ZONA Arcadia

Animal Lover KALI RIDDELL

Q. What is the best part about being a member of your local pony club and how long have you been riding horses? A. There really is not a best part because it is all very fun – the riding, my friends, jumping. My favorite pony to ride is Gabe. He is a good jumper. Q. Do you ride horses …

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Natalie Talks Arizona Sunrays Dance

“Natalie is naturally flexible and I knew when we started at Arizona Sunrays with a little combo class, it was not going to be a short lived hobby. She doesn’t just want to dance, she has to dance. She doesn’t just walk through the house…she leaps and cartwheels! She is very passionate about dance and works really hard.” –Jennifer Utan …

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Becca Webb Places 3rd in Essay Competition for Madison #1

Tell us about your Moral Courage Essay submission? I wrote about a lady from Sudan, named Fatima Ibrahim.  In my eyes, she is a true inspiration and advocate for women’s rights.  She worked hard, pursued her dream of women’s equality through every harsh word, and even went to jail for her cause. Where did you get the inspiration to write …

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First STA Student Council President Tie in 10 Years

John Robaina: How did you feel to be elected co-president with Katie? I was really happy and excited. Katie is great and I am really looking forward to it. What are some things that you would like to implement at school? I would like to implement extra lunchtime activities and special days, and work with the students with things they …

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Recent Xavier Graduate and National Merit Scholar, Claire Woodrow, is Off to Stanford University

As a recent graduate, how well do you think Xavier prepared you for college? Xavier provided me with countless opportunities to grow intellectually.  I was able to achieve both breadth and depth to my education because I had access to an abundance of courses.  At Xavier, I not only explored a variety of subjects, I also used AP classes to …

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Junior Olympic Gold Medalist Evan Pittman

Tell us about your medal wins at the Junior Olympic Games? This was my 6th Junior Olympics Games, and my 6th medals.  It was also fulfilling to set world records for the 6th year in a row.  It was great returning to Des Moines as an Arizonan!  I won 11 gold and 3 silver medals at this year’s games — …

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Level Ten Gymnast, Gracie Reeves

Tell our readers about you as a gymnast I started a tot class at Arizona Sunrays gymnastics when I was 3.  My first leotard covered my pull ups perfectly!  My mom put me in gymnastics to build my coordination skills, not knowing 10 yrs later, I would be Level 10.  The time I spent working on the technique and constant …

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CrossFit Kid of The Month

Grant Combs is our CrossFit kid of the month for September. Here is what he had to say about CrossFit and the other sports he plays: What is your favorite CrossFit exercise? Ring Rows  What made you want to start CrossFit?  My older brother does it. How do you like your coach?  My coach, Adam Shalloo, is always positive and …

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Owen Succeeds with Peak Academics

By: Tina Kanelos, Director of Peak Academics Owen Grossman, an 8th grader at Tesseract, has worked with several Peak Academics tutors for three years. He has demonstrated incredible personal and academic growth during this time. When we first began working with Owen in 5th grade, he was struggling with the transition into middle school and the challenges of ADHD. Clearly …

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Noah Nuez Makes The Ping Interclub State Championship Golf Finals

Noah is currently a 6th grader at St. Francis Xavier School; he was one of two of the youngest to compete in the championship. Noah finished in 3rd place in the North Arizona region and his team finished 1st in their division.  Noah earned the most points for his team. How does it feel to make Ping Interclub state championship golf finals? I felt proud …

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