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LEDGER Building Community Connections in STV & QC Vol. 1 No. 26 Wednesday, May 15, 2013 FREE

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San Tan Foothills FBLA, Pages 8 & 9 San Tan Foothills High School Graduation Stories and More Inside


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Southeast Valley Ledger Thanks to ALL of those who contributed to the 2013 Copper Basin YMCA Annual Community Support Campaign

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Donors: $1,000 or More Sheriff Paul Babeu AFC Physical Cardinal Health Medicine Cardinal Charities The Yard Experts Lifepoint Christian Fellowship

Central AZ College Johnson Ranch PRECOR Golf Course Steve Johnson Met Life Insurance Pinal County Attorney, Lando Voyles

Donors: $500-$999 Steve Vilhauer

Wal-Mart

Ron Chambless Kohl’s

State Farm Insurance Julie Starkey

Donors: $250-$499 Ron Gulley Chick-Fil-A

Chris Sandos Doug Wolf

Sarabeth Wesley San Tan Auto Body

Greater San Tan Chamber One Community Church

Donors: $100-$249 Rachel Blair Larry Miller Connee Adams Jennifer Dale Brandi Fletcher Stephan Gereg

Hilari Howard Tori Huff Caitlyn Koppes Samantha Olsen Dylan Poff Chris Rowe

Russell Rusay Kelly Senecal Marie Nystrand San Tan Lions Club Debbie Wiemann Aisha Malone

Eva Calvert Donna Woodward Ivan Roussel Cynthia Stanley Mary Davidson Kate Pratt Veronica Allen

Donors: $0-$99 Dixon Golf Crystal Brady Melinda Charlton Rainie Collins Jenae Farnsworth Andy Ferrell Tychell Hendrix Carol Kerr Fancie Key Erin McNamara Jennifer Shelton Vicky Andrews Victoria Barrie Debbie Beaucage Monica Beck Kelly Dubiansky Wray Embceton Sallie Fay Mario Garza Karen Gibson Sylvia Ford Annette Gillispie Florence Hospital Christina Peoples State Farm Insurance Kandrea Petty Jordan Sosa Jennifer Williams Marshell Williams Amberlee Query Ayse Russo

Lynde Rachel Emily Ruiz Jennifer Freeman Native New Yorker Matt Herasymiuk Lauren Irrea Darrell Moldovan Henry Moon Sue Stockton Michael Garcia Marsha Broemmer Sandra Delany Isabelle Espionza Beverly Vilhauer Skyline Dental Anonymous Patricia Duncan Pat Howard Amy Lauritsen Laurie Pilm Janet Glowacki Garn & Mason Orthodontic Diane Pellegrino Mindy Melillo Sharon Harmsen Barbara Lundby Dona Robertson Deidra Collins Madeline McBride Imad Jaafari Angela Mayberry

Dorothy Mounia Estela Osuna Valerie Rosenbaum Rosann Schott Ginger VanBreukeler Gilbert Velasquez Crystal Golden Erik Murphy Angela Noel Mindy Melillo St. Michaels Red Hatter Queen Creek Chiropractic Jim Wells Claudia Whitehead AZ Grind Skatepark Kimberly Berkovitz Allison Bradshaw Jamie Johnson Legacy Dance Company Susan Arseneault Vicky Andrews Adriana Cuyler Tammy Holleran Patricia Crawford Sam’s Club Subway Sub’s Georgia Blake Sun Life Family Health Judith Davidson Tamlyn Ashcroft

So we made an error. This wonderful photo of Gunnar and John Scrogham was taken by Kris Wood, Freshman Baseball Assistant Coach at Combs High School. The mistake was unintentional and the Ledger regrets the error.

