ZONA West Valley

Discover U Skateboarder, Jonathan Ward

How long have you been skateboarding? I have been skateboarding for 2 two years and it is awesome! What types of tricks are your favorite? I like to do 360’s and ollies. What is the best thing about attending Discover U? We go half a day on Fridays and our principal she’s the best. What is your favorite subject in school? …

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Tom Kuyper Basketball Camp

For over 30 years now, Tom Kuyper has been running basketball camps and all sports camps in Arizona. His camps have been so successful because of his unique style of teaching the skills of the game but combining “fun” as the main ingredient. He knows that teaching the kids all the fundamental skills of the sport is important, but the …

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West-MEC Public School District Prepares High School Students for Careers

West-MEC prepares students to be college- and career-ready graduates by providing core academic skills, employability skills and industry-specific skills. The public school district is dedicated to providing innovative Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs for high school students in the West Valley. In 1990, legislation allowed public schools to join together to enhance CTE. A decade later, voters approved the …

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Report Card Warning Signs: Top 5 Things To Look for on Your Student’s Report Card – and what to do about it!

by: Laura Petersen M.A.E.D. As a former middle school (Willis Jr. High) and high school (Hamilton High School) teacher in Chandler, Arizona, I have filled out my fair share report cards for my math (8th grade – PreCalculus) and AP Psychology students. My mother is also a Kindergarten teacher in California, so I have a lot of experience helping her in the …

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Torch Club President, Rolando Camarillo

Rolando Camarillo is a 12-year-old member at the Swift Kids Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. He’s a 7th grader at Smith Elementary in Glendale, a physicist-in-training, and if all goes according to plan, a future Nobel Prize winner. What kind of activities are you involved with at the Club? Right now I’m the president of Torch …

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First Grader Blue Belt, William Kalcevich,

How long have you been in Taekwondo? For two years, since I was in pre-school. What belt level are you in? I am a blue belt. What is your favorite thing about Taekwondo? I like learning new things and I want to get to be a black belt. I like the senseis because I like when they help me when …

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Bailey Wolcott Wins NFL Punt, Pass, and Kick

Tell us about your win at the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Championship? I was nervous, excited, and relieved. At first I was nervous and excited because I wanted to win, but after I was relieved because I WON!   What did you get to do because you won this competition? I got a ribbon that said “First Place” and …

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Joshua Mesquita Represents His School in Arizona’s Free Throw Contest

Tell us about this free throw contest that you will be participating in?  On March 23rd I’ll be competing against others around the state of Arizona. I am proud to represent St. John Vianney.  It’s about courage, having courage in you.  I hope to win and be an example for others. What position do you play?  I usually play point …

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Camrae McManaman Youth of the Year

Peoria High School Junior Camrae McManaman was named Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. Camrae received a scholarship and will now compete to become State Youth of the Year. This is what she had to say: Q: What does it mean to be Youth of the Year? A: Becoming Youth of the Year …

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Alhayla Nunez-Lozano Volunteers Her Time After School Every Week

Tell our readers about your choice to volunteer so many hours after school? I really enjoy helping and entertaining the younger kids at my school. What types of things do you get to do with them? I get to plan activities that will keep the children engaged from 12:15- 5:30 every Friday. I also play a variety of different physical …

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