Youth

Eagle Scout helps restore vitality to House of Refuge
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Eagle Scout helps restore vitality to House of Refuge

September 1st, 2017 | by Santan Sun
By Wayne Schutsky After a year filled with hardship, the future is bright for Mesa nonprofit House of Refuge, thanks to the generosity of the East Valley community and an enterprising Eagle Scout from Queen Creek named Landon...
Gilbert Classical Academy settles in new digs with anticipation
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Gilbert Classical Academy settles in new digs with anticipation

August 6th, 2017 | by Santan Sun
By Melody Birkett Parents, students and the community were hustling on a recent Saturday morning at Gilbert Classical Academy’s new home at 1016 N. Burk St. They were trying to get everything ready for the first day of school,...
Teens win contest to record songs at conservatory
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Teens win contest to record songs at conservatory

July 11th, 2017 | by Gilbert Sun News
Story and photos by Melody Birkett Two valley teenagers recently won a contest to record an original song at The Conservatory of Recording Arts in Gilbert.    Aspiring singer/songwriters Sam Mortimer, 18, and Brittany Tews, 17,...
Highland High receives award for most blood donations
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Highland High receives award for most blood donations

July 8th, 2017 | by Gilbert Sun News
By GSN Staff With an estimated 21,500 blood donations by the end of the last school year, teens have retained their status as United Blood Services’ largest donor group for the 13th consecutive year.  The Arizona Diamondbacks...
Youth awarded for volunteering at Washington, D.C. ceremony
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Youth awarded for volunteering at Washington, D.C. ceremony

June 5th, 2017 | by Santan Sun
Arizona’s top two youth volunteers of 2017, Emery Miller, 18, and Lauren Basye, 13, both of Gilbert, were honored in Washington, D.C. recently for their outstanding volunteer service during the 22nd annual presentation of The...
Gilbert teen CEOs win investors for their start-up businesses
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Gilbert teen CEOs win investors for their start-up businesses

June 4th, 2017 | by Santan Sun
They weren’t building better mousetraps, but Gilbert teens Sophie Bruner and Alec Liapis were ready for the world to beat a path to their door. Or so they and eight other teen members of the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, run by...
Wild horses photo capture wins ‘Arizona Highways’ award
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Wild horses photo capture wins ‘Arizona Highways’ award

June 3rd, 2017 | by Santan Sun
Griffin Roeger, a 17-year-old graduate of Campo Verde High School, was awarded first place in the Adventures in Nature Photo Contest with “Arizona Highways” magazine and The Nature Conservancy for his photo “Wild...
Gilbert High School Tigers honored
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Gilbert High School Tigers honored

June 2nd, 2017 | by Santan Sun
The Gilbert High School boys’ varsity soccer team finished the 2016-2017 season ranked No. 6 nationally, according to MaxPreps, the online high school sports media brand. MaxPreps ranks more than 16,000 boys’ varsity soccer...
Migrant workers’ kids celebrate preschool graduation in Queen Creek
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Migrant workers’ kids celebrate preschool graduation in Queen Creek

June 1st, 2017 | by Santan Sun
By Becky Bracken | Photos Courtesy of Queen Creek Unified School District In the midst of the flurry of graduation season, there was one ceremony decidedly different from the rest. Tucked behind Queen Creek Elementary school is a...
New Chandler gym offers fitness through basketball
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New Chandler gym offers fitness through basketball

May 5th, 2017 | by Santan Sun
BY MELODY BIRKETT A new gym that just opened in Chandler offers a fitness program like none other in the East Valley. “This is the first basketball-focused fitness center,” said Jay Bhakta, the Gilbert man who owns PickUp USA...