ZONA West Valley

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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March Zona Leader, Donald Tramp

Congratulations to Donald Tramp, Buckeye Union High School Science Teacher, for being recognized as a National Board Certified Teacher! Mr. Tramp has been teaching in public education for the past 16years and recently moved to Buckeye Union High School District where he is currently teaching Integrated Science Principles (ISP). He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Resources in Agriculture …

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Sayrah Meredith, Track and Field Star at The Odyssey Preparatory Academy

The Odyssey Preparatory Academy’s Track and Field Club is expanding year over year. They currently have 128 scholars participating in this club. They teach the students about the importance of keeping hydrated and to do warm up exercises before they run. All the students participate in a 100-yard dash race, 100-yard hurdle race, and they get introduced to the baton …

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Cody Wells, Chapter Officer of Buckeye FFA

“FFA is the reason I’m successful. The FFA has not only improved my leadership skills, but has tackled my fear of public speaking. I’m so grateful of these skills because I will be utilizing these qualities in my future career,” said Cody Wells.  Tell us about yourself and your involvement at Buckeye Union High School.My name is Cody Wells and …

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Ask Artie

Q. As parent, what is the best way for me to be involved in my child’s academic success and pathway to college? A. As Artie the Artichoke, I’m often at campus events where I see a lot of parent/student interaction. Particularly with our students coming from high school to SCC, the support of parents can make all the difference. SCC …

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Matthew Scheller Jr., 7th Grader at Saint Thomas the Aquinas, Wins District Level Pen Essay

Matthew Scheller Jr. has won, 2nd place at Post level, 1st place at District level, and 3rd place at State level for his pen essay. His total earnings for these wins has totaled $450.00 so far. Here is what he had to say to Zona on his accomplishments. Tell us about your recent pen essay contest win? My English teach, Mrs. Webb, asked all the middle …

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