Academic Achievements

Sixth Grader, Aidan, Advances to Regional Spelling Bee

When it comes to spelling, Aidan has had an unnatural gift. He just won his third spelling bee at Benchmark Elementary and is going on to compete regionally! Congratulations on winning the school spelling bee, how do you feel? I feel happy, and thankful that the school bee is over until next year. This isn’t your first win, tell us about …

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Fifth Grader, Henry, Wins District Spelling Bee

In addition to showing an incredible command of language during the district wide spelling bee, Henry displayed exceptional sportsmanship with his support for and kindness towards his fellow competitors. You recently won a Spelling Bee, tell us about that and what comes next. I recently competed in and won the Madison School District Spelling Bee and will move to the Regional Spelling Bee. …

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Geography Winner, Bryce, Loves to Travel to New Places

What makes Bryce a great kid is his strength is to bounce back from hardships and disappointments and really maintain a positive attitude. Bryce had cancer and lost a significant amount of his hearing so life is just harder for him. Luckily he doesn’t see it that way. You recently won a geography bee, tell us about that. My preparation mainly came …

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Shannon Successfully Balances Academics and Athletics

Shannon Gurley, 16, has been a Rancho Solano student since she was four years old, beginning in PreK. Q. You have had some extraordinary experiences as a Rancho Solano student. Could you share some of the most significant? Rancho has provided me with some amazing opportunities and experiences to step outside my comfort zone. During the summer of 2014 I travelled to England …

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Tennis Player, Charlie, Succeeds at Brightmont Academy

Since the age of four, Charlie has overcome many obstacles, including his diagnosed autism. Today at age 17, he continues to need support for reading and staying focused. Charlie’s parents knew that the traditional school setting might not be the right fit for recognizing and building on Charlie’s strengths. As they were looking for another option last summer, they discovered Brightmont Academy, a …

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Bridget, Brendan and Katie Earn Christian Service Award

Bridget Kelly, Brenden Hoogesteger, and Katie Holmes were awarded the Christian Service Award this year. The Catholic Community Foundation established the Christian Service Award in 1998. Each year the foundation awards 32 scholarships to eighth grade students from elementary schools around the valley in recognition of their extraordinary volunteer service to parish, school, and community. These $8,000 scholarships will assist students in attending a …

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Gifted Student and Performer, Kayla, Tells Us About the REACH Program about

Beyond being a talented performer and scholar, Kayla is also an active part of the community. Q. It sounds like you love to perform, tell us about your last role. My last role was at Valley Youth Theatre and I was Piglet in “A Winnie­The­Pooh Christmas Tail.” It was my first main stage role and I loved spending time with the …

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Honors Given at Saint Thomas Aquinas

Congratulations to our eighth graders Isabel Gomez, Matthew Scheller, Jr., and Christy Tran who placed in Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest in the Tolleson Post. The essay was entitled “Why I appreciate America’s Veterans.” Great job Wildcats! Q. How did you feel when you learned you placed in the VFW Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest? A. Isabel: …

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Meet Phoebe, Boys & Girls Club Kid of the Year

Phoebe is an awesome kid and sets a good example to her peers. She gets good grades and wants to be a doctor when she grows up. She is always helpful to other members and staff. She happily participates in all areas and programs on a daily basis. Q. How long have you been attending Boys & Girls Club? A. …

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Nathan Loves Reading and Playing Guitar

Nathan is an intelligent, kind, loving, generous, and respectful kid. He loves to read and is always searching for answers. He is looking forward to his new baby sister who will be arriving soon! Q. We heard you are a great reader and really enjoy reading, what books are your favorites? A. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Ripley’s Believe it …

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