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Desert Vista senior Keenan Bartlett, left, committed to University of Richmond over the weekend. He was with his brother, Kaleb Germinaro, a DV grad and football player at Penn.
Kyle J. Pitman, son of Ronda Pitman of Phoenix and James Pitman of Phoenix, recently matriculated as a first-year student at Hamilton College.
A story like that at the heart of "Runner Runner," about a young American gambler who gets sucked way above his head into the criminal doings of a big-time offshore operator, would have found its ideal life as a tough, punchy, black-and-white programmer back in the 1950s. Today, it would have been most viable as a grandiose character study done on an operatic scale by a filmmaker like Martin Scorsese or Michael Mann. What's actually up onscreen in this vaguely ambitious but tawdry melodrama falls into an in-between no man's land that endows it with no distinction whatsoever, a work lacking both style and insight into the netherworld it seeks to reveal. Despite an intriguing setup and Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake heading the cast, this Fox release holds a losing box-office hand.
Steve Mancuso has known all about Mountain Pointe freshmen swimmers Grace Horvath and Sarah Ding for years.
Tom Joseph was relieved of his duties as Corona del Sol’s football coach on Thursday, according Linda Littell, Tempe Union High School District executive director for community relations.
Haley O’Sullivan of Ahwatukee was named the International Rose of Tralee at a festival in Ireland. She is a 2006 grad of Mountain Pointe High School in Ahwatukee.
The sixth annual Tukee Fest “Rockin’ in the Park” will feature local bands, motocross freestyle motorcycle jumping and laser tag for all ages to enjoy.
With her 10th year in the WNBA coming to a close on Saturday, Nicole Powell takes on a new chapter in her extensive and long successful basketball career.
Ahwatukee native Kimberly Radig, a 2001 Mountain Pointe High School graduate, has been awarded the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year in Patient Care. She has been a nurse for six years in the Nursery Intensive Care Unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. Radig has actively been a part of the Developmental Committee, updating two patient policies in regards to infants less than 29 weeks and/or 1,250 grams.
The Desert Vista Black Box Theater was the inspiration for three recent grads who decided to start their own production company and take their dreams from ideas to actual stories told through film.
Payton Travis, a 2010 Desert Vista graduate, earned a place on the deans list for spring 2013. Travis studies broadcast journalism at the Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.
Kevin Witte should have been playing Division I golf and Phil Trujillo knew it.
Ahwatukee natives Dan Mermelstein and Rob Rohn over the years have created a commodity of themselves by being owners of their own business Vivid Racing, based out of Gilbert.
Whether it be about video games, the most recent Comicon, independent music, or current events with a comedic undertone, the voices behind Four Eyed Radio Network have hit quick success.
Jaycob Brugman hasn’t even played his first game with the Oakland A’s organization and he is already counting down the days until the season ends.
United States' Brad Evans, a Mountain Pointe grad, covers his head with his shirt as he celebrates scoring the winning goal in the second half of the 2014 World Cup qualifying soccer match with Jamaica in Kingston, Jamaica, Friday, June 7, 2013. The US won 2-1. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
Like most future college freshmen, Ahwatukee’s Alexis Lupercio is determined and eager to make it to every class her first semester. But the driving factor isn’t just a headstrong devotion to her education, it’s also because she’s never missed a day of school in her life. Proving that senioritis didn’t get the best of her, Lupercio, 17, recently graduated from Mountain Pointe High School and has gone through some 13 years of schooling without calling in sick or leaving town, giving her a true perfect attendance record. “It kind of just happened,” said Lupercio. “There have definitely been days where I asked my mom if I could miss school, but in the back of my head I knew I couldn’t miss.” Though she never got sick enough to stay home all of those years, Lupercio insisted on going to school albeit tiredness from late-night study sessions and light colds. Noting that both of her parents were supportive and encouraged her to keep up the record, Lupercio also credited a sense of independence. “It’s just me being independent and taking responsibility instead of relying on others,” she said, mentioning that a pet peeve of hers is asking others for class notes or making up tests. Though she was present on campus for all of her primary school years, being involved in student council as Mountain Pointe’s senior class president this year took her away from some classes for event set-up or other activities. “I was even the one who had never missed a student council meeting last year,” Lupercio said. Along with student council, Lupercio played volleyball as an underclassman and also was a member of the National Honors Society and the Language Honors Society. She also attended Kyrene de la Esperanza Elementary and Kyrene Centennial Middle schools. With a plan to study business exploratory at Arizona State University this fall, Lupercio wants to be just as involved on a new turf. “I really like being involved, I got to get to know more about the school and our other students so that was cool,” she said. “I want to see all that’s out there.” For others who might want to finish out their high school days with daily attendance, Lupercio said it’s all about responsibility. “I think anyone can do this,” she said. “It’s your responsibility to go to school, just go for it.”
Devon Kennard was in town over Mother’s Day weekend.
Recent Desert Vista graduate Cole Preston received his appointment to the US Naval Academy in April and decided to accept it instead of playing football at Colorado School of Mines.
The decision to postpone college for a year has worked out just fine for Robbie Mathers.
This weekend marks Josh Mendoza’s first time to have a film screening at the Phoenix Film Festival, but there’s a hunch that this is just the start for the Ahwatukee Foothills native.