Youth

Gilbert boy is king of chess
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Gilbert boy is king of chess

November 7th, 2017 | by Santan Sun
By Melody Birkett Steve Wongso is not your typical 7-year-old. In between studying, he loves playing chess. In fact, he has won two national championships. He’s the First Grade Champion in the 2016 National K-12 Championships....
1/3 of Valley parents won’t allow kids to play football
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1/3 of Valley parents won’t allow kids to play football

November 3rd, 2017 | by Santan Sun
Contributed by Barrow Neurological Institute Despite increased emphasis on concussion education and player safety, one-third of Valley parents won’t allow their children to play football, according to a new survey by...
Teens cement bond playing conjoined twins
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Teens cement bond playing conjoined twins

October 9th, 2017 | by Santan Sun
By Colleen Sparks With the many hours they spend practicing lines, learning songs and battling nerves as they portray characters on stage, it’s no wonder actors bond with each other like family members. But two Chandler...
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...