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.

Article on CREST from the Chamber Business News

Paradise Valley High School prepares students for STEM careers

Paradise Valley High School is helping students achieve academic success in and out of high school through its unique Center for Research, Engineering, Science and Technology (CREST) program. 

Paradise Valley High School (PVHS) is ranked 44th out of 276 in the best college prep program at a public high school in Arizona, according to Niche.com. Read more here.

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 Student Accomplishments for the 2020-2021 School Year

Flinn Scholar - Aashika Desai (learn more about Flinn scholars)

National Merit finalist - top 1% in the nation on the PSAT: Will Giorza, Nicola Ferguson, and Julius Gorton

National Merit Commended - top 3% in the nation on the PSAT: Garret Paden, Isabella Santoni, and Josue Quilantan

National Merit Hispanic Scholars - Josue Quilantan and Angela LaRosa

Belen Rodriguez Named Dorrance Scholar

CREST Bioscience senior Belen Rodriguez named a 2021 Dorrance Scholar. To learn more about the Dorrance Scholarship, read here.

PVHS CREST Student Earns FIRST Robotics Dean's List Finalist

Noel Robertson Dean's List Finalist

Noel Robertson, CREST Engineering student was named a FIRST Robotics Dean's List finalist for her outstanding outreach work. Read more.

Evelyn Garcia is named City of Phoenix Outstanding Young Woman of the Year for 2021

Evelyn Garcia award image

CREST Bioscience graduate, Evelyn Garcia was recently named the Young Woman of the Year for the City of Phoenix, District 2. Read more here.

CREST Senior Students Intern with GCU Labs

Students at GCU labs

Several CREST Students completed their internship requirement this year working with Grand Canyon University researchers in labs such as the Anatomy and Dissection group, the Biomedical Device Design and Prototyping Lab, the POWER Lab, and the Software Development Lab. Read here to learn more...

CREST Bioscience Students Named Semifinalist for the Genes in Space Program

Srishti Rajeev, Owen Donsker, and Nathan Sullivan Bioscience senior capstone project was entered in the 2021 Genes in Space contest. These students earned Honorable Mention, one of the top 15 out of 630 entries. Read more here.

12 CREST Student Teams Qualify for AZSEF by Placing First at PVSEF 2021 

The Paradise Valley Schools Science and Engineering Fair (PVSEF) was held February 15 - 26, 2021. PVSEF is open to all middle and high school students in PV Schools as well as surrounding Districts. Fair participants included 40 PVHS CREST STEM Collaborative and Microbiology project teams, as well as two out of district teams. This year's fair was virtual due to the pandemic. Judges reviewed and scored project teams' presentation documents during the first week, and then interviewed the teams, via Google Meet, the second week. Teams competed for placements in ISEF Categories (view the categories) and the right to compete at the Arizona Science and Engineering Fair (visit the AZSEF website) in April. 

PVSEF held its Awards Meeting on March 1st. Top teams in each category were recognized as well as "Best in Fair", the top scoring team. Paradise Valley Community College, our partner again this year for PVSEF, provided many of the judges, and prizes for the Best in Fair Team. Dr. Eric Leshinskie, Provost of the Maricopa County Community College District and CREST dad, gave the keynote address and awarded Arjun Gupta, a homeschooled student from Scottsdale, with an iPad for his top scoring project. 

Here is the final placements presentation

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.)

PV High CREST Teacher Receives the 2021 NCWIT Arizona Affiliate Educator Award

Michelle Cannon, a computer science teacher in the Center for Research, Engineering, Science, and Technology program at Paradise Valley High School, is the recipient of the 2021 National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Arizona Affiliate Educator Award.

“I am honored to receive the NCWIT Arizona affiliate educators award. This award recognizes educators who have demonstrated a commitment to encouraging the computing interests of students who identify as women, genderqueer or non-binary,” said Cannon.

Cannon was nominated by her 12 Paradise Valley High School students who were also recognized by NCWIT.

Excerpts taken from the CITYSunTimesRead the full CITYSunTimes article.

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.

Four CREST Students Named U.S. Presidential Scholar Candidates

Five students named Presidential Scholars from PVSchools

Nicola Ferguson, Will Giorza, Garrett Paden and Isabella Santoni were recently named U.S. Presidential Scholar candidates. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor some of the nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Read more at PVSchools.

Isabella Santoni Named Presidential Scholar Finalist

Isabella Santoni, CREST Senior Bioscience student, was name one of 60 Presidential Scholars Finalist 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 more about Isabella here.

CREST Bioscience HOSA Students Qualify for HOSA ILC

Bioscience students just finished competing in AZ HOSA, Future Health Professionals, State leadership Conference. Students who place first through third qualify to compete in the HOSA International Leadership Conference this summer. Notable finishers were:

  • Nathan Neugebauer - 3rd place Behavioral Health
  • Eeshaan Varshit Malladi  - Top 5 Medical Math 
  • Saniya Bhatnagar - 2nd place Biomedical Lab Science
  • Aiden Tokish  - 1st place Clinical Specialty (Orthopedic Surgeon)
  • Trisha Rajkumar - Top 5 Veterinary Science (also a frosh)
  • Emma Gerrard - 3rd place Epidemiology (Boy, haven't we learned a lot about this topic in the past year!!??)
  • Chloe Rozalsky - 2nd place Researched Persuasive Writing and Speaking
  • Aashika Desai - 1st place  Researched Persuasive Writing and Speaking (2 or 3 peat??)
  • Aashika Desai - 2021-2022 Arizona HOSA State President

Computer Science Student Sam Luce Earns 12 Microsoft MTA Certifications

Sam Luce MTA Certifications

Paradise Valley High Student-Athlete Named as Finalist for the AIA Scholar Activity/Scholar Athletic Award

Congratulations to Braden Weissman for being named a finalist for the AIA Scholar Activity Scholar Athletic Award. Read the story in the PVSchools newscenter. Read the CITYSunTimes' article on Braden.

AIA Scholar Athletic Award

PV Students Recognized in FIRST Robotics Competition

A PVHS students was recently acknowledged for her commitment to science, technology, engineering and math, as well as her philanthropic efforts to support the community. Noel Robertson, a junior in the CREST Engineering program and NHS member, was awarded the FIRST Robotics Competition Dean’s List Finalist award. As one of four students recognized in the combined Nevada and Arizona region, she will be advancing to the Championship level to compete internationally for the Dean’s List Winner award. Learn more about the FIRST Robotics award.

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

Read the full article here.

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

Read the full article.

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.