Achievements are Plentiful for the PCHS Class of 2020

More than 430 Park City High graduates comprise the largest class to ever graduate from the school. And the Class of 2020 is leaving a legacy of some impressive achievements.

“These students have a passion for learning and the drive in pursuit of excellence that we expect of our entire student body,” said PCHS Principal Roger Arbabi. “Our community is proud of the achievements of these exceptional young adults as they move on to the next phase of their education.”


Jon Troxel and Siri Ahern are the class Valedictorians, and Eleanor Ball is Salutatorian.  Troxel, along with Lane Myshrall , were  recipients of National Merit $2,500 Scholarships. Only 23 graduates statewide received the scholarship.

Nearly 80% of this year’s graduate class plan to attend a two-year college or four-year university. Some of the places they plan to continue their education include: Princeton, Notre Dame, Baylor, Clemson, Villanova, Cal Poly, Colgate, UC Berkeley, William and Mary, Duke, UCLA, Dartmouth, and Tulane. Additionally, there will be Miners attending every Utah university and college this fall. Some graduates will be taking a gap year, working, entering the military, or serving missions.

PCHS was well represented in the Sterling Scholar Program with four winners and seven runners-up. Winners included:  Sydney LaPine, English;  Sydney Senn, Science; Annabella Miller, Skilled & Technical Science Education; and Mary Hurner, World Languages. Runners-up were:  Molly Gallagher, Business & Marketing; Gabriel Sherman, Computer Technology; Liam Hanrahan, Instrumental Music; Jack Skidmore, Mathematics; Siri Ahern, Social Science; Emma Sundahl, Vocal Performance; and Eleanor Ball, General Scholarship.


The seniors have been led this year by  Laura Pederson, Senior Class President; and Noah Nasser, Student Body President. Lindsay Carreto and Edgar Pena served this year as Co-Presidents of Latinos in Action.

Lindsay Carreto has received the prestigious Ambassador Program Scholarship from Utah  State University. Only 30 students are selected. Lindsay will receive full tuition and fees for up to four years.

PCHS’s Parent-Teacher-Student Organization awarded the following scholarships: Ultimate Renaissance Miner, Paige Jones; Ultimate Sports Miner, Andrew Pederson; Resilience Award, Elena Polychronis; and Greatest Growth Award, Hannah Cunneen.


Winners of the inaugural Park City Student Service Awards are Jack Henry, Noah Nasser, Caroline Powell, Courtney Solomon, and  Alta Sweet Tabar who each volunteer at least 200 hours to community service.  This year’s seniors donated a combined total of 1,344 hours.

The National Charity League celebrated five graduates  who volunteered 750 hours combined to the Peace House, NAC, Youth Resource Center, Swaner Eco, Christian Center, Little Miracles, People’s Health Clinic, Summit Arts Council and Nuzzles. Those students are: Annie Sunderland, Kylie Farber, Taylor Farnell, Avery Lane & Caroline Haaijer.

Kataleeya Powers was named a co-winner of the 2020 Utah High School Big Sister of the Year by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah.


Hannah Peers is the first-ever PCHS graduate invited to be a Joffrey Ballet School Trainee for the 2020-21 school year.

Congratulations to PCHS senior Tori Kenton who won a 2020 Utah High School Theatre Award tonight for Best Cameo in PCHS’s production of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.”

The community will gets its final glimpse of the Class of 2020 on July 31 thanks to Deer Valley Resort’s generous offer to partner with PCHS to host one last celebration for the graduates.

PCHS working with Deer Valley to Provide Graduates with Celebration

Park City High School is partnering with Deer Valley Resort to give the Class of 2020 a chairlift graduate celebration on Friday, July 31.

“Deer Valley has generously offered this opportunity and we couldn’t be more thrilled,” said Park City High Principal Roger Arbabi. “This will be an unforgettable experience for our students.”

“We were heartbroken that we were not able to celebrate our graduates this spring. Unfortunately, we had to wait to plan something for late summer to safely honor our graduates,” he said.  “It will be a Park City graduation backdrop no other PCHS graduate has ever had,” Arbabi said.

A schedule and more details will be released as soon as possible to allow for families to make plans.

“Deer Valley very much looks forward to celebrating the Park City High School Class of 2020 this summer with a well-deserved chairlift commencement ceremony on the mountain,” said Deer Valley Resort President and COO, Todd Shallan. “We are happy to be able to work with their school administrators and be a part of recognizing these students and their achievements through such a unique and memorable experience.”

In addition to the Deer Valley event, PCHS graduates have the opportunity to take photos at Dozier Field today and Saturday (May 29 & 30) between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Three different photo backdrops will be available on the football field for graduates and their families. To ensure safety protocol, graduates have signed up in advance so that no more than five at a time are on the field with their families. High school staff will be on hand to cheer for their students.

