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The Desert Vista cross country programs have had some pretty special days over the years.
To be named a Blue Ribbon School is the highest achievement an elementary, middle or high school can achieve.
A total of four schools in Arizona, including two that cover East Valley students, received recognition from the U.S. Department of Education for student achievement and growth.
Teams to watch
While rowing has been a sport dominated by colleges and teams on the East Coast, crew teams have started to flourish in unsuspecting places — like the desert.
Summit School of Ahwatukee middle school teachers, Andrea Yocum, Christy Menard and Amy Lecky, are recipients of this year’s Xavier College Preparatory Golden Gator Award for Excellence in Teaching. Xavier High School recognizes junior high teachers who have been inspirational to Xavier freshmen students. This is the third Golden Gator for Lecky, who teaches middle school language arts and literature, and the second for both science teacher Andrea Yocum, and math teacher Christy Menard. In previous years Summit teacher Melissa France has also received this award.
This weekend is no ordinary homecoming for Phoenix native Carol Martori, but rather a cause for celebration.
It’s not Rockefeller Center, but CityScape Phoenix, with its Christmas tree, twinkly lights and real outdoor ice rink, is about as close as we can come to a festive urban holiday tableau.
State qualifying: Teams that finish in the top half of their sectional among scoring teams (or any individual from a non-qualifying team that places in the top 25) advance to the state meet. If there is an odd amount of teams, the number is rounded up. Example: If there are 15 teams, 8 teams advance.
Among her teammates, she goes by the name G.I. Jaycie.
Latin students at Desert Vista High School in the Tempe Union High School District rose early one November morning and participated in the MS Walk at the Phoenix Zoo. Dressed in togas, they joined fellow Latin students from Chandler Preparatory, Scottsdale Preparatory, Glendale Preparatory, and Xavier and Brophy college preparatories to raise money for multiple sclerosis research. In late October, the students also participated in the Autism Walk at Tempe Town Lake and sponsored a collection for the Arizona Animal Welfare League.
More Arizona students are seeking out dual enrollment classes to get a jump on college credit and save on tuition.