Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral School

Eighth Grader, Isa, Wins iCivics Holiday Card Design Contest

Isa recently won the iCivics Holiday Card Design Contest! Over 500 students nationwide submitted their designs, and Isa’s was the overall winner! She won a $200 Pizza Hut gift card for a pizza party for her class and her winning design is displayed on the iCivics (icivics.org) website. Isa has been interested in art and design since the age of …

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Third Grader Adam Talks About His Successes in Wrestling

Adam is a star wrestler for the Grindhouse Wrestling Club! He is dedicated to succeeding both in the classroom and on the wrestling mat! Q. How long have you been wrestling for? A. Two years.  Q. What led you to becoming so interested in wrestling? A. I saw that you could get your college paid for because of it.  I …

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Xio Talks about Her Love of Jiu-Jitsu

Xio is an amazing athlete, earning many awards in the very difficult sport of jiu-jitsu. She loves to compete and works hard at both her sport and her studies! Q. How long have you been doing jiu-jitsu? A. I started when I was five or six. My dad wanted me to try it, but I didn’t like it at first. …

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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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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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Fifth Grader Annika Organizes Water Drive

Annika Paluch is a fifth grade student at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral School. This past May, Annika organized a month long water drive to benefit the Andre House and SSJ’s St. Vincent de Paul food pantry. Q. What gave you the idea to hold a water drive? A. It was really hot outside, so people need water more than …

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Ss. Simon and Jude’s Student, Will, Shines on Stage

    Will is currently in eighth grade at Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral School.  He recently played the lead character, Tevye, in the school production of Fiddler on the Roof!  His amazing performance gave the families, students, and staff of SSJ a glimpse into his future career in the arts!   Q. Have you always enjoyed acting? A. Yes. …

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Aerospace Team Wins 2016 Honeywell Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge

Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral School’s aerospace team, Team Genesis, won the 2016 Honeywell Fiesta Bowl Aerospace Challenge! Team Genesis is made up of 7th graders Benny Aguilar, Ethan Ballecer, Bianca Feix, Rian Mercado, and Isa Soriano. Nearly 300 teams competed in this prestigious competition. Team Genesis designed a hypothetical lunar base to mine and process Helium-3 to be sent …

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Ss. Simon and Jude Cathedral School Student Winner of the Southwest Airlines Tie Design Contest

Emily Thu Nguyen won the national Southwest Airlines Adopt-a-Pilot Program Tie Design Contest! Over 5,000 students nationwide entered their designs into this contest, and Emily’s was the winner! The winning design will be worn for the next year by all of the Southwest Airline pilots who are part of the Adopt-a-Pilot program. Emily also won three Southwest Airline tickets to …

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Andy and Charles Balance Tennis and School Life Like True Champions

Andy and Charles balance school and tennis like champions! Both boys are competitive tennis players with iTUSA and spend many hours each week practicing and playing in tournaments. They have been playing tennis for over four years! Andy and Charles maintain excellent grades even with the traveling and time commitments of tennis! Q. Take us through a typical day. A. …

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