ZONA West Valley

Juan Pablo competes in the First LEGO League Challenge

  Juan Pablo is currently competing in the First LEGO League Challenge, Hydro Dynamics Season. This robotics challenge has teams figuring out how to find, transport, use, or dispose of water. They utilize LEGO Mindstorms technology to solve the various sets of missions. His robotics team is comprised of seven students in fourth-seventh grades from various schools across the valley. …

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Meet Alex, Vice President of Keystone at Gabel Branch of Boys & Girls Club

  Alex joined the Warner & Shirley Gabel Boys & Girls Club when he was just 6 years old and he credits the club with building his sense of belonging and self-esteem. This year, Alex was elected Vice President of Keystone and was recognized as a top performer at the State Conference. Over the years, Alex has participated in many …

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Senior at West-MEC, Justin, Talks The Welding Program

  Justin Dandurand is a senior in West-MEC’s Welding Program at Central Campus in Glendale. Although he has a love of reading and education, Justin loves to be outdoors. In the future he hopes to purchase a home with property, which not only give him the space needed for his welding career, but also allow him to spend time doing …

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Meet Seventh Grader Athlete Tzeitel

  Tzeitel Sherrin is a seventh grade student at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral School. She loves to play sports and is also very committed to her studies. Tzeitel plays all the sports at school (except for softball) and also participates in the school plays held each spring. Recently, Tzeitel placed 6th in her age group at the CYAA cross …

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Second Grader Satori Cares For Everyone

  Satori Tilghman has a big heart, she cares for everyone, and is always there to help those in need. She is a one of a kind kid who enjoys making her own fashion accessories, including headbands and bows. She loves the earth and animals. She will save little beetles that make their way into her house, bringing them back …

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Eli Chosen as Keystone President Through Boys and Girls Club Peers

Eli has been a member of the Harry and Sandy Rosenzweig Branch for nine years. Eli serves as this year’s Keystone President and was just named the Keystoner of the Year at the State Conference. Eli shared that the Boys & Girls Club has been one of his biggest support systems in his life. Eli went on to say, “it …

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Eighth Grader, ZOEY, Creates Her Own Product To Save Phones

Zoey Olson is in eighth grade at The Odyssey Institute for Advanced and International Studies. In addition to her rigorous coursework, in her spare time Zoey recently invented a device that could assist many cell phone users in the future. Q. What have you done recently that is a little different than the average scholar? A. I’ve created a product, …

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Discover U Seventh Grader, SASCHA, Collects Cans to Raise Money For Hurricane Harvey Victims

Sascha has a big heart and cares about everyone. Her favorite person is her little sister, Annabelle who is two. What she enjoys about Discover U is the supportive environment that encourages her to learn and grow. Sascha loves the “Harry Potter” series and wants to be a teacher, scientist or singer/ actress when she grows up. Q. How did …

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Ashley Talks West-MEC’s Law, Public Safety & Security Program

Ashley Herrera is a superstar student in West-MEC’s Law, Public Safety & Security class. She is an AP and honor student who has received multiple principle and superintendent list awards for her academic work. Ashley serves in the Maricopa County Teen Court as the victim Advocate. As the victim advocate, she has had the opportunity to represent and stand for …

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STA Eighth Graders, AIDAN and NATALIE, Support Hurricane Victims in Texas

Aidan and Natalie, organized a clothing and toy drive for children in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey. The two students presented their idea to their principal, Mrs. Scheller, who gladly supported taking the project school-wide. Natalie and Aidan asked the STA community to support their efforts, and in just one week 1750 pounds of donations were collected! The students approached …

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