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Meet The fifth Grade Papago Elementary School Robotic Team

Mrs. Hartell’s fifth Grade robotics team is competing in the Dash Robot Challenge starting September 19. Two teams of five will be competing using coding and the Dash and Dot robots to complete three challenges over a three month period. After they finish the three events they could then be invited to compete in the finals in April. They will …

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Christ Church School First Grader Stella Talks Theater

Stella Helm is a first grade student at Christ Church School. Her favorite subject is math and she loves to read. She is involved in community theater, and recently performed in The Little Mermaid at Desert Stages. She is a member of Arizona Country Club, where she enjoys swimming and tennis. Stella enjoys giving to all, whether it is making …

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Xavier Students Help Victims Affected By Hurricanes

Xavier College Preparatory students, faculty, staff, parents, alumnae, and friends raised nearly $30,000 this week to aid those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Pictured in the attached image are several of Xavier’s junior class student council officers with a check payable to Catholic Charities USA for hurricane relief efforts.

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Georgia Succeeds at New Way Academy

Georgia McCook is a tenth grader at New Way Academy. She is involved in student government, soccer, theater and plays school mascot. She has a passion for church and dance. Georgia has dyslexia and before coming to New Way for high school last year, remembers struggling in school and being very shy. “I didn’t have any friends and I definitely …

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Saint Francis Xavier Eighth Grader Accumulates Over 200 Hours of Community Service

Katelyn Cowan is an eighth grade student at St. Francis Xavier. She devotes much of her time to volunteering and fundraising for Alzheimer’s research and awareness, a disease her grandfather passed away from. Since beginning her volunteer journey just two years ago, Katelyn has logged over 200 hours of service. Starting a mother/ daughter team, Katelyn and her mother Kim …

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Xavier Sophomore, Score Big Honors

Xavier College Preparatory sophomore Ashley Menne captured her first American Junior Golf Association championship title in July, capping a freshwoman year packed with impressive accolades. Earlier in the school year, Ms. Menne was an instrumental force in Xavier’s 34th state championship victory, tied two other outstanding players for the individual state title, was named the 2016 Arizona Sports Awards Girls …

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Xavier Joins National PBS Initiative To Build Next Generation of Public Media Journalists

Xavier College Preparatory announced its participation in the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs (SRL) program, a national journalism initiative by the PBS NewsHour to connect middle and high school students with public media stations to produce original, youth-focused news reports. Students at the all-female Phoenix high school will now have the opportunity to create content for the national NewsHour site …

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Saint Francis Xavier Eighth Grader Talks Competitive Horseback Riding

Ella is a competitive horseback rider. She rides as part of the Scottsdale Equestrian Team for the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) and is looking forward to many more years of riding! Last year, Ella competed for the first time as a middle school student and made it all the way to Nationals with her teammates, which was quite a thrilling …

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George Talks Drive, Chip, and Putt Contest and His Community Outreach

Q. Tell us about your recent Drive, Chip & Putt contest you were a part of? A. I entered the local Drive, Chip, and Putt contest back in early June that was held at the Phoenician Golf Club. I finished third in my age bracket, which was 12 to 13 years old, which qualified me for the sub regional contest. …

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Meet PCDS Seniors and Co-Presidents Ben and Olivia

Olivia and Ben are both seniors and Co-Student Body Presidents at PCDS this year. They’re gregarious, smart, and tremendous leaders. And, they’re different– Olivia is a national champion debater and very into theatre, while Ben is the founder of a very popular Photoshop club at PCDS and leader of our Robotics team. Olivia: Q. What are yours and Ben’s plans …

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