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School briefs: 3 NJROTC cadets win $180K scholarship

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Posted: Saturday, April 18, 2009 6:25 pm | Updated: 1:16 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Three Apache Junction High School NJROTC cadets have each earned a $180,000 scholarship to attend the four-year college of their choosing. Seniors Sarah White, Presley Morrissey and Chance Carlson all learned in the last few months about their scholarships.



3 NJROTC cadets win $180K scholarship

Three Apache Junction High School NJROTC cadets have each earned a $180,000 scholarship to attend the four-year college of their choosing. Seniors Sarah White, Presley Morrissey and Chance Carlson all learned in the last few months about their scholarships. The program allows naval science instructors to nominate their students. Bill Parker is the senior naval instructor at the high school.

8th-grader wins $750 in essay challenge

Heather Hadden, an eighth-grader at Thunder Mountain Middle School in the Apache Junction Unified School District, placed first in the state with an essay she wrote for the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Patriot's Pen national writing contest. Her essay will be entered into the national competition. She won $750 and a plaque for her state win.



4 district students win scholarships

Two students from each of two Chandler Unified School District schools have earned Flinn Scholarships. Judy Zhang and Vicki Peng of Chandler High School and Nesima Aberra and Hugh Chung of Hamilton High School will each receive free tuition, room and board, books and lab fees for four years at any Arizona university. In addition, the students can study abroad. Only 20 Arizona seniors receive the award each year.

Chandler High band competing in L.A.

Chandler High School's symphonic band is in Los Angeles this weekend to compete in the National Invitational Choral, Band and Orchestra Festival. The students will perform Monday at Segerstrom Hall with other nationally selected bands. Last year, the Chandler High School symphony was the top-scoring band at the event.

Willis jazz band to perform in Chicago

The Willis Junior High School jazz band has been invited to perform at The Midwest Clinic's 63rd annual conference, which is held each year in Chicago. It is the world's largest instrumental music education conference, and it is considered a tremendous honor. More than 15,000 music educators, students and professionals from across the country and 30 nations attend the conference. Only one junior high jazz band is selected as a premier performing group. The students are now raising funds for the trip.

Longtime Seton nun to relocate to Pa.

Seton Catholic Preparatory High School's Sister Joan Marie Madden will leave after this year to relocate to Greensburg, Pa., and the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill mother house. Sister Joan leaves after serving 41 years at the school. A Mass and reception in honor of Sister Joan's years of service to Seton Catholic will be held at 8 a.m. May 30 in the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Chapel at the school, 1150 N. Dobson Road.

Information: Contact the advancement office at (480) 963-1900 ext. 2031 or visit

Registration under way for preschool

Registration has begun for Chandler Unified School District's preschool program for the 2009-10 school year. Parents can go to their local schools to register. They must provide a certified birth certificate, immunization records and proof of residence with a current address.




Parent group to meet in Mesa

Mesa Parent Advocates for Quality Schools will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Mesa Unified School District's governing board room, 549 N. Stapley Drive. The meetings are typically informal gatherings with Mesa schools leadership. All parents are welcome.

Information: (480) 472-0223

Education awards presented

Education awards were handed out at this week's annual Mesa Chamber Awards Luncheon. Syna Duadfar of Dobson High School was named 2009 Student of the Year, while Chris Pastor of Shepherd Junior High School was named 2009 Teacher of the Year.

Aviation camp held at Falcon Field

The Arizona Wing of the Commemorative Air Force at Falcon Field Airport will host the Mesa Unified School District's summer aviation camp for students who are currently in seventh and eighth grades. The program will be 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, June 1-11. It features flight exploration and related activities, such as games, computer simulations, aviation tours, speakers and field trips. Tuition is $200.

Information: Contact Jen Dwiggins, MPS Fight Center teacher, (480) 472-1444.

Funds available for Camp Invention

Partial scholarships are available for Camp Invention summer school. The program, which will run July 20-24 at Lindbergh Elementary School, 930 S. Lazona Drive, is open to students throughout Mesa Unified School District.

Information: Visit or call Loretta Rodriguez, program coordinator, at (480) 472-5041.

Rhodes to hold dinner, auction

The Rhodes Junior High School Spaghetti Dinner and Silent Auction begins at 5:30 p.m. April 24 in the cafeteria at 1860 S. Longmore, Mesa. Salerno's Restaurant will cater the event. Tickets, available now in the main office, cost $10 ($5 for children 5 and younger). Proceeds will help update library technology at the school.



A+ Schools of Excellence announced

The Arizona Educational Foundation has announced this year's A+ Schools of Excellence. Three are from the East Valley: Hamilton High School and Tarwater Elementary School in the Chandler Unified School District and Patterson Elementary School in the Gilbert Unified School District.

Michelle Reese compiles Apache Junction, Chandler and Mesa school briefs. Contact her at or (480) 898-6549.

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