ZONA West Valley

Rasean Succeeds With The Help of Boys and Girls Club

Rasean has only been attending the Tolleson Boys & Girls Club Teen Center for a year, but has quickly learned the key to making the most of his Club experience. When opportunity presents itself, Rasean is the first in line. Quickly overcoming his shyness, Rasean’s positive attitude and determination put him front and center of Club activities. Q. How long …

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St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Schools’ Violin Club

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School has a Violin Club that is directed by Ms. Erin Burley.  For over 6 years students have learned to play the violin using the Suszuki Method.  Ms. Burley directs anywhere from 20-25 students in this club ranging in grades from Kindergarten through 8th grade.  Her students have recitals and play in concerts through the year.  …

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Addie Talks Being School Ambassador

Addie is an ambassador for The Odyssey Preparatory Academy (TOPA) for her 4th grade class. She is an excellent example of TOPA’s school core values and does a great job representing both at school and at home.  She helps each day with the school announcements, pledge, and reciting the core values over the school intercom. She always sounds professional and …

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Sofia Talks Her Love of Irish Dancing

Sofia is a competitive Irish Dancer with the Michael Patrick Gallagher School of Irish Dance. She has competed all over the United States and has won many awards! Q. How did you get interested in Irish Dance? A. I started Irish Dancing at SSJ in first grade and then moved to the Michael Patrick Gallagher School of Irish Dance in …

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Gilliana Talks Volleyball and NJHS

Q. You are an avid volleyball player tell us about that? A. Well, I’ve been playing volleyball for about four to five years. I love to play at school and outside of school. On both teams I play blocker, and on our school team, I am one of the captains. Q. What team do you play on for volleyball outside …

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Second Grader, Xavier, Talks Discover U

Xavier joined Discover U in kindergarten where he was exposed to the Montessori learning environment. He continued on in the Montessori environment for 1st grade and, now, in the 2nd grade, his teachers rave about his intrinsic motivation with regards to math. He is a wonderful, young boy with many gifts to offer his Discover U family. Q. How do …

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2016 Youth of The Year Abbass Talks Boys & Girls Club

Abbass may have become a Club kid at five-years-old, but there is no denying he is now grown up and leading the next generation of Club kids. Thanks to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix, Abbass has a strong foundation of academic success. His hard work and dedication to the community are leading him to a successful career …

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Illusion Talks West-MEC Energy and Industrial Technology Program

Q. Tell us about the program you are taking at West-MEC? A. The program I am taking is Energy and Industrial Technology, and I absolutely love it. It’s challenging, fun, and hands on. I feel like it really depicts what we’ll be doing in our future without it being mere bookwork. The staff is super friendly, and helpful. I can …

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Ss. Simon and Jude Eighth Grader Talks About Her Success in Ballet

Q. You practice ballet, tell us about that? Where do you practice? How many hours a week are you dancing? What is the best thing about being in ballet? A.  I have been doing ballet since I was about four years old, where I started in Flagstaff.  I love doing ballet. It makes me feel happy and peaceful and I …

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Zoe Talks About Her Passion for Volunteering

Q. You have volunteered multiple times. Tell us about them? A. I love volunteering at St. Vincent De Paul children’s tutoring area. When the children read a whole book by themselves, they are so joyful. It is that connection that is made with volunteering that I love. I enjoy going to the local food banks and giving my time to …

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