Willis Junior High

Well-Rounded Eighth Grader, Olivia, Talks Piano and Music

  Olivia is an artist and musician. She loves her weekly private art lessons and Suzuki method classical piano lessons, and is also a member of the School of Rock Gilbert Performance Group, where she sings lead and back-up vocals and plays keys. She has been an avid reader since preschool and fell in love with Roald Dahl in 1st …

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Willis Junior High Student Ricardo Talks Student Council

Ricardo maintains a 4.0 GPA while being involved in school clubs and student council. He loves to read and cook, as well as spending time playing pool with his dad. Q. What impact do you have and/ or hope to have at your school as the co-president of the student council? A. I want to set an example for others …

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Kenzie Talks Willis Junior High School

Kenzie Gustafson is an eighth grader at Willis Jr. High. She is a student athlete and strongly dedicated to her academics. She plays saxophone, volleyball, basketball and is also a competitive swimmer. She enjoys chess, art, animals, Pokemon and 80’s music. Kenzie is a member of the STEAM Academy, Art Crew, Fellowship of the Readers and National Junior Honors Society. …

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Genevieve Sets New Record For Words Read

Genevieve is very active in her school community at Willis Jr. High. She is part of the Chandler Gifted learning program (CATS) and maintains a high GPA with her full load of gifted classes. Being the top reader in the district by breaking the record, Genevieve participates in the reading club and currently has a total of 13 million words. …

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Ethan Talks Willis’ Robotics Club

Q. The Robotics team qualified for the world finals. Tell us more about that. What did your team do to qualify? A. Our team, consisting of Aryan, McKay, Sam and me qualified for the world finals by earning the Excellence award at the Arizona State Championship. This means that, even though we didn’t win the tournament, we were the best …

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Willis Junior High Student, Audrie, Talks About Her Passion of Music

Audrie is an upbeat cheerful kid. She loves life and is always looking to make the most of each situation. Music is big part of Audrie’s life, she plays the saxophone and sings in her church choir. Audrie is a good student and works hard to get good grades. Q. You play the saxophone tell us more about that? A. …

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Triple Threat, Malasia, Talks Football, Volleyball, and Student Council

Malasia has played football since she was very young. During that time playing starting quarterback. She has also played volleyball for her school and in community programs.  She’s done triathlons, spelling bees, 5k runs…she’s done it all, and all before the age of thirteen. Q. You play football tell us more about that?  A. I’ve played football since I was …

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Seventh Grader Todd Talks Music and Robotics

Q. You are very musical tell us about that? What instruments do you play? What is your favorite instrument to play? What type of music is your favorite? A. I am a pianist, cellist, and vocalist. I enjoy playing the piano the most. I am in my seventh year of playing the piano, my third year of playing the cello, …

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Christian Excels in Willis Junior High Jazz Band

One of Christian’s favorite activities at Willis Junior High is Jazz Band. The Band meets Zero Hour three times a week, but he really enjoys the time. He has been the pianist for two years. Last year, the Jazz Band participated in the Jazz Educators Network festival in Louisville, KY. They were the only junior high jazz band invited to …

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Willis Junior High Student Audra Talks Reading and Books

Q. Tell us your participation in Millionaire’s Club? (What is it? What is your role? What is your favorite part about being involved?) A. Well millionaires club isn’t like a club where you meet every week or has roles. What you have to do to get in is take enough AR tests to prove you read a million words. If …

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