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Forget what you see in reality shows about love.

It isn’t about what you do when an audience, big or small, is watching. You know how your dog looks at you when you come home after being gone all day? Or how your mom thought you were gorgeous even during the awkward years? Or how your best friend has heard you tell the same story a grazillion times and still thinks you’re hilarious and brilliant and amazing? Find a romantic partner about which you can say the same, then you’ve got love. Until then? You can’t go wrong with the dog, the fam and the best friend.


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For this issue, we asked our contributors for their take on L-O-V-E… Listen up, guys: Eva Hilton is in search of a gentleman. “I am really impressed when a guy treats a girl right, such as opening the door, holding your hand in public, bragging to his friends about you and not denying that he likes you in front of his friends,” says the Chaparral freshman. “I like when a guy texts you good night and good morning and shows you respect. Of course, he has to be cute as well.” Eva, who has just completed a year on azTeen’s staff, is hoping to spend this eva ! Valentine’s Day with a special – respectful ! – someone that, as of press time, she’s had her eye on for a couple of months. azTeen’s own Molly Argue just won the title of Miss Arizona Teen USA 2011 and can’t even think about a relationship right now. In fact, her most romantic memory dates back to 4th grade. “My secret admirer left flowers, chocolate and a giant teddy bear in my school cubby,” recalls the spirited Chaparral senior. “Aw, how do you top that? Where did the time go?” Still, Molly hasn’t given up on love. The guy who wins her heart will have “confidence, sincerity, wit, spontaneity, and hmhmhm … killer looks don’t hurt,” she says. “I’m always impressed by a guy that knows what he wants and goes for it.”

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Arcadia senior Molly Bohon has the singular distinction of being the Street Team member who nominated our cover couple, Erin and Kyle, for the honor. It was an easy choice, she says. “Whenever they are together, you can see how happy they make each other,” she says. “Erin and Kyle illuminate the room when they’re together, and everyone around them can feel that.” Alas, Molly herself has not been in love, unless, she says, “you consider being . B MOLLY in love seeing Brad Pitt shirtless in the movie Fight Club.” If you’re not Brad and want to catch Molly’s eye, here are some pointers: “Make me laugh. Be nice, be adventurous, be a simple guy. But mostly, make me laugh.”


Notebook redux!

Carolina Lopez, Horizon ‘11 Jennifer Na, Xavier ‘11 Taylor Turkeltaub, Chaparral ‘11 Bree Purdy, Corona del Sol ‘11 HaeSoo Cheon, Desert Mountain ‘11

Writing Staff Molly Argue, Chaparral ‘11 Julianne Brenenstuhl, Notre Dame ‘11 Allison Dodde, Millennium ‘11 Jenna Goulder, Xavier ‘11 Skyy Gue, Apollo ‘12 Eva Hilton, Chaparral ‘14 Maren Kletscher, Desert Mountain ‘11 Jordan Laughlin, Mountain Pointe ‘11 Alejandra Munoz, Tolleson ‘12 Alex Nunez, Arizona School for the Arts ‘12 Hailee Pallas, Pinnacle ‘12 Thalia Perez, McClintock ‘11 Abby Rudd, Perry ‘11 Arin Segal, Chaparral ‘12 Ariel Shemesh, Jess Schwartz ‘14 Zoe Simon, Phoenix Country Day ‘12 Siobhan Spiak, Arizona School for the Arts ‘12 Erin Stipp, Millennium ‘11 Jessie Worger, Highland ‘12

Street Team Jimmy Abarikwu, Chaparral ‘11 Stephen Alsvig, Glendale ‘11 Stuart Anderson, Saguaro ‘11 Vincent Arroyo, Tempe ‘12 Molly Bohon, Arcadia ‘11 Krystin Colby, Mountain View ‘11 Joanna Flores, Trevor G. Browne ‘11 Lea Bryant, Gilbert ‘11 Haley Kay Burgess, Gilbert ‘13 Jillian Maria Carapella, Fountain Hills ‘14 Olga Fernandez, Saguaro ‘11 Alejandra Guillen, Tempe ‘11 Karina Hagen, Williams Field ‘13 Kira-Samone Hicks, Betty H. Fairfax ‘11 DaJarie James, Litchfield Park ‘11 Hope Maxson, Paradise Valley ‘12 Haley Metcalf, Chandler ‘11 Crystal Peralta, West View ‘14 Caroline Pryor, Saguaro ‘12 Destinee Quinn, Liberty ‘11 Sara Rush, Hamilton ‘10 Stephanie Saccente, Cactus Shadows ‘11 Cindy Serrano, Trevor G. Brown ‘11 Courtney Sheridan, Gilbert ‘13 Quinn Tucker, Mountain Pointe ‘11 Allison Van Galder, Campo Verde ‘13 Kali Van Galder, Campo Verde ‘13 Abbey Willman, Gilbert ‘13 Emauni Woodfin, Litchfield Park ‘11 Ave Wright, McKlintock ‘11 Jake Wynn, Saguaro ‘13 Love 2011


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Ones to Watch: Girl power edition 14

Shout-Outs: Who do you most enjoy spending time with? 18 Shine On: Chef Matt Grunwald is cookin’ 20



The Insiders: Have you ‘blossomed’ in college? 32 Follow the Freshmen: One semester down 34 This is only a test: SAT v. ACT 36

Last Word

What is your favorite spot in the Valley? 38

08 The lowdown on the azValenTeens Bash ‘11 // 10 Readers give us their worst breakup stories // 12 By the numbers: Love and romance // 13 I love my car

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We’re betting that the seventh time is the charm.

The azValenTeens Bash on Feb. 12 is, after all, our seventh Bash overall (and our fourth ValenTeens). And it certainly has everything going for it. Some examples:


is headlining!

Once upon a time, we vowed we’d never have the same band play twice at one of our events. Boy, were we shortsighted and naïve! We quickly learned that when you have a band as crowdpleasing, popular and easy to work with as Weird Is the New Cool, you get them on board again and again.

• Our emcee is amazing!

Don’t be surprised to see WINC frontman Kyle Collins hosting the VMAs one day soon – he’s just that good.

• Cupid will be shiny and

glittery and wearing a big diaper! He’s pretty buff, too. Anyway, he’ll be on hand for pics as well as to pass out CupidGrams, little cookie-and-flower love notes you can send to your sweetie or secret crush for a mere $1.

