ZONA West Valley

Chance Tells us What West-MEC is All About

Tell our readers what a typical day is like for you? You go to school as a basic senior and then you do what? A typical day for me after high school is pretty much whatever I want to do until West-MEC. The fact that the West-MEC Medium Heavy Diesel Technology program is worth six credits has given me the last …

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Joshua Laughlin Accepted to USD on Academic Scholarship

Tell us about yourself and your involvement at Youngker High School. I transferred to Youngker in November 2012 from Ohio and immediately became friends with my teammates on the soccer team. I enjoy learning in my honors and AP classes. What do you aspire to be when you grow up? I will become an engineer, although I have not decided on a specialization yet. Tell …

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Voted Best In Show and Blue Ribbon Winners at Saint Thomas the Aquinas Science Fair

The purpose of the experiment was to observe the effect of acids, bases, and water on different types of materials such as bones, metal, steel wool, and cloth. At both ends of the pH spectrum, the extremes were strong enough to dissolve the chicken bones, iron nails, steel wool, and cloth. At the high end of the pH spectrum, the …

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Roberto Huerta Talks Guitar and Sports

Tell our readers a little bit about yourself. My name is Roberto Huerta; I am 13 years old turning 14 on the 28th of March. I attend St. John Vianney Catholic School. This is my first year at St. John Vianney and I love it here.  I have two younger brothers, Leo and Lucciano. How long have you been playing …

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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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