ZONA West Valley

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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Four Year Old, Ezra, Enjoys Traveling and Being a Leader

Ezra is an outgoing, adventurous guy who loves traveling and playing with friends. He loves learning at St. John Vianney, and is thriving in his education and faith journey. He enjoys being a prayer leader and prays for all children to have enough to eat. Q. Can you tell us about your school? A. I like my classroom. We paint, …

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Lucy, New SSJ Third Grader

Lucy Petroff is a new third grade student at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral School. Prior to SSJ, she attended Madison Simis Elementary. While a student at Simis, Lucy was nominated by her principal to join the student club Odyssey of the Mind. This is an educational program that provides problem-solving opportunities for students. Lucy enjoyed this program because she …

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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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