Arcadia High School seniors had a lot to look forward to in the last two months of school, and then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Arcadia News asked a few students how they’re coping with online classes and how they plan to spend their final weeks as seniors. 

Arcadia High sophomore Krista Morrell is just one of the thousands of students who had their school year canceled because of COVID-19. Online learning has become the new norm, but the grading system has students worried about their grades – so Krista decided to do something about it.

Arcadia’s schools are closed for the rest of the year, with a month still left on the schedule. This means that students will be missing out on spending time with their friends, unable to participate in events, sports and all the things that kids love about school. Teachers in the area have …

Xavier College Preparatory Junior Alexandra Scott was on her way to represent her school’s archery team at the nationals in April when COVID-19 hit. The tournament was subsequently cancelled, but she hopes to return to nationals next year.

As parents and kids are finally getting used to the idea of working and “attending” school from home, families are searching for activities to keep themselves busy – and sane. Luckily, parents don’t have to look far, as local libraries offer families a wealth of resources for learning, exper…

The last weekend of February, the 7th graders of the Arcadia Fire basketball team headed to Tucson to participate in the state championship, where they won their third tournament in a row.

Over one million Arizona children are now learning from home. All of Arizona’s 230 school districts are closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. This has forced Arcadia parents to take on the additional role of teacher.

Scottsdale Unified School District is getting a new superintendent. Michigan-native Dr. Scott Menzel is taking over the reins from Dr. John Kriekard, who is retiring at the end of the school year after more than 30 years with the district.

Michael Bendok is on a mission to give back to the community. Last month, the junior at Phoenix Country Day School was named a State Honoree for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, which is the country’s most extensive youth recognition program based solely on volunteer community service.

Xavier College Preparatory recently won the College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award. The school was honored “for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science and AP Computer Science Principles.”

Hopi Elementary School’s new librarian, Tracy Fish, has a passion for reading and a desire to bring her love of books to children. These characteristics have led Fish to dedicate her life to the service of others.

After strong seasons from the AHS spiritline program, the talented Titans took things to the next level as the cheer squad won the state championship and pom took second as state runners-up.

Veritas Prep Academy’s varsity boys soccer team is the first boys team in the school’s history to win a state championship in 3A in 2020, and it was accomplished under the leadership of the soccer team’s new coach, Richard Cardenas.

After the tumultuous season Arcadia High football had last year, it seemed like a dark cloud was following the team around. However, brighter skies are up ahead as the Titans welcome their newest member, Coach Vance Miller, for the upcoming football season.

Both the boys and girls soccer teams at Arcadia High have high hopes for the future after dominating this season. The girls team lost only to Chaparral (0-1) while the boys team had a 13-game winning streak.

In early March, the Boras Baseball Classic was supposed to be held at Arcadia High School and Corona del Sol High School in California. Unfortunately, because of severe weather, the Arcadia field was deemed unusable for the weekend, so the tournament was moved to Corona del Sol and many of t…

Five months ago, Arcadia High Wrestling Coach Clifford Nafrada wasn’t sure if he would even be able to get enough girls interested to participate in the sport. By February, he was coaching the new AHS girls wrestling team at the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) State Championships.

This year, the Arcadia Food For Kidz Packathon will be held on March 21. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church started the Packathon in 2015 as a way for the Arcadia community to help alleviate hunger, said Packathon Chairperson Stephen Crofton.

Mark Phillips, known as the Hopi Rocket Man, has been inspiring fifth grade students at Hopi Elementary School for 18 years.

This year’s Hopi Variety Show was one for the books, according to the students, teachers and Arcadia community. The theme was Hopi, Let’s Go to The Movies. All of the acts were all based on films, such as Trolls and Mission Impossible. There were dances, skits, vocal solos and a piano solo. …

Xavier College Preparatory Cross-Country and Track Coach Dave Van Sickle has earned some impressive accolades over his 40-year career. And this year he can add to that list after being named the 2020 National Girls’ Cross-Country Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High Sch…

As an Arcadia High School sophomore, Jack Guzman’s life was immersed in a kaleidoscope of rich and promising experiences. A member of the school’s basketball team, his life revolved around school, friends and extracurricular activities such as cross country running.

In every industry, the utilization of robots is on the rise. That’s why the Echo Canyon robotics team – the Echobots – are gaining valuable, hands-on experience in this growing tech sector. As a testament to their ingenuity, this group of industrious fourth and fifth-graders recently tied fo…

At Signing Day, athletes confirm their post-graduation plans by signing their national letters of intent, securing their spots at the collegiate level. In early February, six talented athletes from AHS and four from Xavier Prep took the next step in their educational careers.

A group of determined girls on the 5th grade softball team at Christ Lutheran School learned how to play hard and work together this season as they came in third place at the CYAA (Catholic Youth Athletic Association) 5th/6th grade softball tournament earlier this year. Christian schools fro…

Two Xavier Prep student athletes have been named to The Arizona Republic’s All-Arizona volleyball team and were also nominated for Player of the Year for the 2019 high school season.

Although Arcadia High School’s wrestling program was reinstated only three years ago, head coach Aaron Simpson has put together a team that is challenging veteran schools. This past year, the team’s accomplishments include a student who qualified for state and placed in the top eight.

Started by local parents David and Katrina Alfaro, Arcadia Grid Iron Flag Football is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. Back in 2015, there were only two Grid Iron franchises in Arizona. The sport has gained such popularity that now there are 25 franchises spread across seven states.

The Arcadia Titans Youth Football Club is celebrating two state championships for the 2019 season. The club’s 11u team won their 5th consecutive state championship, and the 13u team won their 2nd state championship in a row.

Four Arcadia High football players – Kadin Beler, Trey Brown, Will Constantinou and Marcus Williams – were recently chosen for the Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) All-District Football Team. 

Baseball fans from all over the country will come to Arizona this month to see their favorite teams in this year’s Cactus League spring training games. 

The Spirit of Arcadia Marching Band is on a three-year winning streak. In 2017 and 2018, the band won the Arizona Marching Band Association’s (AzMBA) state championship in the 2A division. This year they did it again, with their performance of Along Came a Spider, composed by Gary Gilroy.

The Arcadia High School Cheer and Pom squads that make up the school’s spiritline program have both qualified for the USA Nationals competition, a testament to the Titans’ energy and enthusiasm for their sport.

As managers of Echo Canyon School’s gardens, Lou Rodarte and his wife Ann have turned their labor of love into a hands-on curriculum that takes garden produce into the classroom and invites students to taste locally-grown food prepared by some of the best chefs in the Southwest.

The children at Hopi Elementary donned their cowboy hats and boots in early December and headed to school to participate in Western Day, a celebration of square dancing and music that has taken place at the school for the past four years.

The Arizona Children’s Business Fair was established by a group of Phoenix entrepreneurs looking to mentor the younger generation. The event provides kids with hands-on entrepreneurial involvement and experience, including serving as boss for a day.

Alison Dunn, an art teacher at Xavier College Prep was recently honored with the 2019 Secondary Division Outstanding Art Educator award during the annual Arizona Art Education Association (AAEA) conference. 

A few years ago, a small focus group within the Scottsdale Unified School District Foundation (SUSDF), had a brainstorming session to discover a new way to showcase talented students in the district and raise funds for scholarships.