS softball players have earned spots on international teams; CFHS Pioneer 327 Robotics Team won the THINK Award and the COMPASS Award, and took 3rd place for the INSPIRE Award, at the first Tech Challenge Arizona State Championship; CFHS senior qualified to compete in the 2021 NSDA National Speech and Debate Tournament; Our senior class had over 280 students - 60% of the senior class - complete the FAFSA prior to April 1 this year. It made CFHS the winner of the 2021 Arizona FAFSA Completion Contest; Three CFHS graduates are among the 12 Tucson seniors who received college-sponsored National Merit Scholarships.  

5-11-21 Outstanding Achievements:
CFHS swept both the AIA Division II high school boys and girls tennis state championship; CFHS tennis players captured the state singles titles at the Paseo Racquet Center in Glendale; CFHS student is among 20 Arizona seniors selected for the Flinn Scholars Class of 2021; Three CFHS seniors earned National Merit Corporate Sponsorship Scholarships; Tucson Values Teachers (TVT) honored Manzanita kindergarten teacher with its Teacher Excellence Award; CFHS athletes are continuing their athletic careers at the collegiate level, and participate in the NLI Signing Day; Two CFHS students will represent the high school at the 2021 American Legion Auxiliary Arizona Girls State; CFHS student won a National gold medal in the Scholastic Digital Art Awards ; Canyon View Elementary was named one of the best communities for music education by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation; CFSD 2021 Poetry Contest winners announced; Our FIRST Lego League team, PedEx, is the only team from Arizona invited to compete in the Virtual Open Invitational.

4-13-21 Outstanding Achievements:
CFHS boys basketball team captured the state title in their first season in the 5A division; CFHS Science Olympiad Blue Team won the 2021 Division C State Championship; At the FIRST Lego League (FLL) State Championship, 2 of the 3 Community Schools teams won awards; EC 8th grader received the regional Scholastic Gold Key Award from The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers; EC teacher has partnered with the Arizona K12 Center and the Maricopa County School Superintendent’s Office to develop the Voices for Impact Training Guide and Engagement Toolkit; MZ teacher was accepted into the New-York Historical Society’s National Endowment for the Humanities Institute; Five CFHS bioscience students participated in the Arizona Junior Science and Humanities Symposium; Several CFSD K-12 students won awards at the 2021 Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Foundation; Two CFHS students won awards at the Tucson Area High School Graphic Design Championship; Four EC students were invited to participate in the Governor’s Arts Chamber Youth Singers of Arizona; Three CFHS students made the Arizona Music Educators Association’s All-State Choir; Nine CFHS students were selected by audition to the Arizona All-State Band;  CFHS senior was selected to perform in a special jazz video recording project of the song REUNION, composed by Benny Golson; Multiple CFHS athletes  won 5A All-Region Awards.

3-9-21 Outstanding Achievements:
CFHS musicians selected for the 2021 AMEA Regional Honor Band. This is the largest number from any high school in the state; CFHS vocalists were selected for the 2021 AMEA Regional Honor Choir; CFHS student was selected as one of two students representing the state of Arizona at the 2021 U.S. Senate Youth Program; Three (3) CFSD Community Schools’ FIRST Lego League (FLL) teams won top awards at a recent Tucson regional tournament; Community Schools Math League enrichment club members earned 1st places in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade groups in the Math League competition, the 6th qualifying round for Arizona;  CFHS senior has been nominated as a U.S. Presidential Scholar.

2-9-21 Outstanding Achievements:
CFSD Foundation has named its 2021 Teachers of the Year; CFHS FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team, Pioneer 327, is headed to state competition based on their successful showing at the January Palo Verde Invitational;  CFHS senior was named to the Arizona All-State Jazz Band for the 3rd consecutive year; 
CFHS SciOly Blue and Silver teams placed in the top three for 15 of the 16 events, with 9 first-place finishes; CFHS speech & debate team competed recently in the Wildcat Cup; CFHS senior is among the 35 Arizona high school seniors who have been named finalists for the Flinn Scholarship; CFHS Studio Art students won Gold and Silver at the Southwest Region of the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.

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