ZONA Scottsdale

Girl Scout, Elizabeth, Wins Gold Award

Elizabeth has recently won her Gold Award with a project that aimed to educate, raise awareness and motivate people to pick up trash and properly throw away their trash. She built a website that allowed people to document the difference they were making by helping pick up litter in their area. Her project has has a global impact as efforts …

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RSPS eighth Grade Student Wins Award at Carnegie Hall

Over the summer, RSPS 8th grade student Lauren Puryear celebrated her National Best In Grade Award for her poem, Corroded Heart, at Carnegie Hall with other winners and theBoard of Directors and Donors for 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Her piece was selected from 350,000 submissions, placing her within the top 1 percent, and it was showcased at the …

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How New Technologies Support STEAM Learning

With each new school year comes a brand-new set of subjects, books and teachers. It also means new technologies being introduced into the classroom. As students head back to school, here is a look at the technologies that will support STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) learning this year. Digital Art Enter some art classes today and you may …

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Madison Talks about Her Volleyball Experiences with Rancho Solano Preparatory School

Madison Koath is a member of the class of 2018 at Rancho Solano Preparatory School. Though she’s in the midst of preparing for final exams, graduation, and, ultimately, college, we sat down with Madison to reflect on the Upper School experience. Q. You probably have a lot on your mind right now: final exams, your IB assessments, graduation, and college! …

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RSPS Seventh Grader, Jack, Wins The Scottsdale First at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show

  Jack Hertzberg, a seventh-grader at Rancho Solano Preparatory School, won the Scottsdale First at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show last weekend! This event is the largest Arabian Horse Show in the world and is a multi-day event sponsored by the Arabian Horse Association of Arizona. Q. How long have you been working with horses? A. I’ve been riding for …

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Benchmark Siblings Shine on Stage

Teagan, a Benchmark 6th grader, performs in theatre productions around the Valley.  Her most recent performances were the Spotlight Youth Theater’s production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever and Lion King Jr. as one of the main characters, Zazu. Teagan balances an intense after-school and weekend rehearsal schedule with a strong academic course load that includes participation in math and …

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Shalabh Kapoor, a sophomore at Rancho Solano, was awarded the second oboe position in the prestigious Central Arizona All-Regional High School Band

Q. When did your interest in music begin? Was there a defining moment in your childhood that stands out? A. I remember when my older sister started taking piano lessons when I was about seven years-old, and I got jealous watching her practice and hearing the measurable improvement in her skill. So I’d say my interest was sparked at age …

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Seventh Grader Matt Competes for NFL Flag Football National Championship

Matt had the opportunity to compete in Orlando, Florida for the NFL Flag Football National Championship! He competed against the top 10 teams in the nation for his age division. Q. Can you tell us about playing in the NFL tournament? A. In the NFL tournament, there was a lot of good competition and great athletes. We competed against the top …

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RSPS Eighth Grader Photographs Pets, From Dogs to Axolotls

Isabella Lirtzman is an eighth grader at Rancho Solano Preparatory School. With a veterinarian for a dad and a camera in hand, an intense interest in animal photography grew. A photojournalism class at Rancho Solano will continue to fuel that fire and we expect to see great things from Bella. Q. How long have you been practicing photography? A. I …

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Olivia Talks About her Passion for Theater

  Olivia Brydon, a new eighth grade student at Rancho Solano who recently relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona from Saint Legier, Switzerland, has already firmly planted herself in the theater scene, both locally and at school. Q. So you’re involved with a local theater group here in Arizona. Which group do you belong to and are there any plays/musicals on the …

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