ZONA West Valley

Discover U First Grader Creates a Comic Book

Camden loves to read, which has inspired him to develop his own comic book series and invent a superhero he named “Captain Hope.” He wants to become a published author someday. Q. Tell us about the comic book series you created? A. I created a bunch of superheroes and villains. The main hero is Captain Hope, and then there is …

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Boys and Girls Club High School Student Receives Youth of The Year Award

As Gabrielle gets ready to conquer her senior year in high school, she reflects on her time at the Club. Her time surrounded by Club kids reinforces her goal to study medicine in college so she can have a successful career in Pediatrics. Her proven leadership skills in school and at the Club are sure to help her achieve her …

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Aaliyah Talks About Her School and Being a Leader

Aaliyah started at Discover U as a kindergarten student. She quickly became a leader within the classroom environment. Aaliyah enjoys learning, playing with her friends and her wonderful family. Q. You are considered a leader in the classroom. Why do you think your teacher thinks you are a leader? A. I think my teacher trusted me that is why she …

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Judith Reflects on her Time at The Boys and Girls Club

Judith recently graduated from her journey as a Club Kid to an Activity Leader staff member, and will soon begin a new expedition at Paradise Valley Community College. A self-proclaimed nurturer, her experience in the Club helped to cultivate her dream of becoming a pediatric nurse—but she will always be a Club Kid at heart. Q. How long have you …

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West-MEC’s Senior, Nathan, Talks Shop

  Q. What do you enjoy most about West-MEC’s Auto program? A. I enjoy the hands-on learning experience of my West-MEC Auto Technology Program. I have learned things that I never knew I had the physical capability to do. For example, I have learned how to work on air conditioning systems, engine rebuilding and electrical systems. Q. What is in …

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Ss. Simon and Jude’s Student, Will, Shines on Stage

    Will is currently in eighth grade at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral School.  He recently played the lead character, Tevye, in the school production of Fiddler on the Roof!  His amazing performance gave the families, students, and staff of SSJ a glimpse into his future career in the arts!   Q. Have you always enjoyed acting? A. Yes. …

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Saint John Vianney’s Preschooler, Aiden, Earns Eagle of the Month

  Aiden has a very infectious smile and makes everyone one want to be around him. He is a wonderful caring little boy with a wonderful outlook on life. He always asks if he can give money to homeless people and says when he grows up he wants to go around the world and help poor people. Q. You have …

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Discover U Student, Nyah, Talks Piano and Design

Nyah loves to play piano. She has been taking private lessons for six months and is learning quickly. Through these lessons, we also found out she loves to sing! Nyah also loves to design clothes. She designs on any piece of paper she can find. She keeps a scrapbook of her outfits, outlined and stories to go with.  Q. You …

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Fourth Grader Creates Charity to Help rescue Dogs and Cats

  Sonya recently started her own charity called GrandPaws Pantry with the purpose of providing pet supplies to pets in needs, encouraging rescue pet adoption and educating others regarding responsible pet ownership. Q. You have started a charity called GrandPaws Pantry. Tell us about that. A. GrandPaws Pantry is a non-profit charitable organization that I started that is dedicated to …

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Jacob Talks West-MEC Coding Program

The West-MEC Coding Program prepares students for a career as a software developer. Students are using industry software and learning the following languages: PHP, Javascript, HTML, CSS, MySQL and Python. The program prepares students to collaboratively design and test code to develop web apps for phones, tablets, and websites. Q: What do you like best about the West-MEC Coding program? …

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