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Saint Francis Xavier Student, Michael, Gets His Poem Published

St. Francis Xavier seventh grader, Michael Fischer, has been selected by Creative Kids Magazine to have his poem published in an upcoming publication. As part of a writing assignment for his Language Arts Class he wrote the poem, “Shadows”. Michael’s language arts teacher, Mrs. Sanford, had her students read different poetry styles and instructed them to create one of their …

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New Way Academy Gymnast, Hannah, Talks Olympic Dreams

New Way Academy fifth grader, Hannah, is known on campus for her infectious smile and vibrant personality. As a member of both the Junior Bulldog Cheer Squad and swim team, Hannah is very involved inside and outside of school. Hannah shares a little bit about her passion, gymnastics, and how the Olympics inspired her to try a new sport. Q. …

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Christ Church School First Grader, Jedi, Talks Sports

Q. You are involved in many sports. Tell us which sports you are involved in and which ones is your favorite? A. I play golf, basketball, baseball and go surfing. My favorite is baseball.  Q. What position do you play? How long have you been playing? A. I play outfield usually because I have a good arm and like to …

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Xavier Senior Captures Two State Championship Titles, Heads To M.I.T.

Xavier College Preparatory senior Tessa Weiss captured the Division I track and field state championship titles in both the 1,600- and the 3,200-meter running events earlier this month. She then went on to win the 1,600-meter event at the Meet of Champions. Tessa graduated from Xavier on May 14th with a 4.0 grade point average and, in the fall, she will …

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PCDS Sophomore, Audrey LeClair Talks Softball and her Commitment to Play for University of Michigan

Q. Tell us about your softball career thus far? A. I started playing baseball with the neighborhood boys when I was six. We played at a local park almost every day and I was the only girl. I moved on to softball when I was 8 years old. I played rec ball briefly and then moved up to club. I …

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New Way Alumni Returns as Dance Teacher

New Way Academy is excited to welcome Jared Johnson, Class of 2016, back as a dance instructor for the 2016-2017 school year. Jared, an accomplished hip-hop dance performer and first ever Mr. New Way, shares a few of his memories as a New Way student and hopes for the year to come. Q. Tell us about your teaching role at …

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Henri Talks About his Move to Arizona

Henri moved to Arizona in December from northern Michigan. In Michigan Henri played soccer and golf. Henri also enjoys Legos, everything to do with the sea, and dinosaurs- making dinosaur stop-motion videos. Henri is thoughtful and kind, has a good sense of humor and a budding Christian faith. Christ Church School has made the mid-year transition smooth and he has met …

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Four Xavier Seniors Win Congressional District Art Awards

  Four Xavier College Preparatory seniors were honored for their artwork at the Fourth Annual Congressional District 9 High School Art Exhibit and Competition. Sarah Agnone captured first place in the “Mixed Media” category; Mackenzie Cantor won first place in the “Collage” category; Ciana Newberry placed second in the “Collage” category; and Thanh-Nhi Brittany Ha-Nguyen received Honorable Mention in the …

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Going Places: PCDS Class of 2016

By Brenna Dugel On a hot May morning in Paradise Valley, Arizona, the sixty-four seniors of Phoenix Country Day School’s graduating class of 2016 gathered for a final class photo. They sported t-shirts of every hue of the rainbow, representing universities such as USD, ASU, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Harvard, and Columbia. But as they lined up by height and proudly …

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Saint Thomas Apostle Student, Jessica, Shares her Passion of Swimming

  Ever since I was little I have enjoyed swimming. It not only is a great sport to do, but swimming helps me to stay cool during the summer. Most of my time is spent training for swimming, but I did recently get to volunteer at the Arena Pro Series meet held in Mesa. While volunteering I got to meet …

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