The Glendale Union High School District Governing Board in November recognized this school year’s Achievement Above All winners from Sunnyslope High School. The awards highlight the accomplishments and commitments of one teacher, student, support staff member, student group, and volunteer.
This year’s Achievement Above All Teacher was Dallas Hickman. Hickman joined the district in 1992 as one of the original social workers, and in 1995 he came to SHS where he served, inspired, and led the football program for 11 years and through two region championships with strong showings in the state playoffs. From those he assisted as a social worker, to the football players on his varsity football team as head coach, to his students in U.S. History and AP U.S. History, Hickman has given much to Sunnyslope over the course of 20-plus years.
The Achievement Above All student was Ben Norman. Along with academics (he takes a full load of AP classes), Norman enjoys Speech and Debate where he was a semifinalist in impromptu and oratory speaking. Additionally, Norman has been an officer in Student Council over his four-year tenure. In fact, this year, he is the student body president. Norman is dedicated, disciplined, and hardworking. His peers and teachers know him to be focused, caring, humble, and spirited. He leads by example and never complains.
The Achievement Above All Student Group is the Sunnyslope High School Link Crew Program, boasting more than 110 student members with leaders coming from each of the upper class levels. Their mission, as described by Link Crew sponsor Bryant Johnston, is to provide incoming freshman the opportunity to prepare for the challenges they may face, and present a support mechanism to help them achieve success in their new surroundings. These young individuals inspire the freshmen to move on and take up constructive, contributing roles in their communities.
Sunnyslope’s Achievement Above All staff member was Title I instructional Aide, Andy Page. In his tenure at SHS, Page has been instrumental in the success of the Title I Math Ascend program, the Read 180 program, and the Viking-Center tutoring facility. He also has coached baseball for three years, softball for four years, football for two years, girls basketball for eight years, and has been a co-senior class sponsor for the last two years. In addition, Page is one of the go-to guys for those extra duty assignments that keep Sunnyslope’s campus functioning, including serving as an announcer and the master of ceremonies at many athletic events.
The Achievement Above All Volunteer was Kathie Nunn. As past president, current treasurer, and longstanding member of the Viking Parent club (since 2005), Nunn has been instrumental in carrying on the traditions of the Viking Parent Club and its support to the students, teachers, clubs, sports, and activities of Sunnyslope. Nunn also is a long-time member of Sunnyslope’s School Council and has been volunteering in the school setting since 1998.