School, back, blackboard.

A perfect game

On opening day, Centennial High School baseball pitcher Cristian Mogen threw a perfect game where no opposing batter reached a base. Pitching a perfect game has only happened to 23 pitchers in the history of Major League Baseball. The Centennial High School Peoria Student Broadcasting Network (PSBN) crew streamed the game.


Patriotic Speech Contest

Peoria Unified fifth through eighth grade students participated in the 34th annual Patriotic Speech Contest recently, delivering persuasive speeches on one of several patriotic topics. While COVID-19 restrictions did not allow for a live audience, the speech contest was streamed live on YouTube. A link to the speech contest as well as the top five winners in each category, and photos of the winners, are available on the district’s website.


Flinn Scholar

Liberty High School senior Sylvia Lopez was recently awarded a Flinn Scholarship. Lopez is one of 20 high-achieving students in Arizona to receive the prestigious scholarship. The Flinn Scholarship covers tuition, fees, and room and board to an Arizona public university. Additionally, it provides an opportunity for a three-week intensive overseas seminar, at least one additional study-related travel in the United States or internationally, mentorship, invitations to cultural events, and membership of a community comprised of scholars and alumni. The package is worth an estimated $115,000. Lopez plans to attend ASU in the fall, majoring in industrial engineering with a minor in human systems engineering. She is also co-enrolled in Peoria Unified’s Medical Engineering Technology (MET) Professional Academy and is already making strides in her pursuit of being an engineer.


Thanking social workers

March was Social Worker Month. Peoria Unified is thankful for its school social workers for all they do to support and provide resources for students and teachers. Social workers provide social and emotional learning to students and training to staff to ensure all students receive the support they need. To learn more about social-emotional learning and other student resources provided by Peoria Unified’s social workers, visit


Volunteer goes the extra mile

Krista Aufdemberge is a 2016 graduate of Liberty High School and has volunteered in Peoria Unified’s kindergarten classrooms since she donned her cap and gown. 

Aufdemberge is special needs and loves helping children, so when Peoria Unified temporarily halted its volunteer program this year due to COVID-19, she was heartbroken. She gathered a team to help her find a way to still feel connected to the kindergarten students this year. The end result is a video, produced by Aufdemberge each week, shared with the kindergarten students at Oasis, Oakwood, Paseo Verde and Frontier elementary schools. Following the kindergarten pacing guide, her short videos begin with a color of the week, then a word, and has now progressed to include four to five flashcard words each week.

This is just one positive example at how one of Peoria Unified’s most eager helpers adapted to make it work during the pandemic. The district is proud of her time, effort and creativity to help kindergarten students.