• You’ll leave with more than you came with! Our raffle prizes are excellent, KISS-FM and our other sponsors – including Cricket Wireless and Northern Arizona University – will be on hand with freebies as well. And you never know – maybe you’ll walk away with some digits too… Plus, there will be some musical surprises as well. To keep track of all of the lastminute additions, friend/fan us on Facebook for updates.

The azvalenteens Bash ‘11

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• And speaking of , you won’t need much! Food and drinks, pong tourney entry, games and a raffle card are included with your entry. CupidGrams are the only thing that cost extra, and geez, it’s only a buck!

free is our new photo table, courtesy of Cilento! Cilento will

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be on hand shooting all the guys and girls interested in azTeen’s model search. They’ll also shoot professional pics of you and your friends or you and your sweetie; you will leave with your choice of either a thumb drive or photo strip.


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It’s a Tiger Heist! Bash opener Tiger Heist is a relatively new band, but that doesn’t mean its members are unseasoned. Comprised of Saguaro and Desert Mountain grads, Tiger Heist is a trio with a lot of experience under its belt in the form of guitarists Brandon Peters and Jon Renner and vocalist Arjun Chopra. The name Tiger Heist comes from a news story out of Ireland that referred to a type of robbery as a ‘tiger heist;’ “Inside information about the bank security is obtained by holding hostages related to bank employees,” says Brandon. “We thought it sounded cool.” Tiger Heist’s music is a blend of hip hop and rock. “I consider it hip hop, and there’s definitely rock music in there,” Arjun says. “There’s a little bit of everything, (but) I try to make a point of not gripping on any other people’s ideas.” Adds Brandon: “Hip hop meets indie pop. I think maybe Kanye West meets Coldplay,” and Jon: “It’s maybe Gym Class Heroes meets MGMT.” As for the mood of their live show, TH members predict a good time – high-energy, energetic and fan-inclusive. And maybe two of the three guys will be keeping an eye out for a special girl in the crowd, as Arjun and Jon are single. If they do find someone, they say they’ll look to the happily coupled Brandon as a romance role model. “Brandon has the chilliest girlfriend in the universe,” Arjun says. “He’s not romantic in a showy way. They just do stuff for each other, and it’s really healthy.”

hotties! Model Search is newest addition to Bash

As if there wasn’t already enough to do at the fourth annual azValenTeens Bash, we’ve added one more draw: an open call for potential models to vie for prizes and a spot in an upcoming issue of azTeen Magazine. Throughout the evening, model hopefuls will have their pics shot by azTeen partner Cilento Photography. After Weird Is the New Cool plays, three Grand Prize winners will be announced. These lucky three will win a photo shoot with Cilento and image disc, along with 200 comp cards, to help launch their modeling portfolio. They will also join azTeen’s model roster. In addition to the Grand Prize winners announced the night of the Bash, other models will be selected in the coming months to appear on the cover or inside pages of azTeen as needed. Entrants’ photos and contact info will be placed in a “look book” for azTeen editors to use when selecting models for a particular shoot. Potential models, both guys and girls, must currently attend an Arizona high school. To enter, tune into 104.7 KISS FM and visit to fill out an application and download a parent-release form, then bring your paperwork to the Cilento photo area at the Bash. For additional information and updates between now and Feb. 12, visit or friend/fan azTeen’s Facebook pages.

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i can’t believe it’s not plastic

It’s textured, lightweight and brightly colored. The bioserie iPod/iPhone protectors don’t look like anything too revolutionary, but looks can be deceiving. Despite the way it looks and feels – hard and virtually inflexible – the bioserie isn’t plastic but is instead made of 100 percent plant materials. Once again, it’s so easy being green.

“I’d like t friend Cao give props to m though s itlin Turner. Eve y friend inhe has lost her bo n has staye a car accident, ysh d model to strong. She is a r e ole so many people.” — Katie Gab el, Sagu aro ‘12

give us your worst

breakup story, or the worst you’ve heard of

“A guy at my school told his girlfriend that he had a Christmas present for her, so she went outside to meet him on Christmas morning. He broke up with her; she had spent $150 on presents for him. She thought he was kidding but he never talked to her again.” — Katie Gabel, Saguaro ‘12

“One guy told me I was worthless.” — Haley Zambie, Arcadia ‘12

“One of my best friends was dating a guy for over a year when he suddenly broke it off and refused to talk to her. She went to her other best friend, my girlfriend at the time, for a little sympathy. Less than a week later, my gf broke up with me to start dating the ex of her so-called best friend. That’s about as low as it gets.” — Devin Slawsby, Saguaro ‘11


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“A guy cheated on his girlfriend of two years and then the two girls got into a catfight. It was not pretty.” — Jeffrey Tolson, Brophy ‘14

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by the

numbers: love & romance $4.7 Million



Number of years

Number of countries

that celebrate Valentine’s Day – the U.S., Canada, Mexico, France, Australia, Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales

of the longest confirmed marriage on record, between an Indian couple who wed in 1918

41 Percentage of high school relationships that last more than one year

1,073 Approximate number of letters

addressed to Romeo and Juliet that their hometown post office in Verona, Italy, receives each year around Valentine’s Day



Cost of dinner for two ,


in one piece of chocolate from the average Valentine’s candy box

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Number of marriages, on average, that took place in the U.S. every day in 2009. (That’s just under 2.1 million for the year!)

270a.d. Percentage of married couples who met each other in school

Year that Bishop Valentine was executed for performing marriage ceremonies in opposition to Claudius II. The date? February 14, of course


33 Number of hours of the world-record longest continual kiss, set in 2010 on a college campus in New Jersey



of U.S. women who send themselves flowers on Valentine’s Day

including 15 percent tip, at NYC’s Masa, making it the most expensive restaurant in the U.S. It’s tiny, so make your V-Day reservations soon!

