Center for Educational Excellence

Meet the CEE ‘You Be The Chemist’ Team

Center for Educational Excellence recently sent a team to the 3rd Annual Arizona You Be the Chemist competition. The competition put on by the Chemical Educational Foundation was held on the ASU campus. CEF’s You Be The Chemist® programs are designed to enhance K-­8 science education by introducing the central role of chemistry in all the sciences and in our everyday lives. To accomplish …

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Joseph Holguin Earns Spot on Team USA

Joseph Holguin is on his way to the Dominican Republic! Read why he was 1 of 14 student athletes to be selected and what this means for his future. When not studying for school, how do you spend your free time? When I’m not studying in school I practice with the soccer team for now and in the spring I …

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Gold Medal Gymnasts and Straight­-A Students

These dedicated gymnasts were state champions from Gold Medal Gymnastics. Kennedy Cochran, Kourtny Nolan, Mallory Gould and Lily Walker all placed in various events such as; vault, bars,  beam, floor, AA, and Team. “These young ladies practice 10­18 hours a week along with being straight A students! They demonstrate hard work, dedication and perseverance every day!! It is our goal through gymnastics to …

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CEE Visits Nature Based Camp at Camp Tontozona

  In September, CEE took the entire Junior High to Camp Tontozona. The retreat, a leadership and education center adjacent to Tonto National Forest near Payson, is managed by Tonto Creek Camps, a Scottsdale non-profit devoted to increasing children’s experiences outdoors. The camps have a nature-based curriculum centered on science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, with the intent of …

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Zachary Hansen Talks Boys Scouts

How long have you been in Scouts and what made you become interested in joining? I started Cub Scouts when I turned eight years old.  As an 11 year old, I became a Boy Scout.  My dad is an Eagle Scout and I have always wanted to be like him. What is your favorite part about being in Eagle Scouts? …

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Cyler Wins Gold Medal in Special Olympics Skills Challenge

How did you feel when you won the gold medal for basketball? I felt happy and excited! I did a really good job. Is this the first time you have won a medal? No I recently won a medal in another basketball competition. How did you become to know so much about basketball? I watch a lot of games and …

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Bryan Olas, First Runner Up in State Science Competition: ‘You Be the Chemist Foundation’

How did you feel when you competing in the “You be the Chemist Competition?” I felt extremely nervous before the competition itself. When answering the questions, I only had time to think of the best answer to fit the questions.  After keying my answer in, the moments before the correct answer was shown was complete torcher. When I got a correct answer, it felt like the weight …

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Nadia Salinas, Winner of AZ Chandler for the Arts Talent Competition

How did you feel when you heard your name as the winner for the AZ Chandler for the Arts Talent competition? I was really surprised because they was a lot talented singers and I was the youngest. What is your favorite song to sing? Right now I Love to sing ‘Counting Stars’ by One Republic, but any other time I …

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CEE’s ‘Mathletes’ and ‘You Be the Chemist’ Clubs

Bryan Olas 8th Grade Tell us a little bit about Mathletes and You Be The Chemist. I am one of the contestants and I get to participate and answers questions at the competition. You have a buzzer and if you know the answer you press the buzzer. For Mathlete you just go to a room and take a test. How did you …

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