ZONA East Valley

High School junior, Elisabeth, Stays Busy with Volunteering and Extracurriculars

Q. You received the prestigious KEYS internship from the University of Arizona! Congratulations! What will you be doing? A. The KEYS Program is an extraordinary opportunity where high school students across Arizona can spend their summer mentoring in laboratories side-by-side the U of A faculty. This experience allows students to learn proper lab techniques, complete a college-level science class, and …

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Girl Scout Jacey Salisbury 2020 Gold Award Recipient

Jacey is a 2020 Girl Scout Gold Awardee. She has been a Girl Scout for 12 years and plans to attend Arizona State University to study psychology and business. Q. What inspired your Gold Award project? A. What most inspired me to do my project was going out to the park and seeing all of the pets and homeless that …

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Aiden Molony Two Time Award Winning Poet

Aiden Molony has had his prior writing published in Bazoof Magazine, Bear Essential News, on a few web blogs, and he is a two-time award-winning poet in the Creative Communications National Student-Writing Contest. He has written two children’s pictures books he is hoping to be illustrated and published one day. He loves to share his passions with others. He recently …

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Girl Scouts’ Cynthia Bateman: Gold Award Winner

Cynthia is a Gold and Bronze Award Girl Scout. She has been a Girl Scout for nine years and currently attends Northern Arizona State University. Q. What inspired your Gold Award project? A. My passion and love for FFA and the agricultural community inspired my Gold Award project. Q. Short description of your project? A. I designed and constructed an …

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First Lego League Robotics of Arizona through Education Empower Inc.

Congratulations on all the Mesa teams, especially, the Street Rats for winning the Best Core Values award at their Regional competition on November 2nd! Here’s a little from Mesa participant, Brooke Sanders: I first became interested in robotics after developing a fascination for building Legos and becoming interested in learning to code. I have always enjoyed math and science and …

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Girl Scout Emma Horn Talks Gold Project, Her Love of STEM

Q. What inspired your Gold Award project? A. I had an interest in STEM and was passionate about STEM education being interesting and accessible for everyone. Q. Short description of your project? A. My project implemented a fun and engaging STEM activity program at the Guadalupe Library for students of all ages. I created a set of easy-to-implement STEM lessons …

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Summit Student Goes to Cup Stacking Jr Olympics

After discovering he had a knack for cup stacking during PE, Summit student Ethan competed in the Junior Olympics in Greensboro, NC! Here he is standing with one of the top stackers in the world, Willam Orell. A note from Ethan’s mom: “Ethan had a blast meeting stackers from all over the globe. Even though Ethan has only been stacking …

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Cailin, James Madison Prep Senior, Dedicated Volleyball Player

Cailin is an outstanding senior who is taking the varsity volleyball team to new heights this year with her talent and leadership. Cailin has been on the honor roll throughout her high school career, and has been playing volleyball for James Madison Prep School since she arrived in ninth grade. Cailin is an energetic and enthusiastic senior and leads in …

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Horizon Honors High School Junior, Alexis Blasko, HAs Passion For Medicine

Q. You are very involved in school! What activities do you participate in? A. I am fortunate to participate and hold several leadership roles in a lot of activities within our school’s community. I am a Spirit Ambassador on the Executive Board for our Student Council. This lets me help plan all of our pep rallies, dances, and other social …

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James Madison Prep Senior, Sam Haggard, Well-Rounded Leader on Campus

Sam is a positive and well-rounded leader on campus. Sam is involved in football, baseball, theater, and the student led supreme court. This year Sam was nominated to be the supreme court justice as a Senior. He is kind and gracious to those around him and works hard both in the classroom and in extracurricular activities, being a leader to …

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