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Arizona People, August 17 2006

Sen. Paula Aboud

Sen. Paula Aboud
Inducted into the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame on Aug. 13. Ms. Aboud, D-28, graduated from Tucson High School where in her four years on the tennis team, she was undefeated except for one loss in the finals of the singles state championship in 1967, her senior year. By 1968, she was ranked #1 in doubles and #2 in singles in the Southwest.
She went on to an illustrious athletic career at the University of Arizona, where she played varsity tennis, basketball, volleyball and badminton. She led the basketball team in scoring and rebounding for three years and was selected to the Rocky Mountain All-Star Team. She even played semi-pro basketball in Tucson from 1973-76.
Sen. Aboud was selected along with nine others of a list of 46 nominees by the 12-member Hall of Fame selection committee.

Scottsdale Leadership, Inc., a nonprofit leadership development program, has elected the following officers to its board of directors:
• Abbie S. Fink, president, HMA Public Relations.
• Kurt Merschman, president-elect, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP.
• Jeffery Fisher, treasurer-secretary, Pulte Homes.
• Daniel Costello, past president, Cox Media.
The Arizona Center for Disability Law and the Office of the Arizona Attorney General were honored with the State Bar of Arizona’s inaugural Honorable John R. Sticht Excellence in Disabilities Accessibility Award.
The award recognizes one private and one public legal employer for their efforts to improve access to the Arizona judicial system for individuals with disabilities in the legal profession. The award is named for the late John R. Sticht, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge known for his effectiveness from the bench despite his quadriplegia.
The following people were inducted into the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame on Aug. 13.
• Frank Busch, swimming.
• Ed Hochuli, NFL referee.
• Candy Kaemerer, synchronized swimming.
• Bob Logan, UofA football coach.
• Berto Otero, girls softball.
• Don Pooley, pro golfer.
• Benny Rincon, baseball.
• Jack Rickard, sports journalist.
• Gary Williams, rodeo.
Nominations Sought
Western Maricopa Coalition is seeking nominations for its 14th annual “Best of the West” Awards. Categories include architectural innovation, arts, entertainment and sports, attractions, destinations and tourism, building business, celebrating cultural awareness, education, leadership and service to communities.
Winners will be announced at a dinner on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 5:30 p.m. at Cardinals Stadium, Glendale. Nomination forms are available from WESTMARC by calling (623) 435-0431 or visiting www.westmarc.org. Entries must be postmarked by Friday, Sept. 1, 2006.

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