VVS Dream Run start

A Dream of a Day for a Run!

The second annual VVS Dream Run 5K Fun Run on March 3rd was held under perfect running conditions: a bright, sunny and crisp morning that accentuated the gorgeous scenery and made for comfortable running.

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Runners were greeted upon their early morning arrival on campus to a warm fire crackling in the big fieldstone fireplace outside Brady Hall, Holly’s delicious Trail Run Cookies and Morning Glory Muffins, and cheery registration volunteers from the Sedona Rotary Club as well as VVS students. And to top it all off, runners all received a free t-shirt sporting the iconic Dream Run logo with their registration fee. Serious trail runners, families with children, and friends with dogs set off at 9:00am from Brady Hall and ran the 5K trail across Coconino National Forest land towards Oak Creek. VVS students and faculty were posted along the trail to make sure no one got lost and to pass out drinking water and encouragement.

First male across the finish line was Peter Baxter, who was also last year’s winner. Fastest female was 14 year old Ari Bradford from Cottonwood, and we’re happy to share that Ari will be a VVS freshman next year!
First VVS girl was Emmy Smith and boy, Mike Amadei. The group prize went to “faculty brats” Vella, Josie, Po, Juni S., Lucy, chaperoned by Meg Haesloop and Bill Carter. Prizes included the popular VVS branded clothing, water bottles and caps. The faculty brats were treated to an ice cream party at Walter’s in the Village of Oak Creek.

Dream Run organizer Leigh Carter, VVS Social Sciences Chair and Tribal Coordinator shared that a race highlight for her was Jerry Curmow, a 75 year old Rotary volunteer, who decided to register for the run a minute before it started. “He ran the course in a button down shirt, long work pants, and walking shoes”, said Leigh. Talk about life goals! Afterwards, he said, “I mean, it was only a few miles, so why not?” Jerry won the prize for oldest runner and 5-year old Vella Guelinas won for youngest.

This year’s Dream Run raised $4,290 and while the number of registrants decreased from last year, the number of sponsors grew. A big thanks to these generous sponsors!:

Sedona Golf Resort
Tourist Home All Day Cafe’
SUBY Construction
Northern Arizona Trail Runners Association
Yavapai-Apache Nation
Together We Can
Randy Crewse – Tewa Holiday Project
Jeremy and Bridget Broomfield
Sylvia Thompson
Pit Crew Rescue
The Carters

Dream Run 5K Fun Run is a fundraiser with 100% of proceeds going toward tuition fees for Native American students at Verde Valley School. For more information on how you can sponsor or participate in next year’s Dream Run, contact Leigh Carter, VVS Social Sciences Chair & Tribal Coordinator, at lcarter@vvsaz.org.

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2018 Dream Run

Join us for the second annual Dream Run on Saturday, March 3, 2018, a non-competitive, 5K fun run open to runners of all levels, families and friends who simply wish walk and admire the iconic Cathedral Rock views, and pets on a leash are also welcome.

The 2018 VVS Dream Run will begin and end on the school campus, taking runners through the stunning red rock scenery of Coconino National Forest that surrounds the campus towards the richly diverse Oak Creek riparian zone and back again.

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2017 VVS Dream Run

Verde Valley School is excited to announce its first-ever, non-competitive 5K fun run on March 25th. The 2017 VVS Dream Run will begin and end on the school campus, located at 3511 Verde Valley School Road, Sedona, starting at 9:00am, and is open to all ages and abilities.

The event is a fundraiser with all proceeds going toward tuition fees for Native American students at Verde Valley School. The registration fee is $30 per person and includes an attractive dri-fit t-shirt featuring the iconic Dream Run logo. There is also a reduced fee of $20 for students 19 and under. Registration details can be found online HERE, or by contacting Dream Run organizer, Leigh Carter at lcarter@vvsaz.org or 520-234-6881.

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Soccer Championship Postponed

The Northern Arizona Athletic Association Championship game between Verde Valley School and Oak Creek Ranch School has been postponed to Tuesday, May 3 at 4:00 pm at Morris Field on the VVS campus.

