ZONA East Valley

Xavier Host “Girls Have IT Day” March 27

“Girls Have IT Day!” promotes young women’s involvement in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). The event will be part of this year’s Arizona SciTech Festival and is made possible through the generous support of the Freeport­-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. More than 1,000 middle school girls from around the …

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Sakura Succeeds Academically and Athletically at James Madison

Sakura is a bright young lady and a natural born leader. From student council to volleyball to track, it seems like she does it all. Read what her plans are for the future. Tell us about your responsibilities as the President of the Junior High Student Council. As President of the Junior High Student Council, I get to lead setting up …

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Bright Future Ahead for Photographer Ryan

We think Ryan has a great future ahead of him in photography and sports. You are known around campus as the go-­to guy for school photos. How did that come about? My mother got me into photography, and I invested a lot of my time refining my skills. Those skills were first realized in yearbook; I was always the one my teacher, …

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Meet Will, Ashlynn and Elijah of Bethany Christian School

Bethany Christian School in Tempe has opened enrollment for the 2015-­2016 school year! Located on the northwest corner of Price (101) and Guadalupe, it is convenient to families coming from Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, Ahwatukee, and Gilbert. Opening its doors 20 years ago in 1995, Bethany Christian School is a local option for an accredited, private Christian school serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade. …

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Running Club Keeps Imagine Students Active

Running club is held once a week after school at Imagine West Gilbert. Every student has a different goal and the overall long term goal is to build a level. During running club each member has 20 minutes to earn five popsicle sticks at their level by running from the start to their level cone. What do you like best about running club? …

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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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