Sisters are spelling bee champs
Summit School of Ahwatukee has the superior spelling sister duo of Bobae and Bomi Johnson. At the end of this year’s annual third through eighth spelling bee, only eighth-grade student Bomi and her fifth-grade sister Bobae were left standing. During numerous rounds the Johnson sisters volleyed back and forth, correctly spelling “quarantine, circuitous, adieu, cajolery, brigadier, anemone, adjudicate, infatuation, photosynthesis, analgesia, centennial and miraculous.” In the end it was fifth-grader Bobae who took the championship title by correctly spelling the word “obvious.”
Her sister’s reaction? “Obviously I am proud of her” chuckled Bomi, as she gave her sister a congratulatory hug.
Center Pointe Dance supports book drive
In a continuing effort to give back to the community, Center Pointe Dance is supporting the Kiwanis Club Annual Book Drive. 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) through March 15. The book drive will provide books to underprivileged schools and homeless shelters in and around the 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.
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.
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.
Garden Club members partner with Summit students on projects
Last November, members from the Desert Pointe Garden Club began working on a series of garden projects with students at the Summit School of Ahwatukee. Participating in the garden projects are children from teachers Suchi Roy and Laura Otradovec’s class.
The first project was one in which the children were involved in a “make a wish” wildflower seed over-the-shoulder throw. Today, the gardens are lush with greenery and wildflowers ready to bloom.
The most recent garden club project with the preschoolers was in putting together a hummingbird garden. The children were given a lesson on hummingbirds and how to attract them to a garden. Then several hummingbird plants were planted and a feeder and a nest-building supply cage were set up in the garden.
Desert Pointe Garden Club members will visit with the preschool children periodically to help them care for and appreciate their new hummingbird garden.
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.
Valentine Boutique raises money for DV Grad Night
A Valentine Boutique took place recently to support Desert Vista High School’s Grad Night, and more than $1,500 was raised. Seventeen vendors were on hand, and more than 100 guests mingled and shopped while enjoying food and wine.
Artwork to accompany items for soldiers overseas
Creative Kids Art Club, founded by Ahwatukee Foothills resident Teresa Mouffe, is dedicated to encourage children to believe in their own individual form of creative artistic expression. Her intention is to inspire children to trust that there are no mistakes in art.
In an effort to expand participation and contribute something positive to the community and the student body, Mouffe has invited the students of Sonoran Science Academy to assist her club with an outreach project. Creative Kids Art Club, in collaboration with the Ahwatukee Recreation Center and Luke Air Force Base, has planned a project in which each student will create an artistic card and write a letter of support, inspiration or encouragement to a member of the United States Armed Forces currently stationed overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Creative Kids Art Club intends to create 200 cards for this project by early March.
In the soldier support program called Operation Thunder, the Ahwatukee Recreation Center is collecting donations of playing cards, personal-sized toiletries, personal-sized snack items and more through March 15 to be packaged along with a Creative Kids card. Luke Air Force Base will then send the packages overseas.
To donate items, contact Amy Nicholls at (480) 893-2549.
Anderson chosen for Valley Teen Leadership program
Ahwatukee Foothills resident and Horizon Honors High School junior Ayla Anderson has been selected for the prestigious Valley Teen Leadership program, which provides high school sophomores and juniors the opportunity to hone their leadership skills, educate themselves about the community and explore solutions to local issues impacting their lives.
Fifty students across the Valley were selected for the program. Now in its 14th year, the premier teen leadership program includes an orientation, one-day retreat, six program days and a graduation celebration.
Teen participants will have an opportunity to interact on a regular basis with key adult leaders in the Valley and will be educated on ways in which they can serve their communities through topical speakers, on-site visits and discussions.
For more information on Valley Leadership, visit www.valleyleadership.org.