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STA’s National Junior Honor Society President, Sophia

Sophia is the National Junior Honor Society President for her school. She has done a fantastic job organizing a variety of fundraisers this year for various organizations. She is a wonderful young person who understands the meaning of giving back to her community. She enjoys singing and performing with The School of Rock, as well as tennis, baking, traveling and …

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Kindergartener Abigail Stays Positive Through Rough Times

Abigail fell ill during the summer a couple weeks before school began, but it wasn’t until August 9, her first day of kindergarten, that she was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.) What doctors originally had thought to be a virus, turned out to be something that Abigail and her family would have to battle against for the weeks and …

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Hubbard Swim Instructor Honored as ‘Educator of the Year’ by United States Swim School Association

It’s now official. Outstanding, talented, and caring swim instructors who specialize in teaching infants, children, and children with special needs how to swim, can be found right here at the Hubbard Family Swim Schools. Kathy and Bob Hubbard, the owners of the internationally recognized Hubbard Family Swim Schools, are very proud and pleased to announce that one of their long-time …

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Haley Elementary Sixth Grader, Lillie, Shines on The Field and in The Classroom

Lillie was gifted with the ability to pick things up easily, whether it is sports or academics. She plays club soccer and excels on the field at various different positions. Although she is usually playing soccer from June through April, she does enjoy other sports as well. She enjoys volleyball and wake boarding when she has a chance. Lillie also …

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Gold Award Girl Scout Recipient, Emma Norton

Emma Norton is a recent Gold Award Girl Scout. Her Gold Award project helped protect the Grand Canyon National Park by replacing more than twenty-year-old storage boxes, used for food and scented items. She replaced these with new and improved bins with Leave No Trace behind sticker educating visitors on how they can be responsible and help protect the park …

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PCDS Senior, Caden, Chairman of the Teen Advisory Council and Football Coach

Caden Short attends Phoenix Country Day School (PCDS) and is heavily involved in the National Stuttering Foundation. He was the keynote speaker at their national conference this summer, where he advocated for students with this additional challenge.  On campus Caden is a solid student with particular strengths in math, science, and quantitative fields. He is a leader among students, and also spends a …

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Mother and Daughter Duo Create Non-Profit, Education Empowers, to Bring STEM awareness to Children

Every Saturday evening, you’ll find a group of students huddled around robots at the Chandler YMCA. During the week, other groups gather at East Valley Boys and Girls Clubs. They look like they are playing some kind of a game – going back and forth between a laptop displaying a flow chart and a small robot on wheels. They are …

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GenTech: Training the Next Generation of Engineers

GenTech is your personal tech service that’s right around the corner. Do you get frustrated with technology? Does that little error message on your screen drive you crazy? How about that moment when you hit some little button you didn’t mean to hit and suddenly things pop up and you feel like chucking that “smart” phone? Well don’t pitch it …

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What You Need to Know About Swimming Supervision

As it stands today, drowning is the primary cause of injury deaths in children ages one to four. This means that it has surpassed even car accidents in terms of risk, which is a pretty frightening thought. Since water is all around us, especially in a state like Arizona where pools are so prevalent, figuring out how to prevent drowning is …

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Why Teach Kids to Code?

In today’s world, when it comes to preparing kids for the future, there are few better ways to do so then by teaching them how to code. Not just for use in the technological age, but to develop academic skills, patience, and critical thinking. All of which are key components for success in school, life, and careers. What is coding? …

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