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Families make dozens of decisions every day. Some are as simple as choosing what to eat for dinner or where to go on vacation, but other decisions have a greater impact on the success of their children.
Two Maricopa Community Colleges have been named to the 2014 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Chandler-Gilbert (CGCC) and Mesa Community College (MCC) were selected among only 766 higher education institutions nationwide, and among only four in the state of Arizona. The recognition highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community challenges, and helps students pursue a lifelong path of civic engagement.
Pianists from around the world gather in Tempe this week at the 7th annual Bösendorfer and Yamaha USASU International Piano Competition.
Dr. Neal A. Lester, founding director of ASU Project Humanities and foundation professor of English, will be presented the 2014 Francis Andrew March Award by the Modern Language Association of America (MLA) at the Annual Convention in Vancouver (Canada) on Jan. 10, 2015.
Bianca Bernstein, who has devoted her career to advancing young women in science and technical fields, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
A Gilbert middle school student is raising funds to represent her community as an ambassador in three countries next summer.
Jeffry Hoffmeister, 31, son of Ron and Marilyn Hoffmeister and brother of Stefan Hoffmeister, passed away Oct. 2, 2014, from a sudden and irreversible brain hemorrhage that occurred Sept. 29, a month after his fourth open-heart surgery since age 14. Born April 3, 1983, he was a lifelong resident of Ahwatukee and attended Las Lomas Elementary and Centennial Middle School. Jeff grew up playing a variety of Ahwatukee youth sports and was a Pack 178 Cub Scout at Las Lomas. He was on Centennial’s seventh- and eighth-grade basketball teams, and played on the Pride’s freshman football and basketball teams before a heart valve infection and valve replacement ended his sports career in early 1998. Jeff was a 2001 honors graduate of Mountain Pointe High School and member of the National Honor Society. He graduated from ASU magna cum laude in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the W.P. Carey School of Business, and a Psychology Bachelor of Arts in 2009. Jeff was an avid sports fan and regularly attended ASU football and basketball games. He is forever a Sun Devil. His pastimes included cooking, reading, craft beer tasting, enjoying nature, pondering everything, and spending time with his friends and family. We will all miss him and his honest smile, inquisitive mind, and easygoing way. For those who remember Jeff, his parents, or his brother, a visitation with the family will be Saturday, Nov. 15, from 11 a.m. to noon in the Sanctuary foyer of Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th St., Phoenix. We look forward to seeing old friends again. Those wishing to donate in Jeff’s memory can do so to your favorite charity, or to help cats at Lost Our Home Pet Foundation.
Desert Vista’s cross country and National Honor Society 5K for Brain Tumor Research is set for Saturday, Nov. 15, at 8 a.m. at Thunder Stadium.
Local Girl Scout Troop 1156 has announced that all girls in the troop have been inducted into the National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society. Girls in Troop 1156, which is led by Libby Bender and Anita Schanberger, include Schuyler Schanberger, Kacee Roberts and Erica Bender, who all attend Seton Catholic Preparatory High School; Anna Jacobs, who attends Horizon Community Learning Center; and Becca Waypa and Kyla Jacobs, who attend St. John Bosco Catholic School.
A new school year offers students and teachers a clean slate to build and grow a successful educational experience.
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi announced that Allison DeKatch of Ahwatukee was recently initiated into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. DeKatch is pursuing a degree in chemical engineering at The University of Arizona.
Eight students from Mountain Pointe High School’s math club will be heading to Washington, D.C., to compete in this year’s Technology Student Association (TSA) national competition.
The city of Phoenix has recognized the first 33 FitPHX Business Award winners for completing training on strategies for helping their employees lead healthier lives. The businesses were the first participants in FitPHX’s partnership with the Healthy Arizona Worksites Program, a public health initiative of the Arizona Department of Health Services, the Maricopa County Department of Public Health and the Arizona Small Business Association.
Residents across the Valley can adopt a dog or cat completely free of charge this weekend.
Mary Hake, Yun-Pei Hsieh, Cleta Keller and Dana Fehnel of Ahwatukee recently were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines at Arizona State University. These residents are among approximately 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff, and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.
Desert Vista senior Nicole Hicks has been selected as a finalist for the AIA Female Scholar Athlete Award in the state of Arizona for 4A/5A Division schools, and will be recognized at the AIA Champions Awards Luncheon at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale on May 19.
Tens of thousands of people from all over the world will trek 26.2 miles around the greater Boston area and square off against Heartbreak Hill as part of an anticipated record-setting Boston Marathon. Among those who will visit Massachusetts’ capitol city is District 9 Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, who has coordinated with eight friends to raise more than $34,000 for charities linked to the event.
Horizon Community Learning Center will be hosting its annual Spring Fling tonight, offering a fun-filled evening for its school families and the entire Ahwatukee community.
For the next 10 weeks each candidate will commit to raise funds for blood cancer research. The candidates will vie for the title with success measured in the amount of money raised through events and donations. Proceeds will benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and directly fund lifesaving blood cancer research, financial assistance to cover patient expenses for transportation, medication and testing, free educational materials and events for patients and their families.
For two weeks, Kyrene middle schools have been hosting open houses to better equip parents through the selection process on what school their child will be attending in the fall.
Lauren Evertt, Sydney Northrop and Victoria Dong talk to kids and parents about National Junior Honors Society during sixth-grade orientation at Kyrene Centennial Middle School on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.
Kyrene Monte Vista Elementary School will be hosting its annual Spring Carnival with many entertaining attractions for the entire family to enjoy.
Editor's note: Due to a recent reprinting of the DV track and predictions of heavy rain tomorrow, the 5K for brain tumor research has been postponed until March 23.