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RRHS Students Achieve Top Results in Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards

Twenty students from Rio Rico High School (RRHS) received prestigious awards from Cambridge International Examinations to acknowledge their outstanding performance in the May 2016 Cambridge examination series, an exam given to students in over 40 countries around the world.

Two students received the highest scores in the United States, scoring above all other US students taking the exam. Receiving the highest award based on results from the Chemistry exam, is Angel Ojeda, junior.  This is the second consecutive year for Ojeda.  In 2015, he received “Top of the Country” for biology. Esteban Urena, sophomore, received “Top of the Country” award for biology.

Students take exams in three or four subject areas, and are awarded a grade from “A” through “G” based on their performance on each exam.


The “Cambridge Scholar Award with Distinction” is awarded to students that earn an “A” on three or more of their exams. The following RRHS students earned this award:


Deigo Soto, Sophomore

Samantha Schadler, Sophomore

Kaitlyn Naff, Sophomore

Edgar Perez, Junion

Delanie Rendon, Junior

Kayla Coronado, Junior

Sofia Gray, Junior


The “Cambridge Scholar Award with Merit,” is awarded to students that earn at least a B on three or more of their exams.  For example, a student could earn an “A” on three exams and a “B” on one; or, a “B” on all four exams.  The following students earned this award:


Jesus Murillo, Sophomore

Antonio Moreno, Sophomore

Andres Cruz, Sophomore

Samantha Coronado, Sophomore

Lauren Clerc, Sophomore

Edward Urena, Junior

Jubin George, Junior

Issac Martinez, Junior

Luis Fierro, Junior

Sebastian Valencia, Junior

Carolina Soto, Junior

Angel Ojeda, Junior


The Outstanding Cambridge Learner Awards program celebrates the success of students taking Cambridge examinations in over 40 countries around the world.


Students will be recognized in February at an academic awards ceremony.  Aimee Denovchek, Cambridge Biology teacher at RRHS, is coordinating the ceremony.


“Having achieved the highest possible awards granted by the prestigious Cambridge International program, these students are now among an elite group of students in the world,” said Denovchek.  


“It is our hope that this accomplishment will unlock opportunities that would not have otherwise been available to them.  We wish them every success as they move forward.”


Superintendent Verdugo agreed, adding praise for the high school’s Cambridge teachers.


“This is a tremendous accomplishment for our students,” said David Verdugo, SCVUSD Superintendent. “This now places their career-and-college readiness on the international stage.  We are proud of them, and of our teachers who guided them to this pinnacle.”

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