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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 April 24, 2017

Monday, April 24, 2017

4A Conference Meeting - 9:00 am - 11:59 pm

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Baseball & Softball Bracket Show - 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Saturday, April 29, 2017

AIA Track & Field Seeding Meeting - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

View the full AIA Calendar


2017 AIA State Tennis Tournaments
The team tennis touraments begin Tuesday, April 25 for the girls and Wednesday, April 26 for the boys and continue through Saturday, May 6 with the championships.  The singles and doubles tennis tournaments resume on Friday, April 28 and conclude on Saturday, April 29.  View the brackets for the boys and girls and the tournament info page for the boys and girls for complete information.

2017 AIA State Baseball/Softball Bracket Show
The brackets for the baseball and softball tournaments will be released on Thursday, April 27, beginning at 2:30 p.m. and can be watched live via the NFHS Network for free.

2017 AIA State Volleyball (Boys) Bracket Show
The brackets for the volleyball (boys) tournaments will be released on Friday, May 5, beginning at 11:30 a.m. and can be watched live via the NFHS Network for free.

2017 AIA Beach Volleyball State Tournament
The championship games for beach volleyabll are set and will be played in Division I on Tuesday, May 2, and in Division II on Wednesday, May 3.  Both matchups will take place at Mesquite High School.  Check the brackets for the matchups and the tournament info page for more information.

2017 AIA State Track and Field Tournament
The state track and field tournament will take place at Mesa Community College beginning on Wednesday, May 3 in Division I and II, and on Friday, May 5 in Division III and IV.  The final day of the tournament will take place on Saturday, May 6.  Watch the events live on the NFHS Network for as low as $9.95 for a monthly pass.