Academic Achievements

Christ Church Schools’ Athan Parks, Enjoys Giving Back to his Community

Q. You like to give back to charity, tell us about that? A. I like giving money to charity because it saves dogs and people who are homeless. I sometimes give to the church. When I get allowance or money from my grandma and grandpa I have a bucket for charity in my room and I put part of the …

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Local Students Named Semi-Finalists in Siemens National Science Competition

Xavier College Preparatory junior Emily Wood and her research partner, junior Divya Vatsa, have been named semi-finalists in the Siemens National Science competition. Their project, entitled “Cognitive and Brain Measures in Middle-Aged Autistic Spectrum Disorder Individuals: What Are the Differences?” and conducted in association with Barrow Neurological Institute, is the first-ever study of its kind to map cognitive function and …

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Jenny Crowned National Geographic Bee School Champion

Jenny Tran was recently crowned the 2016 National Geographic Bee School Champion! She competed against fourth-eighth graders and won the competition! Q. What was it like winning the National Geographic Bee? A. I was surprised a bit and shocked! This was my first time winning something. Q. You also do a lot of volunteering. What are some of the things …

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Tyler Talks Sports and Star Wars

Q. You play flag football and basketball, tell us about that? (how long? What position?) A. I have played flag football for three years, in flag football you play every position which I enjoy. I get to be on the offense and I get to play defense. Plus, I get to meet kids from other schools that don’t go to …

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Keilani Talks About Her Dedication to Dance

Q. You are a dancer, tell us about that? What style? How long have you been dancing? What is your favorite style of dancing? A. I have been dancing for three years. I do ballet, hip hop, jazz, lyrical and contemporary. My favorite is ballet. Q. How many hours a week do you practice? Do you find it hard to …

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Saint Thomas Aquinas School Students Place in VFW Essay Contest

Every year, the students of St. Thomas Aquinas participate in the VFW (Veteran of Foreign Wars) essay contest. The Tolleson VFW sponsors it. This year’s theme was “What freedom means to me.” This contest is open to any student in a public school or private. St. Thomas Aquinas is very proud of their students and their reflections in their essays …

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Ariana Escarzaga Chosen as Youth of the Year with Boys and Girls Club

Q. How long have you been going to the Swift Kids Branch? A. I have been at the Swift Kids Branch for four years. Q. What activities or programs are you a part of at the Club? A. At the Club, I am a part of Keystone, which is a Club within a Club that focuses on youth leadership. Coming …

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Twelve Xavier Students Capture Top Coding Honors at ASU’s Women in Computer Science Competition

Twelve Xavier students captured top honors at the Women in Computer Science Coding Competition at Arizona State University. The competition was arranged by Xavier alumna Nichola Lubold ’05 and was judged by a team of women Computer Science professors from ASU. Xavier juniors Nsomma Alilonu, Gabriela Garcia, Erin Sweeney, and Hannah Tribolet were the overall winners. Their application, Typing Tempo, …

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Maggie Loves to Volunteer her Time

Maggie won the ‘Khols Kids Who Care’ award last year, but she continues to volunteer her time with kids with autism, grooming horses, and nursing homes. She loves giving back to her community in every way. Q. You spend a lot of time volunteering at various places tell us about that? A. I volunteer at the The North Mountain Visitor’s …

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RSPS Sixth Graders get ‘Stressed’ for eCybermission Science Fair

Rancho Solano sixth grade students Keira Ryan, Nicole Farmer, Michael Demetriades, and Stanley Hrncir are concerned about stress levels in the workplace and decided they needed to find a solution. Together, they researched methods to discover the most effective way to reduce stress, which prevents illnesses caused by long-term worry and anxiety. They performed several experiments, testing multiple people with …

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