Year in Review: The 2023–2024 School Year Highlights

Members of Lead Out Loud dressed in red t-shirts and laughing

Queen Creek Unified School District witnessed another incredible year. As the 2023–2024 school year came to an end, let's reflect on the exceptional accomplishments from students, staff, parents, and our community!

1st Quarter

  • Three QCUSD teachers were selected for the Arizona STEM Acceleration Project.
  • Lead out Loud (LOL) students attended a conference where they heard from inspiring speakers and worked on service projects together.
  • QCUSD hosted community and family engagement events, or C.A.F.E. events, which brought together non-profit organizations to meet and discuss how to make QCUSD a better place for students, staff, and the community.
  • CHS’s wrestling team won the ACP mid-season tournament.

2nd Quarter

  • QCUSD is an “A” rated school district.
  • QCHS teacher Christopher Hepworth won the Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year award.
  • Track and field coach Shaun Hardt won coach of the year from the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).
  • QCJH Girl’s 8th-grade basketball team won the EVC championship.
  • CHS students Ally and Lizzy Small won a congressional award and a presidential service award.

3rd Quarter

  • FMSE was awarded A+ School of Excellence.
  • CHS Future Business Leaders of America students won 12 medals at the Region 2 competition hosted at ASU, and QCHS DECA students brought back 15 state medals from their state conference along with numerous other recognitions.
  • QCHS bands earned several “superior with distinction” and “excellent” ratings at the ABODA area jazz and concert band festivals.
  • QCHS’s Athletics Director Chris Driving Hawk was awarded 6A Central regional athletics director of the year.
  • The EHS cheer team won the national competition and became national champions.

4th Quarter

  • QCUSD celebrated over 900 graduating students for the 2023–2024 school year.
  • Students were awarded $45.38 million in scholarships.
  • NBCP’s ROBO Bucs earned a spot in the top 2% of global teams for robotics.
  • Multiple awards were won by QCHS’s FCCLA at their competitions including four gold medals.
  • 10 students were recognized as star students by the Town of Queen Creek.
  • Students from QCHS and EHS received grants from QCSEF.
  • Desert Financial donated $10,000 to QCSEF for teacher grants and student scholarships.
  • Students had the opportunity to view the solar eclipse on April 8.
  • 16 students earned the Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency on their diplomas.
  • QCHS marching band marched in a Disneyland parade.
  • EHS winterguard won 1st place at the state championship.
  • QCHS choral received a superior rating at the AzACDA state choral festival.
  • QCHS thespians performed at ASU Gammage, with several nominations for awards.
  • 44 student-athletes signed to colleges and universities.
  • QCHS baseball team brought home the 6A state championship.
  • CHS junior high girls track team were EVC champions.

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