Summit School students exhibit artwork
Summit School of Ahwatukee preschool through eighth-grade students exhibited their creative work recently at the school’s annual art exhibition and open house.
Preschool students expressed their visions for houses to hold the moon, rooms to catch dreams, and shelters that drop from the sky by designing individual models that encompass their ideas.
First-grade students were invited to become city planners and design a community based on New American Urbanism. Students designed and built models of a town square and the residences and public buildings spiraling outward toward an open natural landscape.
Light Rail stations designed by third-graders combined architecture and sculpture. Students also designed innovative energy sources used to power their metro-line. In another third-grade project, students proposed ways to repurpose Phoenix buildings destined for demolition.
Fourth-graders invented a storytelling theater that floats up the Mississippi River and brings to life American cultural history through performances of regional songs, dances and folktales. The displayed models floated down a large-scale replica of the Mississippi River to share the journey.
Mobile shelters for global disasters were designed by sixth-grade students to improve the safety and dignity of survivors.
Seventh- and eighth-grade students displayed large-scale contemporary paintings.
Thorning becomes U.S. citizen
Ahwatukee Foothills resident Gerald Thorning took part in the Naturalization Ceremony Jan. 16 at the city of Chandler’s 15th Annual Multicultural event. Thorning previously lived in South Africa. He was one of nine others from various countries that became citizens of the United States during the ceremony.
Hedeby earns lead role in 13
Valley Youth Theatre introduces Arizona to the new teenage musical 13, performing on stage through Feb. 13 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St.
Ahwatukee Foothills resident Josh Hedeby plays the lead role of Evan Goldman.
When his parents get divorced and he’s forced to move from New York to a small town in Indiana, Goldman just wants to make friends and survive the school year, but it’s easier said than done. The star quarterback is threatening to ruin his life and his only friend, Patrice, won’t talk to him. The school freak sees an opportunity for blackmail and someone is spreading the nastiest rumors. With a rock score from Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, 13 is a hilarious, high-energy musical for all ages.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets, $17 to $33, are available by calling the box office at (602) 252-8497.
Meuth graduates from Missouri S&T
Ryan James Meuth of Ahwatukee Foothills was one of approximately 600 candidates to receive a degree from Missouri University of Science and Technology, formerly the University of Missouri-Rolla, during commencement ceremonies Dec. 19. He received a master’s degree in computer engineering.
AFFAN makes quilts for charity
Ahwatukee Foothills Friends and Neighbors (AFFAN) is a women’s social network providing an atmosphere of friendliness, goodwill and helpful information for all members. Members also participate in cultural and educational endeavors and support chosen local charities.
The QTs (quilting group) engaged in a quilt-making project over the past year and presented 26 baby quilts to the club’s current charity, Crisis Nursery, at the January meeting.
Robertin in cast of Beauty IS a Beast
Burns-It-Up, a nonprofit organization in Chandler, will present its first production, Beauty IS a Beast, at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 and 27 at Hope Covenant Church, 1770 S. Dobson Road, Chandler.
The cast consists of children ages 6 to 16 from across the East Valley, including Ahwatukee Foothills resident Zachary Robertin.
Beauty might be beautiful on the outside, but she’s ugly on the inside – see what happens when her fairy godmother turns her inside out! Based on Shakespeare’s comedy, Taming of the Shrew, child actors bring this classic tale to life in a contemporary re-telling.
Tickets, $8 general admission and $5 for children age five and under, are available at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (480) 332-7914. Proceeds will benefit relief efforts in Haiti and support the Chandler theater group.
For more information, visit www.burnsitup.com.
Center Pointe Dance supports book drive
In a continuing effort to give back to the community, Center Pointe Dance is currently supporting the Kiwanis Club Annual Book Drive. From Feb. 15 to March 15, community members are invited to drop off new or gently-used children’s books at Center Pointe Dance, 12020 S. Warner-Elliot Loop (at Equestrian Trail). The book drive will provide books to underprivileged schools and homeless shelters in and around our community.
Other community service projects Center Pointe Dance has participated in this school year include a Back to School Supply Drive (sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Ahwatukee), a Diaper Drive to support the Phoenix Children’s Project and the Holly Day Benefit Show in December.
The Holly Day Benefit Show took place at Desert Vista High School and raised funds for two local charities. Bianca Caryl, owner and director of Center Pointe Dance, delivered checks for $1,200 each to Hospice of the Valley and the American Cancer Society from the proceeds in honor of her father, Thomas Parrish, a longtime Ahwatukee Foothills resident.
Pilcher named to Dean’s List
Ahwatukee Foothills resident Darren J. Pilcher achieved academic distinction during the fall term and has been named to the Dean’s List at Beloit College in Beloit, Wis. The Dean’s List recognizes students who have maintained at least a 3.4 cumulative grade point average for the semester.
Van Vianen, Woodmansee are engaged
Alex and Val Van Vianen of Ahwatukee Foothills have announced the engagement of their daughter, Amanda Kate, to Morgan Robert Woodmansee, son of Mark and Mary Woodmansee, also of Ahwatukee Foothills.
The bride- and bridegroom-to-be are both 2005 graduates of Mountain Pointe High School. The bride-to-be will graduate in May from the University of Arizona with a master of science degree in speech, language and hearing sciences. The bridegroom-to-be graduated in 2009 from the University of Arizona with a bachelor of science degree in biology.
A November 2010 wedding is planned.