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.
Kohl’s Department Stores, through its Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program, recently gave two Valley youths $1,000 scholarships toward higher education. Brittney Johnson, 12, of Glendale and Matthew Kaplan, 16, from Phoenix were chosen from more than 37,000 nominees nationwide for making a positive impact in their local communities.
Each year, the Arizona Medical Association (ArMA) recognizes special individuals or groups who have contributed to the success of medical care in Arizona. Recipients were recognized in an awards ceremony during the ArMA President’s Banquet at the Phoenix Country Club on May 30, which featured Gov. Jan Brewer as an award recipient and the keynote speaker. Brewer’s keynote speech provided an overview of the work to restore and expand the Arizona Medicaid program, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS).
"Green” interiors are not a new style, a preferred color choice or even a new trend. “Green” interiors means using energy-efficient, non- or low-polluting products, built with sustainable resources and can be maintained without the use of toxic cleaning products, to create interiors that are both for people and good for the environment. Why should it make a difference in our interiors and our lives? Because most people want their home to be a place where they feel comfortable, secure and at ease knowing they are living in a safe and healthy environment that is also beautiful.
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
Now that school is out for the summer it is time to consider ways to encourage kids to be active. We know that school activities such as recess, physical education, classroom exercise breaks, and before- and after-school physical activities all contribute significantly to meeting national guidelines for physical activity (60 minutes per day recommended). Research also indicates that many kids are sedentary during the summer months, getting less moderate to vigorous activity than during the school year. So when school is out it is important for kids to find other opportunities for exercise.
Not only did students at Summit School of Ahwatukee donate more than 17,000 diapers to Diaper Bank of Central Arizona, the most diapers per student of all schools that participated in Arizona, but they did it all in a two-week span.
During the final week of class, Ahwatukee attorney Mark Breyer popped into a Kyrene School District campus to reward a great teacher for a year’s worth of hard work. Breyer made a special trip to see Stacy White, third-grade teacher at Kyrene de la Sierra Elementary. He brought along a special plaque, a giant check for $250, and great news, that Mrs. White has been selected as Breyer Law’s Teacher of the Month for April.
The prestigious P.E.O. STAR Scholarship, for the 2014-2015 academic year, was recently presented to Francesca Olguin, a senior at Mountain Pointe High School. The scholarship was presented at the Mountain Pointe High School awards ceremony on May 7, by Susan Conaway and Becky Hill.
With just a few weeks left in the 2013-14 pledge campaign, Mesa United Way leaders are praising the individuals and companies that are the backbone of the effort while challenging the entire community to fill the remaining gap.
When thinking of school sports, the usual come to mind: football, basketball, and baseball. But there is another sport that is starting to gain some traction, and it has made its way into the high school ranks:
The Ahwatukee Foothills News hosts a forum with the 9th Congressional District US House of Representatives candidate Andrew Walter.For more from this forum, see our playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8ZTVzyUoWKlnx1J8_dcjjX94IwjMgeS5[Video: Vincent Cota/Ahwatukee Foothills News]