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Eighth Grader, ZOEY, Creates Her Own Product To Save Phones

Zoey Olson is in eighth grade at The Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies. In addition to her rigorous coursework, in her spare time Zoey recently invented a device that could assist many cell phone users in the future. Q. What have you done recently that is a little different than the average scholar? A. I’ve created a product, …

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Discover U Seventh Grader, SASCHA, Collects Cans to Raise Money For Hurricane Harvey Victims

Sascha has a big heart and cares about everyone. Her favorite person is her little sister, Annabelle who is two. What she enjoys about Discover U is the supportive environment that encourages her to learn and grow. Sascha loves the “Harry Potter” series and wants to be a teacher, scientist or singer/ actress when she grows up. Q. How did …

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Ashley Talks West-MEC’s Law, Public Safety & Security Program

Ashley Herrera is a superstar student in West-MEC’s Law, Public Safety & Security class. She is an AP and honor student who has received multiple principle and superintendent list awards for her academic work. Ashley serves in the Maricopa County Teen Court as the victim Advocate. As the victim advocate, she has had the opportunity to represent and stand for …

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STA Eighth Graders, AIDAN and NATALIE, Support Hurricane Victims in Texas

Aidan and Natalie, organized a clothing and toy drive for children in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey. The two students presented their idea to their principal, Mrs. Scheller, who gladly supported taking the project school-wide. Natalie and Aidan asked the STA community to support their efforts, and in just one week 1750 pounds of donations were collected! The students approached …

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Craig Stays Active With The Help of The Boys and Girls Club

Q. How long have you been going to the Tolleson Branch? A. I’ve been coming to the Boys and Girls club for about four years now. I was 10 when I first started coming to the club. My favorite rotation was the gym, because I like to run around and play competitive games. Q. What activities or programs are you …

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Saint Thomas Aquinas’ Sixth Grader Brock Earns A Spot on the the 2017 USSSA All- American Baseball Team

Brock De Battista tried out for and earned a short-stop position on the 2017 USSSA All- American Baseball Team for his age division; 11U. There were 20 tryouts held across the country, 5,000 players tried out, and 500 kids chosen. Brock was the top scorer in his age division for the Far West Region (AZ, NM, CA, UT, CO) and …

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Young Ambassadors Paolo Gonzales and Ryleigh Mangundayao

Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral School sixth grade students, Paolo Gonzales and Ryleigh Mangundayao, were selected to be Junior Achievement Young Ambassadors! As Young Ambassadors, they serve as representatives of the students JA serves. They also help JA supporters and the community gain a better understanding of the impact of JA programs. They attended an orientation for this program over …

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Nathalie Talks West- MEC Talks Automotive Collision Technology program

Nathalie Marin is a senior at Western Maricopa Education Center. She enjoys working on cars and babysitting her younger siblings. She will be attending Glendale Community College, beginning spring semester of 2018. Nathalie is currently enrolled in the West- MEC Automotive Collision Technology program and serves as the secretary of her CTSO (Career and Technical Student Organization.) She has maintained …

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Rachel Succeeds with the Help with Boys and Girls Club

Q. How long have you been going to the Sands Branch? A. I started attending when I was in the second grade, so I have been a member for 10 years. Q. What activities or programs are you a part of at the Club? A. I am a part of Keystone which has reached the Legacy level three years in …

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Straight A Senior Alexis Talks Coding at West-MEC

  Alexis Leffew is in the West-MEC Coding Program. Alexis gets straight A’s, she had perfect attendance for coding in year one and earned her three dual enrollment credits from GCC via the coding program. Q. You are in the coding program at West-MEC, tell us a little more about that? A. The CTE coding program at the Start West-MEC …

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