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Cost of Paris Hilton’s engagement ring when she was briefly betrothed to Paris Lastis, making the 24-carat sparkler the most expensive such bauble in the world

Year that Ryan Gosling, star of romantic classic (and the inspiration for this issue’s cover!) The Notebook, was born. His co-star and fellow Canadian Rachel McAdams is almost exactly two years older

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“I love my car, but I really want a 2011 Camaro Z28. My current 2005 Buick Century makes all of the ladies say ooh-la-la … except for my beautiful fiancé Alana Wells. She hates it.” —Alexander Harper, Millennium High School ‘11

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A look at some of the winter and spring’s top Valley athletes who are lauded on and off the field

WHO: Megan Opatz WHERE: Desert Mountain ‘11 WHAT: Track WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: A four-

year member of the Wolves’ track team, Megan is a middle-distance runner and part of relay teams that broke school records in the 4X800m and 4X400m races and won state in the latter event. Also a varsity cross-country runner, soccer player and track athlete in other events, Megan was first drawn to running with her sister, Marissa, when she was in elementary school. WHAT SHE SAYS: “Before meets, I’m really excited but at the same time really nervous because, besides a relay event, it’s all on you. After I win, I feel incredible and can’t stop smiling. When I lose, I’m disappointed but it just makes me work harder the next day at practice.”

WHO: Abbey Johnson WHERE: Corona del Sol ‘12 WHAT: Softball WHY YOU SHOULD CARE:

Abbey can play center field and first base and is learning to pitch, and her club and school teams are always championship contenders. A dedicated player for the past six years, Abbey has sacrificed plenty of social events for her sport but says that being the one to make a game-winning play has made it all worthwhile. WHAT SHE SAYS: “What I love most about softball is that it isn’t all about talent, but it focuses more on strategy as well. You can be the best hitter and fielder in the world, but if you don’t know how to play the game you won’t be successful.”

WHO: Lanie Shuba WHERE: Notre Dame ‘12 WHAT: Softball WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: A va rsity first baseman since her

freshman year, Lanie and her .978 fielding percentage has helped lead the Saints to the state tournament each of the past two years. When she’s not on the softball field, she serves as ND’s mascot. WHAT SHE SAYS: “Notre Dame’s softball program is extremely special because it is so young. I am really excited for this year because I think we have a great chance at winning state. On the bus rides to every game, we sing (not very well) and we all have nicknames for each other; mine is ‘Shubes’ because of my last name. Everyone has different cheers for each other, and a lot of our varsity members have been a part of the program for a while, so we have really bonded as a team.” 14

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WHO: Jordan Hagen WHERE: Highland ‘12 WHAT: Basketball WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: Last season, the Hawks compiled

a 35-1 record, a year after its freshman girls’ team won the 5A-1 state championship. Jordan, a Point Guard/Shooting Guard, averages 8.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game, all while maintaining a 4.158 GPA and serving as co-founder and treasurer of Christian Athletes at Highland. WHAT SHE SAYS: “Basketball is more than just a game to me. It’s a huge part of me and is one of the most important things in my life. I have long-lasting friendships and have many fantastic memories from basketball. I guess you could say basketball has changed my life, on and off the court, and I love it.”

WHO: Constance Lee WHERE: Mesquite ‘11 WHAT: Basketball WHY YOU SHOULD CARE:

In her first three years, Constance racked up the commendations – Student Athlete of the Month each year, MVP freshman year, a captain this year and three years on varsity – while also playing for her club team, the Gilbert Genies. An injury benched her for much of last season, but the Center/Forward is looking forward to making up for last time. She is also an acclaimed violinist with a 4.0 GPA and a heavy rotation of church activities and community service. WHAT SHE SAYS: “What makes Mesquite’s basketball team special is the fact that we aren’t just a team but a family that loves and cares about each other. We tend to hang out with one another outside of practice, and our coaches always have team-building activities for us to do. Our head coach, Candice Gonzales, is not only a coach, she is a mentor and a godly example to us all. Assistant Coach Bowers is an unwavering inspiration to the team. Sarah Grieve, our post coach, is strengthening our post game, She is a friend to all, brings a positive attitude, and has a vast knowledge of the game.”

WHO: Katie Appelbe WHERE: Xavier ‘11 WHAT: Softball WHY YOU SHOULD CARE: Katie, a Catcher/Outfielder, carries a

4.3 GPA and has quite a few plaques crowding the family trophy case: 2010 Arizona Republic All-Metro Team; 2010 5A First Team All-Region and Second Team All-State; 2009 Defensive Player of the Year, ’08 and ’09 Outstanding Hustle award and 2010 MVP at Xavier. The four-year starter and three-year AIA Scholar Athlete is also in NHS, Key Club, Spanish Club, StuCo and Student Ambassadors, plus active in community service. WHAT she SAYS: “There’s nothing better than diving catches, amazing hits, grass stains, dirty white shirts, cut-up knees, and bruises all over. My teammates and coaches make softball what is for me—they are why I love this sport.”

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“The person I enjoy spending the most time with is my best friend Eva Hilton.” — Shelby Churney, Chaparral ‘14

who do you most enjoy spending time with? 1 “My twin sister, Emily. It’s so much easier being with her than anyone else because we have such a close relationship and we always have fun together. Also, she knows how to make me laugh when I need it the most.” — Liza Heath, Desert Mountain ‘11

— Tayla Erickson, Millennium ‘12


2 “I enjoy spending the most time with my best friends because they are always there for me and tell it like it is.”

“My older sister is my favorite person to spend time with because we are so similar and I can always talk to her about everything.”

— Maria McGilton, Basha ‘11

— Olivia Argue, Chaparral ‘14


“I enjoy spending time with my friend Adam because we make delicious charred s’mores together.” — Raylah Pillar, Highland, ‘12


4 “I love hanging out with my best friend, Cheyenne Elliot. She’s always been there for me through the good and bad times, and understands me better than anyone else.”

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“I love spending time with my best friend. We do almost everything together and can count on each other. Through the good and the bad we have grown

up together and I don’t know what I would do without her.” — Olivia Grant, Jess Schwartz ‘12

7 “I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, but I also love spending my time meeting new people.” — Ashley Sylvester, Phoenix Country Day ‘11


“I love spending time with my National American Miss Arizona sister queens! We go around the state making public appearances and doing community service! We are all Miss Arizona representing different age brackets and we have a BLAST whenever we are together!” — Amber Scholl, Desert Mountain ‘11

10 “God at temple.”

