ZONA Arcadia

PCDS Swimmer, Sophomore Quinn, Wins State Events

Quinn Murphy recently shined for PCDS in the State Swimming Championships and the Meet of Champions (comprising the best swimmers from all schools, across all AIA divisions). She won two individual state events– the 100 free and 100 back. In the 100 free, she was the only girl under 53 seconds, finishing at 50.98 in a decisive victory. In the …

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Annemarie is an Excellent Student in Addition to Serving Her Community

Annemarie is a wonderful young lady and an excellent student. This year, she and her classmates spearheaded the STA Halloween Candy Drive. In addition to the great work and involvement at school, Annemarie also serves her community. She raises money for charity with her lemonade stand, as well as contributes time to The Andre House and Maggie’s Thrift Store. She …

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Meet Miguel, Excelencia School Eighth Grader

Miguel Vega, eighth grade student at Excelencia School co-hosted the Creighton School District Town Hall Breakfast! He and Ms. Apodaca hosted a room of 150 people and guided participants through the Strategic Plan, interactive student displays, and facilitated participant conversation.

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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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Eighth Grader, Thomas, Talks STA Buddy Program and School Ambassador

Thomas has been a student at St. Thomas the Apostle since kindergarten, and has a huge presence in the school community. During his sixth grade year he won first place at the STA science fair, and placed second during his seventh grade year. He loves writing, camping, science and sports. He has played both football and baseball for STA every year since fifth …

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Biltmore Prep Academy Celebrates Mexico’s Independence Day

The students, staff and families at Biltmore Preparatory Academy celebrated Mexico’s Independence Day as part of their Dual Language – Spanish Immersion program. Students dressed up in culturally appropriate outfits, sang songs in Spanish, and walked in a parade around campus in front of their families. Viva Mexico! Biltmore Preparatory Academy is part of Creighton schools and services grades K-8.

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Phoenix Country Day School Speech & Debate Team

Pictured (left to right): Siena Liljegren 8th grade: Poetry National Champion; Yash Wadwekar 8th grade: Dramatic Interpretation & Prose Interpretation National Champion; Wade Hunter 8th grade: Duo Interpretation National Champion; Abby Caplan 7th grade: Duo Interpretation National Champion; McKinley Paltzik 7th grade: Extemporaneous Speaking and Impromptu Speaking National Champion; C. Ryan Joyce: Head Speech & Debate coach and Director of …

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School Hacks

• You’re more likely to remember something that you wrote in blue ink than in black ink. • Peppermint stimulates the brain and helps with concentration. • Studying hard for 30 to 50 minutes at a time, with 10 minute breaks in between is the most effective way to study. • Eating chocolate while studying will help the brain retain …

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Art and Culture in the Valley of the Sun

By Jill “MamaBug” Frier Arizona is home to some of the most unique sights to see and places to visit in the world. The Sonoran Desert itself is one-of-a-kind, featuring the lushest desert in the world with distinct flora and fauna only found in our area. The arts and culture in the Valley of the Sun are no exception to …

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All About the ‘Booch Answers Your Questions

By Shelley and Duane Aul Owners/Operators of All About The ‘Booch, Maricopa County’s first kombucha microbrewery Q: What is kombucha? A. Kombucha (pronounced kom-boo-cha or as we like to say “’booch”) is an ancient effervescent fermented beverage that some say dates back to 221 BCE. While it has a long history, it’s not until more recently that it’s become very …

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