Arts & Science

James Madison Prep Senior, Adam Murray, Talks Acting

Adam is a senior, and recently undertook the arduous task of being the lead in the JMPS original fall production of “A Christmas Carol 2.0.” Adam played the character Scrooge and demonstrated his impressive theatrical talent in that role. Adam has been an instrumental male member of the JMPS theater program for the last few years, and his final debut …

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Fifth Grader, James Graham, Gets Promoted to Tour Choir

James Graham is a very talented fifth grade student at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral School. He is a member of the prestigious Phoenix Boys Choir and was recently promoted to the Tour Choir! He will be traveling to Europe to perform during the month of June. They will have concerts in Berlin, Frankfurt, Dresden, Prague, and Vienna. James is …

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New Way Academy Fifth Grader, Payton Woker, Talks Acting and Student Government

Q. Can you tell us about the Lower School Musical? A. We performed Madagascar Jr, which was a great play because almost all the characters were animals! I was Mason, the Chimpanzee, Lars the Lemur and a piece of protein, a STEAK. The best part of the play was the opening number that involved the entire cast, It’s Showtime, everyone …

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Renata Galvan-Echavez and Chloe Tzompantzi Win Art Contest

Horizon Honors Elementary School students Renata Galvan-Echavez (Grade 6, Age 11 from Chandler) and Chloe Tzompantzi (Grade 5, Age 10 from Chandler) have won an art contest sponsored by The Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (IME). The 22nd Annual Children’s Drawing Contest “Este es mi México” prompted children to explore “Éste es mi México: History, …

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Mesa Boys and Girls Club Team Heads to State Lego Robotics Competition

Mario Diaz and the team at the Grant Woods branch of the Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley provide after school and summer programs, youth sports leagues, teen leadership opportunities, and homework help. But every Friday and Tuesday evening, they also host something out of this world – a First Lego League team called The Little Dippers. This …

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Papago School Robotics Team Goes to Regionals

Papago school’s lego robotics team placed 12th out of 26 teams in the First Lego League Regional Qualifier at BioScience High School! The Papago Programmers gave it their best and received high scores on their research project and presentation. The students researched the psychological effects of loneliness and isolation experienced on long duration space flights. They came up with the …

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St. Francis Xavier Fourth Grader, Neeya, Raises Money in Youth Showcase

Neeya is a fourth grader and recently performed in Talent Slam, a youth showcase for the National Kidney Foundation of Arizona. The event raised money to help children living with kidney disease and to reinstate Camp Kidney a camp devoted to children 8-18 with kidney disease. She received the Performing Arts award. The event raised enough money to send 40 …

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Eighth Grader, Nate, Experiences Air Camp USA

This summer, SSJ eighth grader Nate George had the opportunity to participate in a week-long adventure at Air Camp USA. To be considered for this camp, students must apply and have a teacher recommendation. Over 300 students applied this year! Air Camp was held at the University of Dayton. Nate was able to experience wind tunnels, he built gliders, and …

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Avondale Area Students Featured in Culver’s National Coloring Contest and Calendar

There are talented artists in your midst, and their ages might surprise you. The children entered Culver’s national coloring contest and were selected to have their artwork showcased in the 2019 Culver’s calendar! The following featured children are from the Avondale area: • Gabriella Baca, age 8 from Goodyear, AZ • Jordyn Clark, age 7 from Avondale, AZ • Dylan …

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James Madison Senior, Rylee, Talks Photography and Leadership

Rylee is an influential leader and student on campus, and is involved in more activities than most while still balancing senior year. Rylee is a member of volleyball, show choir, ukulele, tap, orchestra, fall play, musical, and the executive branch, to only name a few! Rylee is a natural leader, and often takes the time to mentor younger students despite …

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