— David Bull, Chaparral ‘11

11 “I would have to say my

amazing girlfriend Chelsie Robinson. She supports me at my baseball tournaments and, what can I say, I just love her.  It’s fun watching movies and we don’t even have to be doing something and we still enjoy each other’s company.” — Danny Holyoke, Millennium ‘11

12 “I most enjoy spending time with my favorite girls. It’s our senior year and our goal is to spend as much time together as we can- even if we start to despise each other.” — Amber Hale, Perry ‘11

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13 “I spend an awesome

amount of time with my group of friends, aka “da crew.” We like to go to each other’s houses, eat each other’s food and watch Ghost Whisperer or Jersey Shore and take random photo booth pictures. You know, the norm.” — Chelsea Regan, Horizon ‘11


“I most enjoy spending time with my friends. We can have fun doing anything, even if it’s not something super exciting.”


“My favorite people are my friends and my girlfriend because we always have a lot of fun together. Oh, and of course my teachers…” — Caleb Michel, Arizona School for the Arts ‘11

17 “My bandmates are my

best friends. Whenever they are around, trouble and fun follows.” — Alex Nunez, Arizona School for the Arts ‘12

— Kara Smith, Xavier ‘13


“I’m a teenager, so of course I love spending time with my friends, but I also love getting the family together for a barbecue every once in a while. It keeps everyone in touch.” — Tyler Garvey, Pinnacle ‘12

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What is your biggest pet peeve? Pen-clicking.

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kitchen confidential shineon

Why is a man who can cook so sexy? Women know that it is a gesture saying that I think you‘re great.

Chaparral senior Matthew Grunwald – Chef Matt to his fans and Twitter followers – has been cooking since age 9. He has his own cooking show on Channel 12, has sold his bakery products at AJ’s and frequently gets pursued in Walmart by autograph-seekers. The driven foodie dishes on what’s cookin’ as he prepares to further pursue his culinary career. Check him out! + Facebook fansite: Chef Matthew Grunwald + Twitter: chefmatthewg

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I will definitely have my own TV show on Food Network. I will travel the world showing the viewers not only how to cook but all the different foods and cultures. I also plan to have my bakery line launched and booming by then. Do have you ecial sp any how e pr -s ls? ritua off my turn Yes! To o it doesn’t s phone ff on-air. go o

What is your favorite dish to make? I make a Belgium dish called vol au vent. Rich and creamy, with a Phyllo dough or sometimes puff pastry. I have made this on Channel 12. It is amazing!

What is the best part about being able to cook? This sounds funny, but cooking is almost like an artist painting a picture. That’s what I get from it.


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What is your favorite pick-up line? “Are you a chef, ‘cause your body’s cookin’!” That would be a fun one.

Do friends tend to take advantage of you for your cooking skills? Just today I had six friends ask for me to come over and cook dinner from them. But I’m actually flattered. I often get a large group of friends together and cook for them. They are pretty excited.

What is a good dish to make for your Valentine? Girls like anything that is a dessert and chocolate. And when girls bring anything for me to eat I am a happy camper.

Ice cream, gelato or frozen yogurt? All of the above.

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not a chance, say these sweethearts. Who are you? Erin Roberts and Kyle York, both seniors at Arcadia, together since June ‘09. Yeah, but what do you call each other? Er Bear and Ky Guy, Yorkie-poo. Why him? He is so sweet and funny, and he brings out the best in me. Why her? Why not Erin? She’s cute, smart, funny and always there for me. Who’s your celeb dopplegangers? David and Victoria Beckham because they seem like are you? Erin Roberts and they have aWho lot of fun. Kyle York, both seniors at Arcadia, First impressions? together since June ‘09 Erin: I didn’t likebut himwhat at first, but call he won Yeah, do you eachme over with his charm other? Erwas Bearpretty and Ky Guy, Kyle: I thought she but shy.YorkieI wanted to get to know her. And I did. poo What doesWhy it feel like to be in love? its awesome because we have a lot of fun together him? He is so sweet and funny, and we getand along really well. We joke around he brings out the best in me a lot and have a good time. Why her? Why not Erin? She’s cute, smart, funny and always there for me Who’s your celeb dopplegangers? David and Victoria Beckham because they seem like they have a lot of fun First impressions? Erin: I didn’t like him at first, but he won me over

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Who are you? Kira-Samone Hicks and Paul Fergonise, a senior and a junior, respectively, at Betty H. Fairfax. Together seven months, he plays guitar for her and they have a special spot at Tempe Town Lake. Why him? He isn’t like most guys. He isn’t cocky or boring, and he’s always by my side. His love for music and of course his hair caught my eye! Why her? She’s my girl. Since the day I met her, for some reason, I knew she was special. Celeb doubles? Kira-Samone: Others compare us to Nick Jonas and Miley Cyrus because Paul looks like him and I’m the wild-child Miley. Paul: Mr. and Mrs. Smith (Brad and Angelina); Kira does have her moods… First impression? Her: He walked around school all serious, so I was like, ‘I wonder if I can shake him?’ When we first hung out I got the wild side of him. Him: I saw her around school, glowing in the hallways, smiling and laughing. I messaged her “Why are you so happy all of the time?!?” What does it feel like to be in love? I never believed in love. I thought high-schoolers are stupid for falling in love. But I asked someone ‘How do you know you’re in love?’ and they replied ‘You can’t stop thinking about him.’ I was like ‘OMG. I’m in love!’

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allison + r cono Who are you? Allison Gray and Conor White, both seniors at Pinnacle, together since 8/28/09. Pet names? Allie is Peach, Little One, Sunny; Conor is Button and Mister. Why him? Because he totally gets me and all my weird quirks, he’s sweet and he treats me like a princess. He can always make me smile. Why her? Because she’s my best friend and I can tell her anything, and I love spending time with her. Celeb doubles? Eric and Donna from early seasons of That ‘70s Show because they’re best friends and you rarely see one without the other. They just go together. Fave joint activities? Watching movies, picnics, hiking, skiing, grocery shopping (really!). What’s it feel like to be in love? Allie: It’s the best feeling in the world knowing that no matter what I do, he’ll always be there. I’m never lonely. Conor: Whenever something upsets me, I just think of her and I’m happy, and I know I’ll never be alone. What do adults not understand about love at this age? Allie: Love doesn’t have an age limit. I don’t have to be 25 to know when I’m happy. Conor and I have one of the most stable relationships I have ever witnessed.

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Who are you? Tiffani Wroe and Bryce Powers, both Gilbert juniors, together since 9/5/09.

