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School Notes - November 5, 2013

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Buckeye polling location open to all voters

All voters with proper identification can go to Buckeye Town Hall, 530 E. Monroe Ave., in downtown Buckeye to vote, including those voting on West Valley school district bond and override measures. Those who did not get ballots in the mail, need a new ballot, have not yet registered with new addresses or have ballots and want to drop them off can do so by 7 p.m. today. For specific questions, call County Elections at 602-506-1511 or the Continue Quality campaign headquarters at 480-251-1355. Ballots can be dropped off at other Arizona polling locations. More offices and locations can be found at:


Goodyear man joins college basketball team

Zachary Mercado of Goodyear was named to the Bob Jones University Bruins men’s intercollegiate basketball team in South Carolina. He will play guard when the season opens Nov. 1 against Johnson University of Knoxville, Tenn. Mercado is a junior health, fitness and recreation major at Bob Jones. The Bruins compete in Division I of the National Christian College Athletic Association.


Pendergast District to host high school expo

The Pendergast Elementary School District will host its eighth annual high school exposition from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 13. Seventh- and Eighth-graders and their parents are invited to attend the event at the Pendergast Learning Center, 3841 N 91st Ave., Phoenix. School counselors and representatives from 12 different public, private and charter schools will be there to give families the opportunity to learn more about area high schools, facilities and resources.


Internships available in West Valley, D.C.

Congressman Raul Grijava, D-District 3, is accepting applications to serve as an intern in Washington, D.C., and the offices in Arizona’s District 3 for the spring 2014 school semester.

Interns for the Washington office will work closely with legislative and media staff, answer phone calls, distribute mail, and communicate with constituents. Internships are unpaid and the intern is responsible for his own lodging and transportation. Anyone who is interested can submit a cover letter, resume and brief writing sample to Cristina Villa, internship coordinator, at Applications will be accepted until Dec. 12.

Although there is no set deadline to apply for a local internship in Tucson, Somerton or Avondale offices, the sooner the better. The internship begins at the start of each semester. Interns will provide constituent services, perform administrative tasks and may be asked to work on special projects and events. Those interested in applying to either the Tucson, Somerton or Avondale district office should go to to receive an application form and find the appropriate email to send a cover letter, resume and writing sample.


EMCC names new VP of student affairs

Estrella Mountain Community College in Avondale has named Patricia Cardenas-Adame as its new vice president of Student Affairs. She will begin her new role Dec. 2.

Cardenas-Adame has a Bachelor of Science in secondary education at Texas A&M, a Master of Arts in human resource management from Emmanuel College in Boston and a Doctor of Philosophy in higher education administration from online school Capella University. She has more than 20 years of experience at four different colleges ranging from Glendale Community College to California State University in Monterey Bay.


Phoenix Suns, GCU holding essay contest

The Phoenix Suns and Grand Canyon University are inviting all Valley high school seniors to participate in this year’s “Find Your Purpose” essay contest for the chance to win a $10,000 tuition credit to GCU. Until Dec. 20, seniors can submit a 1,000- to 1,500-word essay discussing what it means to “find your purpose” as a prospective college student, and how a scholarship would help with that goal. Aside from the grand prize, 30 finalists will receive a pair of tickets to the Suns-Bobcats game on Feb. 1, 2014. The winner will be revealed at the GCU men’s basketball game on Jan. 23, 2013, and a member of the Phoenix Suns team will present the award. Students can log on to for more information and to submit an essay.


Avondale hosts School Readiness Kit Workshop

The city of Avondale and the Valley of the Sun United Way are partnering to host a School Readiness Kit Workshop to help families prepare their children for starting kindergarten. Parents of children ages 3-5 can attend an informative workshop and take home a kit. A presentation in English will be given from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and in Spanish from 11 a.m. to noon Nov. 14. It will be hosted at the Care 1st Avondale Resource & Housing Center, 328 W. Western Ave., Avondale. Register by calling 623-333-2703.


EMCC faculty member recognized

The Arizona Justice Educators Association recognized Estrella Mountain Community College’s Administration of Justice Studies program faculty member Eddie Zulegar as the 2013 Educator of the Year for his outstanding achievements and dedication. The Maricopa Community College District also awarded him the distinction of Professor Emeritus status.


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