In a few weeks, graduates will be sent a Senior Tribute video. Graduates are uploading their pictures for this video highlighting their high school experiences. The PCHS Student Council provided a keepsake embroidered blanket that has been distributed to each senior in the Class of 2020. The Student Council is still accepting donations here.

Principal Arbabi and the PCHS staff thank the Park City community during this time. Due to their generous support, each senior received a sign in their yard and other recognition. “Thank you for inspiring them to finish the school year strong,” he said.


For more information contact:

Principal Roger Arbabi,, 435-645-5650

9th Grader’s Playhouse Design is Finalist in Architectural Competition

Will Fleming

Treasure Mountain Junior High 9th-grader, Will Fleming, is a Grand Prize finalist in the inForm Architecture Student Playhouse Design Competition. The competition, open to K-12 students along the Wasatch Back, was to see who could dream up the best playhouse.

The rules?

– Maximum size of 10’x10’x10′

– It should inspire active play and/or learning. Designs should have a theme or design concept.

– Design by hand, computer model, physical model, or use all of these.

Will learned about the competition from his Park City High construction teacher Jordan Ulrich who assigned the design as part of his Intro to Construction Technology class.

“I had a lot of fun with it, and mostly designed it for myself,” said Will. He used Sketch-Up Online, a web-based computer modeling software to design his 3D-model playhouse.

His teacher Mr. Ulrich said this was a great alternative to hands-on learning during social distancing. “I am so proud of Will for his accomplishment despite the challenges associated with online learning and a project like this,” he said.

The community will be able to vote for Fleming’s design on social media. That link will be posted via the district’s social media channels in the coming days.

“This assignment was the highlight among all the challenges of the pandemic,” said his mother Ebony Fleming. “He hasn’t been to see his friends or go to school, so this assignment was a blessing. He really enjoyed it. He took his time and designed it the way he wanted to.”

Mr. Ulrich’s classroom is supported by donations to the Park City Education Foundation.

Two PCHS Seniors Receive National Merit Scholarship

Today (5/13/20) the National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced two Park City High seniors have been awarded its National Merit $2,500 Scholarship. Only 23 graduates statewide received the scholarship.

Lane Myshrall

Park City High’s National Merit Scholarship 2020 winners are:

– Lane E. Myshrall who plans to pursue a career in civil engineering

– Jon H. Troxel who plans to pursue a career in applied mathematics

Jon Troxel

The scholars were chosen from a talent pool of more than 15,000 outstanding finalists in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program.

National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors. These scholars were selected by a committee of college admissions officers and high school counselors.

Four PCHS Seniors Win Sterling Scholar Awards at Regional Level

Four Park City High seniors were named winners at last night’s (May 7, 2020) 48th annual Sterling Scholar awards ceremony for the Northeast Region. In addition, seven PCHS seniors were also named runner-ups. Students competed with top students from 18 high schools.

 Each student is required to present a portfolio of work in a specific category, be interviewed by judges, and advanced at the high school and finals levels. From finalists in each of 16 categories, and one overall Sterling Scholar winner is selected.

PCHS Sterling Scholar winners include:

– Sydney LaPine: English

– Sydney Senn: Science

– Annabella Miller: Skilled & Technical Science Education

– Mary Hurner: World Languages

PCHS runner-up awards include:

– Molly Gallagher: Business & Marketing

– Gabriel Sherman: Computer Technology

– Liam Hanrahan: Instrumental Music

– Jack Skidmore: Mathematics

– Siri Ahern: Social Science

– Emma Sundahl: Vocal Performance

– Eleanor Ball: General Scholarship

The Deseret News and KSL Broadcast Group developed the Sterling Scholar program to focus attention on outstanding high school seniors. The purpose is to recognize them publicly as well as award cash scholarships and tuition waivers from participating institutions.

Sydney LaPine
Sydney Senn
Annabella Miller
Mary Hurner

McGuire Family Foundation establishes first-ever Student Service Award

Park City students have been making an impact in our community and throughout the world for many years through the volunteering they do. Now, for the first time, students will have the chance to be rewarded for their efforts with the Park City Student Service Award, thanks to the Park City-based McGuire Family Foundation.

The Park City Student Service Award aims to honor students in grades 9-12 who are committed to making a difference by volunteering their time to non-profit organizations in Park City or elsewhere. This award is not attached to grades or participation in a club — it is purely a volunteer service acknowledgement.

Award certificates will be given to students who meet the criteria of 50+ hours of community service from April 15, 2019, to April 15, 2020.

Seniors who meet the criteria and have completed 200+ hours of community service over the past four years will earn a service honor cord for graduation. The top senior honoree will receive $1,000 to donate to the nonprofit organization of his/her choice.

The deadline to apply is April 15. For more information contact Katie McGuire,, or Pepper Elliot at Park City High,

Full details and application available here in English.

Detalles completos y solicitud disponibles aquí en Español.

PCHS Needs Volunteers to Assist with Robotics Tournament

Park City High School will be hosting a Robotics Tourament on Jan. 18 and needs 80 student and adult volunteers to assist with the qualifying competition. Some 24 robotics teams from thoughout Utah will be competing.