Southeast Valley Ledger James Carnes….....................................Publisher Michael Carnes...........................General Manager Jennifer Carnes................................…Managing Editor Mila Lira...................................Advertising Director Chase Kamp............................................Reporter Bridgette Crosby.......................................Reporter Courtney Trumbull…................................Office Manager Submission of News and Opinions, please email: News@SEVLedger.com To Advertise, please email: Mila@SEVLedger.com or call: (480) 745-1055

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By Bridgette Crosby Southeast Valley Ledger If you haven’t had a chance to visit the San Tan Historical Society Museum on Old Ellsworth Road, you are missing an important part of the Queen Creek experience. Filled with artifacts, the museum is a key part in the collections and preservation efforts of the San Tan Historical Society. The Society was started in 1990 after it was realized that something must be done in order to save the old Ellsworth School, which was used for the last time in 1982 and fell into disrepair. The Society became a 501(c) (3) registered non profit in 1992 and has been in continuous operation since. The school is a one room school house with a large blackboard on one wall and is currently the oldest building in the Queen Creek, San Tan Valley, Chandler Heights, Combs and Gilbert area. Inside there are countless stories and photographs of the families that lived and farmed in this area over a hundred years ago. There are also photographs and drawings of the German POW camp that sat at Ellsworth and Rittenhouse in the 1940s and stories about the famous dust storms that could fill a house with piles of dirt unbelievably fast. Ancient shards of Hohokam Indian pottery are also on display, with several well preserved pots, baskets, and arrowheads collected from Queen Creek and surrounding areas as well as items from farming families. Other interesting items include an old cotton wagon, farm machinery, and the histories of Mansel Carter, aka “Man of the Mountain,” who lived near


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Historical Society – keeping the past alive, future bright Goldmine Mountain for many years. Carter was a man who loved animals and lived in a lean-to without running water or air conditioning until 1982. Besides preserving the past, the San Tan Historical Society holds several fundraisers each year including concerts, a poetry gathering and

arts and craft fairs. Some of the proudest moments of the Historical Society include certification by the Arizona Historical Society after many years of work and dedicated volunteer hours, collaboration with the Town of Queen Creek, Arizona Archeological Society, Chamber of Commerce and involvement of the

community and being able to educate people about the local history. Overall, San Tan Historical Society is dedicated to the past, but also has their eye on the future and have introduced a program which hopes to connect people in the community. Anyone who wishes to be involved with something

positive is encouraged to contact Leslie LeRoux, San Tan Historical Society President and take the pledge to make a difference. A visit to the museum is an interesting and eye-opening experience. Take your family and help support one of our local treasures or consider volunteering.

Arizona real estate market still improving By Sherry Butler Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service member Special to the Ledger Stats released this week from the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service Inc. show that the real estate market is still improving in the Phoenix metro area. Sales rose in April to 8,755, a 7.4 percent gain, increasing for the third month in a row. April’s sales figure bests the 12-month average of 7,389 by 18.49 percent.  Total inventory declined for the third month in a row to 20,083. Low inventory has stubbornly remained in the approximate 20,00022,000 range since March 2012. Inventory levels in the 25,000-30,000 range characterized what many considered to be the last “normal’ Valley market.  Both sales price metrics trended upward in April. Median sales price rose 2.7 percent to $172,000, while average sales price increased 1.9 percent to $227,900. Since it bottomed out at $151,368 in August 2011, the average sales price has gained 50.53 percent from that lowest figure, or 2.53 percent gain per month from the bottom to the current average. The median sales price, which hit its lowest level

($108,000) in May 2011, has gained back 58.82 percent from that low, or an average of 2.56 percent per month. Pricing gains, best characterized as slow and steady, over the last 20 months for median and 23 months for the average, have added $76,484 to the average sales price and $63,700 to the median sales price. But when measured from the market highs from which they tumbled ($350,400 in May 2007 for the average and $255,000 in June 2007 for the median), average sales price has gained back 33.57 percent, or 1.68 percent per month, and median sales price has gained back 37.03 percent of what was lost, or 1.61 percent per month.  The Pending Price Index (PPI) is a metric unique to ARMLS which uses pending sales data inside MLS to forecast sales price metrics 30 days into the future. In March, PPI predicted the median sales price to land at $170,000, missing the actual median sales price of $172,000 by 1.18 percent. Last month’s prediction of $227,200 for the average sales price missed the actual figure of $227,900 by only 0.31 percent.

