Luke Alvarado and Savannah Shorb, eighth-graders at Ingleside Middle School, recently received awards for ASU’s 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. essay contest for their profiles on heroism within their own families.

Hopi Elementary School put its creative thinking cap on when it came to this year’s variety show. Instead of focusing on talent acts, the school decided to share good deeds and service acts around the community. They called it the Hopi Good News Network.

Xavier’s done it again – the prep school is one of only 54 high schools in the country to receive the College Board AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for both AP Computer Science A and AP Computer Science Principles courses. Most notably, this is their third year obtaining the honor.  

Arcadia High School’s Varsity Pom squad wrapped up their best season yet with their first-ever state championship. The team came out in full force to secure the AIA Division 2 Pom State Title, winning by over 2.5 points and scoring highest for both the execution and choreography portions.

Earlier this year, two Veritas Prep students were awarded with scholarships at the Shemer New Horizons Student Art Exhibit. New Horizons is an annual, Valleywide high school student art exhibition that showcases student artists from participating high schools.

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Since 1993, Arcadia News has offered a scholarship to students at Arcadia High School who are interested in studying journalism, broadcasting, communications or other media-related fields.

In response to the ever-changing challenges that schools have faced for the past year, Desert View Learning Center in Paradise Valley came up with a unique way to safely teach in-person students. 

Phoenix Country Day School freshmen and best friends Anaiya Patel and Sanya Somani have teamed up to launch HealthforHER, a nonprofit that provides health resources and education to underprivileged women. The nascent organization is quickly gaining momentum.

The Office of Maricopa County School Superintendent recently teamed up with the Phoenix Suns to distribute over 17,000 face masks to Valley schools, including Tavan Elementary. 

This year, 12 high schoolers from around the Valley were honored with the distinction of being selected for the 2020 Girls Volleyball All-Arizona Team, and Arcadia High sophomore Tatum Longnecker was one of them.

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, 12 talented athletes from Arcadia High School took the next step in their educational careers.

Dawn Treude is the latest addition at Echo Canyon Elementary School, and as its new librarian, she couldn’t be more eager to inspire a new generation of readers.

What is the purpose of a teacher? Is it to make decisions about how best to help their students learn in an environment? To use caution and consider their values and those of their students? To continuously grow and improve themselves and their students?

Making a total of 99 tackles in 2020, Veritas junior Eli Ravelo helped his team end their season 8-3. He credits his success on the football field to the skills he learned on the rugby field.

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Since the season started in August, Arcadia High’s Varsity Pom team has been working hard to build on their past successes. Finishing as runners-up in the state the last two years, the girls are ready for the next level. Their determination paid off with a top performance at the first compet…

Scottsdale Unified School District is taking a strategic step in streamlining COVID-19 information by hiring a COVID-19 specialist.

At Signing Day, athletes confirm their post-graduation plans by signing their national letters of intent, securing their spots at the collegiate level. In  November, seven talented athletes from Xavier Prep took the next step in their educational careers. Congratulations Gators! 

Echo Canyon Elementary has long been known for its student gardens, chef program and overall hands-on learning experiences. When COVID hit and social distancing practices took effect, everything changed. However, the team of school leaders working in conjunction with their chef and gardening…

Even with the challenges of 2020, the fall volleyball season went ahead, and three Arcadia area schools came away with strong teams and big hopes for the future. Here’s our roundup of the Arcadia High School Titans, Xavier Prep Gators and Veritas Prep Falcons varsity girls volleyball teams.

A combination of old-fashioned fun and a silly idea produced giggles, laughter and a sense of togetherness at Archway Veritas’s Kiss the Pig event this past November. Part of the annual Fall Festivitas, the event showcased a brave teacher who puckered up to a small pig named Abraham, courtes…

Students in theater groups at Xavier and Brophy Preparatory High School have nothing to do but “hit the heights.” Six weeks of dedication and rehearsals has paid off in spades when students in both schools recently won awards or were nominated for the prestigious 15th annual National Youth A…

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Arcadia High School has a new athletic director who brings his love of sports and academics to the Titan community. Shawn Gatson, who also serves as assistant principal, has embraced the rich traditions that make Arcadia athletics a standout not only across the Valley but throughout the enti…

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Congratulations are in order for 4th grade Tavan Elementary teacher Lauren Miles for winning the Coach Jesse Parker Legacy Foundation Award for excellence in academics and athletics. In 2014, Miles helped establish Tavan’s track team, the only athletic extra-curricular currently offered at t…

In January, Phoenix College kicked off their centennial celebration by unveiling a time capsule. The capsule includes written quotes from students, faculty and staff expressing what is most meaningful to them about their time at the college, which was established 100 years ago this past September.

Six houses. Middle and high school students. No, this isn’t Harry Potter. This is Veritas Prep’s “house program,” where incoming 6th graders are inducted into a group, or “house,” to help with a smoother transition to middle and high school.

In March, the Arcadia News spoke with Arcadia High School’s new football coach Vance Miller about his impending first year. Miller expressed the objective of getting players to improve – both in the classroom and on the field. The importance of staying in shape year-round and working on the …

The MAKERS of Change Assistive Technology Challenge, sponsored by Southwest Human Development, invites high school STEM teams to come up with ideas to improve the lives of children with physical and developmental disabilities through the use of assistive and bio-technology.

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…