Ahwatukee Foothills resident Nick Walker consumed 2 pounds, 11 7/8 ounces of wings from Native New Yorker. Submitted photo

Walker wins week 6 in chicken wing-eating contest

Ahwatukee Foothills resident Nick Walker won week six of the Native New Yorker Battle of the Bone 3 Wing Eating contest at the Foothills Native New Yorker. He consumed 2 pounds, 11 7/8 ounces.

In the third annual contest, contestants attempt to top each other by eating the restaurant’s famed chicken wings. Contests run every Wednesday at a different Native New Yorker location, and each weekly location winner will advance to the Battle of the Bone finale at Chandler Harley Davidson on Aug. 21.

Contestants may register for the contest at, where an updated list of contest dates and locations may also be found. On May 26, the event will take place in Ahwatukee Foothills at the Native New Yorker, 5050 E. Ray Road, Suite 5.

Up to 30 entrants per location will be accepted and will be chosen based on age qualifications as well as on a first come, first served basis. Entrants must be 21 or older, and the contest is open to amateurs only. An entry fee of $15 is required, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the 100 Club of Arizona.


Girl Scouts help Operation Happy Socks

For the second time, members of Girl Scout Troop 924 have created cat toys for a special organization called Operation Happy Socks. This time the girls made 90 cat toys for the Arizona Humane Society.

The troop is a group of 10 fourth-graders from Kyrene de la Colina Elementary School that focuses on community service projects.

According to the Happy Socks website, "Happy Sock catnip toys are more than mere playthings for stressed-out cats in strange surroundings."


Hagler finishing 10,000 mile bike ride to save forest

After a 10,000 mile, 15-country bicycle tour that involved hailstorms, robberies, tent-eating ants and a killer bee attack, Phoenix-native and 2001 Desert Vista High School graduate Samuel Hagler will soon reach the final leg of his journey at the Mexico/Arizona border in Nogales at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 15.

Hagler officially began his journey Jan. 1, 2009, in San Rafael, Paraguay, to raise awareness for endangered forests and to support conservation efforts in Paraguay’s endangered San Rafael Reserve.

In addition to raising awareness for endangered forests, Ride For The Trees is raising funds. The fundraising goal is an ambitious $100,000 and will support conservation projects under way in Paraguay’s San Rafael Reserve. Hagler says the challenges of such an event has been worth the rewards. So far, about $23,000 has been pledged thanks to individual supporters and a generous pledge by the Peery Foundation.

Hagler has ridden most of the ride solo, but he isn’t alone. Friends and family have been cheering him on from their homes in the United States, and new and old friends alike have joined him for smaller stretches of the ride throughout Latin America.

In addition to the website at, Ride for the Trees may also be found on Facebook.


Girl Scouts win Bronze Award

Members of Junior Girl Scout Troop 2163 finished earning their Bronze Award April 10. The girls made homemade dog biscuits to donate to the Arizona Animal Welfare League and also put together an animal supply drive with the items benefitting the AAWL. Co-leaders Joanna McCollum and Lynda Hartzler estimated the girls collected items with a value of at least $1,000.


Ahwatukee Foothills National Charity League honors its Class of 2010

The Ahwatukee Foothills Chapter of the National Charity League introduced its Class of 2010 at its Senior Recognition and Awards Luncheon at the Arizona Grand Resort May 2.

The Class of 2010 includes Tinsley Andrews, Jenna Bigham, Melanie Black, Alison Connell, Maggie Delaney, Kelly Fellows, Gina Gemma, Hayley Guy, Morgan Harris, Jordan Hedeby, Jacey Jones, Jaimie Kerpan, Molly Laughlin, Caitlin Lentz, Dana Lerch, Brittany Lincoln, Danica Melosi, Kendyll Miller, Megan Mongelli, Ashley Owens, Bridget Proulx, Paige Pyper, Emily Rath, Ashlyn Sala, Becky Saunders, AJ Walton and Nika Zahedi.

These active young ladies and their mothers have contributed nearly 7,000 hours of volunteer service during their six years in National Charity League, Inc., a mother-daughter service organization.

The Ahwatukee Foothills Chapter includes students from grades 7 through 12 in local schools and is one of 155 chapters nationwide.


