Thursday, January 24, 2019

#RioWaves Powerlifter Turner Stanek Spotlight

snapshot from InMaricopa web story, photo of Stanek at Spokane Nationals

Need a lift? Check out this motivational InMaricopa News story about 15-year-old Rio Salado dual enrollment student, Turner Stanek, who recently won a national powerlifting title.

Turner Stanek showing off his award

There’s more to Stanek than powerlifting. “Turner is an excellent student,” said Rio Salado instructor Gail Dudley, who was Stanek’s former English 101 teacher. His mom Danica Stanek said he’s also “great at carrying in groceries and moving stuff around.”

Stanek, who is a dual enrollment student from Mountain Pointe High School in Tempe, is also a Rio Salado ACE (Achieving a College Education) Puente Youth Scholar. The ACE program assists high-school students with getting a head start on college.

Here’s to you Rio Wave, Turner Stanek! Congratulations!

Pictured here and above is Stanek at the Spokane, Washington Nationals. Photos courtesy of

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