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We had a great first quarter at Agua Fria Union High School District. It’s been amazing to have our students on campus again. We welcomed 9,300 students across our five campuses and online academy. That’s 700 more students than projected for this school year. This is exciting, and we look fo…

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Let the ghoul times roll at Buckeye’s 81st annual Halloween Carnival from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, between Fourth and Seventh streets in Downtown Buckeye.

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Traveling 5 miles to off-campus pools for practices and meets, and sharing facilities with other schools, proved a challenging inconvenience to many high school swim programs in the West Valley. 

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We had a great first quarter at Agua Fria Union High School District. It’s been amazing to have our students on campus again. We welcomed 9,300 students across our five campuses and online academy. That’s 700 more students than projected for this school year. This is exciting, and we look fo…

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The Great Hearts Trivium Preparatory Academy’s FFA chapter is headed to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis Oct. 27 to Oct. 30 as finalists in public speaking, agriscience, food science and agricultural sales. 

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Tolleson’s University High School graduate Kidist Taye was one of 10 Valley students who received a $3,500 diversity scholarship from Cox to go toward college education and future aspirations.

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To kick off the 2021 school year, Highland Prep introduced its drone racing team, under the leadership of mathematics teacher Jennifer Maughan. 

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The nation forever changed following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Desert Star Elementary School students did not see it on television or in the newspapers. Instead, they learned about it at school. 

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Michele Carmen Diamond of Goodyear earned a Master of Arts degree in reading with an emphasis in secondary education from Grand Canyon University.

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When Avondale Middle School was awarded the 21st Century Grant, a competitive grant that provides federal funding to establish community learning centers, Assistant Principal Susana Gonzales turned to Phoenix artist Sandra Marshall. 

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Avondale Elementary School District announced the launch of the Avondale Virtual Innovation Academy on May 11. 

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Amelia Green of Tolleson earned semester honors at Edgewood College in Madison, Wisconsin. Full-time students who achieve a 3.5 grade-point average for the semester are eligible for this honor.

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Enjoy nonstop adventures this summer with Buckeye’s Summer Reading Program, “Tails and Tales,” which runs June 1 to Aug. 1 at the city’s Downtown and Coyote libraries.

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In preparation for its launch as the 17th school in the “A”-rated Litchfield Elementary School District, the Digital Learning Academy launched its school nickname, the Trail Blazers.

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The city of Avondale Parks and Recreation Department is seeking young aspiring artists to participate in the Blank Canvas Summer Showcase.  

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Students from Great Hearts Trivium Preparatory Academy in Goodyear competed in the 2021 Arizona High School Mock Trial competition held virtually in late March via Zoom.

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As a first-generation student, Netia Unger has made academics her priority. However, when the pandemic struck the nation, she put her hobbies and extracurriculars on hold to find a way to keep her grades up. 

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Jessica Hensley of Litchfield Park was among the 44 University of Scranton students inducted into Upsilon Phi Delta, the national honor society for graduate and undergraduate students in health care administration programs. Students must have a minimum overall grade-point average of 3.5 for …

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Emilio Rodriguez of Buckeye graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico. ENMU is a state institution offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree options.

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Kids at Hope and the city of Avondale Neighborhood & Family Service Department are hosting a virtual Advocating Hope certification academy from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, and Thursday, May 13. 

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Midwestern University will again earmark 100% of an estimated $2.8 million in Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) apportioned to the university by recently passed federal legislation to support the nearly 7,000 health care professions students enrolled at its campuses in Downers …

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Canyon View High School sophomore Serene Morss has been nominated for the Congress of Future Medical Leaders. 

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The Tolleson Union High School District is hosting its annual Native American cultural event from 6 p.m. Thursday, April 15. This year it is virtual, but it is open to anyone who wants to participate. 

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The Avondale Public Library has launched Dial-a-Story, a new storytime service that will offer everyone access to a free, weekly recorded storytime, featuring expert children’s librarians, special guests or specialty programming by phone. No apps or internet needed. Recordings will be releas…

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Avondale Parks & Recreation Department will feature the film “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” at an upcoming outdoor neighborhood movie night on Saturday, April 10. 

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Emily Inserra has earned the Girl Scouts’ most prestigious award for helping wildlife affected by Arizona wildfires.

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The National Institute for Excellence in Teaching awarded the Michael Anderson School in Avondale $10,000 as finalists of the 2021 Founder’s Award. 

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As schools resume in-person classes, Buckeye’s popular Before and After School Enrichment program is accepting applications. The program is available at multiple schools located in the Buckeye Elementary School District (BESU) and the Saddle Mountain Unified School District (SMUSD).

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Audrey Murphy’s dream was to be a fashion model. A stroke at birth and a subsequent diagnosis of arteriovenous malformation made that seemingly impossible. 

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Avondale Parks & Recreation Department will host a fishing derby from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 20, at Festival Fields, 101 E. Lower Buckeye Road, at the Community Fishing Pond.

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The Boys & Girls Clubs’ Tri-City West Thornwood Branch in Avondale has officially been renamed the Bob Bové Branch: A Thornwood Legacy. 

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Avondale Libraries will host a Virtual STEAM-Fest Family Event to inspire the next generation of scientists, programmers, engineers, artists and mathematicians from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 20, on the Avondale Public Library Facebook page, @AvondaleLibrary.

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The Mexican American Golf Association, Phoenix Chapter, is offering $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school students. 

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Abi Celaya has been writing short stories and poems since she was young. 

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The Wildflower Accelerated Academy has officially been named a Leader in Me school, a nationwide program that focuses on leadership, culture and academics. 

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The Avondale Youth Advisory Commission is working to keep teens and young adults inspired about their future via a new virtual event called the Career Speaker Series.

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Corinne Vasiloff of Litchfield Park was named to the provost’s honor roll for the fall 2020 semester at Whitworth University in Spokane. To be named to the list, undergraduate students must maintain a grade-point average of 3.75 or better during the semester. 

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The Litchfield Elementary School District Educational Foundation Board of Directors selected three new members: Paul Bentz, Tracy Hernandez and Wendy McGee.

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The Arizona Department of Education announced its continued support of the Arizona Alliance of Boys & Girls Clubs and the Arizona Alliance of YMCAs to support communities across Arizona with a safe space for learning and development. 

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