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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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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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