ZONA Arcadia

Local Students Named Semi-Finalists in Siemens National Science Competition

Xavier College Preparatory junior Emily Wood and her research partner, junior Divya Vatsa, have been named semi-finalists in the Siemens National Science competition. Their project, entitled “Cognitive and Brain Measures in Middle-Aged Autistic Spectrum Disorder Individuals: What Are the Differences?” and conducted in association with Barrow Neurological Institute, is the first-ever study of its kind to map cognitive function and …

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Twelve Xavier Students Capture Top Coding Honors at ASU’s Women in Computer Science Competition

Twelve Xavier students captured top honors at the Women in Computer Science Coding Competition at Arizona State University. The competition was arranged by Xavier alumna Nichola Lubold ’05 and was judged by a team of women Computer Science professors from ASU. Xavier juniors Nsomma Alilonu, Gabriela Garcia, Erin Sweeney, and Hannah Tribolet were the overall winners. Their application, Typing Tempo, …

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Maggie Loves to Volunteer her Time

Maggie won the ‘Khols Kids Who Care’ award last year, but she continues to volunteer her time with kids with autism, grooming horses, and nursing homes. She loves giving back to her community in every way. Q. You spend a lot of time volunteering at various places tell us about that? A. I volunteer at the The North Mountain Visitor’s …

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PCDS Senior, Tara, Recruited to Columbia University

Tara Dugel (Class of 2016), has been recruited for Varsity Squash at Columbia University in the City of New York. She has committed to Columbia, which is part of NCAA’s Ivy League. Although popular on the East coast, squash is a seldom known sport in the Southwest. It has been a challenge for Tara to find coaches and training partners. …

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New Way Academy Student Starts His Own Talk Show

Griffin, a 10th grade student at New Way Academy, is the creator and host of the new Griffin Vondy Show, a variety-style talk show written and produced by high school students participating in the Digital Media class. Griffin’s outgoing personality and quick wit have helped the show to become an overnight sensation on campus. Griffin shares a little bit more …

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Zoe Wins Pre-Teen Actress of the Year” Award

Zoe is an aspiring actress, especially in comedy. She spent last spring living in LA after winning the “Pre-Teen Actress of the Year” award and taking home top places in other divisions at a national acting competition. Q. Tell us about your “Pre-Teen Actress of the Year” award? A. I went to LA and competed against 2,000 other kids. It …

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Mia Qualifies for Olympic Development Program for Soccer

Mia just qualified for the Olympic training camp for soccer. She is an excellent student and an all-around wonderful young lady! Q. You just qualified for Olympic Development Program for soccer, tell us about that? A. This was the first year I was old enough to try out for the Olympic Development Program. I was really excited. There were hundreds …

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Jack Talks Legos and Hockey

Jack is in fourth grade at Christ Church School and has a kind, enthusiastic spirit and many interests including Legos and hockey. Q. You love Legos building tell us about that? What is the your favorite type of Legos to build? What is the biggest Lego you have ever built? A. I love building Legos because I like to get …

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Cecilia Talks About Her Love for Soccer

 Cecilia has been a great teammate at Arizona Sports Complex and she works hard at everything she does within sports and academics. Q. You play soccer at Arizona Sports Complex tell us about that? A. I have been playing at ASC for about five years. I play every week twice a week. I usually play mid-field or right forward when …

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New Way Academy Collects Hoodies for Homeless Teens

New Way Academy Collects over 700 hoodies for homeless youth. During the morning school assembly on Friday, December 11, Tumbleweed received the hoodies collected for homeless youth. The boxes of clothing were collected by the students of New Way Academy over the last several weeks. (newwayacademy.org). Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development is a Phoenix-based non-profit serving homeless, runaway and other …

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