An Arizona Scholar is a high school graduate who has accepted the challenge to include in his or her studies courses that are above and beyond the Arizona State basic requirements.
An Arizona Scholar seeks a wide variety of courses including biology, chemistry and physics laboratory classes, or the equivalent, two years of a foreign language and earned a grade of "C" or better in all qualifying classes.
The Arizona Scholars Program recognizes the success of students who may not have the highest GPA but who have demonstrated the commitment and tenacity to earn a passing grade in difficult courses.
This year's Arizona Scholars embarked on this challenging course of studies before the Arizona Scholars program was introduced here in Payson. Therefore, they have demonstrated the attitude that is highly sought after by the program.
The following Payson High School students were chosen as 2006 Arizona Scholars: