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In the Neighborhood: Computer organization for women honors Skylar Smith of Ahwatukee

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Several Ahwatukee young people have been cited for scholastic or other achievements in recent weeks.

Leading the pack is Skylar Smith, a junior at Xavier College Preparatory, who, along with classmate Gillian Vaughn, received an honorable mention in the National Center for Women and Information Technology organization’s "Aspirations in Computing" program.

Skylar was cited for her “demonstrated interest and achievements in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for postsecondary education.”

The daughter of Rhonda and Clark Smith, Skylar is an honors and AP student at Xavier, and maintains a 4.5 weighted (4.0 unweighted) great point average.  

She is involved in numerous campus groups, including the student newspaper (X-Press), yearbook (Xavierian), Key Club, mock trial team, and robotics club.  She also volunteers in the neurological unit at St. Joseph's Hospital and recently won a Scholastic Art and Writing Award.

NCWIT is a community of more than 850 prominent corporations, academic institutions, government agencies and non-profits working to increase girls' and women's participation in technology and computing.

It helps organizations recruit, retain and advance technically inclined girls and women, getting them to learn through computing-related activities, network at virtual and in-person meetups, receive visibility for technical achievements and grow leadership and entrepreneurial skills by leading computing outreach programs in their local communities.

Ahwatukee students make dean’s lists

Several Ahwatukee residents made their respective college and university dean’s lists for academic performance during the fall semester.

Junior Max Fathauer was named to the dean's list at Bucknell University, Pennsylvania, where the recognition is given students with a 3.5 grade point average.

At Belmont University in Tennessee,  Michaela Soha, made the dean’s list for her grades, putting her among the 30 percent of the school’s 7,700 students to earn the honor.

Thursday 01/12/2017
In the Neighborhood: Computer organization for women honors Skylar Smith of Ahwatukee
Posted: January 12, 2017

Several Ahwatukee young people have been cited for scholastic or other achievements in recent weeks.

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Thursday 01/05/2017
At age 10, Ahwatukee boy is becoming a classical pianist
Updated: January 10, 2017 - 9:51 am

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Saturday 12/24/2016
Ahwatukee family struck by flood still in harm’s way
Posted: December 24, 2016

When Stacy Schwartz and husband Ronnie O’Steen look around their Ahwatukee home, they see reminders of monsoon season and not the holiday season wherever they turn.

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Friday 12/23/2016
Neighborhood light displays bring the holiday spirit
Posted: December 23, 2016

In December, many people love to drive around at night and look at Christmas lights. Part of the fun stems from uncertainty; you never know as you drive around a corner if you will see a dark street or the Holy Grail of twinkle lights and cute lawn decorations.

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Thursday 12/15/2016
Ahwatukee’s Christie Ellis named 2016 Realtor of the year
Posted: December 15, 2016

Christie Ellis left social work at a hospital 14 years ago, explaining, “I decided it would be a good time for me to do real estate fulltime.”

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Thursday 12/08/2016
In Your Neighborhood: Ahwatukee dentist helps smiles of needy Jamaicans
Posted: December 08, 2016

An Ahwatukee dentist has helped close to 3,000 smiles in Jamaica.

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Thursday 12/01/2016
Ahwatukee teen musician wins a nod in Alice Cooper contest
Posted: December 01, 2016

Joe Vitagliano of Ahwatukee earlier this month almost won rock legend Alice Cooper’s Proof is in the Pudding talent search for a soloist under age 25 to perform in his annual Christmas season concert.

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Wednesday 11/30/2016
Ahwatukee’s share of billions in street improvement money: No one knows
Posted: November 30, 2016

Phoenix officials plan to spend over $2.3 billion on street improvements over the next 35 years, so what can Ahwatukee residents expect as their fair share?

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Thursday 11/17/2016
In Your Neighborhood: Ahwatukee teen wins Veterans Day Parade essay contest
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Ahwatukee resident and Seton Catholic Prep junior Dillon Shipley won first place in the annual Phoenix Veterans Day Parade essay contest with a piece about his uncle’s return from the Vietnam War.

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