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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...
Wonderland Montessori Academy ready to welcome little feet
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Wonderland Montessori Academy ready to welcome little feet

March 16th, 2017 | by Santan Sun
by Srianthi Perera A new academy for early childhood education is about to open in Gilbert and is currently giving tours to prospective parents and students. Wonderland Montessori Academy, located at Elliot Road and Val Vista...
Teacher of the Year launched innovative learning at South Valley Jr. High
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Teacher of the Year launched innovative learning at South Valley Jr. High

March 10th, 2017 | by Santan Sun
By Srianthi Perera Kymberly Winn did away with lectures and instead brought inquiry-based learning to her seventh grade classroom at South Valley Jr. For her innovation, and other qualities of being caring and enthusiastic and...
Leading Edge Academy offers competitive championship sports in Gilbert
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Leading Edge Academy offers competitive championship sports in Gilbert

March 9th, 2017 | by Santan Sun
By Beth Duckett Leading Edge Academy, a K-12 network of charter schools based in Gilbert, has grown by leaps and bounds since its 2002 inception Founder Delmer Geesey, a pastor, had envisioned a top notch traditional educational...
Pre-teen queen dreams of a life close to animals
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Pre-teen queen dreams of a life close to animals

March 1st, 2017 | by Santan Sun
By Srianthi Perera At just 9 years old, Alena Mascarenas has a vision board filled with plans for the future. This year, however, the Gilbert girl’s schedule has been decided for her. In November, following a glittering...
Gilbert High School Girl Scout installs monofilament receptacles at town lakes
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Gilbert High School Girl Scout installs monofilament receptacles at town lakes

February 8th, 2017 | by Gilbert Sun News
Kaitlyn M. Janssen, a junior at Gilbert High School, is just adding the finishing touches to a project that will qualify for a Girl Scout Gold Award. Janssen has installed monofilament receptacles to place unwanted fishing line...
Local pianists among winners in the Arizona Musicfest competition
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Local pianists among winners in the Arizona Musicfest competition

January 20th, 2017 | by Gilbert Sun News
Nine young musicians from the Valley and Tucson took home top honors in piano during the first of six events in the 16th annual Young Musicians Competition organized by Arizona Musicfest. Among them were Miles Fawson of Casteel...
Gilbert school among winners in $100,000 D-Backs school challenge
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Gilbert school among winners in $100,000 D-Backs school challenge

January 20th, 2017 | by Gilbert Sun News
The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation announced 22 winning schools in the “D-backs $100,000 School Challenge,” presented by University of Phoenix. Among them is Weinberg Elementary School in Gilbert. With more than 200...