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Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral School won first place in the Honeywell Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge

Trinity 9 from Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral School won first place in the Honeywell Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge on February 9! Nearly 200 teams from throughout the Valley participated in the Aerospace Challenge. Trinity 9 is composed of eighth graders Adam Acunin, Annie Dawson, Enzo Gonzales, Nate George, and Ava Larkin. Q. What was your objective for the Honeywell …

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Girl Scout, Katelin Weber Creates Learning center

Q. What inspired your Gold Award project? A. My Gold Award project was inspired by all of my past teachers who have always provided my fellow classmates and I with all the supplies necessary to learn. I know that for many students their access to those supplies and books ends when the school day does. I knew that the Bridge …

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Girls Scout, McKinley Paltzik, Speaks to House of Representatives

McKinley Paltzik presented on behalf of the Girls Scouts on state bill 1184 regarding financial education and money management as part of the curriculum for students in Arizona. Her passionate speech was commented on by Aaron Lieberman, State Representative, via Twitter! McKinley is an eighth grade student at Phoenix Country Day School and a member of the PCDS Middle School …

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PCDS eighth Grade Student Takes 1st Place in National High School Tournament

Eighth grade student Miles Sabeeh, a current eighth grader at Phoenix Country Day School, recently brought home the first place trophy from a national Speech and Debate tournament in Basking Ridge, New Jersey. In the Varsity Humorous Interpretation category, Miles proved to be a fierce competitor as he rivaled against high school students. We caught up with Miles to ask …

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Girl Scouts, Trinity Flatt, earns Her Gold Award Through STEM

Q. What inspired your Gold Award project? A. I noticed children are not enjoying learning. My younger brother brings home a textbook and reads a chapter after his teacher gave a lesson earlier that day. He does not enjoy his classes and only memorizes the material to pass the test. When I was younger, my classes taught through hands-on learning, …

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James Madison Prep Junior, Karina Bell, is a True Patriot and Friend

Karina Bell is the epitome of positive. Karina encourages everyone on the campus, from students to staff, with words of affirmation or small gestures of kindness. She has been a mentor to many of the younger students. Karina has been a leader on the Sparx Danceline team since the day she joined, and played the role of a captain to …

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Girl Scout Lauren Kuhman, Spreads Hiking Awareness

Q. What inspired your Gold Award project? A. Part of it, at first, was the surface level benefits (scholarships, recognition, etc). The other part was the excitement of completing a project, which had an impact, where I could say I changed something. As my project progressed my motives became solely focused on the desire to work towards a solution, and …

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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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Sleepaway Camp Information Night in Scottsdale

Are you thinking of sending your child to a sleepaway camp for the first time this summer? If you are, Friendly Pines Camp in Prescott – a summer tradition for many Arizona families – will host a fun, special event for families on Thursday, Jan. 31, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott Scottsdale Salt River. No …

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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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