AIA Executive Board Affirms Prior Finding of Recruiting Violation by Centennial High School

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During special board meeting on February 25, 2013, AIA Executive Board heard testimony and affirmed its prior finding of a recruiting violation by association member, Centennial High School.

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In a special meeting on February 25, 2013 the AIA Executive Board heard the appeal of Centennial High School (CHS) regarding a recruiting rule violation regarding a transfer student from Moon Valley High School (MVHS) to CHS. This matter was originally brought to AIA’s attention by Moon Valley High School administrators. Mountain Ridge High School (MRHS) presented similar concerns regarding two of its students who also transferred to Centennial High School. The information prompted the AIA to initiate an investigation. After careful consideration of the evidence presented, the AIA Executive Board made a determination that CHS had violated the recruitment rule concerning the transfer student from Moon Valley High School. Centennial High School appealed this initial determination resulting in the special meeting on February 25, 2013.

At the hearing, Centennial High School and the student were each represented by legal counsel. Both parties requested that the session be closed to the public. The Board approved this request. Testimony was provided by Centennial High School, the student, and two MVHS administrators. After consideration and discussion of the information presented, the Board voted to affirm its prior finding of a recruiting rule violation by CHS. Under AIA bylaws, Centennial High School now has an opportunity to provide the Board notification of corrective action it decides to take. The Board’s next step will be consideration of the sanction that it may impose on Centennial High School. According to AIA bylaws, the board sanctions can range from an advisement to forfeiture of contests that included the ineligible student.

About the Arizona Interscholastic Association:
The AIA, is voluntary association of public and private Arizona high schools. Since 1913, the organization has created and sustained interscholastic activities that encourage maximum student participation by providing AIA member schools with an even playing field to ensure fair and equitable competition. The AIA believes that providing interscholastic activities for Arizona high school students creates personal development opportunities with a balanced focus on academics and extracurricular activities.

Through its 272 member schools, the AIA reaches more than 95,000 participants in high school activity programs. The organization hosts 4000 championship contests and maintains officiating for more than 45,000 regular season games. For more information, visit http://www.aiaonline.org and http://www.aia365.com

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