School Notes - December 28, 2016

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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 was 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.


Amber Murray makes dean’s list

Amber Murray of Buckeye made the fall 2015 semester academic dean’s list for adult and graduate studies at Ohio Christian University in Circleville, Ohio. To make the dean’s list, students must have a 3.5 or better GPA.


James Cox wins scholarship

James Cox of Goodyear won a $1,000 scholarship from the Southern Arizona Logistics Education Organization.

Cox is attending Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, where he is studying logistics.


Millennium FFA competes at nationals

Millennium High School’s FFA team recently went to the national convention in Indianapolis, where its Conduct of Meeting team was part of the first national Conduct Meetings contest. The team set the standard for the newly registered contest, which will be a competitive event next year.


Westview students honored by American Legion

Westview High School students Melissa Dennis and Gloria Jozwicki were honored Oct. 6 with a certificate of appreciation for their participation at the 69th annual Arizona Girls State in June, where the girls studied state government and political process.


LESD director earns certification

Melissa McComb, director of Special Education in the Litchfield Elementary District, recently achieved a Board Certified Behavior Analyst certification.

The graduate-level certification is the highest training recognition available to behavior specialists.

McComb started as a special education teacher specializing in supporting pupils with challenging behavior at Litchfield Elementary, and was promoted this year to director of Special Education.


Oregon State students make summer honor roll

Jamie Wilson of Goodyear and Shalyndria Stewart of Tonopah were both named to the honor roll at Oregon State University during the summer semester.

Wilson is a senior studying biology, and Stewart is a senior studying nuclear engineering.


Jordan Arbo graduates from Minnesota State

Jordan E. Arbo of Goodyear has graduated with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Minnesota State University in Mankato, Minn.


Storm water pollution posters wanted

Pupils in third through sixth grades have the opportunity to enter Maricopa County’s storm water pollution poster contest, “Be a Stormwater Pollution Hero.”

Youths can help inform the public about the leading cause of water pollution in the United States by creating an artistic poster with a message.

The pupil’s name, grade, teacher’s name, school name, address and phone number must be printed on the back of the poster.

Entries are divided into two categories: third and fourth grade and fifth and sixth grade. Prizes will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place winners in each category.

Submissions must be sent by March 24, 2017, to the Maricopa County Environmental Services Department, Stormwater Quality Program “Poster Contest,” 1001 N. Central Ave., Suite 301, Phoenix, AZ 85004.

For information, visit


Brenda Vasquez graduates from Upper Iowa University

Brenda Vasquez of Avondale graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in nursing in October from Upper Iowa University.

Cum laude is awarded to those with a 3.5-3.7 GPA.


APS donates books to Avondale pupils

Arizona Public Service Co. volunteers donated nearly 100 books and inspirational notes to pupils at Avondale Middle School and Eliseo C. Felix School, both in Avondale, during the pupils’ Read Better Be Better graduation.

The Read Better Be Better after-school literacy program pairs trained eighth-graders with struggling third-grade readers. Together, they work through the curriculum, followed by group activities; all of which are designed to develop literacy skills as a foundation for broader academic success.

APS donated 26 third-grade books and 73 eighth-grade books.


Preschool donates to New Life Center

Bel-Esprit Day School in Goodyear held a charity fashion show with its preschoolers as models Nov. 17 to raise money for the New Life Center. More than 100 people attended the event, which raised more than $600 for the domestic violence shelter. The preschool plans to hold the event annually.


Caroline Niceschwander makes dean’s list

Caroline Niceschwander of Goodyear has been named to Eastern New Mexico University’s dean’s list for the fall 2016 semester.

To be eligible for the dean’s list, a student must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours with a GPA between 3.25 and 4.0.


Winners announced in young artist program

Goodyear announced 17 pupils who were rewarded scholarship money for their artistic abilities in the fourth annual Mayor’s Select Art Awards for fall 2016. Chosen from 66 entries by a panel of judges, the winning pupils will share $1,600 in scholarships to further their education.

In the junior division through eighth grade, Jenna Tovar won first place, Abigail Fernihough won second place, Jaden Lopez won third place and Kristen Nicodemus and Lara Hahne won honorable mention.

In the senior division for high school students, Michaela Daniels won Best in Show. For 3D artwork, Kaitlyn Saucede won first place and Montana Downing and Angelica Molina won honorable mention. For drawing, Brianna Broadbent won first place and Abagaile Davis and Kaimana Cozo won honorable mention. For painting, Kendall Clark won first place and Katelyn Canchola, Kaylee Christian and Kiera Mitchell won honorable mention. Emily McHerron won first place in photography.

Cierra Lee named to McPherson honor roll

Cierra Lee of Goodyear was named to the honor roll for the fall semester at McPherson College in McPherson, Kan.

Honor roll is awarded to students with a 3.55 GPA or higher.


Goodyear residents graduate from Park University

Juanita A. Turner of Goodyear graduated summa cum laude in December with a bachelor’s degree in management and human resources from Park University.

Summa cum laude is awarded to those with a 3.9 to 4.9 GPA.

Melvin M. Turner of Goodyear graduated cum laude in December with a bachelor’s degree in management and human resources from Park University.

Cum laude is awarded to those with a 3.5 to 3.7 GPA.


Emilie Etchart makes dean’s list

Emilie Etchart of Litchfield Park was named to Belmont University’s dean’s list for the fall 2016 semester.

To be eligible for the dean’s list, a student must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours with an average GPA of 3.5 and no grade below a C.

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