City of Tempe honors students, teacher during annual Mayor’s Disability Awards


Six students and one teacher from Tempe and McClintock high schools were honored during the 2019 Tempe Mayor's Disability Awards.

The celebration, now in it's 31st year, honors achievements of exceptional individuals with disabilities, employers who have demonstrated a strong commitment to employing people with disabilities, and others who have shown dedication for improving the quality of life for all Tempe residents.

Awards range in a variety of categories, including community support & volunteering, business & employment and education.

Five Tempe High students and one student from McClintock was recognized as Outstanding Students. Tempe Diablos provides scholarships that recognize outstanding Tempe students with disabilities who demonstrate dedication and success as a student, employee or volunteer.

Tempe High Outstanding Students:

  • Madison Knowles
  • Anthony Mendoza
  • Emmanuel Navia
  • Rafael Penate
  • Nimo Guhad

McClintock High Oustanding Student:

  • Sophie Stern

Longtime Buffalo Michael Warner was awarded the Exception Educator Award. The award honors a teacher, school staff member or school support person who has provided exceptional education and support to students with disabilities.

Warner, who teaches Film Study, sponsors the school's Robotics and DECA club.

Exceptional Educator Award:

  • Michael Warner

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