The May PPI predicts next month’s median sales price to be $173,000 and the average sales to come in at $235,100.  Foreclosures pending continued its downward trending in April to cross the 10,000 threshold, landing at 9,424. The market has not seen this level of foreclosures pending since SeptemberOctober 2007 on its run up to the all time high of 50,568 in November 2009. If the current foreclosures pending trend line continues on it same downward trajectory, foreclosures pending could enter the 5,000 range by mid Q3 or Q4. Foreclosures pending in the 5,000 range is considered by many to be typical of a normal market.  The distressed sales percentage of total sales fell again for the fourth month in a row, and for the ninth month out of the last 12, to 24.1 percent.

Distressed sales, the composite of short sales and lender owned sales, reached a high of 70.7 percent of total sales in Feb. 2011. The fallout from the undue influence of distressed properties has been the pricing plummet from 2008 to 2011. The continued decline of distressed sales bodes well for the long awaited pricing rebound. Lender owned sales (992) accounted for 11.3 percent of total sales and short sales (1,116) accounted for 12.7 percent.

The museum is located at 20435 S Old Ellsworth Road and is open every Saturday morning from

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9 am - 1 pm. For more information visit www. santanhisoricalsociety.org or call 480-987-9380.

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St. Michael the Archangel Church 25394 N. Poseidon Rd., Florence • 520-723-6570 Rev. Fr. Dale A. Branson, Pastor

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Weekend Masses (held at Copper Basin K-8 School) Saturday 4 p.m., Sunday 8 & 10:30 a.m. CCD Classes Sunday 9:15 a.m.

Our current teaching series is: “Tempted” 4815 W. Hunt Hwy, Queen Creek • 480-677-2100 www.mvfcaz.com Service Times ................ Saturday 5 p.m., Sunday 9:15 & 11 a.m. Children’s Classes held during all services 4th/5th grade & Jr. High ....... Saturday 5 p.m., Sunday 9:15 a.m. High School .................................Saturday 5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.

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‘Provident Living’ a model of success, LDS Charities receive zero public funding By Bridgette Crosby Southeast Valley Ledger Sitting on a quiet street in Mesa, Arizona, the LDS Charities Production and Distribution Division is hard at work. Comprised of four main areas of focus, the center is just one part of entire system across the country and around the world designed to further humanitarian efforts for the Church and local communities. At this particular location the cannery and church welfare department provides opportunities to foster self reliance to persons who are in need through four main areas Deseret Industries (DI) work training programs, Family Services, Employment Services and the Cannery. For over 57 years, Deseret Industries has assisted in training and teaching job skills through specialized work programs in 45 centers across the US. People who have been imprisoned and who may be recovering from drug abuse often have little or no work ethics or trades and can join the program to learn the skills and behaviors needed to succeed at work.

People accepted into the programs are required to adhere to program guidelines, learn how to communicate and learn on the job skills such as work ethic, timeliness, responsibility and dependability. Eric Sawyer, Field Manager for LDS Charities, stated, “The overall goal is have trainees learn how to become self sufficient and out of the program and in a regular job within 8-10 months.” The Center works closely with other nonprofits, community organizations and local employers to place prospective workers, in 2011 they placed over a thousand people in local positions. Clients may also join programs offered in the Family Services department which assists families and individuals with counseling and mental health services, family therapy, addiction recovery and a crisis pregnancy center with adoption services. More information is available at www.ProvidentLiving.org. When an individual comes to the center with a drug or mental health issue, trained

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The Bubbly Hostess cools off with a Whiskey Sour By Heather Sneed Special to the Ledger Welcome back! It is still “drink month”! Throughout May I am sharing some of my favorite summer wines, bubblies, and refreshing cocktails. This week, I enjoyed a delicious whiskey sour.  Whiskey is not my first drink of choice, but as far as hard alcohol goes, it’s one I can certainly tolerate.  Back in my twenties, I used to drink Jack and Coke’s like they were going out of style.   Proudly, I introduced the woman, who I now call my best friend, to this scrumptious cocktail at my bachelorette party almost 17 years ago.  Today, it is still her drink of choice.  Another favorite whiskey drink of mine is the Manhattan.  A good friend of mine re-introduced me to this one a couple of years ago.  I’ll drink them on occasion now and usually it’s always with him!  This week I wanted to focus on a whiskey sour.  This is a yummy drink to sip on a warm summer afternoon.    What do you think of that glass in the photo?  It came straight out of my Great Grandma Valente’s house.  I have four glasses and a pitcher, yes, an entire set that has to be at least 50 years old.  My paternal grandpa saved those, specifically for me when I was just a little girl. I think they are awesome!  I hope that you’ll give this recipe a try and stop by my blog or Facebook page to leave feedback!  Whiskey Sour  Makes 1 cocktail

