Press Release

Students Highlighted in Arizona School Choice Week Parade of Excellence

  • January 16, 2019
  • Vail School District
  • Darcy Mentone
  • 520-269-0409

TUCSON (Jan. 16, 2019) – Arizona is making history with a record breaking 1,058 events across the state celebrating Arizona School Choice Week. This year’s flagship event is a student showcase and school parade of excellence at the University of Arizona on Jan. 23 with hundreds of students expected to attend.   

Co-hosted by Alta Vista High School Principal Alicia Alvarez and Vail School District Director of Communications and Public Affairs Darcy Mentone, the showcase will unite students from district schools, charter schools, private schools, home-schooled programs, magnet schools, and virtual schools. 

The School Choice Week celebration will also feature performances by students at Sunnyside High School, Mexicayotl Academy, Tucson Magnet High School, Espiritu Schools, American Leadership Academy and the nationally recognized Walden Grove High School dance team.  

“The rapid growth in quality choice options in Arizona has directly contributed to the educational progress of our students, who are outpacing their peers across the country,” said Emily Anne Gullickson, executive director at A for Arizona. “At A for Arizona, we are agnostic to school type but are unapologetic about keeping the quality bar high. We are proud to celebrate Arizona’s students, teachers, and schools in honor of National School Choice Week.”  

This event is planned to coincide with the history-making celebration of National School Choice Week 2019, which will feature more than 40,000 school choice events across all 50 states. 

What: Arizona School Choice Celebration & Parade of Excellence 

Where: University of Arizona, Grand Ballroom
When: Wednesday, Jan. 23  

Time: The program begins at 10 a.m. with a parade of students led by Mexicayotl Academy Aztec dancers followed by students from each school in attendance. The event will be emceed by Founder and CEO of thinkLaw Colin Seale and opening remarks will be made by A for Arizona Executive Director Emily Anne Gullickson. The program is set to conclude at 11:30 a.m. 

A mult box for media will be available. RSVP to Darcey Mentone at 

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