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Phoenix Suns name scholarship recipients

Sixteen high school seniors from throughout Arizona have been named winners in the Phoenix Suns Charities’ SunStudents Scholarship program.

Taylor Sanders of Desert Ridge High School was named winner of the Kevin Johnson Scholar Award and will receive a $5,000 scholarship. Each of the 15 other students will receive a $2,000 scholarship. The funds can be used to defray educational expenses at any college or university they choose.

The announcement was made at halftime during Monday night’s Suns-Trail Blazers game at US Airways Center.

This season marks the ninth year the Kevin Johnson award has been presented. The scholarship, named for the Suns’ former All-Star point guard Kevin Johnson, was created in recognition of Johnson’s retirement and honors the spirit of learning and community service espoused by Johnson during his tenure with the Phoenix Suns.

“Phoenix Suns Charities’ scholarship committee was overwhelmed by the number of impressive applications we received this year,” said Robin Milne, executive director of Phoenix Suns Charities, in a press release. “The 16 recipients have not only displayed stellar academic efforts, but have dedicated countless hours to community service.”

More than 300 applicants from across the state were judged on their community involvement, scholastic performance, letters of recommendation and essays on overcoming adversity.

The 2012 Phoenix Suns Charities SunStudents Scholarship recipients are:

Taylor Sanders
Desert Ridge High School, Kevin Johnson Scholarship winner

Aaron Wodka
Nogales High School

Abigail Mucklow
Northwest Christian High School

Adelynn Shafer
Sahuaro High School

Brandon Shaw
Basha High School

Christina Wood
Marcos de Niza

Cole Waldren
Pinnacle High School

Dominic Hayden
Pinnacle High School

Dustin Jed Tanada
Williams Field High School

Kimberly Mitchell
Sunnyslope High School

Meera Kumar
Horizon High School

Meghan Kuebler
Florence High School

Natalie Jones
St. David High School

Nicholas Jakob
Notre Dame Prep Academy

Stephen Smith
Centennial High School

Victoria Ton
Hamilton High School

Phoenix Suns Charities makes grants to non-profit organizations that serve children and youth in the areas of education, health and human services, the arts, sports and recreation, and rehabilitation. In the 24 years since its inception, Phoenix Suns Charities has donated more than 12 million dollars to worthy Arizona organizations and individuals.


Teens practice job skills

Junior Achievement Arizona (JAAZ) teaches high school kids the ins and outs of getting a job through its “JA You’re Hired!” curriculum. Students work for weeks on interviewing techniques, resume writing, ethics, problem solving and interpersonal communications. Then they try out their new skills in front of business people.

This year, 350 students from 20 Valley high schools met at the Tempe Center for the Arts to conduct mock interviews and try their hands, and minds, at creative marketing and perfected elevator pitches.

JA You’re Hired”  is an annual workshop and competition designed to teach high school kids about business in a real-life format.

Not entirely real life, maybe. Look at the photo above, provided by JAAZ. These are Alhambra High School students competing in the “Creative Marketing Challenge, in which they create and market a product to a panel of judges using unconventional items,” according to a press release. Well, yes, rolling pins rarely come in to play in the workplace but it’s good students are learning to work with new business technology.

International Languages Expo for Youth

The International School of Arizona (ISA)
and the ASU Preparatory Academy
are having their 6th Annual International Languages Expo for Youth on Saturday, April 14, from10am-1pm at ASU Prep at 735 E. Fillmore St. in downtown Phoenix.

ISA offers three immersion language tracks: French, Spanish, and German. ASU Preparatory Academy offers K-12 charter schools on or near ASU campuses.

At the expo students will recite poetry and rhymes in a variety of languages and children’s foreign language vendors from throughout the Valley will have booths to distribute information about their programs.

Arizona author, Stella Pope-Duarte will speak about the impact of language. She won an American Book Award, and was nominated for a Pulitzer, for her 2009 book, If I Die in Juárez (University of Arizona Press, 2008).

The expo, which is a free event, will also feature a guest speaker, children’s story time and foreign language book fair.

They are also having a canned food drive to benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank.

Health Careers Institute for high school students

High school students practice venipuncture techniques during Midwestern University’s annual Health Careers Institute. Midwestern University photo.

Every summer, Midwestern University in Glendale holds its annual Health Career Institute for High School Students interested in health professions. It’s an eight-day event that students must apply for, and be accepted to. Applications for this year’s program, which runs July 12-21, are due May 1.

Students who are accepted will experience hands-on labs, guest lectures and a behind-the-scenes tour of Arrowhead Hospital. The Glendale Fire Department will host an emergency response workshop.

