ZONA West Valley

Meet Tanner, SSJ’s Student Council Vice President

Matthew Tanner is dedicated member of SSJ’s Student Council, currently serving as Vice President. He has been involved in many service projects both at school and in the community. He has amassed nearly 250 service hours in the past year! As a result of his dedication to service, he was awarded one of the prestigious Christian Service Award scholarships through …

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Boys and Girls Club Member, Andrew, Chosen Youth of The Year

You wouldn’t know Andrew was once a very shy person if you’ve had the pleasure of seeing him sing in front of large audiences. His experience at the Club and as Youth of the Year finalist has helped him grow confidence and come out of his shell. Q. How long have you been going to the Spencer D. & Mary …

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Ss. Simon and Jude Student, Jules, Jumps To Help Those in Need

When Jules Gaynor learned that her teacher’s sister was recently diagnosed with cancer, she quickly jumped into action and organized a bake sale to benefit cancer research. Jules and her fourth grade class raised over $200 at the bake sale and have chosen the American Cancer Society to donate the money to! Jules is a very caring young lady and …

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James Shines While Playing the Violin

James Pierski is an amazing young man and a budding musician! He has been playing the violin since kindergarten under the direction of Ms. Erin Burley. When Ms. Burley was suddenly diagnosed with cancer last October and was unable to continue her violin lessons, this didn’t stop James. He showed unwavering dedication to the violin and to his beloved violin …

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Saint Thomas the Aquinas Student, Angela, Competes in Regional Spelling Bee

Angela had won her school spelling bee and had gone on to compete at the regional spelling bee which involves all Catholic schools in the area. She had 20 to 23 other peers from other schools. She didn’t win, but she hopes to attend the school spelling bee once more next year. Q. Tell us about your school Spelling Bee that …

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Mario Talks About His School and Some Favorites

Mario joined the Discover U family in 2015-2016. He is a wonderful addition to their student body because he is a model student who makes everyone he talks to feel happy and cared about. He is a sweet young man with a great heart. He is a true friend to everyone. Q. What makes Discover U a great school for …

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Mikayla Succeeds with the Help of Spencer D. Mary Jane Stewart Branch

Mikayla has been attending the Spencer D. Mary Jane Stewart Branch for eight years and uses the Club as a strong support system. Whether it’s getting help with homework, finding encouragement when she needs it most, or planning ahead for her future, Mikayla credits the Club with always having her back. Q. How long have you been attending the Spencer …

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First Grader, Emme, Enjoys Giving Back Through School Clubs

Emme is a first grader on a mission! She has a passion for organizing and bringing others together. She started her first after-school club in Kindergarten. This year, she decided to organize an after-school club focused on making items and giving them to those in need. She called her club the Making & Giving Club. She recruited thirty-one members and …

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Seventh Grader Wins in Phoenix Spelling Bee

Isabel Love recently won the Diocese of Phoenix Spelling Bee! Her winning word was raconteur! Her next step is competing at the Maricopa County Spelling Bee in March. Isabel is also an avid reader, which she believes helped her a great deal in preparing for the Spelling Bee. In addition to her awesome spelling skills, Isabel is also a very …

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St. Thomas Aquinas Third Graders Get Poems Published

Seventeen of the third graders at St. Thomas Aquinas Grade School were chosen to have their poems published in the 2016 Fall edition of Creative Communication’s A Celebration of Young Writers. The students wrote original haiku poems as a class assignment in the fall and many chose to enter them in the contest. The results were just announced in late …

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