ZONA West Valley

Honors Given at Saint Thomas Aquinas

Congratulations to our eighth graders Isabel Gomez, Matthew Scheller, Jr., and Christy Tran who placed in Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest in the Tolleson Post. The essay was entitled “Why I appreciate America’s Veterans.” Great job Wildcats! Q. How did you feel when you learned you placed in the VFW Patriot’s Pen Essay Contest? A. Isabel: …

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Meet Phoebe, Boys & Girls Club Kid of the Year

Phoebe is an awesome kid and sets a good example to her peers. She gets good grades and wants to be a doctor when she grows up. She is always helpful to other members and staff. She happily participates in all areas and programs on a daily basis. Q. How long have you been attending Boys & Girls Club? A. …

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Nathan Loves Reading and Playing Guitar

Nathan is an intelligent, kind, loving, generous, and respectful kid. He loves to read and is always searching for answers. He is looking forward to his new baby sister who will be arriving soon! Q. We heard you are a great reader and really enjoy reading, what books are your favorites? A. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Ripley’s Believe it …

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Ian Finds Success at Odyssey Prep

Ian is in the first grade at the Buckeye Odyssey Preparatory Academy in Mrs. Holtz’s class. He works well with others and enjoys coming to school. Since starting at Odyssey, both his kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Delph, and his current teacher, Mrs. Holtz, have helped Ian with his dysgraphia, difficulty to use fine motor skills. Ian plays hand games and uses …

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Abigail Easily Transitions to St. John Vianney

Abigail always wants to succeed in academics. She continuously strives to better herself and goes the extra mile to earn good grades. This is her first year at St. John Vianney and it seems she never missed a beat, her transition has been amazing. Q. This is your first year at St. John Vianney, how are you liking it so …

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Meet Elena, Proud Member of Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix, Swift Kids Branch

Why do you think your Club nominated you? I am a hard working person that always tries my best to get what I want and this Club has helped me reach many of my goals.  I believe my fellow members at the club look at me as a leader because I am responsible and intelligent.  I always try to help …

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Taylor Stays Busy with Sports and Academics

Soccer, Crossfit, and the National Junior Honor Society are just a few of the things that Taylor excels at. Read about her recent experience at the NFL Punt Pass Kick Competition! You recently competed in the Team Championships for the NFL Punt Pass Kick Competition, tell us a little about that. The Punt Pass Kick Competition was really fun, but pretty nerve …

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Michelle Strives for Success at Riverbend Prep

Michelle has a true love for learning and is a natural leader in her class and in school clubs including the Yearbook Club. Her passion for learning compels her to share her new learning with her family every day after school. Michelle participates in a karate program and goes to church with her family. She is a driven individual and sets short and …

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Straight-A Student, Samantha, Loves to Dance

Samantha loves to dance and has been taking ballet classes for over 4 years. Samantha is a straight A student and has achieved the honor of being on the Principal’s list each quarter. She is a great example for all SJV students. How long have you been dancing? I was three years old when I started dancing, so I’ve been dancing for …

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Peter Talks Minecraft

Peter is very interested in Minecraft and is always willing to help somebody else out regardless how it affects him. Peter sits with his grandfather every morning and reads the newspaper. What is your favorite thing about Minecraft? The main thing about Minecraft on my X­Box 360 is building houses and small villages for my brother. I am a true artist. What …

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