Arcadia High School’s athletic talent was on full display at the SUSD All-District Athletics Banquet as four Titans were recognized with well-earned awards.
Antonio Green, Jr., Jack Spiekerman, Avery Bowling and Ally Bolden were honored for their athletic achievements in the 15th year of this awards banquet tradition. There are three events – one per season – for each school year, with keynote speakers from the school board, athletic directors and school principals all in attendance.
After losing four banquets last year, the SUSD community came together to highlight the athletic efforts of high-achieving students, with the fall dinner held in December at The McCormick Scottsdale.
“The SUSD Athletic Awards Banquet is an opportunity to recognize the very best student-athletes at our five high schools,” Director of Athletics Nathan Slater explained.
The four Arcadia winners joined their fellow athletes in receiving an 8x10 plaque commemorating their accomplishments following a selection by coaches after winning their respective meets.
“It is very important to recognize our student-athletes organizationally as athletics is an integral part of the comprehensive high school experience,” Slater added. “We also have a chance to thank the coaches who spend countless hours with them, as well as their parents.”
The banquet, funded by the SUSD Foundation, also has representatives from the Scottsdale Charros on hand. They give two $500 scholarships to a male and female athlete based on nominations from high school athletic directors and coaches.
Ally Bolden was named the female scholarship winner in addition to her Arcadia All-District Award. Bolden impressed with her leadership on the varsity volleyball team, earning 2nd Team All-Region for the Northeast Valley in 2021, and volunteering with the AHS National Honor Society, Key Club and Beneficial Bag Club.
“It was so exciting to get the award, and it was extra special because Coach Bunker, who has been so great to me over my Arcadia career, was the one who presented it to me at the banquet,” Bolden said. “It definitely was a great way to end my last season at Arcadia.”
Bolden was joined by fellow seniors and Titan All-District winners Antonio Green, Jr. and Jack Spiekerman, defensive players from the varsity football team. Arcadia diver Avery Bowling was an exciting addition to a growing list of accomplishments like finishing first at the district meet and placing 6th at state.
“It felt amazing that I received this award. It was incredible, and I am so honored to be chosen, especially being a freshman,” said Bowling, who credits dive coach Ms. Blystone and his teammates for helping him succeed.
“So far, my proudest accomplishments at Arcadia probably are representing at the state level and lettering in my sport for the first time.”
All three Arcadia senior winners have yet to confirm their college goals but plan to continue chasing their athletic and academic ambitions after graduation. The SUSD All-District Athletic Awards will return in March following the winter sports season.