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School Notes: November 2, 2016
Submitted by West Valley View on Wed, 11/02/2016 - 12:00am
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Chad Hauk receives scholarship
Chad Hauk of Phoenix has received a $2,000 scholarship from Luke Air Force Base in Glendale as part of the Scholarships for Military Children Program.
He is attending Arizona State University in Tempe.
Manuel Franco named to dean’s list
Manuel Franco of Avondale has been named to the spring deans’ list at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must be full time and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Scott Noonan graduates
Scott Noonan of Goodyear has graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in energy management from Bismarck State College in Bismmarck, N.D.
David Wright graduates
David Wright of Buckeye has graduated with a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Minnesota Crookston in Crookston, Minn.
Park University announces graduates
The following West Valley residents have graduated from Park University’s Luke Air Force Base Campus Center:
• Yvonne Godwin of Goodyear with a Bachelor of Science in social psychology.
• Robert Hood of Buckeye with a Bachelor of Science in information and computer science.
• Jessica McDonald of Goodyear with a Bachelor of Science in management.
• Jesus Portillo of Goodyear with a Bachelor of Science in management and finance.
• Jermaine Taylor of Goodyear with a Bachelor of Science in management and human resources.
• Dennis Untalasco of Avondale with a Bachelor of Science in social psychology.
• Christopher Washburn of Luke Air Force Base with a Bachelor of Science in management and finance.
Anthony Estes named to dean’s list
Anthony Estes of Goodyear has been named to the spring dean’s list at Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of credit with a GPA of 3.5 out of a possible 4.0.
Sami Abujbarah participates in research program
Sami Abujbarah of Avondale participated in a summer diversity program that gave undergraduates exposure to biomedical research at Tufts University in Boston. Seventeen undergraduates from across the county participated in the 10-week program.
Local homeless youths need school supplies
Homeless Youth Connection, a Goodyear-based nonprofit that serves more than 900 homeless youths in the West Valley, is in need of various supplies to help teens. Basic school supplies are needed, as well as clothes, groceries and gift cards to fast food restaurants.
Those who are interested in hosting a supply drive through their social, church or other group can contact Homeless Youth Connection. Donations can be taken to HYC at 500 N. Bullard Ave., Suite 28, Goodyear. For information, call 623-374-3747 or visit hycaz.org.
EFHS robotics team takes 3rd at invitational
Estrella Foothills High School Robotics Team 5661 finished third at the Asia Pacific Invitational in July in Sydney, Australia. The tournament consisted of 33 teams, 10 being from the U.S.
The team also won first place for the Promote Award for its 60-second public service announcement about robots using Blender, a high-quality 3D modeling software.
Connor Lewis Treptow makes dean’s list
Connor Lewis Treptow of Goodyear made the spring semester academic dean’s list at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. To make the dean’s list, students must have a 3.5 or better GPA.
Jason Roach accepted into master’s degree program
Jason Roach of Avondale was recently accepted into the Advanced Inquiry Program and will be taking classes toward a Master of Arts in teaching degree in the biological sciences from Miami University through Project Dragonfly.
As a first-year AIP student, Roach will complete web-based courses from Miami University with face-to-face experiential learning at Phoenix Zoo.
Miami University’s Project Dragonfly reaches millions of people each year through inquiry-driven learning media, public exhibits and graduate programs worldwide. Project Dragonfly is based in the department of biology at Miami University, a state university in Oxford, Ohio. Miami was established in 1809 and is listed as one of the eight original Public Ivies.
Tonopah Valley freshman joins Buckeye Youth Council
Morgan Harris, a Tonopah Valley High School ninth-grader, was sworn in as a Buckeye Youth Council member Sept. 8 at Buckeye City Hall. She joins 17-19 other teens from the Buckeye area who provide feedback to the City Council on youth issues. Throughout the program, Youth Council members gain leadership skills through problem-solving and volunteering in and around the Buckeye area.
County supervisor named Hero of Education
Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo, D-District 5, was honored as a Hero of Education by the Arizona Latino School Board Association Sept. 16. The inaugural Héroes de la Educación Award recognizes Gallardo’s vision and support in the creation of the AzLSBA. Gallardo is a former governing board member of both the Cartwright School District and the Phoenix Union High School District. AzLSBA was created to address the unique needs of Latino students and faculty.
SRP awards learning grants
Salt River Project has awarded more than $117,000 to Arizona schools, including three in the West Valley, to enhance math and science programs.
Desert Edge High School in Goodyear was given $3,245. The school plans to use the money to purchase a set of 10 graphing calculators to study and analyze data. The grant will be used to enable Algebra 1 students to complete six science, technology, engineering and mathematics projects over the course of a year and compete in an end of the year Inter School STEM competition.
The goal is to integrate physical science concepts into the algebra curriculum that stress real world math connections. The projects include model bridge building, designing electrical circuitry, launching water rockets and constructing solar cars.
Great Hearts Trivium Preparatory High School in Goodyear was awarded $4,978. The school will use the money to purchase sustainable scientific instruments and supplies to support the biology curriculum. The materials will allow students to conduct DNA extraction and gel electrophoresis. The DNA extraction lab will bring a complicated topic to life for the students and bring the subject down to the molecular base level.
Copper King Elementary School in west Phoenix was given $5,000. As part of the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) water academy, pupils will take a trip to the Salt River to complete field research.
Pupils will spend one day rafting the river while making observations about wildlife and river ecology, then a second day completing water quality tests and analysis to assess the health of the river, as well as creating river themed art projects. After the field day, pupils will prepare a presentation for the University of Arizona project WET program.
Sayra Ortegeros receives scholarship
Sayra Ortegeros of Buckeye has received a $500 scholarship from the Buckeye Valley Daughters of the American Revolution in Buckeye as part of the DAR Scholarship program for being an excelling student having graduated from Buckeye Union High School.
She is attending Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and is studying business management.
Kaitlynne Piepiora joins Teach for America corps
Kaitlynne Piepiora of Buckeye has been selected for the 2016 Teach For America corps and will enter the classroom as a teacher during the fall in Arkansas where she will serve pupils and families in a high needs area and work alongside school leaders to expand educational opportunities for all children.
Matthew Stithem receives scholarship
Matthew Stithem of Tolleson was one of 20 high need scholars in the state to earn the $4,000 Alliance Bank of Arizona scholarship on behalf of College Success Arizona.
He is attending Estrella Mountain Community College in Avondale as an honors student studying nursing.
Katie Janssen named to dean’s list
Katie Janssen of Avondale has been named to the summer dean’s list at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. To be eligible for the dean’s list, students must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of credit with a GPA of 3.3 out of a possible 4.0.
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