CREST Featured in the Maricopa County Superintendent of Education's 'Where's Watson' Video Series

See What Expect More Arizona Is Saying About CREST

Expect More Arizona is "the movement for world-class education" in Arizona. View their article about CREST.

Former CREST Student Chosen as Udall Undergraduate Scholar

Kyle Kline Udall Scholar

Kyle is an environmental studies and political science major with a minor in theatre arts. Informed by his performance background, he works to advance climate justice by building emotional consensus. Read more about Kyle...

CREST Students Win National STEM Video Contest

SABRE STUDIOS, William KO, Lucas Grunden, Mrityunjay (MJ) Paudel, and Nishanth Pallapu are the National STEM competition winners in the Creating Community During COVID STEM competition, sponsored by the ESA Foundation. These students competed to design the best video game that created a sense of community and provided another outlet for ways to stay connected and engaged during COVID!

The grand prize winners, Sabre Studios (Paradise Valley Unified School District, AZ) will receive a $500 console store gift card and be able to choose their own premium swag bag. Additionally, they have the chance to discuss their winning concept with a nationally recognized game studio. 

You can find the press release for the competition here.

(These students did this competition as part of the Computer Science club activity.)

Three CREST Students Earn Honorable Mention in National NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

Megan Howell, Ocean Covington, and Laysa Sreenivasan received the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing, The award recognizes 9th-12th grade students who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary for their computing-related achievements and interests, as part of an effort to encourage a divers range to student to choose careers in technology. Read more details on their award here.

Isabella Santoni Named Presidential Scholar

Isabella Santoni, CREST Senior Bioscience student, was name one of 60 Presidential Scholars as part of the 2021 U.S. Presidential Scholars program. She was recognized in two categories, Academics and the Arts, one of only three students so recognized. Read the news release here.

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2020-2021 National Merit Recognition Announced

CREST students were recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation as outstanding scholars.

  • National Merit Commended-top 3% in the nation on the PSAT: Garret Paden, Isabella Santoni, and Josue Quilantan
  • National Merit Semi-finalist-top 1% in the nation on the PSAT: Will Giorza, Nicola Ferguson, and Julius Gorton

National Merit Semi-Finalist can complete some tasks to be named National Merit Scholars.

2019-2020 Special Student Awards and Scholarships

Flinn - Julia Groman - Read the article.

National Merit Scholars - Raghav Warrier, Pragnyai Karlapudi, Amulya Bhaskara , 

National Merit Commended

UT Austin McDermott - Amulya Bhaskara

University of Arizona STAMPS - Pragnya Karlapudi 

CREST Students Named 2020 eCybermission National Finalists

Three CREST Students at eCybermission Awards

Read the article about eCybermission here.

Alexandra Rolfness Nominated for the CTE Presidential Scholar program

Alexandra Rolfness is one of five Arizona CTE students nominated by Cathie Raymond, Deputy State Superintendent/State Director, Career and Technical Education, Arizona Department of Education, for the 2019-20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education. Alex was chosen on the basis of her academic rigor, technical competency,  professional employability skills, and ingenuity and creativity. She now moves on to compete to become one 20 national scholars in Career and Technical Education.

Alex is a Bioscience senior in the CREST program. Previous nominees include CREST Bioscience student Mac McGraw. 

CREST Program Featured in the Online Chamber News

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Alex Schmelzeis and Harry Lisk Named 2019 National Merit Scholars

Read the full article here.

CREST Student Genevieve Craven Earns the 2019 Baird Scholarship for the University of Arizona

CREST Student Kyle Kline named 2018 Flinn Scholar

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CREST in the News

Jonah Rolfness Tracks Near-Earth Comet as Part of CREST Internship

  • CREST Engineering student, Jonah Rolfness, recently completed his 2019 CREST Program internship with the Summer Science Program at the New Mexico Institute of Technology. Jonah spent the summer tracking a near-Earth asteroid. Read all the details in this press release.

CREST Students Named 2019 Phoenix District Young Man and Woman of the Year

  • CREST 12th grade students Genevieve Craven, Mac McGraw, and Matthew Morales were recently awarded the 2019 City of Phoenix District Outstanding Young Man and Woman of the Year. In addition, Genevieve was named the 2019 City of Phoenix Outstanding Young Woman of the Year. Read the full article here.

9th Grade Students Sweep 2019 Arizona eCybermission Contest Awards

  • CREST 9th grade students Cyler Minkus, Henry Garland, and Alex Kurz won first place in Arizona and were a top-three finisher in the Western Region for the 2018-19 U.S. Army eCybermission competition. Students submitted their semester-long STEM research project to to the competition. 
    • Two other teams completed a top three sweep of the Arizona eCybermission contest:
      • 2nd place finishers are: Sydney Nelson, Karina Ibarra, and Paul Saulnier.
      • Honorable mention are: Chloe Rozalsky, Jackson Headon, and Ian Roberts.
      • All students earned U.S. Savings Bonds for their accomplishments.

Alex Rossi Wins 2015 AZ Science and Engineering Fair Competition, Qualifies for the International Science and Engineering Fair

Arizona Horizons Interview

January 26, 2015 – PVHS CREST student Kelsie Lucas and Biotech instructor Michelle Landreville were featured on Channel 8's Arizona Horizon program.