Shadow Mountain’s Ashley Hall Achieves Rare Perfect Score on the SAT

Ashley Hall, a junior at Shadow Mountain High School, achieved a rare perfect score of 1600 on the SAT® exam. According to the CollegeBoard, less than 1 percent of test takers scored in the range of 1500–1600. Earning a perfect score on college admission tests is rare and very hard to accomplish.

At Shadow Mountain High School, Hall balances her rigorous schedule of all Advanced Placement (AP) and Digital Academy of Advanced Placement Scholars (DAAPS) classes with extracurricular activities such as color guard and school clubs, including Society of Women Scholars and Mu Alpha Theta, a math honors society. In her free time, Hall tutors students in math and other subjects.

Hall is passionate about math and science and plans to study civil engineering in college. She is considering programs taught at Arizona State University and the University of Wyoming; however, she is keeping her options open.

The SAT® test is designed to assess academic readiness for college and tests students’ knowledge. The scores are accepted by all major four-year colleges and universities.

Shadow Mountain High School is part of the Paradise Valley Unified School District. Learn more at www.pvschools.net.

Student-Directed Production Brings MARVEL ONE ACTS to the Stage

The North Valley Arts Academies Theatre program at Shadow Mountain High School presents two brand new plays exploring characters from the Marvel Universe, Squirrel Girl and Cassie Lang (Ant Man).

Squirrel Girl Goes to College explores what happens when the quirky super hero heads off to college. Sub-Atomic explores the trials and tribulations of Ant Man’s daughter, Cassie Lang (Stature), as she navigates her secret powers and myriad difficult situations all while attending high school.

These student-directed shows and the first officially licensed plays using Marvel characters, are being workshopped in conjunction with Disney Theatricals in New York. Disney has been working on creating new high school appropriate one acts with their Marvel team, and North Valley Arts Academies Theatre is one of the first schools in the nation to perform these shows as they go through the artistic development process.

Squirrel Girl Goes to College and Sub-Atomic run Thursday, Jan. 24, and Friday, Jan. 25, 7pm, at Shadow Mountain Performing Arts Center, 2902 East Shea Boulevard in North Phoenix. Tickets are $5. For additional information, visit www.nvaadrama.com.

North Valley Arts Academy Presents MONTY PYTHON’S SPAMALOT

The North Valley Arts Academy’s Theatre program at Shadow Mountain High School, part of the Paradise Valley Unified School District, presents Monty Python’s Spamalot – School Edition Oct. 25–27. 

Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy GrailSpamalot retells the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table, and features an eclectic collection of medieval characters, not to mention cows, killer rabbits and French people.

The musical includes 33 student actors in the fifth through 12th grades from Desert Cove Elementary School, Shea Middle School and Shadow Mountain High School. The production will be run by over 20 high school theatre technicians and middle school tech interns.

The production will be held at 7pm each night at the Shadow Mountain High School Performing Arts Center, 2902 East Shea Boulevard in North Phoenix. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for adults. Tickets are available online: https://smhs.booktix.com.

Check out the Spamalot student promo video: here

North Valley Arts Academies To Host PHX Fine Arts Fest May 18

The North Valley Arts Academies (NVAA) will host a PHX Fine Arts Fest Friday, May 18, from 4–8pm at Shadow Mountain High School. The festival is planned and led by student artists from the three NVAA schools — Desert Cove Elementary School, Shea Middle School and Shadow Mountain High School — and includes artwork and performances from both NVAA and non-NVAA students. This free event is open to the public and will include art, performances and hands-on family-friendly art activities for all ages.

Activities will include:

  • Three art galleries, which will feature 100 pieces of art, including photography, 2D and 3D.
  • Four hours of student performances, including vocal, instrumental, dance, theater, film and interdisciplinary. Performances include solo, duo, small group and large group
  • combinations. Performances will take place at various locations throughout the campus.
  • A variety of student-run workshops on topics such as music technology, visual arts, theater, dance and performance.
  • Family-friendly activity center with booths and hands-on projects, including face painting, arts and crafts, club and student group booths.
  • Food trucks will be onsite, including Aioli Food Truck, Modern Tortilla, Frosted Frenzy Cupcakes and Kona Ice.

The PHX Fine Arts Fest is partially funded by the Youth Engagement Project Grant, which was awarded by the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture.

Shadow Mountain High School, part of the Paradise Valley Unified School District, is located at 2902 East Shea Boulevard in North Phoenix. For additional information or to RSVP for this free event, visit the event website: phxfineartsfest.wixsite.com/mysite.

Walkathon & Carnival To Support Brain Tumor Research

SSBTR_logoDid you know that brain tumors have now become the number one cause of cancer deaths among teenagers? Were you aware that nearly three-quarters of a million people are currently fighting their brain tumors in the United States alone? Tiffany Miller, vice president of the Shadow Mountain High School Students Supporting Brain Tumor Research (SSBTR) Club, and the organization, wants to help educate the public.

SSBTR is a non-profit organization that helps raise money for brain tumor research in order to find a cure. All of the money raised is distributed to the Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, the National Brain Tumor Society, TGen and Steele Children’s Research Center in Tucson. Brain tumors are the number one cause of solid tumor cancer deaths in children through high school age. The organization’s mission is to provide education and leadership development of youth, furnish a platform for them to play a principle role in effecting positive changes in their communities, promote awareness of how common brain tumors are as one of the leading causes of cancer deaths among their peers and act as an outreach to support individuals and their families.

Join Students Supporting Brain Tumor Research and 3,000 of their closest friends and family members Saturday, February 28, at Saguaro High School from 12-3pm for its 14th annual walkathon and carnival as they raise funds to find a cure.

Enjoy live bands, games, a rock wall, bounce houses, a photo booth, giant selection of silent auction items, numerous choices of free food, guest celebrities, and much more for all ages. All money raised to is support cutting edge brain tumor research to stop this dreaded killer. Register at http://www.ssbtr.org or call 888.772.8729.

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