ZONA West Valley

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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SJJ Eighth grader attends 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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Get Organized for the School Year

School-related stress is common among multi-tasking students. But smart organization can make it easier to dash from class to study hall to after-school activities. It all starts with the right supplies. Gear up for a successful, low-stress school year with these handy tips. Consult the List Give your students the tools they’ll need to hit the ground running, and alleviate …

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Jennifer Rivas, Second Grader at Discover U

Jennifer is a student that always gives 100 percent. When she faces adversity in the classroom she has a positive attitude and a willingness to succeed. She is always on task and engaged in the activities and lessons in the classroom. Every day she is prepared to bring her personal best. She stands up for others who face bullying and …

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Boys & Girls Club Member, Eric Ontiveros

Q. How long have you been going to the Tri-City West/Thornwood Branch? A. Eric has been a member for four years. Q. What activities or programs are you a part of at the Club or what are your favorite activities? A. Eric enjoys basketball, soccer, flag football and baseball. Eric credits the Club with allowing him the opportunity to participate …

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