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Posted: Tuesday, September 8, 2009 11:00 pm

MPHS Grad Night Committee sets Thursday meeting

Mountain Pointe High School’s Grad Night 2010 Planning Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, in the P.E. Lecture Hall at the school, 4201 E. Knox Road. All parents of graduating seniors are encouraged to attend to help plan the all-night event.

More information about this year’s Grad Night is available online at


Rotary offers exchange program for high school students

Each year, thousands of high school students from around the world participate in Rotary Youth Exchange. These students are provided the opportunity to learn a new language, culture and way of living and make friends from all over the world. All of this is done while living abroad with host families and attending school in another country.

An informational meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in Matthew’s Restaurant at the Grace Inn, 10831 S. 51st St., for those interested in learning more about the program for the 2010-11 school year. To participate, students must be at least 15-and-a-half, but no more than 18-and-a-half, on Aug. 1, 2010.

Applications are due to the Rotary Club of Ahwatukee Foothills by Oct. 1. 

For more information or an application, e-mail Cindy Harrison at


Third-grade art requested for 2010 Valley Metro calendar

The fifth annual Cool Bus STUFF contest kicks off with an invitation to all Valley third-graders that love to draw. With the theme, Valley Metro: Go Smart. Go Transit., Valley youth are encouraged to demonstrate their artistic ability by showing how transit can be fun, safe and help the Earth!

Winners will be featured in the Valley Metro Transit Education 2010 calendar and receive fun prizes.

Entries will be accepted until Friday, Oct. 9. Entry forms and contest details are available at

Judging is based on successfully illustrating one of the three themes, as well as creativity and neatness. For more information about the contest, contact Dolores Nolan at (602) 262-4001.


ASU ‘leading the pack’ in U.S. News ranking of innovative schools

Arizona State University is ranked fifth among 77 colleges and universities that are “leading the pack in improvements and innovative changes” in academics, faculty, students, campus life and facilities.

For the second year in a row ASU has been named as one of the “schools everyone should be watching” in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.” The ranking of “Top Up-and-Coming Schools” is based on the peer assessment of college presidents, provosts and admission deans.

Additionally, ASU for the third year in a row is named one of the “Best National Universities,” ranking 121, the same spot as last year. There are more than 4,000 colleges and universities in the country and U.S. News surveyed approximately 1,500 for its rankings.


Award-winning nursing program seeks students

Don’t miss the next Bilingual Nursing Fellows Program (BNFP) information session at South Mountain Community College, taking place Saturday, Sept. 12.

The program is in cooperation with Banner Health System. The two-hour session will begin at 10 a.m. in the SMCC Student Union, 7050 S. 24th St. Applications will be available at the meeting.

For more information about the program, call (602) 243-8269 or go online to

For general information about South Mountain Community College, call (602) 243-8000 or e-mail


DV Marching Band selling coupon books

The Desert Vista Marching Band will be selling coupon books with a $150 value for $15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Safeway store at 40th Street and Chandler Boulevard.

Come out and support the band. They will be performing throughout the day. 


Seton Catholic hosting annual basketball tourney

Seton Catholic Preparatory High School will host its 14th Annual Sentinel Classic 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 12.

The cost is $80 per team with four players per team. Each participant receives a tournament T-shirt, and prizes will be awarded to the winning teams and runners-up from each division. Each team is guaranteed a minimum of three games, all of which will be played indoors with referees on all courts.

Registration deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 5 p.m., and registration forms are available from the school’s office at 1150 N. Dobson Road in Chandler or online at For more information, contact Karen Self at (480) 545-4309 or


Join DV Key Club to help save lives

The Key Club at Desert Vista High School is sponsoring a blood drive with United Blood Services on Wednesday, Sept. 16, from 7 to 11:30 a.m. in the small gymnasium at the school, 16440 S. 32nd St. Donors are urgently needed to help injured and ill patients.

If you are 18 or older, please register online for an appointment at Click “Donate Blood” and Enter “thunder” for the sponsor code. Donors should eat a good breakfast that morning, drink plenty of water and bring a picture ID with them to the drive. Students must sign up at school in their English classes. For information about donor eligibility, visit

This year, the amazing impact of blood donations can be seen clearly in our own community. DV’s own Cheri Johnson has a son who is currently receiving daily transfusions, and the Key Club is holding this blood drive in honor of him. Without the generous donors who give at drives like those at Desert Vista, his treatment would not be possible.

For more information, e-mail Jared Naimark at


Explore a green career at Hydrologic Studies open house

The Hydrological Studies program at GateWay Community College will host a free open house event from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, at 108 N. 40th St., room MA1100 N/S.

