Three Arcadia High seniors were recently named semifinalists for the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Max Lunifeld, Calvin Eng and Mary McManus are among 16,000 students nationwide to advance in the program, and three out of 14 selected in the Scottsdale Unified School District.

Scottsdale Unified School District has released a 125th-anniversary coin as part of its Excellence Recognition Coin program. Now in its second year, the program is the brainchild of SUSD Public Information and Marketing Officer Amy Bolton.

The close-knit Arcadia High School community has many inspiring student volunteers, and members of the DreamCatchers Club are no exception. The club’s successes over the last two years have made a big difference to many. 

Emma Rowland is more than just a college student – she is a national activist. During her senior year at Veritas Prep, she became involved with the Arizona chapter of March for Our Lives after attending a summer leadership camp.

Xavier College Preparatory’s volleyball team has a reason to celebrate this year. For the eighth year in a row, the team has won the U.S. Marine Corps and American Volleyball Coaches Association’s Team Academic Award for the 2019-2020 season. 

He’s no stranger to the water. Devin Esser, a senior at Veritas Prep, has been a swimmer since he was a youngster, and the hard work has paid off. He was recently added to the  USA Swimming Scholastic All America Team for 2019-20. This achievement is an honorary award that is based on superi…

Throughout this pandemic, the demands and responsibilities people are facing make it easy to develop tunnel vision. As a result, the most vulnerable in our society can be overlooked and fall between the cracks. Seniors are a prime example, especially when they live alone.

Back-to-school traditions didn’t feel very traditional this year, and parents are trying to figure out how to roll with all of the unpredictability. One issue that many parents are trying to navigate is their involvement in remote learning. 

Phoenix resident and educator Kari Kling is a testament to the immense joy and satisfaction that can accompany a teaching career. Her prolific educational journey began in l981 as a second-grade teacher at Hopi Elementary School.

5 a.m. school day practices and an arduous class schedule are a testament to Serena Turner’s dedication to her ultimate goal, which she achieved with an early acceptance to Stanford University. 

Over the last five years, Kidz 4 Causes has become a fairly well-known name in the community, due to their focus on fundraising for the Phoenix-based TGen Center for Rare Childhood Disorders. Since the start of the program, Kidz 4 Causes has raised over $141,000 for TGen.

Parents: Expect twists and turns this school year. Tough decisions must be made between online, in-person, hybrid schooling, or homeschooling. Schools may open, only to possibly close during outbreaks. Making plans for various home-learning scenarios may calm anxiety in the family.

Kiva Elementary School is moving forward with plans to remodel the school campus. As one of 15 elementary schools in the Scottsdale Unified School District, Kiva serves 455 students pre-K through sixth grade. By the time construction commences, it will be the school’s first major remodel sin…

After learning about the high infection rate of COVID-19 in the Navajo Nation, Xavier Prep sophomore Caroline Purtill, Phoenix Country Day School juniors Max Goldstein and Ben Richardson and PCDS sophomore and freshman Alex and Sierra Goldstein decided to help in the fight.

Given the restrictions that were placed on schools during the last few months of the academic year, graduation ceremonies seemed unlikely. That didn’t stop Arcadia area schools from celebrating the students who are taking their next steps in life – 5th graders who are moving to junior high, …

In the beginning of May, teachers all around America are celebrated for their hard work during Teacher Appreciation Week. Since schools were shuttered, teachers had to move all of their lessons to online learning platforms. They’ve missed out on events, and face to face contact has happened …

Jordan Nuñez isn’t letting celiac disease bring her down. The 17-year-old junior at Xavier College Prep is on a mission to spread the word about celiac disease and let others affected by the adverse immune reaction know they are not alone. 

After months of careful scientific research and preparation, Veritas students were able to display their results at the annual science fair at the end of April. Instead of having students present their projects at school in front of their peers and parents, they recorded their presentations …

Kathryn Chamberlin, a 2015 Arcadia High School graduate, has created a program that provides guidance and support to students who plan to attend college. The Arcadia High Alumni Mentorship Program was established with the help of Chamberlin’s friends Emma Schlenker, Rae Aaron and Nicole Mitchell.

 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.