ZONA East Valley

Devin Moleterno Takes Adversity Head on and Graduates a Year Early With Primavera Online High School

  There will be moments in all our lives in which we face adversity. During those moments, your decision boils down to two options: You can accept your circumstances or you can make a change. For Devin Moleterno, a recent graduate of Primavera Online High School, responding positively and changing his situation was the only choice in his mind. Devin …

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Naomi Smitthipong, James Madison Prep Sixth Grader

Naomi is an honor roll student at JMPS. She is a positive sixth grader, who works hard on all of her assignments. This year, she joined our junior high track team. Outside of athletics, she is involved in our local community. In her free time, Naomi takes coding lessons through the city library, she participates in horseback riding lessons, and …

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Bethany Christian School Students Pack over 10,000 meals for Hungry Children in Haiti

  More than 160 students at Bethany Christian School in Tempe teamed up with the Champion Group to serve and pack over 10,000 non-perishable nutrient-dense meals for children in Haiti, as part of a school-wide project called Feed the Need. The students formed assembly lines to carefully pour, pack and seal meal packets that will be distributed through a Haitian …

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Scarlett Talks Science at Bethany Christian School

Q. What is your favorite thing about first grade? A. We get to do science! I learned that pumpkins and peeps can float. Pumpkins can float because they have air inside of them and peeps float because they are so light. I like that we get to do a lot of experiments in our science class. Mrs. Ellis lets us have …

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Meet Arianne “Ari” Clark, A Talented Artist and a Businesswoman.

  Ari’s been an artist ever since she can remember. She enjoys anything from graphic design to cartoon doodles. Whatever she does create, she puts her heart and soul into it.   So, naturally, it didn’t take long before people started wanting her to draw and design professionally.   “I’ve always drawn as a hobby, but began taking it as …

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JMPS Senior, RJ Gray, Shines On and Off Stage

  RJ Gray has had a spectacular senior year with a leading role in the school’s musical production of “42nd Street.” At the same time he rehearsed on stage, he was also studying for the state Academic Decathlon competition. RJ was a key member of the JMPS Academic Decathlon team, and he won several medals at the regional competition, including …

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4 Steps for Transferring Summer School Credits to Your School

Summertime is almost upon us (although the Arizona weather says it’s here now). You’re probably thinking of summer plans, upcoming vacations. What you might need to also consider is summer school. Whether your child needs to take classes to catch up or wants to enroll to get ahead, it’s important to know there are options. You can always enroll in …

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Primavera Student, Noah, Has a Talent for Writing

  Noah Brown is a Primavera Online High School student with a talent for writing. He has written a few short stories, one of which will be featured in this article. “The freedoms offered when attending Primavera that are absent from normal public schools was the primary reason I began completing my classes online instead of a physical classroom,” said …

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JMPS Senior, Emmanuel, Talks About his Experience in Musicals

  Emmanuel is currently one of the leads in the school musical where his hard work and stellar tap dance moves shine. Emmanuel has been a teacher’s assistant for several classes this year, and the teachers lucky enough to work with him rave about his dedication and helpfulness.  Q. Can you tell us about your current lead role in the …

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Ilaria Talks About Her Love for Marine Biology

Q. You are a self-proclaimed “science nerd.” Tell us about your current work at the ASU Biodesign Institute. A. Under the mentorship of Dr. Arvind Varsani, along with the others who work in Dr. Varsani’s lab I conduct lab work involving an array of plants, animals and insects. The lab as a whole utilizes various techniques to characterize, identify, and …

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