ZONA West Valley

Seventh Grader Wins in Phoenix Spelling Bee

Isabel Love recently won the Diocese of Phoenix Spelling Bee! Her winning word was raconteur! Her next step is competing at the Maricopa County Spelling Bee in March. Isabel is also an avid reader, which she believes helped her a great deal in preparing for the Spelling Bee. In addition to her awesome spelling skills, Isabel is also a very …

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St. Thomas Aquinas Third Graders Get Poems Published

Seventeen of the third graders at St. Thomas Aquinas Grade School were chosen to have their poems published in the 2016 Fall edition of Creative Communication’s A Celebration of Young Writers. The students wrote original haiku poems as a class assignment in the fall and many chose to enter them in the contest. The results were just announced in late …

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Third Grader, Rianna, Talks About Receiving Eagle of The Month

Rianna is a great kid all of her teachers have said she’s a joy to have in their classes. At one point Rianna was known as the “momma bear” of the classroom in Pre K. She cares for everyone unconditionally and wears her heart on her sleeve.  Q. You are often picked as Saint John’s “Eagle of the Month” how do you get …

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Second Grader Andrew Talks Martial Arts and School

Andrew has been with Discover U since Kindergarten. He has overcome medical obstacles in his young life and has achieved great feats, including learning another language. He is a great friend and peer to his classmates and Discover U family. Q. You have been attending Discover U since you started school on Kindergarten, what is the best thing about Discover …

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Salima Succeeds With The Help of Two Boys & Girls Club Branches

Unlike most Club kids, Salima Smith has had the unique experience of being a member of two different branches within Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix (BGCMP). Although she was nervous about the transition, her experience has been just as positive at both branches. With guidance from the Club staff, Salima is focused and determined to finish her high …

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Dakota Talks West-MEC’s Aviation Program

Q. You are involved in the aviation program at West-MEC what does this entail? A. The aviation technology program at West-MEC consists of 43 technical courses based on mechanic practices and aviation systems. A course normally starts in the classroom obtaining a deep understanding of chosen devices, practices, and procedures. As we progress we move down to the shop were we …

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Ava, The State Winner of The NFL’s Punt, Pass, and Kick Competition

Ava not only was the state winner in her age group for the NFL’s Punt Pass and Kick (PPK) competition her score also placed her in the top four in the nation! Because of placing in the top four, she won an all-expenses paid trip to Orlando, FL to attend the NFL Pro-Bowl game and a day a Disney World. …

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Third Grader Adam Talks About His Successes in Wrestling

Adam is a star wrestler for the Grindhouse Wrestling Club! He is dedicated to succeeding both in the classroom and on the wrestling mat! Q. How long have you been wrestling for? A. Two years.  Q. What led you to becoming so interested in wrestling? A. I saw that you could get your college paid for because of it.  I …

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Eighth Grader, Isa, Wins iCivics Holiday Card Design Contest

Isa recently won the iCivics Holiday Card Design Contest! Over 500 students nationwide submitted their designs, and Isa’s was the overall winner! She won a $200 Pizza Hut gift card for a pizza party for her class and her winning design is displayed on the iCivics (icivics.org) website. Isa has been interested in art and design since the age of …

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Jazlynn Talks Soccer, Eagle of The Month and Honor Roll

Jazlynn has been attending Saint John Vianney since she started kindergarten. She is a very loving and caring young girl and she knows how to bring a smile to everyone’s face. Q. You play soccer, what position do you play?  A. The team that I play for, our coach would put us in different positions, so that we could learn …

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