Hamilton High School Newsletter

The Official Newsletter for Hamilton High School 6/3/2020

Message from Mr. De La Torre

This being the last newsletter for the 19-20 school year, I would like to thank all of the community, staff, and students that have helped us make it to the finish line. While we have experienced some unprecedented times at the conclusion of the school, the Hamilton community has much to celebrate. Hamilton continues to be Arizona’s most acclaimed high school. I know we have many challenges still to face as we work towards reopening our school for the next school, but please be assured that we will work hard to make the experience at HHS safe, compassionate, inspiring, and enriching for all of our students. Please enjoy the summer break. Go Huskies!

Class of 2020 Virtual Graduation

Hamilton's Virtual Graduation was on May 28th at 2:30pm. Please click below to listen to heartfelt speeches from seniors, Principal De La Torre's address the seniors, see our graduates flashed across the screen with their name and honors designation, and celebrate with them as they become 2020 Hamilton High School Graduates. CONGRATULATIONS Class of 2020!

Hamilton 2020 Virtual Graduation

“Things work out best for those who make the best of the way things work out.”

John Wooden

Diploma Distribution Highlights

What a fun, exciting and emotional day! Click here to see all the fun - Pictures to enjoy All images are FREE to download, share and print.

Yearbook Update

Yearbook’s will be arriving soon. Watch your email and social media for distribution information. You can still purchase a book at Jostens.com

Senior Transcript Reminder

Please remember to order your final transcript to be sent to your college/university of choice, which will be available after June 1st. To request your final transcript, you will need to log on to Parchment.com.

CUSD Athletic Community!

CUSD Athletics will begin summertime Athletics and Activities for High School Sports on June 8th. CUSD Athletic and Activity Departments will be communicating their site-specific opening plans leading up to June 8th. CUSD Athletics has created a guidance for Opening High School Athletics and Activities that encompasses COVID-19 Education, Cleaning, and Gathering Protocols, Return to Physical Activity, CUSD Stages to Return to Activity, and much more. CUSD Athletics is excited to welcome back our student-athletes to our schools in a safe and organized manner.

AP Testers

Congratulations to all our AP testers! You showed perseverance and dedication during this challenging time and took your AP tests! Scores will be released July 16, 2020. Sign into your My AP account to view your scores. Also, June 20 is the deadline for students to indicate or change their free score report recipients. Remember to indicate through your My AP account, the college, university, or scholarship program you would like to receive your free score report.

Dual Enrollment

If you are interested in Dual Enrollment, please go to the Dual Enrollment webpage to see the latest information on placement testing and registration. More information will be communicated once school starts about registration and payment deadlines.

Chandler Gilbert Community College is the Dual Enrollment partner for Hamilton High School. Community Colleges provide ambitious students the ability to earn college credits - all while still in high school. Seniors, juniors, and qualified sophomores and freshmen are eligible to get a head start on their college course work. Not all classes are dual credit eligible. All CGCC courses require some form of placement testing or prerequisite. Visit our Dual Enrollment website for more information.

Student Parking Application and Payment will be available for the 2020-2021 school year beginning, Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Student Single Occupant Parking application is now an online process only. Students MUST have their driver’s license before they can apply.

American FFA Degree Recipient

Kara Linder (Class of 2018) has worked very hard to receive this rare honor. Less than 1% of members ever receive their American FFA Degree. She will be only the second member from Hamilton to receive this degree. We currently have over 10,000 members in AZ FFA and only 42 members from across the state are receiving this award at the 93rd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis in October . Kara not only is an outstanding student and athlete she was able to achieve this monumental task. She is currently studying Environmental Sciences at Notre Dame and has received the AAC Fencer of the Year for the second year in a row along with numerous awards. I have every hope of seeing her in the 2024 Olympics. A great example of how academics, CTE and sports can create a well rounded and very successful student.

Theatre News

Hamilton High entered the Gammage High School Musical Theatre Awards Competition with Frozen Jr. in November. It has been announced that we have the following finalists and semi-finalists competing for the top awards in the state for each category. Winners will be announced at the virtual ceremony on May 23rd.


