Phoenix Country Day School

PCDS student, Bella de Roos, Wins Two National titles in Speech and Debate Competition

In its first year of existence, Phoenix Country Day Schools’ Middle School Speech and Debate team won a School of Excellence Award (placing as a top-five team in the country), had one student win TWO National Titles in two events, Bella de Roos, here is what she had to say about her winnings: Q. You recently won TWO national titles …

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Nine Students Return from Speech and Debate Nationals Triumphant

Nine PCDS students spent the first weeks of their Summer Break preparing for and competing at the 2015 National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament in Dallas, Texas. The tournament marks the capstone of speech and debate activities for more than 130,000 students around the nation. This year, more than 4,000 participated, including students from more than 20 international schools …

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Phoenix Country Day Students Visit India

By Sophia Hill The first thing you think when you step onto the streets of India is: It’s hot. But the constant honking of horns and crowds of people soon have you swept up in a vibrant and whimsical display of sensory overload. There is something happening at every corner, whether it is a woman in a brightly colored sari …

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Sam Loves to Learn, Travel and Lead

Sam loves learning and immersing himself in different cultures, countries, and being around different people. You were recently elected as Southwest District Key Club Lieutenant Governor of the North Mountain Division. What does that mean? I will be an elected leader of over 2,500 Key Club members in the district, which includes all clubs in Arizona, New Mexico, western Texas, and southern Nevada. …

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PCDS Students Earn Two Spots in The Scottsdale Rotary Club Youth Salute

While many students were relaxing during Spring Break, two PCDS students interviewed to win prestigious spots in the Scottsdale Rotary Club’s annual Youth Salute. According to the Club’s website: “Nominations for Scottsdale’s Youth Salutes are requested during a student’s junior year. Students are nominated not only on grades, but also on leadership in school activities, religious organizations, or activities in their community. Each student …

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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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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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Dylan Hong Takes on the Impossible

Dylan has taken part in some amazing independent projects at PCDS, particularly around coding and engineering. This determined kid doesn’t stop when he’s told that something is impossible, check out some of his amazing work and see what he has planned for the future. Q. How did you get into coding & engineering? What got you interested? A. I was …

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Four Students Place Top Ten at Debate Invitational

The fear of public speaking is one that affects millions of people around the world. But for twenty middle school students here at Phoenix Country Day School, it is something drilled and practiced many times a week in order to be the best they can be. The new Speech and Debate Program at PCDS has created a unique opportunity for …

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Xander Black Runs His Way to Success

By: Tara Dugel, PCDS Looking for an alternative to traditional club sports?  Distance running and racing has been gaining popularity and momentum across the country, and Xander Black, a 6th grader at Phoenix Country Day School, has definitely been bitten by this running bug! Xander Black is a member of Go The Distance (GTD), a running club for youth that …

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