Locals recognized for academic achievement

Ahwatukee Foothills residents Megan Andrews-Sharer and Kayla Peterson were among more than 1,000 St. Olaf College students that were recognized for academic achievement at the college’s annual Honors Day convocation May 7.

Honors Day recognizes students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.60 or higher on a 4.0 scale. The convocation also recognizes students who have been awarded scholarships and fellowships, including Fulbright scholars, Goldwater scholars and senior members of leadership and academic honor societies.

Both Andrews-Sharer and Peterson are graduates of Desert Vista High School.


Sweet graduates with honors from NMSU

Johnny Sweet graduated with honors from New Mexico State University on May 8 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He majored in marketing with a specialization in PGA golf management. He achieved an overall GPA of 3.976 and a major GPA of 4.0.

In addition to his exemplary academic achievements, Sweet also completed internships at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo.; Carnoustie Golf Links in Carnoustie, Scotland; and Charlotte Country Club in Charlotte, N.C.

Sweet has accepted a golf industry account manager position with automatik (a Tempe-based company) and will reside in a home he purchased in Ahwatukee Foothills.

Sweet is the son of Dave and Kathy Sweet and is a 2005 graduate of Valley Christian High School.


Kyrene Foundation receives 12 Who Care award

Members of The Kyrene Foundation recently received the 12 Who Care award from Channel 12 News for their work in opening a Family Resource Center for Kyrene families in need. Foundation members were featured on Channel 12’s Arizona Midday show on May 4.

Each month the 12 Who Care volunteer recognition program honors a non-profit agency doing extraordinary work in the community and encourages others to volunteer.


Local students make Dean’s List at APU

Ahwatukee Foothills residents Kylie Crawford, Hannah Danielson and Daniel Fanelli were named to the academic Dean’s List at Azusa Pacific University for the fall 2009 semester.


Hollis honored for volunteer work

Salt River Project employee and former employee volunteers have donated countless hours and offered invaluable expertise to community causes. Thirteen SRP employee and retired employee volunteers were recently recognized for their exemplary commitment by the SRP Presidents’ Volunteer Spirit Awards, including Ahwatukee Foothills resident and SRP Senior Computer Analyst Roy Hollis for his work with the Boy Scouts of America.

Hollis has been a Boy Scout mentor, instructor, leader and friend to thousands of scouts for 23 years. Besides serving as a rifle, archery, CPR and first-aid instructor, Hollis also works as a district trainer, mentoring hundreds of other adults and giving them the tools they need to have an impact on generations of scouts. His information technology background adds a special resource - he maintains a website where he shares his experiences and encourages youth and adults alike to join scouting.


Corbett to participate in summer program at Naval Academy

Mountain Pointe High School student Andrew Corbett will travel to Annapolis, Md., to participate in the United States Naval Academy’s Summer STEM Program. The overnight academic camp is designed for rising eighth- to 11th-grade students in good academic standing who have an interest in math and science.

Approximately 375 students from around the country were selected to participate in this summer’s program, which will give students the opportunity to experience real-life applications of math and science principles through hands-on practical learning. Students will learn from distinguished Naval Academy professors in world-class lab facilities that provide a unique learning environment outside the traditional classroom. The academy’s current students, known as midshipmen, will help run the program and act as counselors and tutors to students.

For more information about the Summer STEM Program and the application process, visit or call (410) 293-4361.


Strucks celebrate 25 years of marriage

Darcy and Dan Struck were married in 1985 in West Des Moines, Iowa, and will celebrate their 25thwedding anniversary on June 8.

They were high school sweethearts and graduated from the University of Iowa together. Dan is also a graduate of the Arizona State University School of Law.

The Strucks live in Ahwatukee Foothills with their three children.


Beck wins scholarship at band festival

Mountain Pointe High School senior Kevin Beck won the Arizona Band and Orchestra Directors Association Scholarship at the All-State Band Festival.

This prestigious award is presented to an outstanding senior who plans to major in music in college. The cash award is not only an acknowledgment of a job well done as a young musician but a warm welcome from the music educators of the state to the future members of the noble profession.

Beck more recently received the Semper Fi Marine Band Award, given by the United States Marine Corps.

Beck plays the saxophone and plans to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder to major in music.

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