ZONA West Valley

Devin Talks Boys & Girls Club Fun

Devin joined the Peoria branch four years ago when he started school. He has learned a number of sports at the Club, including dodgeball and soccer. He enjoys Monkey in the Middle, drawing, and plays on the Rookies Soccer team. Q. What is your favorite thing about attending the Club? A. Playing games with friends. I enjoy helping people. Q. …

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Fifth Grader, James Graham, Gets Promoted to Tour Choir

James Graham is a very talented fifth grade student at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral School. He is a member of the prestigious Phoenix Boys Choir and was recently promoted to the Tour Choir! He will be traveling to Europe to perform during the month of June. They will have concerts in Berlin, Frankfurt, Dresden, Prague, and Vienna. James is …

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Third Grader, Jayden, Talks Football and St. John Vianney

Jayden is an amazing kid! When he’s not in the classroom eagerly learning or helping his classmates, you can find him out on the football field with his teammates. Jayden has been playing tackle football for two years and he loves the game. On and off the field, Jayden continues to excel in his achievements, making Principal’s list every school …

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Mesa Boys and Girls Club Team Heads to State Lego Robotics Competition

Mario Diaz and the team at the Grant Woods branch of the Boys and Girls Club of the East Valley provide after school and summer programs, youth sports leagues, teen leadership opportunities, and homework help. But every Friday and Tuesday evening, they also host something out of this world – a First Lego League team called The Little Dippers. This …

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Sahari Talks Boys & Girls Club

Sarahi has been attending the Stewart Branch since third grade and currently attends Desert Sands Middle School. Q. What activities or programs are you a part of at the Club? A. I have been in Smart Girls, Flag Football, Cooking Club, Hiking Club. My favorite areas are the gym and the new tween center. Q. How has the Club helped …

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Kindergartener Abigail Stays Positive Through Rough Times

Abigail fell ill during the summer a couple weeks before school began, but it wasn’t until August 9, her first day of kindergarten, that she was diagnosed with ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.) What doctors originally had thought to be a virus, turned out to be something that Abigail and her family would have to battle against for the weeks and …

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St. John Vianney Eighth Grader Talks Soccer

Benny is 13 years old and he is currently attending eighth grade at St. John Vianney Catholic School. He was born in Mexico and came to the US when he was three years old. Benny learned English by speaking and playing with his cousins and when he started school he was fluent in both languages (English and Spanish). Benny likes …

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Ss. Simon and Jude Eighth Grader, Annie, Talks Golf

Annie Dawson is a talented eigth grade student at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral School. She is a competitive golfer and has been playing for the last eight years! Her favorite course is Troon North in Scottsdale. Annie loves this course because “it’s really pretty, and a very good course. It’s very challenging and I’ve had some great rounds there!” …

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Eighth Grader, Nate, Experiences 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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Avondale Area Students Featured in Culver’s National Coloring Contest and Calendar

There are talented artists in your midst, and their ages might surprise you. The children entered Culver’s national coloring contest and were selected to have their artwork showcased in the 2019 Culver’s calendar! The following featured children are from the Avondale area: • Gabriella Baca, age 8 from Goodyear, AZ • Jordyn Clark, age 7 from Avondale, AZ • Dylan …

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