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School Notes: June 28, 2017

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West-MEC honors retired assistant superintendent

Western Maricopa Education Center (West-MEC) honored former Assistant Superintendent Clifford Migal at his retirement celebration by unveiling the new name of the main building as the Clifford A. Migal Aviation Building.

The honor was inspired by Migal’s 14 years of service to West-MEC.


Buckeye Elementary District achieves state recognition

The Buckeye Elementary School District has been recognized by the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports of Arizona for improving pupil academic and behavioral outcomes.

Buckeye Elementary was recognized with a gold award, Bales Elementary, Inca Elementary, Jasinski Elementary and WestPark Elementary were recognized with silver awards and Sundance Elementary was honored with a bronze award.


Allstate agencies, HYC celebrate graduation

Twenty-five Allstate agency owners and the Homeless Youth Connection are celebrating the graduation of 102 high school seniors who were part of the Homeless Youth Connection.

The Allstate owners worked to secure $1,000 each for a total of $25,000 from the Allstate Foundation Helping Hands in the Community grant program. The grant is intended to support HYC’s mission to provide students with basic needs so they can focus on school.

According to HYC, 75 percent of homeless youths drop out of high school. HYC said 83 percent of the seniors in the program have completed their education.


Kwinten Shackleford graduates

Kwinten Shackleford of Goodyear graduated from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. Shackleford earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science.


Manny Martinez graduates from Trine

Manny Martinez of Tolleson graduated from Trine University in Angola, Ind. Martinez earned a degree in electrical engineering.


Teon Gudina named to dean’s list

Teon Gudina of Goodyear has been named to Trine University’s dean’s list for the spring 2017 semester. Gudina is a design engineering technology major.


Kourtney King named to president’s honor roll

Kourtney King of Tolleson has been named to the president’s honor roll at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Okla.


Follow Your Art Jr.

Goodyear and the Catitude Gallery and Studio are working together for the Follow Your Art Jr. program for high school juniors and seniors. The program is designed to help students complete portfolios needed for graduation and acceptance into art school.

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Matthew Luna receives Dorrance Scholarship

Matthew Luna of Buckeye has received the Dorrance Scholarship. Luna is a graduate of Verrado High School in Buckeye and will attend Arizona State University.


Buckeye educators selected for MCESA program

Jason Bourne and Karen Peyer have been selected for the Maricopa County Education Service Agency’s Aspiring Principals Program.

The program’s two-week course and multiple seminars are designed to develop skills and competencies for being a principal.


West Valley students graduate from Baylor

Sara Nicole Williamson of Goodyear and Kristen Noelle Bolte and Veronica Michelle Garcia of Litchfield Park have graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas.


Avondale teacher rewarded with car

Samantha Neely, a physical education teacher at Canyon Breeze Elementary School in Avondale, was rewarded with a new car for perfect attendance. The reward is part of an attendance-based program that focuses on increasing the attendance rate of pupils and staff in the Pendergast Elementary District.

Other prizes awarded to staff members included a vacation in Mexico and $1,000 cash. The prizes were provided by the Pendergast Education Foundation, which worked to raise funds along with Sands Chevrolet.


Mallory Rose Tower graduates

Mallory Rose Tower of Goodyear has graduated magna cum laude from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo.


Daniel Witt named to dean’s list

Daniel Witt of Buckeye has been named to the dean’s list for the spring 2017 semester at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales.

To be eligible for the dean’s list, a student must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours with a GPA between 3.25 and 4.

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