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Pet names? He is Superman or baby boy; she is angel. How did you start dating? Tiffani: We were friends for a year or so, then he asked me out because he said he couldn’t imagine seeing me with another guy. Why him? He’s truly a great guy, he has an amazing personality, and I know that he’ll always be by my side. Why her? I couldn’t see my future any other way. I knew she was an amazing person, and even after this long I still love her more and more every day. Celeb doubles? She says: Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens for sure because it’s young love and exciting. He says: Haley and Nathan from One Tree Hill, because she has brains and beauty just like Haley’s character, and Nathan adores Haley the same way I do Tiffani. First impressions? I met him my first month of my freshman year and I knew I had to have him — he was definitely my dream guy. That sounds very cheesy, but it’s true. What does it feel like to be in love? It’s honestly amazing. I love knowing that I always have somebody to count on and support me through everything I do.

Who are you? Heidi Liou and Alex Smith, Corona del Sol senior and junior, respectively. Together since fall ‘09. How did you start dating? We were both on the Corona swim team. Why him? He’s athletic, always happy, supportive and caring. We are complete opposites, but that’s what makes our relationship so great. We get into arguments but learn from our mistakes. He likes me so much that he cares to fix our problems. He’s my best friend and is always there for me. He doesn’t judge me and likes me even though I’m the weirdest girl in the world. He takes me out and treats me well. He’ll surprise me with flowers or bring me hot chocolate when I’m sick. Why her? She is beautiful and amazing, and being with her is the only thing I am grateful for every day. I never want to live another day without her, and no matter what she will always make my day. She is my best friend and I can always count on her to support whatever I do. Couple time? Longboard, play pool, watch movies, go to California, build forts, go quading, roast marshmallows, go shopping for fish, talk about Canada. First impression? That guy in the polar bear hat is really cute. What does it feel like to be in love? Love, in general, feels like there’s something worth living for. 26

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What do others — parents, friends, teachers, the world — not understand about love at this age? My friends can tell by the way I am around her and how I always talk about her that I’m going to marry her. My parents don’t understand how real our love is, but when they are at our wedding they will understand that this wasn’t just another puppylove relationship.

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Who are you? Zach Haney and Jessi Schueneman, both North Canyon seniors, together since 1/4/10. Pet names? Fluppy. Why her? The expressions she has — one for every situation, and also the way she comforts me. Why him? He knows exactly what I want when I want it or what I’m going to say, and I never have to tell him. He is the best support system and shoulder to cry on. Celeb doubles? Angelina and Brad, because they got a lot of crap at the beginning of their relationship, just like us, and nobody thought what they had was real. Now they have the perfect marriage and family.

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got the money, honey? Fun dates don’t have to break the bank

Cheap Date #1: The great outdoors While taking part in any outdoor physical activity in Arizona seems like a death sentence much of the year, teenagers hungry for adventure have found dates in the desert can keep things cool. The sky burst into colors of red, yellow and pink as Highland current senior Annie Eaton and her date raced the rising sun to the top of Superstition Mountains. With bagels covered in strawberry cream cheese in hand and a front row seat on a boulder, the two admired the beginning of a new morning. Hours before the sun even thought about rising, Annie, her date and another couple drove out on the back highways to the Superstitions as a date before Prom last year. “When we arrived at the trail, it was still pitch-dark outside,” Annie says. “We wanted to climb to the top of the mountain before the sun could break through, so we booked it blindly up the mountain.” Fortunately Annie, her date and the other couple had a history of athletics behind them so everyone reached the peak easily and without any accidents. “Since we are a very active group of people — I run cross country and my date was in track — we could quickly move up the trail and it made the morning more fun since we did not have to worry about going too fast for someone,” Annie says. After an hour the group reached the summit. They claimed a broad boulder and arranged a breakfast of bagels and juice. The sun broke over the horizon, and the couples were rewarded for their hiking trek with a front-row seat to a show of bursting colors. “Spending less than $20, we were able to venture up a mountain then witness a scene that happens every day but with completely different eyes,” Annie says.

Cheap Date #2: Revisiting childhood A Wiffle ball, Slip ‘n’ Slide and local Walmart Supercenter is all Highland juniors Lauren Henry, Kelsy Foutz and their friends need to make a Friday night incredible. One memorable night began at 6, when Lauren and Kelsy and the other four girls hopped into their cars and picked up their dates to bring them to the park in front of Kelsy’s house. “In all there were six couples including me and my date,” Lauren says. “All of us were great friends, so that made the date even more fun.” At the park, the group played a game of Wiffle ball but added a twist by setting Slip ‘n’ Slides on the baselines and kiddy pools for the bases. Three couples were assigned to each team and the craziness began. “The only thing funnier than watching your date sprint and slide toward a kiddy pool is watching your date sprint, slip, then slide into a kiddy pool,” Lauren says. After an hour of slips, slides and laughs the dates meet up at Kelsy’s house to enjoy the only part of the date that required cash: pizza. “The entire four-hour date barely cost $5 per couple,” Kelsy says.”Now that we can drive ourselves around and we don’t have to rely on our parents, we can go on all kinds of wild, affordable dates.” Next stop? Walmart for a scavenger hunt. The group splits into three groups and the race begins. Each team runs around the store snapping pictures of items on a list, and whichever team has the most pictures at the end of five minutes is the winner. “We were at Walmart at 9 at night, so the entire store was barren and silent,” Lauren says. “Our scavenger game only lasted for a half hour because a grumpy employee kicked us out.” Despite the abrupt ending, Kelsy recalls the evening as “probably the greatest date I have ever experienced in my life. The boy I was paired with was a gentleman and we found out we had such a great connection through laughter and bonding. The entire night for 12 people only cost $20. It definitely is possible to spend little if you just think in big and creative ways.”

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Quick — which is the better purchase, one pair of $200 Ray-Bans or 40 pairs of $5 knockoffs at Target? Some teens think that a good investment means spending the extra money for quality, while some feel that the smart move is buying multiple pairs of the cheap shades. Here’s more insight on wise and unwise ways of parting with that cold, hard cash:

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the others Classes clash … and coexist Seniors, what was your first impression of high school as a freshman?

