Special Awards - Division C
The Hoyt Honorarium
The Hoyt Honorarium has been established to pay tribute to Dr. Hoyt and continue his legacy of supporting academic competitions with $150 annual travel grant toward Arizona's state winner's trip to the National Science Olympiad tournament.
Dr. Charles Hoyt's professional life was devoted to science education; he was a favorite teacher at Cortez High School from 1961-84.
At his memorial service in 2012, a number of his former students stepped forward to share humorous and touching stories of their classroom experiences and the important role Dr. Hoyt played in their lives.
He was constantly seeking ways to challenge students and enrich their educational experiences. For an example, see page 19 of this issue of the CBC Catalyst.
Selection of Dr. Hoyt as Arizona Science Teacher of the Year in 1982 and recipient of the Outstanding Science Teacher Award from Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science in 1980 provided broader recognition of his professional excellence. Among his many accomplishments was the establishment of the Science Olympiad in Arizona. He nurtured the program from its infancy and and, without a doubt, was the tournament's strongest advocate.
He worked to gain legislative support for "academic contests" and, the Science Olympiad was among many programs that were able to get funds to compete nationally.
Past recipients of Hoyt Awards
Hoyt Honorarium (2015-)
2016 Catalina Foothills HS - Blue - coached by Aaron Steindler
2015 Desert Mountain-Maroon coached by Josh Pantier
ASTA's Hoyt Spirit Award (2006-2014)
The Hoyt Spirit Award was awarded by Arizona Science Teachers Association (ASTA) to recognize the team whose members and coaches best exemplify the spirit of the Science Olympiad.
Qualities considered included: demonstration of personal excellence and team spirit, preparation for the competition, sportsmanlike behavior, attitude, respect for rules and fellow competitors, and appreciation and respect for supervisors, assistants, and other officials.
The recognition to honor Dr. Hoyt was transitioned to the Hoyt Honorarium in 2015 when ASTA discontinued their award.
2006 Cienega High School from Vail coached by Michele Chappelear
2007 Mountain Pointe High School from Phoenix coached by Catherine Hansen
2008 McClintock High School from Tempe coached by Ivan Barkdoll
2009 Catalina Foothills High School from Tucson coached by Kiki Moore
2010 Skyline Technical High School from Phoenix coached by Scott Hogan
2011 Empire High School from Tucson coached by Dr. Michael Frank
2012 Cienega High School from Vail coached by Josh Farr
2013 Canyon del Oro High School from Oro Valley coached by Carolyn Zeiher
2014 Empire High School from Tucson coached by Dr. Michael Frank
Outstanding Service Award
This is an annual award to recognize volunteers who have made outstanding contributions to the success of the Science Olympiad program.
Past recipients of the Outstanding Service Award
2005 Dave Hammer
2006 Suzanne Cash
2007 Joyce Holleman
2008 Ray Quackenbush
2009 Stephen Williams
2010 Agripina Paluch
2011 Sandy Gordon
2012 Everett Greenli
2013 Fred Marchesi
2014 Josef Paluch
2015 Cheryl Dellai
2016 Paul Goldsworthy
The Ellis Memorial Award
The Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science has elected to remember Dr. Ellis with a $100 award to the club account of the top ranking team in each year's natural history event(s).
Dr. Albert "Bud" Ellis was instrumental in launching the Science Olympiad program in Arizona; he was the Site Director for the Science Olympiad for the first decade of its existence, recruited the support of Glendale Community College's faculty and administration in hosting its annual tournament and was the supervisor for several different events.
Having earned a Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in Botany and Plant Sciences, Dr. Ellis taught in the Botany Department of the University of Arizona before taking a position as chairman of the Biology Department at Glendale Community College.
His other professional activities included: AZ supervisor of the Outstanding Biology Teacher for the American Institute of Biological Sciences; Chairman of the Natural Areas Advisory Council for the AZ State Parks; and President of the AZ Natural History Society.
In addition, Dr. Ellis was a founding member of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science. He provided many years of leadership to the Academy serving in various capacities on the Board of Governors including President. The Bud Ellis Scholarship awarded annually to an outstanding high school senior majoring in the sciences and attending a university in Arizona or Nevada, was established by the Academy in recognition of his lifetime of contributions to the organization.
Bud was an avid naturalist, biologist, fly fisherman, photographer, camper, and traveler.
Dr. Ellis passed away on October 15, 2007 at the age of 77.
Past recipients of the Ellis Memorial Award
2008 Catalina Foothills High School from Tucson coached by Kiki Moore (Ecology) and Desert Mountain High School from Scottsdale coached
by Josh Pantier (Herpetology)
2009 Catalina Foothills High School - Blue from Tucson coached by Kiki Moore (Herpetology and Ecology)
2010 University High School from Tucson coached by Thomas Tobin (Ecology) and Empire High School from Vail coached by Dr. Michael Frank
2011 Marana High School from Tucson coached by Cassi LaFaye (Ecology) and Accelerated Learning Lab from Tucson coached by Serei Kaye
2012 Saguaro High School - Black from Scottsdale coached by Chris Brandt (Dynamic Planet) and Catalina Foothills High School - Blue from
Tucson coached by Sara Monroe (Forestry)
2013 Desert Mountain - Gray from Tempe coached by Josh Pantier (Dynamic Planet) and Hamilton from Chandler coached by Stacy Amberg
2014 Desert Mountain - Maroon from Tempe coached by Josh Pantier (Dynamic Planet) and Accelerated Learning Lab coached by Serei Kay
2015 Corona del Sol - Orange coached by Roy Doyle (Dynamic Planet) and University - Black coached by Tom Tobin (Entomology)
2016 Desert Mountain-Gray (Invasive Species) from Tempe - coached by Joshua Pantier and Catalina Foothills HS-Blue (GeoLogic Mapping)
from Tucson - coached by Aaron Steindler