ZONA West Valley

Meet Noah Weivoda Second Grader at St. John Vianney

Noah likes soccer, reading, math, Minecraft, traveling, and currently takes part in Ballet Folklorico. He’s a great student, loves school and is kind to others. Noah is a second grader at St. John Vianney! Q. Tell us about Ballet Folklorico! A. Ballet Folklorico is a dance group we have at our school. I have been in the dancing in the …

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SS. Simon and Jude Fifth Grader, Emma Ballecer, Talks about her Love for Gymnastics

Emma has been a competitive gymnast for the past two and a half years and is currently at Level 6 with Phoenix Gymnastics Academy. She also loves American Ninja Warrior and likes practicing at AZ on the Rocks and in her backyard when she can. She also plays tennis, loves soccer, arts, crafts, squishees, and loves spending time with all …

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City of Tolleson’s VFW Country Festival

The city will be hosting its VFW Country Festival at Veterans Park, 8601 W. Van Buren St. from 1 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. The VFW will be hosting a Veteran’s ceremony starting at 1:00 p.m. This event helps our local VFW Post 6310 raise funds for the construction of their new headquarters. There will be live entertainment with local band …

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St. John Vianney Student, Gabriela Ventura, Shines on the Court

Gaby is in love with volleyball and is looking forward to the start of the season! She’s very confident about her abilities on the court and gives it all in any sport she participates in. Gaby’s an excellent student, loves to read and is known on campus for making friends wherever she goes. Her outgoing personality leaves an impression on …

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Odyssey Prep Senior, Elisa, Takes Journey with EarthWatch Owl Team

A local scholar attending The Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies spends her summer in Utah, studying owls and the effects of how climate change has threatened their survival. This summer, Elisa Rojas, a scholar attending The Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies, set out on an adventure in Utah to study the effects of climate change on …

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St. John Vianney sixth grader Jesus Talks Basketball

BASKETBALL IS LIFE to sixth grader, Jesus Escareno. He wants to be an NBA player as an adult, but his back-up plan is to be a shoe designer! He loves his community, family and school. Jesus enjoys helping his teachers, watching YouTube and hanging out with his family. Q. Who is your role model? A. Russell Wilson because he his …

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Saint Thomas Aquinas Fifth Grader Heads to Region Five Spelling Bee

Fifth grader, Chema, traveled to the Arizona State Spelling Bee this year! He began his journey by winning the school spelling bee. Chema then went on to win both the Diocesan Spelling Bee and Region 5 Spelling Bee. Such awesome accomplishments for a fifth grader competing against older students in sixth, seventh and eighth grade! Q. What inspired your passion …

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SS. SIMON AND JUDE CATHEDRAL SCHOOL SOPHIA GARCIA Heads to Regionals

Saints Simon and Jude fourth grade student Sophia Garcia has discovered a love for gymnastics! She became interested in gymnastics because of a classmate who is also a competitive gymnast. Sophia has been a member of the Synergy Gymnastics team for a year and a half. She has already competed in five meets since January! Her favorite event to compete …

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Denari Talks Boys & Girls Club

Denari has been a Swift Club member for the past year. He’s already involved in the Keystone Club and he plays basketball and football. Q. What advice would you give to younger kids about succeeding in life? A. I would like kids to know that the Boys & Girls Club is a place that will make you a better person …

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Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral School won first place in the Honeywell Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge

Trinity 9 from Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral School won first place in the Honeywell Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge on February 9! Nearly 200 teams from throughout the Valley participated in the Aerospace Challenge. Trinity 9 is composed of eighth graders Adam Acunin, Annie Dawson, Enzo Gonzales, Nate George, and Ava Larkin. Q. What was your objective for the Honeywell …

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