After qualifying OCRS realized they had a sports scheduling conflict and would need to forfeit. Rather than accept the forfeit, VVS Head Coach Andy Gill rescheduled the game.

Last week OCRS handed VVS their first A-Team loss in 45 consecutive games. It should be an amazing championship game.

Meditation Workshop

Join VVS for a “Learn to Meditate” program hosted by Shambhala Center of Phoenix, led by Amy Kemp and including a short talk on meditation, sitting practice, and refreshments. The event is free, casual, and open to anyone tonight at 6:30 in Brady Hall.

Varsity Soccer Wins Season Opener

The VVS A soccer team posted their 41st win in a row on Wednesday with a win over American Heritage Academy. 

The 8-0 outcome saw a goal scored by Alex Tehfi, ’18; two goals by Reus Zhu, ’17; and five goals scored by team co-captain Zino Vieth, ’16. Team co-captains are Kelly Franks,’16 and Kevin Singsaas, ’16.

VVS fielded an international team, with the 15 players on the squad hailing from seven different countries – Afghanistan, China, Germany, Mexico, Rwanda, Spain and the United States .  The varsity team members for the 2016 season are:
Alexander Ocsher, ’16
Alex Tehfi, ’18
Daisy Karekezi, ’19
David Weng, ’17
Ehsan Nasiry, ’16
Jess Harmon, ’18
Jack Liu, ’17
Jorge Porta-Bereciartua, ’16
Kelly Franks, ’16
Kevin Singsaas, ’16
Reus Zhu, ’17
Talie Peck, ’17
Tyrien Fixico, ’17
William Schwindenhammer, ’18
Zino Vieth, ’16

VVS will host two more games on Morris Field before spring break: VVS A team takes on Oak Creek Ranch School on Tuesday March 8th with a 4:30 kick off and Wednesday, March 9th VVS B team hosts American Heritage Academy with a 4:30 kick off.

For the full VVS soccer schedule visit https://vvsaz.org/soccer-schedule-announced/. For photos of Wednesday’s game visit www.vvsaz.org/galleries/


Soccer Season Begins

After a few false starts last week (forfeits by both Northpoint Academy and Spring Ridge Academy), the VVS B soccer team took to Morris Field in our season opener against Southwestern Academy’s A team.  

VVS came up short despite a goal in the final minute by Marco Huang, ’19.  The final score was 4-2 to Southwestern.  Khanh Tran, ’18, scored the team’s other goal in the first half.



The great turnout of players again facilitated the ability to have both an A and B team this year.  Since both teams play their own schedule they could conceivably compete against each other in the Northern Arizona Athletic Association final in April. The A and B teams meet up in regular season play on April 7 at Morris Field at VVS.


Next week the VVS A team takes on American Heritage Academy on Wednesday, March 2. The game is on Morris Field and kick-off is at 4:30 pm.



2016 B Soccer Photo copy

VVS B Soccer Team 2016 – Front Row: Jack Yang, Hieu Trinh, Alsace Liu, Jeff Liu, Gerrard Wu, Maggie Chen, Amber Zhu and Tim Huang. Back Row: Assistant Coach Jeff Welsh, Jimmy Wang, Christopher Lopez, Jin Soo Park, Zack Hui, Khanh Tran, Harris Truong, Jacob Zhang, Marco Huang and Coach Andy Gill.



