ZONA West Valley

Kainoa, Saint John Vianney Kindergartener, Talks Taekwondo and Family

Kainoa is the youngest of six children and lives with his mom and dad, four sisters and brother. He is a very kind and respectful young boy. He loves to spend time with his family, especially Grandma Gloria and Grandpa Sammy! Kainoa loves sports- his favorite football team is the SJV Eagles, and can’t wait to play for them in …

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St. Thomas Aquinas Fifth Grader, Jocelyn, Cares for Others

Jocelyn Ovalle is always thinking of ways to make others feel special. Jocelyn has cut her hair in honor of her teacher, Ms. Burley, and those with Cancer. Jocelyn is involved in theater and was part of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She was recently involved in Kids Alive Theater along with playing volleyball, and having a part as …

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Seventh grader represents AZ at National Volleyball Tournament

Joanna is an honor roll student, and always tries her best to succeed in school. She is very polite and is always willing to help her fellow classmates. She loves helping her younger brother, Adrian, with homework. She enjoys bike rides and baking desserts. Joanna started playing volleyball when she was eight years old. This spring she was invited by …

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SJJ Eighth grader attends Air Camp USA

This summer, SSJ eighth grader Nate George had the opportunity to participate in a week-long adventure at Air Camp USA. To be considered for this camp, students must apply and have a teacher recommendation. Over 300 students applied this year! Air Camp was held at the University of Dayton. Nate was able to experience wind tunnels, he built gliders, and …

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Get Organized for the School Year

School-related stress is common among multi-tasking students. But smart organization can make it easier to dash from class to study hall to after-school activities. It all starts with the right supplies. Gear up for a successful, low-stress school year with these handy tips. Consult the List Give your students the tools they’ll need to hit the ground running, and alleviate …

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Jennifer Rivas, Second Grader at Discover U

Jennifer is a student that always gives 100 percent. When she faces adversity in the classroom she has a positive attitude and a willingness to succeed. She is always on task and engaged in the activities and lessons in the classroom. Every day she is prepared to bring her personal best. She stands up for others who face bullying and …

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Boys & Girls Club Member, Eric Ontiveros

Q. How long have you been going to the Tri-City West/Thornwood Branch? A. Eric has been a member for four years. Q. What activities or programs are you a part of at the Club or what are your favorite activities? A. Eric enjoys basketball, soccer, flag football and baseball. Eric credits the Club with allowing him the opportunity to participate …

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Odyssey Prep and Imagine Rosefield Share the Gift of Music

  Several students from the Odyssey Preparatory Academy and Imagine Rosefield are part of a program called “Autumn’s Treble Makers”. Autumn’s Treble Makers, a musical instruction company, had an amazing experience and opportunity to reach out to the community and share the gift of music with the residents at The Palm Valley Rehabilitation and Care Center back on December 1st, …

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Maggie Rosendahl, Avid Soccer Player

  Maggie Rosendahl is a fifth grade student at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral School. She is an avid soccer player and is the goalkeeper for the Scottsdale Blackhawks 07 girls team. She has played with the Blackhawks team for almost two years and has played soccer competitively for six years. Maggie recently earned an award for sportsmanship in a …

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St. Thomas Aquinas Eighth Grader, Faith, Becomes U.S. Citizen

Faith, as she’s fondly called by her family and friends, recently became a U.S Citizen on February 14, 2018, by virtue of the Immigration and Naturalization Act! Valentine’s Day this year was made much more meaningful to her family; after all, love was the essence that started it all. Hermione Faith Basilio was born on March 07, 2003 in the …

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