There are a variety of volunteer opportunities which include varying amounts of commitments the day of the event (and possibly some the prior day). The descriptions of the volunteer roles can be found below.

Volunteer role description: 

The following positions are currently available:

Adult Roles

– Judges

– Cameras

– Robot Inspectors

– Field Inspectors

– Robot Inspector (hardware) (5)

– Field Inspector (software) (4)

– Referees/Scorers (8)

– Dean’s List Interviewer (1)

– Judge Match Observer (2)

– Set Up (8 AV experience helpful)

– Team Registration (2)

– Volunteer Registration (2)

– Breakfast Pick Up

– Lunch Pick Up

– Clean up/set up

Student Roles

– Pit Runners (4)

– Field Reset (4)

– Judge Queuer (2)

– Team Registration (2)

– Volunteer Registration (2)

To sign up for a volunteer position, follow these steps:

Step 1: Go to   As an international organization, FIRST has a standardized process for registering and certifying their volunteers.   When you get to the “Event Search Page” please select “FTC” on the left side of the screen to narrow the event options to First Tech Challenge (FTC).  Then select the Park City Qualifier on Jan. 18. You will be asked to select a role for the qualifier.  If we have discussed a specific role for you, please select that role.  If we have not discussed a specific role or if you have forgotten the role name, simply choose “Assign Me as Needed” and I will assign you to the correct position.   If you are a returning volunteer, the system will take you to My Dashboard and will direct you to any paperwork needed. After filling out the forms as prompted, then you will be able to volunteer for the event.  

Step 2: Complete the registration and required screening.

Step 3: If we have not discussed a role for you, sign up as “Assign Me as Needed,” and please email Kimberly Drury, volunteer coordinator, at, your volunteer preferences. She an assign that role in the system.    

The schedule for the Park City event can be found on the event website:

PCHS Dance Company II to present 'Informance' Jan. 15-16

Park City High School’s Dance Company II has been working hard on its annual informative performance for this year, and Director Ashley Mott says it has been a process.

The dancers will present their annual Informance, set to the theme of “Process,” at 7 p.m. in the Eccles Center Black Box Theater Jan. 15 and 16. Admission is $5 at the door.

All 13 company members have been working on creating every aspect of the production, from filming and editing informational videos, to designing and distributing posters, to organizing the order of the show.

Each group of dancers has been assigned a specific choreographic approach – or process – to explore. The processes were “theme first,” “style first,”
“music first,” “inspiration from a famous choreographer,” “formations first,” and “costumes first.”

The production will also feature performances from PCHS’s Dance Company as well as choreography from dance company director Ashley Mott, Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company’s Nick Jurica, and guest choreographers Emily Denham and Efren Corado.

Elizabeth Becerra said this project has allowed her to choreograph using a method that she would never have used to create a dance otherwise. Dulce Robles describes the experience as a creative process that allowed her to branch out and work with new people. Zoe Jensen described how it has been difficult because some dancers had little experience with the genre of hip-hop, which was what her “style first” group has chosen to use as their medium.

Park City High Announces 2020 Sterling Scholars

Park City High School has announced the 16 recipients of the 2020 Sterling Scholar competition. A Sterling Scholar is a high school senior who is publicly recognized and awarded for his or her pursuit of excellence in scholarship, leadership and citizenship in the State of Utah.  

A potential Sterling Scholar presents an all-encompassing portfolio on his or her work in a specific category and during the later stages of the competition is interviewed by judges in the category’s field.  Sterling Scholars are awarded at the high school, regional, and state levels.  

This year’s Sterling Scholars are:  

– Agricultural Science: Lucy Flitton

– Business & Marketing: Molly Gallagher

– Computer Technology: Gabe Sherman

– Dance: Clara Bradford

– English: Sydney LaPine

– Family/Consumer Science: Kathryn Clapier

– Foreign Language: Mary Hurner

– General: Ella Ball

– Instrumental Music: Liam Hanrahan

– Math: Jack Skidmore

– Science: Sydney Senn

– Skilled & Technology: Bella Miller

– Social Science: Siri Ahern

– Theater: Victoria Kenton

– Visual Art: Ashley Silver

– Vocal Performance: Emma Sundahl

School counselors introduce inaugural issue of ‘Counselor Connection’

Beginning this month, Park City High counselors, along with counselors throughout the school district, invite parents/guardians, educators, and community members to review the new “Counselor Connection: Parenting Tips for Today.” This month’s issue focuses on vaping.

Park City School District works with students and families to minimize/eliminate the use of e-cigarettes in or around school campuses. If devices are found, cartridges are tested to be certain there are not illegal substances such as THC in the device.

Devices, as they are not permitted on site, are confiscated. We work with students and families on both educational intervention and age appropriate consequences.

Please contact your school administrators if you have additional questions about vaping or the use of e-cigarettes on campus. 

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