Tolleson Union High School District

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. 

The event includes Tanaya Winders, a poet/songwriter; actor Isaac Arellanes; and dance performances by Indigenous Enterprise.

For more information, call Alexandra Maese at 623-478-4075 or email

The TUHSD’s Career and Technical Education Department reports that 171 students were accepted into West-MEC. These seats were allocated to students for the 2021-22 school year in Central Programs. 

University High School senior Alexander Fenlon is the latest winner of the AZEdNews Scholarship, sponsored by The Brand Agency. Fenlon is planning to attend ASU to study conservation biology and ecology. He submitted a one-minute video entry about what he would use the scholarship for. 

Three La Joya Community High School students submitted theater pieces in the Arizona State Thespian competition. The students received superior rankings and qualified for the National Thespian competition. The students are Penelope Savatdy (two pieces qualify), Karen Vejar (one piece) and Sarai Elenes Aviles (one piece). 

La Joya Community High School student Elysia Casillas has been accepted to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU. 

La Joya Community High School senior and student government member Paola Acuña has received a full-ride scholarship to attend Brigham Young University.

Tolleson Union High School counselor Stephanie Finch reported her student Amaru Bond will attend Tuskegee University on a full-ride scholarship that pays $40,750 a year toward his tuition.