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All About Scorpions at San Tan Mountain Regional Park

What has 8 legs, 2 pincers, and glows under a black light? SCORPIONS! Set out on a desert exploration at night as we search for these fascinating creatures and find out just how cool these amazing arachnids really are. We will be hiking 1 mile, round trip, on the Goldmine Trail; bring plenty of water, proper hiking attire, and a flashlight (black lights also encouraged, but are optional). Black lights will be available to rent for $3.00 at the visitor center through the Friends of San Tan. From 8:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

1 ounce lemon juice  1 ounce sugar  2 ounces water  1.5 ounces whiskey (I used Jack Daniels)  Ice  Maraschino Cherry for garnish  In a cocktail shaker, combine lemon juice, sugar, and water.  Stir or shake to combine and dissolve the sugar.  Add whiskey, mix again.  Pour into a rocks glass filled with ice.  Garnish with cherry.    My little one’s upcoming birthday party preparations continue.  Not too much to report from last

week’s column. I have purchased supplies for the decorations and think I have the idea for the cake finalized.  I hope to have more progress to share next week.  Please stop by my Facebook page or blog and leave a comment.  You can find me at TheBubblyHostess. blogspot.com.  You can also like my page on Facebook at Facebook. com/TheBubblyHostess.  Lastly - always remember to make the most out of your planning, so you have time to enjoy your champagne.

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Memorial Day Ceremonies Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery, Mesa

Annual Memorial Day Ceremonies will be Monday, May 27, 2013 at 9:00 am in the beautiful Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery at 7900 E. Main St., Mesa. “For many years, Mountain View Cemetery and our avenue of flags has been the perfect location for Veterans, Fraternal Organizations, and families to remember and honor those who have served their country and given up so much for our freedom” says Co-Owner Greg Coury. With over 33 organizations presenting wreaths and over 500 attending last year, this leading East Valley Remembrance service begins with a military fly over and continues to grow. Area Organizations (like this year’s host) American Legion Post 27 of Apache Junction present this moving time of remembrance and Mountain View sponsors the event with tents, chairs, a continental breakfast and a beautiful white dove release.

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7:30 - 4:00 pm Everything’s peachy! 24810 S Rittenhouse Rd Queen Creek 85242. Call 480-987-3100 for more information.

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Sunset Photography Hike at San Tan Mountain Regional

Park From 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. capture

the desert full of color as the day transitions to night and an unbelievable display of colors and shadows fill the desert. We are going to hike on a portion of the Moonlight Trail (approximately 1-mile round-trip) to several special viewing treasures. Please remember to bring plenty of water, proper hiking attire, and of course… your camera.

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Summer Movies at the Queen Creek Performing Arts Center

Starting May 27th and going through July 23rd come see summer movies at the QCPAC! Mondays or Tuesdays at 9:30am Individual snacks can be purchased. No outside food or drink allowed Please call the box office for more information 480-987-SHOW (7469)

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is when their lives will change.” The Employment Center is open to everyone and provides professional work shops, skills training, and networking events which assist job seekers in meeting people in the fields they are interested in. Resume writing workshops and interview skill sessions are also offered. The last and most exciting part of the tour for me was the cannery. The cannery is comprised of a home canning dry pack section and a larger industrial wet pack canning operation. The home canning section has 6 separate canning machines where people who purchase rice, beans, wheat, corn, dried fruit, flour, sugar, salt and other items actually ‘can’ it themselves. The center provides all the food and all the supplies, including cans, lids, boxes and even labels complete with nutritional information and an instruction book on how to get started. For more information or to reserve a space to can, call 480-9678551. Burnett also stated, “When you teach people about food storage, it gives them a sense of security knowing that they can do something to be prepared in case of an emergency. Really, it’s a lost art in America and yet one that is so necessary. We encourage people to come in and learn and we also invite non profits, businesses, schools and food banks to bring members and learn together as well.” Groups and individuals also volunteer to package food that is collected by the Arizona Statewide Gleaning Project. The Association of Arizona Food Banks then helps to distribute the food to agencies serving the needs throughout Arizona. For statistics please visit www.azfoodbanks.org.

