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STA’s Third Graders Write Letters to WWII Veteran

One Saint Thomas the Apostle students, Hank Hubbard age nine, brought in an American flag magnet to show to his third grade class. Hank got it at the Papago Military Base a few weeks ago. On the back on the magnet it explained who had made it. The beautiful magnet was made by Stanley Rzempoluch, a 92-year-old veteran who served …

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Saint Franics Xavier Student, Gracie, Talks Competitive Swim

Gracie is an athletic child; she plays volleyball for St. Francis Xavier School and has a deep love of the camaraderie of team sports. She spends most of her free time flipping on her trampoline in the backyard. If she is not jumping on the trampoline she’s at the pool practicing or competing with Phoenix Swim Club. She has a …

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PCDS’ Student, Alexander, Wins Middle School Civics Essay Writing Contest

PCDS seventh grader Alexander Ashman was the recent winner of the Federal Bar Association’s Inaugural Middle School Civics Essay Writing Contest. Alexander’s essay, “True Justice,” was supported by his PCDS English teacher, Kavita Kukunoor, and history teacher, Katie McKean. He wrote 500 words to answer the topic question: “What does an impartial judicial system mean to me?” More than one …

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Senior Alec Says Farewell to New Way!

New Way Academy senior, Alec McCulloch, is known for his brilliant smile and humble leadership. Alec not only excels in academics, but is known for being positive role model for other students, setting an example through his actions as someone who is always willing to lend a hand or help a friend. Alec has many talents, and his New Way …

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Christ Church School Student, Maksim, Talks his Love of Sports and Species

Maksim is a very adventurous boy. He is very athletic and interested in all kinds of sports. He finished a cumulative marathon this year and won a go-kart race as well! What makes him a great boy is that he is very compassionate and appreciates nature and all living things. He loves to search for insects and loves to take …

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SAMIYA Always Helpful to Classmates and Teachers

StarShine Academy third grader, Samiya Jama, is known for her kind, respectful and helpful demeanor towards her classmate, teachers and school campus. She is always so eager to learn and help anyone that needs it. One interesting fact about Samiya, is that in Africa she had a pet camel! Q. What do you like the best about your school? A. …

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Saint Francis Xavier Student, Sean, Preps for The World Cubing Association

In Sean’s spare time, he has taught himself to solve the Rubik’s cube. His best time is 15.15 seconds. He has over 15 cubes in his collection, including the standard 3×3, a 5×5 and the Pyraminx. Q. You are a self-taught Rubik’s Cube enthusiast tell us more about that? A. Well, I started by seeing someone at my summer camp …

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Charlene Talks Music, Cello, and Acting

Charlene is a very energetic seven year old who started her passion for playing the cello when she was four. Her love of music also led her to learn how to play the drums, which she started last year. Her natural likings for singing, dancing, and acting made her a regular participant at Desert Stages Theater in Scottsdale, and have …

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PCDS Senior, Austin, Talks Baseball and Travels

Austin is a sports fanatic, history buff and avid traveler. He’s traveled to over 30 countries and is always looking to increase that number. He is excited about studying Political Science and International Relations in college and pursuing an international career. Austin is a gentle soul, sometimes called the big friendly giant as he stands 6’6” tall. Q. You have …

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Roman Gives Back Own Money Made By Creating Comic Book

Roman is passionate about giving to those less fortunate, in particular the Feed My Starving Children organization. He volunteered with his school (Christ Church School) last year, and he was touched by the stories. After that, we received a donation mailer, and he happened to read it. It talked about one FMSC location that ran out of food for two …

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