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James Quijada Receives AIA Scholar Activity Award

Rio Rico High School JROTC Senior, James Quijada, received the AIA Dr. Voie Stuart Chase Coy 2016-2017 Scholar-Activity of the Year Award for the 6A Conference.

The Dr. Voie Stuart Chase Coy 2016-2017 Scholar-Activity/Athlete of the Year Award is given each year to students whose academic accomplishments are a positive model for others, who possess high levels of integrity and veracity, and who, in the objective determination of the selection committee, have benefited from their participation in high school interscholastic athletic programs or activities.  One young woman and man is selected to represent each conference (1A/2A/3A, and 4A/5A/6A) in the Scholar-Activity or Scholar-Athlete categories.


To qualify for the award, students must:

  • be a graduating senior,
  • have a cumulative grade point average no less than 3.750 on a 4.000 scale,
  • have participated in a Varsity sport (Scholar-Athlete Award) or AIA Activity, (Speech/Debate, Theater, Chess, JROTC or Spiritline/Cheer/Pom for Scholar-Activity Award) in the state of Arizona for at least two years,
  • and have a record of good citizenship.

Students submit four letters of recommendation (coach, activity director, counselor, and principal) and write a 300-word essay, “What does sportsmanship mean to me?”

Quijada wrote about “character” as the defining aspect of sportsmanship:

. . . “For a person to have true sportsmanship, they must be only concerned about how they participate and display their character. No thought of race, religion, creed, or country should cross a true sportsman’s mind as those details do not matter at all in the greater scheme of things. When I display sportsmanship, I always display the six pillars of character as well. I show trustworthiness by pledging that the only way I win is through my own skills, not through cheating. I show respect by treating my opponent as my equal. I show responsibility by admitting my mistakes when wrong and vowing to not let them define me, but train me to be better. I show fairness by always making sure my opponents have the same opportunities as me to win. I show caring by always making sure my teammates and my opponents are in good spirits and health before, during and after events and help where I can. I show citizenship by actively participating in community benefiting events and representing my community as a whole in every action that I take.”

“James is a great young man who represents Rio Rico High School, the Athletic Department, the JROTC program and his family with a tremendous amount of class, pride, and professionalism,” said RRHS Athletic Director Chavez.

“As Battalion Command Sergeant Major, [Quijada] could always be counted upon to get the mission completed while still caring for his subordinates,” wrote LTC St. Clair in his recommendation of Quijada for the award. “He shows honor and selfless service and sets high standards for others to emulate.”

Quijada received $400 and a plaque.

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