ZONA West Valley

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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Brianna Martinez Named Boy and Girls Club Youth of the Year

Brianna Martinez is a Junior at Peoria High School where she plays softball and serves as the secretary of her Jobs for Arizona Graduates class. Brianna is involved in many other extracurricular activities with her local Boys and Girls Club as well. At her club she serves as the Vice President of the Keystone program. Keystone is a leadership and service program similar …

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Theater Arts Perfect fit for Ian

Over the last year Ian has developed a love for theater arts. Recently he had the wonderful opportunity to travel with his theater group to London so that they could perform Romeo & Juliet at a Shakespearean Festival. Read about his experience. What draws you to theater arts? I was drawn to theater so that I could get out of my …

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Local Dancers To Spread Cheer Through Holiday Performances

Backers of Ballet, a Phoenix-based, non-profit dance group under the artistic direction of Rena Backer, has announced three performances aimed at spreading holiday cheer this season. The first will benefit children facing serious illnesses and their families at Phoenix Children’s Hospital on Sunday, November 16 at 2 p.m. The 30-minute show will feature excerpts from the holiday classic, The Nutcracker, …

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Share The Hope With a Foster Child

Arizona’s foster children are being given opportunities to experience positive childhood memories, build self­ esteem, understand that college is within their reach and learn life skills through Hope & A Future. Hope & A Future is a nonprofit organization serving abused and neglected children in the Arizona foster care system by helping them reach their potential for a bright future. …

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St. Thomas Aquinas Service Club Strives to Make a Difference

As part of National Make a Difference Day, the St. Thomas Aquinas School Service Club made a difference in the life of an elderly, low-income homeowner in Avondale. We cleaned-up and painted the exterior of their single-story home over 2 weekends in October. We did it with a hard-working team of 26 students, 15 parents, and donated supplies from Rebuilding …

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Hard Work Pays Off for Brandon Compton

Brandon is a great kid because he always has a positive attitude and a smile on his face. He is very enthusiastic and energetic and is always open to trying new things. Brandon also works very hard at everything he does and always tries to do his best. Q. How long have you been playing baseball? A. I have been …

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Eduardo Discusses School and Big Trucks

What makes Eduardo a great kid is how he gets along with all his classmates, he is a very outgoing child. He never gives up even if he is struggling with his school work. His favorite subject is science and he loves working on projects around the house. He is a big fan of Super Duty Ford Trucks and can …

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