EdRising students summarize success following State Championships

Allie Krigbaum introduces four of her Educators Rising students at the MUSD school board meeting on March 29. [file]

Students in the Educators Rising program at Maricopa and Desert Sunrise high schools on March 20  brought home several top 10 honors, including a first place, in competition with 36 high schools at the EdRising state championships. 

Alexa Gomez Fuller took first place in her event, Exploring Administration Careers.  

From public speaking to children’s literature, eight MUSD students placed in the top 10 of their individual events. 

“I can’t be more proud of all of us,” Fuller said. 

This summer, those eight students will represent Arizona as they fly to Orlando for the national championships.  

Four of the eight presented an overview of their success to the Maricopa Unified School District Governing Board on March 29.  

EdRising is a three-year program offered to MUSD high school students who hope to become teachers within the district. 

Those students enroll in additional courses, participate in leadership conferences, attend educational field trips and work with other schools in the district. 

Among this year’s highlights, Melia Yoshikawa said the program has accumulated 21 intern hours, begun the early stages of American Sign Language and attended a workshop at Arizona State University.  

Desert Sunrise advisor Allie Krigbaum added that it has been a productive first year for the program. 

“We spent time in elementary schools, we were on committees at our school, we had to plan our winter formal, so we did a lot of activities,” she said.  

For more information about the program, visit www.educatorsrising.org.