ZONA West Valley

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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Jillian Trent, 3rd Grader at The Odyssey Preparatory Academy, Follows Core Values

“Jillian is a scholar ambassador to the administration and an example of our Odyssey Core Values to the public. She has a variety of responsibilities including morning announcements and presenting awards at our school wide celebration. She is an excellent scholar and an example to her peers.”-Ken Olsen, Principal What are some of the responsibilities you have at your school? One …

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Claire Shulski, Kindergartener at St. John Vianney

Pianist and super hero lover, Claire, opens up about her school, friends, and why Thor is so cool. What is your favorite thing about attendingSt. John Vianney? I like my teacher, Ms Rodriguez, because she reads to us and she has curly hair like me. What are your favorite subjects in school? I like math because we are counting penguins. …

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Sarah Brooks, Junior at Tolleson High, Gives Back

Sarah Brooks knows the value of giving back to her community. As an active member of the Tolleson Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix since she was 11, Sarah has participated in a countless number of volunteer activities. Q: Tell us what Keystone Club is and why you joined. A: Keystone Club is so much fun. …

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Chase Hartt, 4th Grader at Discover U, Talks Legos

Have you ever wondered if video games like Minecraft and Roadblocks are educational for your children? Here is a little perspective from Chase Hartt, a 4th grader at Discover U, on why he thinks so. What is the biggest thing you ever built? I am still working on getting new Legos. For Christmas I got 2 boxes of Lego Ninjago (about 600-700 …

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Erick Tapia, Senior at Youngker High School, Gets Full Ride to University of Notre Dame

Tell us about yourself and your involvement at Youngker High School. I was born and raised in the city of Guadalajra, Mexico. My parents were college dropouts due to me coming to this world. Growing up, I recall not living in the best conditions, where both of my parents worked full shifts seven days a week and sometimes I had to help …

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