Sierra Theobald, an alumni of Shadow Mountain High School, was a student in the Paradise Valley Unified School District for 12 years of her educational journey. During her high school experience, she developed a passion for writing. She attributes part of her passion and growth as a writer to her teacher, Mr. Kimsey, who not only challenged her but also helped her grow.

Aside from academics, Sierra’s involvement in extracurricular activities helped had a positive impact on her overall education experience. As Sierra puts it, “Student Government added substantial value to her high school experience.” Her active involvement with Student Government enabled her to learn many invaluable real world skills. Her advice for incoming students is to “find what it is you’re passionate about and throw yourself into it!” She was also active in Key Club and the National Honors Society.

According to Sierra, “PVSchools laid the foundation of who I am. The lessons I learned and skills I obtained through PVSchools has absolutely helped me on my journey to Arizona State University and will continue to aid me as I establish my journalism career.”

Sierra is currently pursuing her passion as a journalism major at Arizona State University.