ZONA Arcadia

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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Meet Sophie Wix, Xavier College Prep Alumna

Xavier College Preparatory alumna Sophie Wix has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Award to the United Kingdom from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Ms. Wix, who will graduate from the University of Southern California this week, will pursue an M.Phil. in Medical Science at the University of Cambridge and conduct breast …

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St. Thomas the Apostle Eighth Grade Graduate, Michael Mansour

Michael Mansour is a recent graduate eighth grader from St. Thomas the Apostle School. He will be attending Brophy College Preparatory in the fall.  Michael is an exemplary student and wonderful example to younger students. He enjoys playing soccer and football. He currently plays with Madison Futbol Club Soccer and will be going out for freshmen football for Brophy. Michael …

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Phoenix Country Day School Student-Athletes Off to College

  The 70-student PCDS Class of 2018 has many talented students, and this year’s group also includes six students who will continue their competitive athletic experiences at the NCAA-level in college. Seniors Addison Wessel (Fencing, Dartmouth College), Jem Stern (Dive, Pomona College), Kylie Fisher (Volleyball, Southern Connecticut State University), Harrison Rooney (Swim, Northeastern University), and Nikasha Patel (Volleyball, Massachusetts Institute …

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Regan Stays Busy with Sports and Acting on Stage at a Young Age

Reagan is in Junior Kindergarten at Christ Church School and has many hobbies and interests! She loves math and reading, and is currently involved in theater, gymnastics, dance, yoga, and just started lacrosse. Her sociable, friendly personality makes her an easy friend to all. Reagan is sure to show her big heart in her eagerness to always help others Q. What …

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PCDS Eighth Graders Create “Writers Over Rifles”

  Yash, Siena, and Alexander have created an organization called “Writers Over Rifles” to address the issues of violence in our society. In their words: We are an organization dedicated to making gun control a reality in the United States using words. We draft petitions, organize protests, host fundraisers, propose bills, and more, working toward ending gun violence in America. The …

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ST. FRANCIS XAVIER EIGHTH GRADE STUDENTS LEAD A “WALK WITH” IN HONOR OF PARKLAND HIGH SCHOOL

On March 14 while other schools nationwide participated in a “walkout”, St. Francis Xavier eighth-grade students choose to “walk with.” March 14 was the one month anniversary of the Parkland shootings. Students throughout the nation organized events to commemorate the day. St. Francis seventh and eight grade students, under the leadership of eighth grade students Tazmin Smith and Kate Brink, …

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