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SUSD Foundation Hall of Excellence

Since 2013, the SUSD Foundation has recognized 8 individuals each year who have gone above and beyond in maintaining integrity and innovation in the classroom as a student or teacher, in the administrative office or by attending Scottsdale schools and going on to great accomplishments that inspire current and future students to continue and complete their educational paths.


SUSD Foundation inducts 2 alumni into the Hall of Excellence with a fundraiser gala to celebrate their accomplishments, as well as those of the 6 current district Hall of Excellence Honorees. The event raises funds for continued student and teacher grants.

Hall of Excellence Inductees

Jaime Cerreta, News Anchor & Journalist

2017

Paul Konerko, Major League Baseball Player

2017

Charles Keating IV, Navy SEAL

2016

Heather Morris, Actress and Dancer

2016

David Schweikert, US Congressman

2015

Dr. Eric Meyer, Arizona State Representative

2015

Vice President Dan Quayle, 44th Vice President of the Unites States

2014

Michelle Mitchell, Olympic Diver

2014

Dr. Jeff Trent, President & Research Director, TGen

2013

Lynda Carter, Actress

2013

Hall of Excellence Honorees

Also recognized as part of the program are 2 student, 2 teacher and 2 administrator Hall of Excellence Honorees, who continue to amaze the district with their achievements in and contribution to the education environment.

What it means to be a Hall of Excellence Inductee?

Each year, the SUSD Foundation recognizes 2 Scottsdale Unified School District alumni of various ages and backgrounds that recognize their time at SUSD as valuable and a platform for continued success in their respective field. They are inducted into the SUSD Foundation Hall of Excellence by attending the fall Quest for the Best Awards Gala as a guest of the foundation and accept the induction during the event.


Many alumni credit SUSD for providing necessary resources that put them on a path to success, or exposing them to leadership that shaped their mindsets, or providing unique programs that were inspirational diving boards into their career choice.

While these alumni have taken many different paths in their careers since graduating from SUSD, including politics, sports, medicine, business and entertainment, they all have a common belief that quality education was a pivotal piece of their ability to become successful and share in a passion to inspire…inspire students to appreciate the educational resources they are given and take charge of their future, and inspire community members to support organizations that help students and teachers be their very best even in the worst of economic times.

The two annual Hall of Excellence inductees are memorialized via name placards in the SUSD district office Hall of Excellence with their recognition year, and are given a mounted and framed certificate signed by the president of the foundation and district superintendent the night of the gala. Their photo and biography are listed in the event program and they are mentioned in the foundation’s social media in publicity coverage leading up to the event. The event is professionally photographed and all final images will be sent for their publicity team or social media use.