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Ruth Buchholz

Arizona Lutheran Academy

1A-3A Scholar Athlete Recipient

Ruth is what every teacher, coach and school leader would like to have in a student-leader. She is naturally gifted as both an athlete and a scholar. Her humility is what sets her apart as she is always about others, never about herself. She brings a positive attitude to each activity and she spends much time encouraging others and helping them reach their potential. Another aspect of Ruth that truly stands out is her perseverance. She is not dismayed when things are tough. She is always able to keep her emotions in check, control her attitude and keep working harder to reach a goal. She has known failure and success and she understands that failure is not a problem as long as she learns from it and keeps pushing forward. 

Ruth graduated with a 4.0 GPA and tied at number one of her senior class at Arizona Lutheran Academy. She participated in three varsity sports for most of her high school years; volleyball, basketbal and track & field. Not only is she an outstanding athlete she participates in choir, piano and band and has since her freshman year at ALA. Ruth served at the team captain her senior year for basketball and track & field and has served as the team captain for volleyball since her sophomore year. She has recieved nurmurous athletic honors for all three sports and was selected as the senior class speaker for graduation. Her drive to be excellent in all that she does has earned her the respect of her peers, coaches and teachers.

Ruth plans to attend Martin Luther College to study elementary and secondary education. She also hopes to participate on the volleyball team and in the choir program.


Events for the week of February 20, 2017

Monday, February 20, 2017

AIA Office Closed - Holiday

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

AIA Executive Board Meeting - 7:30 am - 11:59 pm

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

AIA/AZBOA Meeting - AIA Office - 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Sports Medicine Advisory Committee - 7:30 am - 9:00 am

3A Conference Meeting - AIA Board Room - 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

View the full AIA Calendar


2017 AIA State Basketball Tournaments
Semi-final games in 4A boys and 6A boys and girls will be played on Thursday, Feb. 23.  The semi-finals in the 1A, 2A and 3A boys and girls will take place on Friday, Feb. 24.

The championships in 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A will take place on Feb. 25, the championships in 5A take place on Monday, Feb. 27, and the championships in 6A take place on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

Watch all the semi-finals and championships basketball games on the NFHS Network for as low as $9.95 for a monthly pass.  Check the brackets for the boys and the girls for all the match-ups, visit the tournament information page for the boys and girls for complete details, and download the programs.