Academic Achievements

Eight St. Francis Xavier Students are the Recipients of the Christian Service Award

As a Catholic Jesuit School, St. Francis Xavier challenges students to embark on a lifelong journey of discovery of their God-given gifts and to share these gifts in service to God. We have an extraordinary group of students who have been recognized by the Catholic Community Foundation (CCF). CCF recognizes eighth grade students from throughout the Diocese who display a …

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New To Arizona, Alex, Talks About His New Home Here

  Alex is an outgoing, ambitious 9-year-old at St. John Vianney. He loves to help others and is close to his faith. A hardworking, high- achieving student, Alex has managed to adapt well since his move from Iowa three years ago. He is close with his cousins, brothers and his dog, Mickey. He likes turtles, dogs, and playing his Nintendo …

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Primavera Student, Noah, Has a Talent for Writing

  Noah Brown is a Primavera Online High School student with a talent for writing. He has written a few short stories, one of which will be featured in this article. “The freedoms offered when attending Primavera that are absent from normal public schools was the primary reason I began completing my classes online instead of a physical classroom,” said …

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The Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies’ Project Kindle Program

  The Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies has been awarded a Project Kindle Program fellowship and will be representing the West Valley on an Earthwatch Institute expedition. The world-wide organization, Earthwatch, seeks out highly motivated teachers who engage their students in hands-on scientific field expeditions. Jessica Sabo, an instructor at the Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies, was …

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Ilaria Talks About Her Love for Marine Biology

Q. You are a self-proclaimed “science nerd.” Tell us about your current work at the ASU Biodesign Institute. A. Under the mentorship of Dr. Arvind Varsani, along with the others who work in Dr. Varsani’s lab I conduct lab work involving an array of plants, animals and insects. The lab as a whole utilizes various techniques to characterize, identify, and …

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Bethany Christian School Siblings Love Their School

  Q. What do they like most about being at Bethany? Allison: My favorite part about school is seeing my friends. I also like it when my mom helps in my art class. Mason: My favorite part about school is my teachers. They’re really nice. We both love the end of the school year field trip to the pool!  Q. …

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Reilly Wins STA’s National Geographic Bee

Reilly has enjoyed sports since a young age and has played organized sports as soon as he was old enough. This school year he played soccer in the fall, basketball in the winter, and will be playing baseball in the spring. He enjoys spending time with family and friends and video games are a favorite activity. He has loved his time …

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Joanna Talks Girl Scouts and How SJV Helps her Succeed

Joanna is an honor roll student and an active student on campus at St. John Vianney. From a young age, both volleyball and Girl Scouts have taken center stage in her life. Joanna also enjoys bike rides, watching movies and baking. She is very polite and is always willing to help her fellow classmates and her younger brother. Q. Can you tell us …

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Brian Bice Graduates On Time Through Online Summer School

When you find something you’re truly passionate about, it can be hard to focus on anything else. Especially when that “anything else” is something you’re not fond of. Like, say, a math class. For Brian Bice, a recent graduate of Primavera Online High School, that passion is hiking and fishing. If he ever encounters free time, there’s not too much …

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Yash Competes in Speech and Debate Team, Crowned Overall Champion

Yash is a top student, and a leader on the defending National Champion PCDS Middle School Speech and Debate team. Recently, the PCDS Middle School Speech and Debate team received a special invitation to compete in the Columbia University High School Speech and Debate Tournament in New York City. They were the only Middle School team in attendance, competing against some …

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