“My first impression of high school was actually how the movies made it seem. I thought it was going to be a nightmare with everyone judging everyone in different cliques.” —Justine Gonzalez, Tolleson ‘12 “My first impression of high school as a freshman was just like ‘Wow, I’m in high school now and I’m going to be so overwhelmed that I’ll die!’” —Denise Tingue, Tolleson ‘12

What do you think of freshmen? “I think everyone just gives them a

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hard time. We hold our heads high above them and snicker at the way they act and dress, but we forget that we were once just like them and made the same silly mistakes, wore the same bright kiddie clothes and hopped around with the same hyper hops. Sure, they annoy us sometimes and we want to stuff something down their mouths or tell them to grow up, but I’m pretty sure the juniors held back from telling us the same exact things when we were fresh meat.” —Yana Tantage, Tolleson ‘12

What do you think of sophomores?

“Sophomores are a mix of hidden intelligence and self-paranoia.” —Ian Sausedo, Westview ‘12

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Being pushed into lockers, thrown in the trash and bullied by the older kids is a typical stereotype of freshman year. Let me just tell you, it is not at all as it seems. Freshman year is the beginning of your high school career and has been the greatest time of my life so far. Even though you are “just a freshman” and disrespected by the upperclassmen, you are still a high schooler. (Anything, after all, is better than middle school). In high school there are many opportunities — more clubs and sports to join, more people to meet — and a definite expansion of your horizons. Although sophomores act like they don’t like freshman, they were freshman not too long ago themselves. All they want to do is pass on the abuse they got when they were freshman. Being a freshman, you get a lot more attention from faculty, because seniors are leaving soon and freshmen have just arrived and are still adjusting. Being a freshman is not anywhere as bad as the stereotypes. Maybe it’s because we don’t have anything yet to compare it to, but a lot of us have found freshman year to be the best year of high school … so far!

Sophomore year is not all it’s cracked up to be. Despite being a step up from freshmen, sophomores still have a lot to learn. Since you’re still an underclassman, you’re overlooked and ignored by all of the upperclassmen. Even worse, sophomores are stuck right in the middle, with still half of a high school career left to go. The only thing that gives motivation is that we’ll be upperclassmen next year. Another downside to 10th grade is having to figure out potential job options you’d like after graduating. It’s a scary and stressful thought! Being a sophomore isn’t all bad, though. In fact, most of it is pretty fun! It‘s all about Sweet Sixteens, licenses, cars, a later curfew, money and jobs. This the year there are more couples -- and guys our age aren’t as bad anymore -- and people take you more seriously. You can go to a varsity football game and actually know some of the kids who play. Sophomores have had the chance to get the hang of how things work, but we‘re still flying under the radar. Getting lost in the hallways or being known as “an annoying freshman” is no longer an issue. Classes aren‘t as confusing as when you‘re a freshman or as hard as they‘re rumored to be next year. Now is the time to test limits, to see what you can get away with and what you can’t. Although we’re still the new guys in high school, we’re thisclose to being on top of the heap.

The pressure is on! Picture this: A redheaded teen with no publicschool experience whatsoever almost instantly becoming the new It Girl of her high school. Mean Girls, much? Yes, but it’s positive that almost everyone can relate to the hardships, adventures and drama Cady Heron had to face during her junior year (although not entirely literal, of course!) Eleventh grade is both a blessing and curse —juniors get the advantage of officially being upperclassmen and only having to deal with one more year of school left. This is where the curse comes into play. A higher demand for what they are going to study and where and how they will accomplish it is established, along with the pressure to maintain perfect grades and excel in rigorous courses. Juniors get a bit of the bittersweet taste of life they have been longing for since the day they walked in as freshmen. Although a stressful time in the lives of many teenagers, junior year is also a time to enjoy your final days as a high schooler. Why else would prom be so exclusive to the upperclassmen, right? And when it comes to where and how far juniors will go in life, in the words of Cady Heron herself, “the limit does not exist.”

—Ariel Shemesh, Jess Schwartz ’14

—Courtney Sheridan, Gilbert ’13

—Alejandra Munoz, Tolleson ‘12

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What do you think of juniors?

“They’re very anxious to be seniors. They can almost taste it since they are so close. I feel like they’re a little more discrete. Out of freshmen, sophomores, and seniors, I think juniors are the least cocky.” —Alexia Carrasco, Tolleson ‘12

What do you think of seniors? “Seniors are grown-ups.” —Keven Guillen, Westview ‘14

“The bigger the Senior, the scarier the Senior.” —James Losole, Notre Dame, ‘14 “They’re basically the top of the school!” —Michael Harlan, Pinnacle, ‘13 “Seniors always seem to have the most fun! Probably because they have so much going on and they just want to live up their last year.” —Janie Barnett, Saguaro, ‘12

“Seniors… WE RUN IT.” —Alana VanDera, Chaparral, ‘11

How have you changed since freshman year?

“I’ve procrastinated less.” —Bianca Fragoso, Tolleson ‘11 “I’ve changed from a Notre Dame Saint to a Chaparral Firebird and have learned how to make the most of my high school experience.” -Leah Hayes, Chaparral, ‘11 “Freshman year, I started to read books. Sophomore year, I learned to use SparkNotes. Junior year, I realized how many movies are actually books. Senior year, the only thing I know how to read are vacation dates.” —Eddie Prchal, Brophy ‘11

“I’ve become more aware of my culture and society. My life has revolved less on my family and more on the impact I can have on society.” —Lynda Cuevas, Tolleson ‘11 “There has been a huge difference in me since freshman year. Freshman year, I really didn’t care much for my grades or who I really was. I ended up failing many of my classes. I look back at how I was and I regret it. Now as a senior, I can’t believe how much I have changed! I got my act together, and found out who I really am. I can say that I’m proud of who I am now, and how much I have changed.” —Leslie Lara, Tolleson ‘11

“I’m more school-focused than socially focused.” —Lizza Glogiewicz, Tolleson ‘11


quite simply, we rule the school Being a senior finally puts you on the top of the food chain. Although we seniors may not quite be swimming with the big sharks in the big sea yet, we’re almost there! That’s what senior year is all about: relishing all of the perks that come along with being the oldest, while preparing for the real world. The preparing-for-college part is not always enjoyable … It’s the other stuff that makes being the ‘big shots’ on campus so memorable. As seniors, it feels so rewarding to be looked up to, knowing how to get out of tardiness, having

perfected sleeping through math class, knowing you have the craziest friends, leaving school early every day for lunch and pool parties, and of course, getting first-row seats at all of the football games in order to start those “inappropriate” chants that the administration hates. Heck, at this year’s Homecoming Dance, the seniors dashed passed security, hopped the fence, and cannonballed into the venue’s gated pool. That’s how it’s done, underclassman. Seniors end things with a splash! — Molly Argue, Chaparral ‘11 Love 2011




“How are you different than you were in high school? Is there a ‘blossoming’ that happens when you get to college so that if you were, say, shy and insecure, you grow into someone more confident?”

