Marana High School’s Top 10 graduates may all have strong academics in common, but aside from that, they are very different. Some were athletes, some were musicians, while some were both.
1 Evanna Rouhani
Marana’s Valedictorian takes pride in making Marana High School a second home: “I know every nook of this school as well as I know my own house.” Among her extracurricular activities: swim team, theatre, Key Club, Academic Decathlon, choir and taking part in the town of Marana’s All-American City bid. She has not chosen a college but plans on pursuing a master’s degree and would like to be a foreign diplomat.
2 Jeremy Parry
Jeremy was accomplished both academically and athletically. He competed in soccer, swimming and tennis, qualifying for state in the latter two events. He was also part of the National Honor Society. Jeremy was the school’s Salutatorian. He will attend Brigham Young University and hopes to follow in his father’s footsteps as a surgeon.
3 Jacob Merki
Jacob mixed athletics and academics as a member of both the tennis and swim teams, the band and the Spanish Club. He was also a member of the National Honor Society. He will attend the University of Arizona and pursue an engineering degree. He earned the UA Wildcat Excellence Award as well as the school’s Dean’s Distinction Scholarship in addition to several other scholarships.
4 Quinn Choffin
Quinn continued the family tradition of playing tennis for the Tigers while also running cross country. He also got work done in the classroom. He was selected as the school’s Social Studies Award winner and was a member of Academic Decathlon and Key Club, along with performing with the orchestra. He earned the University of Arizona, Wildcat Excellence Award and will attend the UA in the fall and plans on studying mechanical engineering.
5 Mark Hartsuck
Mark looks back fondly at the challenges of the Advanced Placement courses as well as Marana’s sports medicine program. Mark won a number of athletic trainer competitions, including the statewide Sports Medicine Competition. He loves the way he has felt at home at every stage of his school career. “I still reach out to many of my past teachers every year,” he said. He earned the Northern Arizona University Lumberjack Award and will attend NAU to pursue a degree in biomedical science, with the eventual goal of being a physician.
6 Austin Holmes
Austin may like to run, but he does not run from the academic challenges as a student at MHS. A member of the cross country and track teams, he participated in the grueling Ragnar race. He was also a member of the National Honor Society and the Key Club and was twice a delegate for Boys State. “MHS is a school unlike any other,” he said. “The teachers and staff are determined to help students achieve success and those who do are rewarded.” He won both the President’s Undergrad Scholarship at the Colorado School of Mines ($12,000) as well as the Marana Schools’ 2340 Foundation Scholarship Award. He will attend the Colorado School of Mines and study physics and engineering with the hopes of being an engineer.
6 Schulyer Mangiafico
Schuyler was a member of DECA, serving as the club’s vice president. He earned the University of Arizona Wildcat Excellence Scholarship and will attend the UA and study mechanical engineering. He hopes to work in the natural gas industry.
8 Shyann Chaudhry
Shyann credits her teachers at Marana for preparing her for the rigors of college and life beyond. The Tiger softball player understands the need to be challenged and did not shy away from hard work. “Marana High School has shaped me into the independent, motivated and tenacious person I am today,” she said. She was also a member of the Key Club, National Honor Society, World Traveler’s Club and DECA. She received the University of Arizona Wildcat Excellence Award, will attend the UA and hopes to be a pediatric nurse practitioner.
9 Faith Digby
Faith kept busy her four years at Marana, participating in symphonic orchestra, journalism club, volleyball and the National Honor Society. In addition to orchestra, she took drum lessons and has taught herself how to play the piano, ukulele and harmonica. She also participated in a KEYS Summer Research Internship and volunteering at the Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library. She earned the University of Arizona Wildcat Excellence Award, and will attend the University of Arizona next fall. She hopes to become a doctor with an emphasis on medical research.
10 James Rozelle
James kept busy both in and outside Marana High School. He was a member of the National Honor Society and the Photo Club, while also competing in men’s gymnastics and playing the piano. He received the University of Arizona Wildcat Scholarship and will attend the UA to study biochemistry so he eventually can become a dermatologist.