May 15, 2013 Families can also purchase a “Family Home Starter Kit” which includes 6 #10 cans of wheat, rice and beans. The kit will feed one person for one month and the shelf life of the items once canned, is approximately 30 years. The industrial cannery is where large scale production of salsa, jam, tomato sauce and other canned items are done on site. Because the church owns it’s own farms, orchards, ranches and dairies, these items are trucked in, canned and then used to fill food boxes and shelves in the food bank which is then made available to those in need. The LDS Church believes so strongly in self sufficiency and has become so successful at what they do here, that every aspect of this system interconnects and benefits each department. When realizing that the Mesa center is only one of many centers across the country, the scale of what is done and the efficiency with which it’s done is simply amazing. Despite perceptions that the LDS church only assists only church members, approximately 20% of people who come to the center for assistance are not members. The over all goal of the program is to teach people about self sufficiency and to be a help to neighbors in need. Most people will need a referral from a local Bishop in order to get assistance and the Bishop will then refer them to the food bank. The church produces approximately 3/4 of the food that it offers in it’s food banks. Items such as milk, cheese, sour cream all come from church owned dairies. The breads and rolls are also baked fresh every day and made from wheat the church has grown or stored. Local produce companies bring in fresh fruits and vegetables every

day as ordered by the center if they are not available from LDS owned farms. “There isn’t anything fancy here - mostly life sustaining foods as well as cake mixes and Jello. Toiletries, hygiene items, diapers and assorted supplies are also available.” stated Sawyer. It’s exactly those types of items that will help people through an emergency, when people have no clue when or where even the basics will come from. The center is a model for charitable organizations and governmental programs. The LDS Charities are fantastically proficient and able to achieve goals without public funding and without debt. This is possible because of the members of the church who regularly tithe and make fast offerings. Members tithe a certain percentage of their income and make fast offerings in place of two meals. The money that would have been spent on those meals goes to the church to help members become self-reliant, to care for the poor and needy and to give back to the community through service. Perhaps a comparable system could be established within the nation’s welfare system. Imagine if our welfare system required people to serve others through work programs in order to get assistance? What if communities and nonprofits across the country adopted similar models to address homelessness, drug abuse, poverty, job loss and emergencies through teaching self sufficiency? Creating a “hands up not a hand out” type of system would help alleviate the burgeoning roles of the welfare system, reduce welfare fraud, and utilize old fashioned skills like gardening, canning, sewing, and charity to help neighbors in need.


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Celebrating San Tan Foothills High School’s Top Students Amanda Flock – Valedictorian Originally from Colorado Favorite courses: Business and math In which extracurricular activities, clubs and sports did you participate? Future Business Leaders of American, National Honor Society and Yearbook. Which scholarships and awards did you

receive? At the FBLA state competition, I won first place in business law and second place in banking and financial systems. I also have the Wildcat Award from University of Arizona, which may be upwards of $20,000. What will you be studying at U of A and what are your larger career goals? Psychology. I want to either work clinicals in

hospitals or come back to schools and help with teenagers. How did you get interested in psychology? I’ve always liked how the mind works and how people react to different things. I grew up on shows like Criminal Minds and it was such a cool thing to me. What are your summer plans? I’m going to the FBLA

