Academic Achievements

Xavier Sophomore, Score Big Honors

Xavier College Preparatory sophomore Ashley Menne captured her first American Junior Golf Association championship title in July, capping a freshwoman year packed with impressive accolades. Earlier in the school year, Ms. Menne was an instrumental force in Xavier’s 34th state championship victory, tied two other outstanding players for the individual state title, was named the 2016 Arizona Sports Awards Girls …

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Xavier Joins National PBS Initiative To Build Next Generation of Public Media Journalists

Xavier College Preparatory announced its participation in the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs (SRL) program, a national journalism initiative by the PBS NewsHour to connect middle and high school students with public media stations to produce original, youth-focused news reports. Students at the all-female Phoenix high school will now have the opportunity to create content for the national NewsHour site …

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Straight A Senior Alexis Talks Coding at West-MEC

  Alexis Leffew is in the West-MEC Coding Program. Alexis gets straight A’s, she had perfect attendance for coding in year one and earned her three dual enrollment credits from GCC via the coding program. Q. You are in the coding program at West-MEC, tell us a little more about that? A. The CTE coding program at the Start West-MEC …

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Ss. Simon and Jude’s Seventh Grader Mia Stays Busy

Mia Feix is a busy seventh grade student at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral School! She is a member of Student Council, plays for a traveling club soccer team, and takes piano lessons. Her family is also very involved with the Phil-Am Lions Club, which has given her the opportunity to participate in many community service projects. Mia really enjoys …

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The Story of Melissa Verdugo, Primavera Graduate

In today’s fast-paced and demanding world, stress and anxiety are a reality for most of us. For many teenagers though, anxiety becomes overwhelming and can lead to other issues such as depression or ADD/ADHD.   Melissa Verdugo describes herself as a friendly, yet shy person. She began high school at a traditional brick and mortar school. Like many freshmen, she …

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Meet PCDS Seniors and Co-Presidents Ben and Olivia

Olivia and Ben are both seniors and Co-Student Body Presidents at PCDS this year. They’re gregarious, smart, and tremendous leaders. And, they’re different– Olivia is a national champion debater and very into theatre, while Ben is the founder of a very popular Photoshop club at PCDS and leader of our Robotics team. Olivia: Q. What are yours and Ben’s plans …

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CCS First Grader, Elliot, Talks About her Favorites

Elliot is an enthusiastic first grader at Christ Church School in Paradise Valley. She is very excited to be in a combined first and second grade class this year. Q. What are some exciting things you did this summer? Which was your favorite? A. I hiked, went up to Montana, and played in our playhouse in Montana. My favorite thing …

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From Homeschooling to Brightmont Academy

Saya was an eighth grader being homeschooled by her mom, when she realized she needed a more stable and structured learning environment. Saya is a bright, motivated student who wanted more from her education. While looking into private one-to-one schools, Saya and her mom found Brightmont Academy. For her freshman year of high school, Saya enrolled at Brightmont Academy – …

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Vanessa Receives Inaugural Renee LaBelle Parsons Girls Leadership Award

Vanessa’s very first day at the Club she wanted to find ways to get involved in her community. She immediately joined the Leaders In Training (LIT) Program. Her experience at the Club and recently receiving the first ever Renee LaBelle Parsons Girls Leadership Award has given her the confidence and skills to pursue her dreams. Q. You were chosen as …

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Rugamba Named Boys & Girls Club Youth of the Year Finalist

There are many words to describe Rugamba, but one sticks out the most — grateful. Rugamba genuinely appreciates all the opportunities the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix (BGCMP) has provided for him. Most importantly, he recognizes the Club has shaped who he is today and allowed him to form some great relationships with mentors and friends. He is …

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