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 kids to Camp Kidney. She and all the participants were grateful for the opportunity to use their talents and be Kids for Others. Neeya enjoys dance and art and is an avid reader. She loves her family, has a kind heart and enjoys helping others.

Q. Can you tell us about your volunteer work?
​A. I volunteer at Feed My Starving Children, Salvation Army, and St. Vincent de Paul. As I am growing up, it is important to me to try to help others whenever I have the time. I especially like to do it during the holidays because I like to see people’s faces and reaction when they are eating a holiday meal or when children receive toys. It makes me happy when I see people happy.

Q. What is your favorite book? Author?
​A. My favorite book is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. One of my favorite authors is Mary Pope Osborne, known for the award winning Magic Tree House series

Q. What type of art do you like?
A. ​I like to draw and do origami. I like doing art projects involving different styles.

Q. Do you have a strict dance rehearsal schedule? How do you keep it balanced with your school work?
A. Yes. I go to dance classes 5-6 days a week, sometimes 4-5 hours in one day. This is in addition to rehearsals, competition prep, and going to master classes all over the valley. I do homework at school or when I get to the studio early or when I get a break in between classes. It is hard sometimes, because I am so tired after dance, but I know I need to finish what I didn’t get to do when I get home.

Q. What is your dream travel place?
A. I would say the Philippines and France.

Q. Can you tell us about your family? What do you like to do with them for fun?
A. I have four brothers three older and one younger. I am the only girl. I like to eat out at dinner with them (buffets are my favorite) and play with them at the park or places like Chuck E. Cheese.

Q. What do you see yourself doing in 10 years? 20 years?
A. In 10 years,I see myself still dancing and in college, then going to graduate school… and in 20 years dancing or teaching professionally or a doctor.

Neeya Nuez is a fourth grader at St. Francis Xavier.



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