Brophy Prep hosted their Senior Farewell Dinner in April, as well as a school-wide graduation party after the ceremony on May 21. Food, entertainment abound - the Xavier seniors and were invited, too!

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I wish they would have taught us this in high school?” Usually, the words come to mind when writing out a budget, attempting to do taxes without a professional, learning how to invest or exploring a career change. 

Two Xavier Prep students – junior Sonya Colattur and senior Claira Chong – recently received the 2022 Junior Achievement of Arizona 18 Under 18 Awards for their dedicated contributions to the community through the organizations they created.

While winning matches and making it to the state championships was a common goal among the tennis squads at area schools, there was another prevalent theme: community. Here’s a round-up of our neighborhood tennis squads’ seasons. 

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The Arcadia News scholarship started in 2005 and has since awarded over $15,000 to graduating seniors – some of whom who have been part of the Arcadia News team, as well as those who have gone on to successful college careers. 

Late author Harper Lee would undoubtedly be proud of Veritas Prep’s three mock trial teams – Atticus, Scout and Jem – who participated in the state tournament and are named in honor of characters from her novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

A group of St. Thomas the Apostle’s whiz kids quickly rose to the challenge at the Academic Junior High Decathlon this past spring – and there’s a reason they’re called whiz kids. The teams came in first in logic, second in the super quiz, second in fine arts and third in English/grammar at …

Three students from Arcadia High School have received well-deserved recognition as finalists for the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship. The award was created in 1955 and highlights academically talented students and their accomplishments.

It’s been a big spring for sports teams at Xavier Prep, with the Gators making a statement in soccer, archery and Spiritline at their competitions. Here’s a roundup of the school’s success at recent championships on the state and national levels.

St. Theresa’s softball team is still relatively new to the sport. There was only one team back in 2019 – and before then, only three teams had played in the last nine years. But that only proved to make this year’s teams stronger and more determined – which paid off, as St. Theresa brought h…

More than 230 Brophy seniors walked the runway at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn in front of a crowd of 1,200 at the 38th annual Brophy Fashion Show in April. A highlight of the year for many seniors and their families, the show raises money for the Brophy Financial Aid Fund, which has a budg…

When Ingleside Middle School social studies teacher Mr. Howard fell through his ceiling while trying to fix the alarm system in his home, he never expected that one of his students would take it upon herself to help him out. But that’s exactly what Ashlyn Goldstein did. 

Arcadia News has been keeping tabs on four Phoenix Country Day School alumni since 2018. Readers might recognize them as the founders of Kidz 4 Causes, a nonprofit established back in 2015, when the boys were freshmen. 

The Hopi Variety Show has become a time-honored tradition within the Hopi Elementary School community. It started in the 1980s, initially run by Hopi staff and performed in the school’s cafeteria. In the 90s, more students were eager to participate, and a new name was running the show.

Feeding Students USA is a nonprofit dedicated to providing nutrition and meals to families in need around the Valley. They host a weekend produce pop-up, a weekend lunch program, and distribute emergency food boxes – but one of their most successful programs is their food pantry. 

The 2022 high school softball season is in full swing for local schools, and teams around Arcadia are working hard to make the most of every game. Here’s the latest news for the Arcadia High Titans, Xavier Prep Gators and Christ Lutheran Lions.

The wrestling team at Arcadia High School faced many challenges this year, especially with a season that almost didn’t happen. With the help of a new head coach, the Titans kept pushing forward, eventually qualifying four wrestlers for the state championships.

Founded in 2009, the Arcadia High Robotics Club adheres to a curriculum that integrates science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). While students put their brains to the test, they also gain another essential thing: friendship.

With help from a few Brophy swimmers, Xavier’s second annual Swim for the Light campaign raised $10,000 to change the conversation about mental illness and decrease its debilitating stigma. 

To describe Kate Blair as a powerhouse might be an understatement. The Xavier senior took her sister’s life-changing diagnosis and created a new outlook on life – which in turn, helped her raise money, start a podcast and even write a children’s book. 

While making it to state is at the top of the list for neighborhood high school basketball teams this season, they’re also playing to their other strengths: keeping the game fun and building relationships with teammates and coaches. Read on to see how our area teams are faring as they approa…

It started as an extra-credit assignment at Ingleside Middle School. Mr. Clauss’ seventh grade class had an opportunity to write a short story for the Behind the Vision Contest – and Beau Donovan took the opportunity. He’s now a published author. 

With a season that runs from November to February, Arcadia area high school soccer teams seem to have one goal in mind: the state championship. Arcadia News checked in with local schools to see how their seasons are going.

As someone who has been playing tennis for over 40 years, coaching for 17 years, with an overall varsity record of 258 wins and 15 losses, it’s no surprise that Xavier’s Head Tennis Coach Laurie Martin has earned accolades and awards. However, the 2021 Southwest Pro of the Year Award from th…

There was no shortage of highlights for the Spirit of Arcadia Marching Band this season, from winning their first show and carrying that lead throughout the fall to performing at the SUSD Marching Band Exhibition hosted at Arcadia High School. 

The Heisman. An award that conjures up images of success, courage, and names like Barry Sanders and Kyler Murray. The trophy honors outstanding collegiate football players. 

For almost a decade, students from St. Theresa’s Catholic School in Phoenix have been winning the yearly Rosary Sunday Art Contest sponsored by the Phoenix Diocese – and this year the streak continues. 

For the past nine years, St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School has held a candy drive to help support and serve Valley organizations. This year, they surpassed their goal by donating over 900 pounds of candy (912, to be exact!) to essential employees at hospitals, senior centers and nonprof…

The pickleball courts at Scottsdale McCormick Ranch were alive with the sounds of laughter, when Hopi Elementary PTA members joined together to compete for the grand prize – a golden pickle statue. 

Something strange happened at Veritas Prep during the fall. The kindergarten through fifth-grade classes were invaded by beings, like Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz and Mary from Mary Poppins, for the school’s first annual Great Hearts, Great Books Day.

Arcadia High made a few aesthetic changes around campus. One of the most extensive was a restructured field house near the football field’s end zone for student-athletes. 

Several area students have received well-deserved recognition as semifinalists for the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship program. Created in 1955, the award recognizes academically talented students and their accomplishments.

Under the leadership of varsity Coach Jon Shores, the Brophy golf team has experienced the sweet smell of success – three times in a row. During September and October, the team won nine of the nine-hole matches they played against high schools across the Valley in addition to three tournaments. 

For athletic sisters Brooke and Mackenzie Bream, their source of entertainment during last year’s shutdown came from an unlikely place. They decided to try their hands at a sport they had never played before and were surprised by the outcome.