Student leaders and corporate partners recognized at Salpointe’s Heroes Assembly | Families
Salpointe’s 43rd Heroes Assembly took place Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. in the school’s gymnasium where the entire student body gathered to recognize two of its own student heroes as well as its corporate sponsors who help to make a Salpointe education possible.
Currently, 50 percent of the student body qualifies for tuition assistance. Salpointe’s corporate partners were recognized for providing more than $600,000 in tuition assistance last year to deserving Lancers through the Arizona Corporate Tuition Tax Credit program.
“At TEP, we understand how quality education provides long-term, sustainable benefits that support the overall well-being of our community. That’s why we support so many education initiatives including organizations that provide need-based scholarships through School Tuition Tax Credit programs. These programs provide individual taxpayers and companies alike with an easy way to direct our state tax dollars to the critical task of educating our community’s children,” said David Hutchens, President and COO of UNS Energy/Tucson Electric Power.
Corporations and their representatives in attendance included Mike Hannley with Bank of Tucson; Suzan Martin and Tim Schannep with CBIZ; Izaro Urreiztieta with BBVA Compass Bank; Jennifer Alai and Richard Mullen with Great Western Bank; Dave Lyons with National Bank; Lee Chriss with Shamrock; and Dave Hutchens with UNS Energy/Tucson Electric Power. Salpointe corporate partners who were not in attendance are GEICO, United Healthcare, US Bank, Waste Management, and Massachusetts Financial Services.
Additionally, the Carlos Valencia Humanitarian Award was given to junior student Natalie Strong for demonstrating exceptional perseverance, compassion and respect. This award commemorates the life of Carlos Valencia, a Salpointe student who took his battle against leukemia public, raising awareness around the life-saving impact of registering as a bone marrow donor. Carlos died in 2004, but his courage and spirit is celebrated each year through this award.
Junior student Taylor Powell received the Glinski Award for being an exceptional student-athlete who has overcome tribulations to excel both athletically and in the classroom. This award was created to honor John Glinski, a Salpointe student with tremendous athletic potential who was diagnosed with cancer his freshman year. Between cancer treatments, Glinski continued to play sports for Salpointe until he passed away in 1966.
“The Salpointe Heroes Assembly is an opportunity to celebrate the many faces of Salpointe and recognize our exceptional students, along with the generous individuals and businesses who make Salpointe’s values-based, college-prep education possible. Salpointe is a unique community, and this Lancer tradition highlights how we come together to provide support for tomorrow’s leaders,” said Kay Sullivan, Salpointe president.