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Brittney Esser Talks Arizona Sunrays and Gymnastics

At what level are you currently practicing gymnastics? I competed Xcel Platinum last year and am currently training Xcel Diamond this year.  Do you compete? If so, have you won any awards/trophies? In which event? Yes, I compete. I’ve won 3 trophies and over 90 medals. I’ve gotten medals for all events, including all around. What event is your favorite? …

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Freedom Academy’s, Max Rabin, Talks Fencing

 Tell us about your journey so as a fencer. My aunt is a Sport Psychologist who works with a lot of college  Fencers. She told me that with my personality and sport sense that fencing would be a perfect fit for me.    How old were you when you started? Where do you see your future as far as fencing …

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Tesseract Class Starts Newspaper

Tesseract’s third grade class has embraced a project-based learning initiative by forming their own Class Newspaper. The students are inviting guest speakers from the industry to learn more, they have auditioned for specific jobs and are learning various writing styles with the ultimate goal of publishing their very own “Tiger Times”. Their first assignment was an opinion piece on why they …

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Rhinos and Tigers and Pandas, Oh My!

First and Second Graders in North Ranch Elementary’s Self-Contained Gifted Program Adopt Ten Endangered Animals Through the World Wildlife Fund -Submitted by Shonu V. McEchron Ms. Jennifer Weitz joined the Self-Contained Gifted Program in Paradise Valley in the fall of 2013 and teaches a combined class of first and second graders.  In addition to her Master’s degrees in Elementary and …

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Sisters Share Same Passion at Xtreme Gymnastics

 Kaelie:  How long have you been practicing gymnastics? Four years  What level do you compete at? I compete at XCEL Gold  How do you like being in gymnastics with your younger sister? I love it because I sometimes get to work with her. And   I get to watch her improve as a young gymnast.  Would you want to be in the Olympics one …

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Wyatt Succeeds at Brightmont Academy

Just over two years ago, Wyatt was having a difficult time in school. He wasn’t turning in his work, he was disrupting class and he was getting D’s and F’s. His mother was concerned because she knew he was not going to succeed in the traditional school model, but she didn’t know where to turn. When he was younger, Wyatt …

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Will Receives the Help He Deserves with OTA

One of On-Track Academy’s very first students, Will Christiansen, has been one of its biggest success stories! Bright and motivated, he’s learned to overcome and compensate for a number of learning differences. After trying several educational settings without success—parochial schools, home school, public schools—Will started at OTA, where he’s demonstrated his many strengths while working on areas for improvement.  “I …

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Laree Suttles Talks Dance

You enjoy dancing, tell our readers about that. Yes, I love to dance because it helps me express myself and it relaxes me.  It’s fun because I also get to listen to my favorite music. What types of dance do you practice? Which one is your favorite? I usually like to practice ballet and free style dancing, but my favorite …

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Tesseract Students Care Tesseract Builds Relationship with Green School Alliance

Tesseract School has always integrated global awareness and environmental consciousness in its curriculum. Students have been composting, recycling and learning about being environmentally conscious and studying various topics such as: conservation, sustainability and global awareness. They are all learning about saving the planet on a daily basis. This year, the fourth grade students took on an additional challenge by entering …

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Rancho Solano Preparatory School’s, Matt Martinez, Recounts His Remarkable Accomplishments

Rarely do you hear of a high school senior who is both quarterback of the football team and the composer of the school’s fight song.  While most would consider this to be a significant achievement, it barely skims the surface when recounting the remarkable accomplishments of Matt Martinez. Joining Rancho Solano Preparatory School as a freshman, Matt has covered an …

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