ASU Preparatory Academy South Phoenix Art Inspires Students

« Back  |  

ASU Preparatory Academy South Phoenix students returned from fall break to find some unexpected inspiration on campus—new artistic murals of diverse and notable figures. The murals include Maya Angelou, Dolores Huerta, Frida Kahlo, Nelson Mandela, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Principal Patrick Gibbs said they installed the beautiful art celebrating different cultures because, “we really wanted to build something positive, uplifting, and something the students can relate to.”

The 220 students at the South Phoenix high school campus come from various backgrounds as well. The murals and messages provide a way to express the beauty and uniqueness of their culture.  

Mahkaylah Hopkins, student body president, said: “I honestly think that the murals are going to do a great job with promoting diversity and letting people know it’s okay to be different, no matter who you are, your background, or where you come from.”

Watch Fox 10 News Report LINK

Celebrating A Student’s Success

« Back  |  

Many of our students love ASU and we are honored when they allow us to be part of their educational journey for numerous years. We recently received a letter from a proud parent whose daughter just graduated from ASU Prep with honors. What makes this story so unique is that she has been part of the ASU family for 17 years—and she’s not about to stop. Read more about student Brelyn Fidler.  

Letter From A Parent

“My name is Emily and I thought I would share a fun little story about an incoming Undergraduate that will be attending ASU this fall. Her name is Brelyn Fidler (yep, she’s my daughter) and believe it or not, she’s been going to ASU since 2005! I wanted to share because I’m curious if you come across many students that can say they have been going to ASU basically their whole life.

It all started back in 2005 when we enrolled Brelyn in the Arizona State University Child Study Lab, under the direction of Beth Wiley (who was absolutely amazing by the way). She loved this little school so much and the staff was amazing. As we were nearing the end of our time at the Child Study Lab, we learned about a new school opening up that was affiliated with ASU and not too far from home. It was the ASU Prep STEM Academy, though the name has changed a few times, the basic fundamentals and education these children receive has not. So, in 2009 Brelyn was enrolled.

Fast forward to 2022, Brelyn will be graduating ASU Prep STEM Academy High School, with honors of course. She has been accepted to Arizona State University on a Provost Scholarship, majoring in either Forensic Psychology or Biological Sciences. For 17 years of her life, she’s been in some type of ASU program and she’s not about to stop.

“I honestly can’t imagine our lives without this school
and all the programs she has been able to partake in.”

But wait, there’s more! Brelyn has also been part of the ASU Prep Color Guard team since 2010. For 12 years she’s been spinning under the direction of Amy Kochis. As I write this, she’s trying out for the ASU College Color Guard team, in hopes that she will make the team and continue her spinning during her college career. By 2026 she will have been enrolled in an ASU program for 21 years. Brelyn doesn’t plan to stop there, as she would like to go on to graduate school to earn her master’s and possibly even her doctorate. Maybe then she can say she’s attended ASU her whole life.

As a mom, I just had to share because I kind of can’t even believe it myself. I truly can’t thank ASU and all its affiliated programs enough for the education my daughter has received. I honestly can’t imagine our lives without this school and all the programs she has been able to partake in.

If you’re ever at a future ASU football game, my hope is that you’ll see her spinning on that field, where she has dreamt of being since about the age of 13. GO SUN DEVILS!”

Thank you,
Emily Fidler

Thank you, Ms. Fidler, for entrusting Brelyn’s entire educational journey with ASU—that is such a powerful testimony! We also appreciate you giving a special shoutout to Ms. Wiley and Ms. Kochis. It means a lot when a parent takes the time to share a student’s success with us. We celebrate you, and Brelyn, and look forward to hearing more of her journey and success as a Sun Devil!