ZONA East Valley

Arijan Shows the Importance of Leadership and Being Positive

Arijan Pondexter is an outgoing and energetic eighth grade student at Mosaica Preparatory Academy of Chandler. Arijan is both a leader and role model to fellow students. As a member of the Student Council, Arijan is always on time for the meetings, sets a good example by following council by­-laws and rules, and will summarize information clearly for those who didn’t understand. She also …

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Xavier Tennis Coach Named Coach of the Year

Xavier College Preparatory tennis coach Laurie Martin has been named Tennis Industry’s “Champions of Tennis 2014 ­ High School Coach of the Year.” In addition to leading Xavier’s varsity team to three consecutive Division I state championship titles, she coaches nearly 60 students on Xavier’s freshwomen team. In the fall, Coach Martin was named to the United States Tennis Association’s “No-­Cut Coach All-­Star Team” …

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Emily Excels on Stage at James Madison

Although she excels academically, Emily receives her greatest joy from the arts. She loves drawing, creative writing, singing, tap dancing, and acting. Read what plans she has for her very bright future. Q. You are really into acting, what plays have you been in so far? When I arrived at James Madison last year, I had a magical time dancing in both …

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Nikhil Talks Neuroscience

Nikhil has already made a big impact on the world. From volunteering, to studying and now raising awareness for neurological diseases, read more about what he has planned next. Q. How did you get interested in neuroscience? In middle school, I needed volunteer hours for National Junior Honor Society so I decided to volunteer at a local senior center called Solterra Senior …

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Robotics Club Encourages Problem Solving and Teamwork

Imagine West Gilbert’s robotics program is in place to assist students in understanding the engineering process as well as to help students problem solve and work together to accomplish a common goal. Q. Why did you want to be a part of the robotics club? Albert ­– I wanted to be a part of the robotics club because I find it very …

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Brennan Impacts Younger Kids at Bethany Christian

Brennan is a seventh grader and is already starting to make a big impact on the elementary kids at his school. We see great things in his future. What do you like best about Bethany Christian School? I like my friends and the way God has been working through the lives of everyone here. What impact has this school had …

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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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James Madison Senior, Chris, Was Made for the Stage

Chris is an amazing young man! He enjoys music and theater among many other things. He has been able to balance all of his commitments with a diagnosis of type 1 diabetes since the age of nine. Read more about Chris and what else he enjoys. How long have you been interested in music and theater? Chris has been interested in theater …

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Zoo Teen Anna Starts Environmental Club

Anna started an organization at her school and also is in the Zoo Teen program at the Phoenix Zoo. We see great things in Anna’s future! What kinds of activities and programs are you involved in outside of school? I’m pretty involved inside and outside of school. In the summer and fall I played beach volleyball in a women’s league and right …

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