Best Female Lead: Kristiana Corona (Anna)

Best Supporting Female: Raven Harris (Oaken)

Best Set/Props: Hamilton Set and Prop Crew

Best Lighting: Abby Flanigan

Best Costumes: Hamilton Costume Crew

Best Hair and Make-up: Jessica Wastchak

Leadership Award: Griffen McClendon

Best Stage Management: Reiley Nymeyer


Best Supporting Male: Nicholas Moriarity (Sven)

Best Vocalist: Kristiana Corona (Anna)

Best Dance Number: "In Summer"

Best Sound: Andrea Flores-Pena

Student Athletes of the Year

Female Athlete of the Year

Ari Fresquez, Girls Soccer

Head Coach: Eddie Hertsenberg

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Female Scholar Athlete of the Year

Esha Rajadhyaksha, Girls Tennis, GPA=4.7

Head Coach: Jeremy Sweet

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Male Athlete of the Year

Brenden Rice, Football

Head Coach: Mike Zdebski

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Male Scholar Athlete of the Year

Ryan Dempsey, Cross Country/Track & Field, GPA= 4.4

Head Coach, Scott Moomaw/EJ Martin

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Gatorade #MakeTheDaysCount

Recently we were asked to help Gatorade with a #MakeTheDaysCount video and we had some of our very own Hamilton Athletes that made the cut. Along with professional athletes JJ Watt, Serena Williams, Bryce Harper and more our athletes represented Hamilton and CUSD!!!

Hamilton’s athletes never stop. So count the reps, count the steps, count the sweat, and most of all, #MAKETHEDAYSCOUNT #GatoradePerformancePartner #huskyproud #huskyathletes

Take a look at: Gatorade #MakeTheDaysCount

Congratulations Marketing Students

The Arizona Council on Economic Education (ACEE) and the SIFMA Foundation (Securities Industry Financial Markets Association) has recognized four of Hamilton's Business Students who won first place for the "Spring Stock Market Game Competition" for the Arizona High School Division. The students are Max Bregman, Colter Brown, Alyssa Thielsen and Cristian Valle. This is an amazing accomplishment with the overall US Markets down about 20%. The Stock Market Game ran from February 4, 2020 - April 17, 2020. Students started with $100,000 in their virtual portfolios and this group was able to make a 41.2% rate of return. Amazing! These students were honored by ACEE in a Zoom Celebration on May 20, 2020. For their accomplishments, they receive $150, a Certificate of Recognition for First Place and they will be featured on ACEE's website.

UArizona Summer Research Internship Recipient

Congratulations! Saisrinidhi Ganta was chosen to participate in the Keeping Youth Engaged in Science (KEYS) Research Internship Program at The University of Arizona BIO5 Institute. Applicants were initially judged on the strength of their personal statement, teacher recommendations and high school transcript.

KEYS interns are paired with leading UArizona researchers spearheading innovative projects that span multiple disciplines including bioscience, engineering, environmental science, biomedicine and biostatics. Faculty, university students and other lab personnel work side-by-side with them to provide an invaluable opportunity to these budding scholars.

For more information please click here: The University of Arizona Keys Research Internship

Hamilton Coach Earns Frank Kush Award

The National Football Foundation's Valley of the Sun Chapter on Thursday rewarded Hamilton High’s offensive lineman coach Mark Tucker with the Frank Kush Coaching Award during the 39th annual awards (held virtually).

He is the first assistant coach to be recognized for the prestigious honor.

Mark has been coaching with Hamilton for 22 years and has helped the team win 8 state titles.

2020-2021 National Honor Society Officers Announced

CONGRATULATIONS to our new Officers for the 2020-2021 National Honor Society.

President: Julie Wahlberg

Vice President: Youssef Hassan

Secretary: Nidhi Ganta

Historian: Zocelyne Kow

Treasurer: David Tang

2020-2021 Class Officers

Student Body President

Brooke Romero
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Student Body Vice Pesident

Airion Medina
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Jacob Marson
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Mckenzie Lundquist
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Social Media Coordinator

Tatum McMillan
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Tanner Holder
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Publicity Manager

Ria Bhatti
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Spirit Commissioner

Prince Deboskie
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Senior Class President

Amanda Wichman
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Junior Class President

Megan Finder
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Sophomore Class President

Devin Ho
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