Phoenix Country Day School

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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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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PCDS’ Senior, Amanda, Talks Acting and Inspires Others Through Her Writing

Amanda is a top academic, and has been a vital part of PCDS’ theatrical programs during her time at school. In March, she’ll play the lead of Ariel in their production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Additionally, she’s an accomplished author and member of the PCDS Varsity Cheer Team. Q. Tell us more about the program “Freshman Year Initiative” that …

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Alexander Talks Books, Writing, and His Spelling Bee Wins

Alexander excels at academics because he loves to learn and he sets the highest standards for himself. Both in and out of the classroom, his curiosity and focus have been lifelong traits Q. You have self-published your own books — tell us about that? Where would one see one of your books?  A. I have self-published two mystery novels and a poetry …

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PCDS Eight Grader, George Talks School Theater and Talent Show

Q. You have recently headlined PCDS’ musical theatrical production tell us about that? A. The long and short of it was that the five middle school students who auditioned for the play received a story from just about every single lower school student, and eventually narrowed it down to about seven vignettes that we wrote script (and/or lyircs) and screenplay …

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Jake Swims His Way to Championships

Jake is a sophomore on the PCDS state champion swim team. He’s a great young man, good friend, and model PCDS student. He has also broken multiple PCDS swim records this year, and could be a highly recruited college athlete. Q. You a member of the Phoenix Swim Club. How long have you been on this team? A. I have …

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Maddie is First to Enter into PCDS’ Independent Scientific Study

Maddie is an amazing Upper School student at PCDS.   A top academic and engaged beyond the classroom, she’s the first student to take advantage of an independent scientific study in their new Shin Center for Art, Science & Innovation.  Q. Tell us about the science program you are about to start at PCDS?  A. The science program I am …

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Kidz 4 Causes Raises Awareness and Funds for Rare Childhood Disorders

At the end of a school day, four friends gather to hang out and play sports. Besides their camaraderie, they have another bond that ties them together: their sincere desire to make a difference in their community. Michael Bendok, Xander Black, Matthew Linhart, and Samuel Steiner are eighth grade students at Phoenix Country Day School and, last year, they founded …

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PCDS Sophomore, Audrey LeClair Talks Softball and her Commitment to Play for University of Michigan

Q. Tell us about your softball career thus far? A. I started playing baseball with the neighborhood boys when I was six. We played at a local park almost every day and I was the only girl. I moved on to softball when I was 8 years old. I played rec ball briefly and then moved up to club. I …

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Going Places: PCDS Class of 2016

By Brenna Dugel On a hot May morning in Paradise Valley, Arizona, the sixty-four seniors of Phoenix Country Day School’s graduating class of 2016 gathered for a final class photo. They sported t-shirts of every hue of the rainbow, representing universities such as USD, ASU, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Harvard, and Columbia. But as they lined up by height and proudly …

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