Lauren Dudley of Ahwatukee, an incoming junior at Desert Vista High School, has been awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship for 2014-2015. Dudley is studying Chinese in China for the summer at Beijing Normal University in Zhuhai, China. The NSLI-Y program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to learn less commonly-taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs.
Arizona schools chief John Huppenthal sparred with his Republican primary challenger, Diane Douglas, Tuesday evening in a debate that focused on the state's new Common Core school standards but also touched on anonymous blog posts Huppenthal made that forced him to apologize.
Manu Kondapi a senior at Horizon Honors High School has been awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship for 2014-2015. Kondapi will study Hindi in India for the summer. The NSLI-Y program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to learn less commonly-taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs. The State Department offers approximately 625 students per year the chance to study Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian, or Turkish overseas through NSLI-Y
Recently, I came across the quote from the Chinese philosopher Lao-Tze: “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become your character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.”
New York • Stocks were moving lower in morning trading Monday following the release of a closely watched report that showed an unexpected slowdown in U.S. manufacturing last month. The market is coming off record highs last week.
Teaching Chinese can be forced or presented in an unnatural way. We found a method of teaching behaviors, building upon a child’s natural curiosity, using hands on materials, teaching through multiple senses, and other fantastic philosophies in a pedagogy called Montessori. However, we couldn’t find an effective educational program in Arizona that teaches Mandarin Chinese. So Ling obtained a job at an International Montessori School in Hong Kong and we packed our bags and moved to Hong Kong.
Eleven students from the Chinese Mandarin program at Seton Catholic Preparatory received Young Leadership and Talent Awards presented by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton during a 35th anniversary ceremony of the Phoenix and Taipei, Taiwan Sister Cities relationship. The Seton students were honored recently at a ribbon cutting ceremony for a new exhibit at Phoenix City Hall by Master Chen Yang Chun, a Taiwan national treasure artist.
Every month a special group of teens and young adults gets together in Ahwatukee to do something good for the community and for each other. What they offer the community is selfless giving, but what they offer each other is friendship and acceptance unlike what they experience in the outside world.
To paraphrase Sarah Lee, nobody doesn’t like peanut butter. Unless you are a poor unfortunate soul who is allergic to peanuts. For now, let’s go with the joy of eating peanuts and especially the awesome joy of peanut butter.
Scooby, a 5-year-old Chinese Shar-Pei/Mix, already knows the “sit” and “down” commands and would love to learn more, especially if there are treats involved. Scooby is a pretty big guy right now so lots of daily exercise would be good so that he can be ready for any adventure that comes along. He loves everyone he meets, but some dogs can overwhelm him so please bring any dogs in the home down to meet Scooby. He is neutered and is adoption price is $175.
"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” We’re hearing this wonderful admonition a lot these days. Apparently, the original source is an old Chinese proverb, one more importation from America’s trading partners and it’s a good one.
It’s not often that I can say First Lady Michelle Obama and I run in the same circles, but this is OUR year! You may have noticed that recently, the First Lady celebrated her 50th birthday; she is a fellow 1964 birthday. Yes, I am admitting it, this year I will also be celebrating my 50th birthday — although a few months away yet.