ZONA West Valley

New To Arizona, Alex, Talks About His New Home Here

  Alex is an outgoing, ambitious 9-year-old at St. John Vianney. He loves to help others and is close to his faith. A hardworking, high- achieving student, Alex has managed to adapt well since his move from Iowa three years ago. He is close with his cousins, brothers and his dog, Mickey. He likes turtles, dogs, and playing his Nintendo …

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Fifth Grader, Mylie, Talks Her Lead Role in Oliver

  Fifth grade student, Mylie Nguyen landed, the lead role of Oliver in the Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral School spring production of Oliver!  This was Mylie’s first audition, and first starring role! Q. What lead you to audition for the play? A. At first, I didn’t want to, but my sister Ceci told me I should try it. She …

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The Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies’ Project Kindle Program

  The Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies has been awarded a Project Kindle Program fellowship and will be representing the West Valley on an Earthwatch Institute expedition. The world-wide organization, Earthwatch, seeks out highly motivated teachers who engage their students in hands-on scientific field expeditions. Jessica Sabo, an instructor at the Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies, was …

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Emily Talks About Her Acceptance of Discover U’s Kindness Award

Emily won the kindness award for her class at the third quarter exceptional explorer assembly. She is always kind and patient with her classmates. She looks out for others and helps those in need. Other than being kind, Emily, helps out her kindergarten buddy once a week and helps out around the school. She works hard on her academics and …

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Joanna Talks Girl Scouts and How SJV Helps her Succeed

Joanna is an honor roll student and an active student on campus at St. John Vianney. From a young age, both volleyball and Girl Scouts have taken center stage in her life. Joanna also enjoys bike rides, watching movies and baking. She is very polite and is always willing to help her fellow classmates and her younger brother. Q. Can you tell us …

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First Grader Will Talks Sports and School

Will Hostetler is a hard worker at school, home and on the baseball field. At school he works hard at his project-based learning about being a horticulturalist and studying plants and greenhouses. He has a huge heart, is very thoughtful and caring, and very passionate in everything that he does. Will always gives his best no matter what, strives to be the …

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Yaribeth Succeeds at Boys and Girls Club

  Yaribeth has been a Club member since she was five years old when she started in Kindergarten. Yaribeth joins every sport the Club offers, flag football, basketball, and soccer. She loves being active and involved in the Club. She’s the President of Torch Club, and is also in Smart Girls and River Keepers. Q. How has the Club helped …

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SJV Seventh Grader Talks About His Service to his Church

Aaron has shown his interest of life through school, athletics and spirituality by applying himself as an Altar Server, Catechist Assistance and Sacristan. He loves football, basketball, and track and field. Aaron shows hard work in all that he does, as well as constantly looking to enhance his spiritual growth. He consistently thinks of others’ needs, is always thankful and …

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Five Siblings from St. Thomas Aquinas Take the Stage Together!

  The three Owen boys were first featured in January for their performance in A Christmas Carol. Even more impressive, however, is the trio adding in two more of their siblings, who also attend St. Thomas Aquinas! All five of the Owen siblings performed together on stage with Acting Zone theater for the production of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. …

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Justiana Succeds With The Help of Boys and Girls Club

Justiana started attending the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix when she was in sixth grade. During her first year, she earned the recognition as Kid of the Year and went on to graduate from her grade school as the valedictorian. Her dedication earned her a scholarship to St. Mary’s High School and this year she will represent the …

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