The free program has space for 48 students who must be 17 years old by July 12, 2012. Visit the Healthcare Careers Institute website for links to the application and details about the program.

UA Engineering Phoenix Roadshow will be in Chandler Saturday

The UA Baja Racing club, one of several groups that will attend the Saturday event.

The sixth annual UA Engineering Phoenix Roadshow featuring 2011-12 engineering student ambassadors and student clubs will be held Saturday, March 3 at Hamilton High School in Chandler.

The Roadshow is a chance for Phoenix-area high school students to learn firsthand about University of Arizona engineering degree programs, academic resources and student clubs by meeting and chatting with current UA engineering students.

“The Roadshow is an exciting way to bring the innovation, excitement and creativity of UA Engineering to Phoenix,” says Rebecca Myren, assistant director of student recruitment and retention at the UA College of Engineering. “Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the student experience, explore our 13 engineering majors and enjoy demonstrations by the aerial robotics team, the Society of Automotive Engineers Baja Racing team and many others.”

In 2011, the Phoenix Roadshow hosted more than 200 students and parents who walked the outdoor expo of engineering student clubs and organizations and attended indoor presentations on the assorted engineering majors available. This year, recruiters and current students are available to talk about what prospective engineers should be doing in high school right now to prepare for engineering studies at the university level.

The UA Engineering student organizations scheduled to appear at the 2012 Phoenix Roadshow include:

UA Baja Racing
Arizona Formula SAE
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) student chapter
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) student chapter
Society of Civil Engineers (SCE) student chapter
Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity
Society of Mining Engineers (SME)
Engineering Student Council (ESC)
Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society
Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS)
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Information on scholarships, financial aid, and how and when to apply to the university will be available to attendees of this year’s UA Engineering Phoenix Roadshow.

Hamilton High School is located at 3700 S. Arizona Ave. in Chandler. Events run from 10am to 1pm.  Attendance is free but you must register in advance at engineering.arizona.edu/phx. For more information, call the UA College of Engineering Student Affairs Office at 520-621-6032.

Student awarded scholarship to attend Tesseract School

Freshman Ellis Green has received the first Ruth and David Learner Scholarship from Tesseract School.

The scholarship was created in August 2011 to allow talented high school students to enroll at the private school when they otherwise would not be able to afford it.

The scholarship was awarded to Ellis because he “embodies the zeal for learning and education that was envisioned when creating this scholarship,” Nathan Learner, Tesseract School parent and board member, said in a press release.

Green participated in many academic competitions throughout middle school, including spelling bees, science fairs and Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth competitions. He also enjoys playing clarinet and piano, hiking, swimming and creating computer-aided design projects. In order to incorporate a challenging yet nourishing academic environment that also met Green’s other interests, his parents began looking for the right high school.

After an unsuccessful start to his freshman year, Green’s parents looked into Tesseract.

“Tesseract’s learning environment is ideal for Ellis – it is personal, creative, challenging and meaningful,” Green’s father, Tyler Green, said in a press release. “The start to his freshman year at another school was distressing to him. Now he comes home and describes his classes as ‘awesome’ and ‘fantastic’ and his teachers as ‘really, really there for me.’ This school has been miraculous for him.”

The Ruth and David Learner Scholarship made it possible for Green to experience Tesseract School.

“We hope he is the first of many students who will gain access to Tesseract education via the Learner Scholarship,” Learner said.

The school also offers other scholarships in a variety of areas. To learn about the scholarship program and how to apply contact the director of admissions and community relations, Scott Salk, at 480-385-3673. To learn more about Tesseract School visit tesseractschool.org. — Amy Vogelsang

Career opportunities for high school teens

The Scottsdale Public Library will be holding a Teen Career Fair at the Civic Center Library at 1pm, Jan. 25 to inform teens of the opportunities to learn skills for future careers through the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) program for high school students.

Students walk through the entry atrium at EVIT.

EVIT offers free classes and transportation for high school juniors and seniors to learn about a variety of fields including welding, aviation and 3D animation. Students can receive certification and even have a job before graduating high school. The program is also for college bound students who want to get a head start in learning about a particular field. More programs information can be found on the EVIT website.

The Career Fair is free and open to the public. Medina Zick, the youth and teen coordinator for Scottsdale Public Library, said there will be tables set up for teens and parents to visit and ask questions. There will also be a video production, refreshments, giveaways and a raffle for teens to win a flip cam.

“This can provide options to help kids who don’t really know yet what they want to do,” Zick said.

There will be another Career Fair on February 21 at the Palomino Library. If you have any questions about the Fair call the Scottsdale Public Library at 480-312-7327.