Soccer Schedule Announced

zino websizeThe VVS soccer team will take on Northpoint Academy in our opening game at Morris Field Tuesday, February 16. Kick off is at 4:30.
Head Coach Andy Gill hopes to continue the coyotes four season winning streak, and has been impressed with the tenacity and perseverance of his team in pre-season drills.  VVS will field varsity (A)  and junior varsity (B) teams this year.  The schedule is below.  Click here for a PDF of the 2016 Soccer Schedule
  • Tuesday, February 16 VVSB  vs. Northpoint Academy at 4:30 at VVS
  • Thursday, February 18 VVSA vs. Spring Ridge Academy at 3:30 at Spring Ridge
  • Thursday February 25 VVSB vs. Southwestern Academy at 3:30 at VVS
  • Wednesday, March 2 VVSA vs. American Heritage Academy at 4:30 VVS
  • Tuesday, March 8 VVSA vs. Oak Creek Ranch School at 4:30 at VVS
  • Wednesday March 9 VVSB vs. American Heritage Academy at 4:30 at VVS
  • Tuesday, March 22 VVSB vs. Prescott Valley Charter High School at 4:00 at VVS
  • Thursday, March 24 VVSB vs. Sedona Sky at 4:30 at VVS
  • Thursday, March 31 VVSA vs. Southwestern Academy at 3:30 at VVS
  • Tuesday April 5 VVSB vs. Sedona Sky at 4:30 at VVS
  • Thursday April 7 VVSA vs. VVSB at 4:30 at VVS
  • Tuesday, April 12 VVSA vs. Northpoint Academy at 4:30 at VVS
  • Thursday, April 14 VVSB vs. Oak Creek Ranch School at 4:00 at VVS
  • Monday, April 18 VVSA vs. Southwestern Academy at 3:30 at VVS
  • Thursday, April 21 VVSA vs. Prescott Valley Charter School at 4:30 at PVCS
  • Tuesday April 26 VVSA vs. Oak Creek Ranch School at 4:00 at VVS
  • Wednesday, April 27 Play Off Game competitors TBA
  • Saturday April 30 NAAA Final at VVS time TBA 


Teen Meditation Workshop

meditation 2As a way to equip students with another tool in their arsenal to beat stress and find school- life balance, VVS is happy to welcome meditation and yoga instructor Landry Shri to campus this weekend to provide a meditation workshop specific to teens.

The I Am 20 meditation technique that Landry will focus on is geared toward groups to help enhance performance and prevent stress and burn out, and is designed to take just 20 minutes per day.

Landry will follow up Saturday’s teen workshop with an adult meditation workshop on Sunday. Parents and other VVS community members are invited to attend Sunday’s workshop beginning at 8:00 am. Please wear loose fitting clothing and bring a pillow or blanket to roll up and sit on. The workshops are in Brady Hall.


Sedona Marathon Results


IMG_6618It took three busses (and a few cars) from the VVS fleet  to transport us all to the Sedona Marathon Event early Saturday morning February 6, but as the sun came up, we piled out in our green “Running for Malawi” t-shirts and had 40+ runners and aid station volunteers representing Verde Valley School.
In addition to the fun of running one of America’s most beautiful marathon courses, runners were collecting donations for the Global Goals program at VVS.  Global Goals, which takes its name from and is based on the United Nations’ Global Goals, a series of initiatives to end poverty and tackle climate change globally.  Before all the pledges are in, the program has raised a little over $1,500.  It’s not too late to sponsor a runner.  You can make a donation through the VVS website at www.vvsaz.org/mdg-malawi or by emailing Caroline Diehl, the program’s coordinator, at carolined@vvsaz.org.  
As you might expect, our runners didn’t just compete, many of them placed in the top 10 of their age groups and categories.  Here’s a list:  
Half Marathon Female 15 – 19 years old: Therese Bach 5th place; Chloe Dotti 7th place; Jess Harmon 8th place;  Kelly Franks 9th place  
Half Marathon Male 15-19 years old: Kevin Singsaas 1st place; Jorge Porta-Bereciartua 4th place; Alex Tehfi 5th place  
10K Men 24-29 years: Cooper Evans 1st place  
10K Men 30-34 years: Pete Reynolds 5th place
10K Male 15-19 years: Kevin Chisolm 4th place; Reus Zhu 5th place; Christopher Lopez 6th place; Talie Peck 7th place: Jake Siet 8th place; David Weng 9th place  
10K Female 15-19 years: Isabella Primavera 1st place; Kate Brovina 4th place; Tatiana Krakhmaleva 5th place; Jolly Nguyen 9th place  
10K Female Under 14 years: Amaya Romanski 3rd place  
5K Female 15-19 years: Jennie Harlan 4th place
5K Male 15-19 years: Zino Vieth 10th place
5K Female 25-29 years: Natalie Plueger 8th place
5K Male 40-44 years: Andy Gill 3rd;
5K Female 44-49 years: Caroline Diehl 9th place