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azTeen’s panel of collegians gives the lowdown on campus life Samantha Schwartz

UofA ‘12; is majoring in Physiology

Hunter Schwarz

“My personality hasn’t changed much since I have gone to college. I have learned to grow up from living on my own, but basically my personality has stayed similar.”

Lulu Contreras

Brigham Young University ‘12; is majoring in Communications

“I loved every second of high school, but once you leave, you realize how unimportant so many of the things you worried about were. You mature a lot, and I think everyone feels more comfortable with who they are.”

Scottsdale Community College ’13, is majoring in Business

Marcea Decker UofA ‘13; is majoring in

“I am completely different, I would say, but that’s because I did an exchange program in Germany. So, I don’t know that everybody changes, especially when they stay in their same town and in contact with the same people, then it’s hard to learn new things. But this ‘blossoming’ I would not say happens when you get to college, but rather all THROUGHOUT the college journey.”

Economics and minoring in Geography and the Japanese Language

“College is what you make of it. If you want to change yourself, it’s a new setting and you can try to flourish in ways you were pigeon-holed in high school. You have an opportunity to reach outside of the silly social paradigms of high school. It’s cool to be the girl or guy who studies a lot and is knowledgeable. People are more inviting to talk to. People who are the “class clown” or really obnoxious get immediately kicked out of class. So in pretty much every sense, college is way, way, way better than high school.”

Rob Stanford University of Redlands ‘12; is a Philosophy Major with an Asian Studies minor and an emphasis on Pre-Law

Lindsay Jakows Pepperdine ‘12; is double-majoring in International Studies and Political Science

“I wasn’t shy or insecure in high school, but to be honest I was a little shy when I first got to college. But after I found my niche with the Speech and Debate team, I felt pretty comfortable. I would say that growing academically made me a lot more confident socially as well.”

“I would say my personality is the same for the most part. College didn’t change who I am, but it has helped me mature, which is important for all students.”

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Emily Rader

ASU ’12; is majoring in Business

“I’m sure there is blossoming. It is pretty fast. If you come into college with a high school mentality, you are doomed. Being shy and insecure isn’t too big of an issue in a university classroom. Almost everyone is nice and easy to talk to. For one, you both picked that same class. You must have something in common!”

Corinne Solheid

University of Minnesota ’13; is majoring in Biochemistry/ Pre-Med and minoring in Spanish

“I don’t really know if I am much different from how I was in high school. I wouldn’t say that I have ‘blossomed’ or anything. I have always been pretty outgoing, but I think that being at college has maybe helped me to become even more so. Also, I would say that being at college has helped me to become better at doing things alone, such as shopping and eating, and getting to class. In high school, everyone was always in groups, but in college you have to learn to be much more independent because everyone has different schedules.” 32

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NAU ’12; is majoring in Political Science and Journalism

“I’m more aware of how I interact with people. In high school there were the same people you had gone to school with for 12 years, but in college you never know when that stranger you held the door open for is going to be in a class with you or live in your building or be a professor. I think more about how I am presenting myself to the world and how I treat people around me, because college is not the place to be burning bridges or alienating people. I’ve also had to quickly adjust to a lot more responsibility than what I was used to in high school. College is not just a four-year-long party, it’s a responsibility and an opportunity to better your life in the long-run. I think it’s easy to lose sight of that, but you have to be the one keeping yourself on track. Working as an RA has been this amazing learning experience for me because I had never had a real job before and there are so many things you have to do as an RA. It’s a full-time job on top of being a full-time student, and I believe that has shaped me into a more responsible and organized person. I think when it comes to a sort of ‘blossoming’ it really depends on the individual.”

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Ahhhhh, Winter Break! Our Super 6 look forward to spring semester Hillary Burgess, The University of Texas

“As I write this I am getting ready for finals. I still love UT and college, but I am soooo homesick! I haven’t been home since the end of July, and I can’t wait to spend a month there over Winter Break. I got all the classes I need next semester, and for this semester my GPA should be about a 3.5. The hardest thing academically has been all the reading. Socially, everything is great – I have met so many people and am still loving the Texas Wrangler Darlins (my pic is from our formal in December). I’m going to be Uniform Chair next semester, which means I design all our t-shirts. Having lived through a semester of college, I would say that the experience is amazing, but you have to come in already knowing how to study, and you have to get involved, especially if you’re an out-of-state student. UT has proven to be absolutely the best fit for me, and I love it here. Hook ‘em!”

Vivian Padilla, ASU

“It’s crazy to think that my first semester of my first year at ASU is over. It has been such a roller coaster, and to be honest, I really don’t want it to end. I was even a part of the Homecoming Parade! I’ve had many laid-back weeks where all I do is spend time with my new friends, but, I’ve also been on hectic schedules where I’ve spent 11 hours editing a single package or where I’ve spent four hours interviewing and then sprinted to my other three-hour meeting commitment! There have been times where I felt like slacking off, but I always remind myself that those who are willing to work hard end up succeeding, and I push myself through those hard times. It’s unbelievable the opportunities that I’ve been offered while at the Cronkite School. I’ve met local and national anchors from CNN, ABC and CBS, and Diane Sawyer spoke at my school. I still can’t wrap my little freshman head around all of the great things I’ve been able to participate in. But, for next semester, I’m wanting to step it up a little bit and take on another major, and a minor.”

Emily Piskulick, Gonzaga

“Here comes the snow! Spokane is sitting under a white layer of snowy goodness, and boy, this is a change. At first I was horrified of the cold weather; let’s be honest, growing up in Phoenix doesn’t exactly give a person much exposure to the elements. However, the cold has been a welcome change thus far. Sometimes I miss those days of throwing on a tank top, shorts and some Ray-Bans, however this will definitely suffice for the next four years. School has gotten progressively harder, and while it’s nothing I can’t handle, I have had many nights of stressing over papers and tests. At times, it has seemed like it’s too much to deal with, however I’m constantly surrounded by the best friends who remind me that I can get through anything I set my mind to. My college tip at this point in the year would be to try out a climate completely unlike the one you’re used to. While it can be frustrating getting rained on in 20-degree weather on your way to class, I’m so glad I get to say that I tried something new and stepped outside of my comfort zone. It’s well worth it!”

