ZONA Arcadia

Madeleine Talks Swimming and Volunteering

Madeleine is a student with many talents. From swimming to singing to student council, this girl does it all! You are a swimmer, where do you swim and what do you love about it? I swim for Phoenix Swim Club at PCDS School. What I like about swimming is that it’s you against the clock. There’s no referee calling a bad play, …

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Fifth Grader, Henry, Wins District Spelling Bee

In addition to showing an incredible command of language during the district wide spelling bee, Henry displayed exceptional sportsmanship with his support for and kindness towards his fellow competitors. You recently won a Spelling Bee, tell us about that and what comes next. I recently competed in and won the Madison School District Spelling Bee and will move to the Regional Spelling Bee. …

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Geography Winner, Bryce, Loves to Travel to New Places

What makes Bryce a great kid is his strength is to bounce back from hardships and disappointments and really maintain a positive attitude. Bryce had cancer and lost a significant amount of his hearing so life is just harder for him. Luckily he doesn’t see it that way. You recently won a geography bee, tell us about that. My preparation mainly came …

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Christ Church School Student, Abigail, Loves to Ice Skate

Abigail is a very talented ice skater, read about what plans she has for the future. How long have you been ice skating? I’ve been skating for 18 months at the Ice Den in Scottsdale. How much time do you spend practicing each week? I practice two to three hours per week, depending on the week. What else do you …

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Xavier Tennis Coach Named Coach of the Year

Xavier College Preparatory tennis coach Laurie Martin has been named Tennis Industry’s “Champions of Tennis 2014 ­ High School Coach of the Year.” In addition to leading Xavier’s varsity team to three consecutive Division I state championship titles, she coaches nearly 60 students on Xavier’s freshwomen team. In the fall, Coach Martin was named to the United States Tennis Association’s “No-­Cut Coach All-­Star Team” …

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Hard Work Pays Off for Paul with TaeKwonDo

Paul Cassidy is an excellent student and along with his commitment to TaeKwonDo, he spends a a great deal of time in his other passion of acting. I have been doing TaeKwonDo for three years at JSK TaeKwonDo dojang (school). After 11 previous belt advancements, I will be receiving my first degree black belt in April. For my advancement, I have to do …

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Meet Spencer and Madeleine, PreK Students at Camelback Desert

There are so many great students at Camelback Desert School that we couldn’t highlight just one! Spencer Shniderman Q. We heard you love being outside, what are your favorite things to do outdoors? Outside, I like to find cool bugs, snakes, spiders, and moths! I also enjoy tee­ball and long bike rides with my family. Q. What else do you like …

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Bridget, Brendan and Katie Earn Christian Service Award

Bridget Kelly, Brenden Hoogesteger, and Katie Holmes were awarded the Christian Service Award this year. The Catholic Community Foundation established the Christian Service Award in 1998. Each year the foundation awards 32 scholarships to eighth grade students from elementary schools around the valley in recognition of their extraordinary volunteer service to parish, school, and community. These $8,000 scholarships will assist students in attending a …

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Gifted Student and Performer, Kayla, Tells Us About the REACH Program about

Beyond being a talented performer and scholar, Kayla is also an active part of the community. Q. It sounds like you love to perform, tell us about your last role. My last role was at Valley Youth Theatre and I was Piglet in “A Winnie­The­Pooh Christmas Tail.” It was my first main stage role and I loved spending time with the …

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Andrew Ekmark and the PCDS Basketball Team Shoot for Success

With the motto, “Defend, Rebound, and Run,” the Phoenix Country Day School Varsity Boys’ Basketball team, ranked second in Division Four, has reached new heights this season. They describe themselves as a fast­paced team with a strong offense, and all agree that they have improved. The secret to the team’s success, they believe, lies within a newfound tenacity and perseverance: they have reduced the …

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