The open house will feature a program overview, a chance to meet program faculty and environmental institutions and agencies giving presentations about potential internship opportunities for program participants. The United States Geological Survey will also be present to interview current students for possible employment opportunities.

To learn more, call (602) 286-8613 or visit


Nominations sought for Comeback Student Athlete of the Year

The Comeback Student Athlete of the Year contest, presented by Phoenix Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine Program, awards outstanding young athletes who have returned to athletic competition after receiving treatment for an injury, illness or physical limitation.

Nominations are open to Arizona residents between the ages of 8 and 18, who have been enrolled in Arizona public, private, charter or home school within the past 12 months. Nominees must have participated in organized sports (school, club, intramurals, etc.) in the past and missed part of the last season due to injury, illness or physical limitations.

Nominations will be accepted from now through Feb. 14, 2010. Visit to nominate yourself or someone you know.

For more information, contact Mark Tsuchiya at, (602) 546-5859.


Kennedy to emcee Seton After Dark

Terry Kennedy of Catholic Athletes for Christ will emcee Seton Catholic Preparatory High School’s Seton After Dark Annual Dinner Auction Nov. 21.

Kennedy is a former All-Star Major League Baseball catcher who played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1978-80), San Diego Padres (1981-86), Baltimore Orioles (1987-88) and San Francisco Giants (1989-91). He is the son of former Major League player and manager Bob Kennedy.

The school is located at 1150 N. Dobson Road in Chandler. For questions, call Becky Sanchez at (480) 963-1900, ext. 2006, or e-mail at


Reunion planned for DV’s 1st graduating class

The Desert Vista High School Class of 1999 will have its 10-year class reunion on Saturday, Oct. 3, at Rustler’s Rooste. Spread the word, and come reminisce with old friends! More details will be available soon.

For information, e-mail reunion committee members at or visit them on mySpace and Facebook. 


SMCC teams with St. Mary’s for monthly discount food box distribution

South Mountain Community College employees and students will once again help their neighbors by packing and selling discounted boxes of high-quality food for the St. Mary’s/Westside Food Bank Alliance throughout the 2009-10 school year.  

Monthly sales events will take place 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 4, Oct. 2, Nov. 6 and Dec. 4 in front of the SMCC Performing Arts Center at 7050 S. 24th St.

This is not a government program or a handout, and anyone is welcome to purchase the food. St. Mary’s Food Bank purchases the food at a reduced price from area grocers and passes the savings along to consumers. There is no paperwork, and all purchases must be in cash.

For additional information and purchasing options, call (602) 305-5830.


‘Back-to-School’ essay contest winners get Netbook computers

Nova Mesa Computer Systems, Inc., a Phoenix-based manufacturer and retailer of custom desktop, laptop, home theater and specialized gaming computers for the home, home office and business markets, will give away three Netbook computer bundles as part of its first “Back to School” essay contest. The contest is under way and runs through Sept. 6. Winners will be announced by Sept. 21.

The contest requires the submission of a 150- to 200-word essay and is open to Arizona students in grades one to 12.

For complete details, visit


SMCC offers G.E.D. high school equivalency testing

South Mountain Community College, 7050 S. 24th St., is offering G.E.D. testing for individuals who do not have a high school diploma and are seeking to earn a high school equivalency diploma.

Candidates must be at least 16 years of age. Those under 18 must bring a notarized letter of consent from a parent or guardian, along with an official letter of withdrawal from their last school attended. The G.E.D. testing fee is $75, with a $15 re-test fee for each subject area. Testing is by appointment only, and pre-registration is required prior to testing. Pre-registration takes place on Monday afternoons between 1:30 and 3 p.m. Testing takes place on Wednesdays between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tests are available in English, Spanish and large-print. Special accommodations are available for examinees with documented disabilities.

For more information, call (602) 243-8188.


SMCC offers certified fiber optics networking classes

The South Mountain Community College Guadalupe Center will offer three industry-recognized and certified fiber optics networking classes during the week of Oct. 5 to 11.

The courses, presented in association with BDI DataLynk, will include the following: Certified Fiber Optics Technician (CFOT), Oct. 5 to 7; Certified Fiber Optics Specialist in Testing and Maintenance (CFOS/T), Oct. 8 and 9; and Certified Fiber Optics Splicing Specialist, Oct. 10 and 11. Each class session runs 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The SMCC Guadalupe Center is located at 9233 S. Avenida del Yaqui (Priest Drive south of Guadalupe Road) in Guadalupe.

To enroll or get more details, visit or call (602) 243-8217.

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