Zachary Gastony,

Texas A&M University

“Howdy! Last time I left you guys it was around the time of midterms and I had a horrible 1.8 GPA. Since then I have brought my grades up considerably and I think that I’m sitting at about a 3.0 now. School is really hard and I have considered changing majors just about once a week.  Nonetheless, it is still a lot of fun. I went to Austin last weekend to visit some buddies and see the John Butler Trio play live (if you don’t know who they are don’t worry, neither did I up until about three days before the concert). Here in the next couple weeks I’ll be registering for my spring classes and so far I’m not sure what to take. I’ll definitely be taking Calculus II and chemistry, but I think I might mix it up with some more interesting classes like psychology, astrology and a Spanish class. They say that the whole point of college is to diversify one’s self!”

Brittany Hardy, Princeton University

“I’m so ecstatic that fall semester is almost over! I’m really looking forward to spending time with my family and my boyfriend for the holidays. Not to mention, it’d be nice to have some REAL heat. Our dorms don’t come equipped with heating systems, so every night I’m right here under my comforter and Snuggie. I guess my roommate is oblivious to the fact that it’s 32 degrees outside because every other night she attempts to open the window; I end up closing it before she gets to the room. Other than my dorm situation, things in Pton aren’t too bad. It’s just FREEZING cold, and I miss everyone back home SO much. Luckily, I don’t have many assignments coming up because I finished most of them right before Thanksgiving break. I’m just really loathing the fact that I’ll have to finish up “Dean’s Date” work during  winter break and prep for exams while I’m at home. On a great final note, I finally planned on changing my major to Sociology, but I won’t be talking to my adviser until tomorrow. So hopefully this goes well. We shall see very soon…”

Corey edwards, UofA “This semester has been great! Only three weeks left! I’ve been having a lot


of fun at college away from home, but it’s been a lot of work, especially for my chemistry course. Still, I was glad to have a break back at home with my family for some rest. I have missed a couple classes because I have been pretty tired... Halloween was a fun time, I went with a few friends to a fraternity’s Halloween party. Some of us dressed up as the characters from The Wizard of Oz; I was the scarecrow. I’m studying like crazy! My first semester at the University of Arizona is over, which means I’m about one-eighth of the way through my undergraduate career. It’s going by quickly!” Love 2011


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favorite spot What is your

in the Valley and why? “ Tempe

“My favorite spot would be the the

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because it’s one of the few places in the Valley that doesn’t make you feel like you’re in the desert. In addition, it hosts a myriad of awesome activities.”


because it always has the best bands performing there.” – Clare Fuller, Phoenix Country Day ‘12

– Hunter McNabb, Saguaro ‘11

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“I love Scottsdale Waterfront because there is a variety of shopping and some of the best restaurants to eat!”

The Wedge

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because it’s a chill spot to skate at.” – Blake Thurston, McClintock ‘11

– Kasey Gates, Perry ‘11

“My favorite spot to hang out is Tempe Marketplace. The possibilities are endless! Not only can you shop ‘til you drop, watch a movie and listen to a cool band, but you can also check out the cute boys that go there!” – Laura Gallardo, Westwood ‘11

“Arizona Mills because it’s fun & there’s a bunch of girls.” – Chris Pittman, Millennium ‘11



The Sidewinder is the best part about the water park. It is a pretty scary slide though, especially when you feel like you are going to fall out of the tube.”

– Alexa Rosenblum, Pinnacle ‘12


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LOVE Fashion Square Mall!

Shopping there is paradise! I always find everything I need, plus everything I don’t need, but buy anyways.” – Amber Scholl, Desert Mountain ‘11

– Meagan Wakefield, Highland, ‘12

“My favorite spot in the Valley is Scottsdale Quarter because it’s a beautiful place to walk around at night. I love to watch the fountain when it light up; it’s quiet and a good place to just think. Also, I like the stores there and once it fully develops, it’ll be even better!”

“My favorite place in the valley is Karl Kiefer Stadium. Spending every waking moment there with all my sports med girls makes it a home away from home.” – Julia Preston,

“The Birdcage at Chaparral football games on Friday nights is the best. The amount of school spirit is crazy and so much fun!” – Gill Hormel, Chaparral ‘11

“I love getting coffee at PinkSpot and just chillin’ on their couch. Also, they play the best music there. It’s perfect.”

– Taylor Kelly, Xavier ‘11

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“My favorite spot in the West Valley is Westgate. There’s always something to do whether it’s seeing a movie at AMC or going to a Cardinals or Coyotes game. My friends and I can just go and have a good time.” – Bradly Littlefield, “My favorite place in the Valley is a toss-up between Mill Avenue and Burton Barr Library in downtown Phoenix. Mill Avenue has a lot of cool shops like Urban Outfitters and American Apparel. Plus there’s a secret plaza through a tunnel between an ice cream shop and a bar. There’s a shop there that sells Ecuadorianwoven stuff. The Burton Barr Library is the biggest library in Phoenix and it’s really quiet on the top floor.” – Karl Cabrera, Arizona Agribusiness and Equine Center ‘12

“The Arizona Science Center is my favorite spot in the Valley. It provides a unique and fun insight into what most people think is boring and makes it interesting for kids. Also, I’m a nerd, and the planetarium is awesome.” – Jessi Shank, Xavier ‘11

“My place is downtown. Although it’s all business-y during the day, at night it becomes a completely new place, a new culture. There are incredibly cute and funky places hidden around downtown Phoenix that just make it special.” – Katye Allisone,

Arizona School for the Arts ‘11

“My favorite spot in the Valley is probably Kierland Commons because it’s so elegant and classy. It’s always well-decorated for the Holidays and I love to shop there. They also have great restaurants and it’s such a pretty place to be.”

– Madison Prewitt, Pinnacle ‘12

“My favorite spot in the Valley is Lush Burger. It’s the best burger place and the

best hangout. – Adam Sidi, Phoenix Country Day ‘14

“I love going to Robecks because they have great drinks and it reminds me of my mom’s old smoothie shop.” – Melissa Chavez, Chaparral ‘11



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