Sarah Dubey – Salutatorian Originally from Connecticut Favorite courses: Art, science and business In which extracurricular activities, clubs and sports did you participate? Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society, Crosscountry, golf and I was co-head of the Mock Trial club. What scholarships and awards did you receive? At FBLA, I placed first in client service and business ethics at state. In the mock trial club, I won the social studies department award. I also got free tuition at Central Arizona College. What will you be studying at CAC and what are your larger

career goals? Business accounting, because I want to be an entrepreneur and open a restaurant. How did you get interested in business? My dad owned his own HVAC company, but I’ve always had an interest in unique dining experiences and I want to incorporate Eastern cuisine on the west coast. What are your summer plans? Major downtime, just a break before college. Looking back on your time at San Tan Foothills, is there a memory you can think of that will always stand out? I would say the Mock Trial club because it was my first chance being in a more managerial role. Now that you’re finally

National Conference, but I’ll also just be getting ready for college and relaxing. Looking back on your time at San Tan Foothills, is there a memory you can think of that will always stand out? For Yearbook, I was on the field taking pictures at football games. It’s such a big difference between being so close on the field with a camera

in your hand and being in the stands. It’s so different and such a cool experience. I almost want to do photography again in college. Now that you’re finally graduating, how do you feel? I’m kind of numb to it all. A lot of my friends are happy, some are sad, but I’m sort of in the middle. I’m happy to go but I’m sad to leave everybody.

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FBLA at San Tan Foothills sets sights It was the Future Business Leaders of America club that drew those Sabercats with a knack for the hard skills of entrepreneurship and the soft skills of leadership. This year’s FBLA crew garnered some impressive accolades and skills that will help them rise to the top when they hit the job market. Club sponsor Joe Galish said the

state’s FBLA chapter provides leadership and career development opportunities as well as programs for business and IT students all over the state. The San Tan Foothills FBLA had 26 students compete in the state leadership conference in Tucson, where 14 competitors qualified for nationals on Jun. 24 to be held in Anaheim, California. Among them were

Kira Rhodes, Chace Engstrom, Deshaun Campbell, Karla Elias and Kevin Vicencio in various individual categories. The teams of Kaila Cross and Karah Wilson, Amanda Flock and Eddie Gallant, as well as Chris Martinez and Ben Hauth, also advanced to national competition in group fields. Galish said his club leaders especially have

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for national competition shown tremendous growth in honing their leadership skills. Junior Bryana Morrill, who served as president this year, qualified for nationals in the digital design and promotion category within the team of club mentor Breanna Gammon and partner Jonathan Slater. She said in her first few years in the club, her reticence to putting herself upfront meant relying too much on others on her team. “I was probably the weak link,” she said. “But this year was my first solo event and I got third place, which I thought was pretty amazing. I was proud of myself.” Morrill said beyond

teaching her the basics of business behavior, the club taught her organization and the ability to lead others to do their part. “It taught me to rely on myself more than anyone else,” she said. Galish said Morrill acquired an important skill this year: the ability to not take things personally when serving in a leadership role. “When you’re in a position of authority, you have to get thicker skin,” he said. Like Morrill, senior Breanna Gammon, who served as the club mentor, has been in the club since her freshman year. Once shy and reluctant to

give presentations, she said her time in the club has bolstered her selfpresentation. “It’s given me more confidence about my future and helped me grow as a person,” she said. Galish said Gammon is learning the discipline of “managing managers,” giving direction to those that are also guiding others. “It’s an important skill,” he said. He also pointed to Gammon’s ability to resolve problems and conflict with diplomacy, “instead of the end of an axe,” he laughed. Morrill said she wants to run her own business someday, and the entrepreneurial skills

of FBLA will give her a leg up. “I think the reason most businesses don’t succeed is because [ownership] hasn’t learned that personally,” she said. “I think I have an advantage.” Gammon said she hopes more students come to find out that FBLA is a chance to learn new skills while also meeting new people. “You have so much opportunity in FBLA, it’s really fun,” she said. “It’s not just business.” Still, Gammon said when she leaves San Tan Foothills, she will not fear the many challenges of the business world. “I’m not scared anymore,” she said.

San Tan Foothills FBLA participated in a competition in Tucson. (Submitted photo)

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Sabercat engineering gets hands-on with new technology This year showed another burst of activity in the growing San Tan Foothills engineering program, one that is equipping students not only with stunning technology but also opportunities to stomp out a career path in a fascinating sector. Engineering and physics teacher Teresa Suan said this was the first year STF implemented a curriculum by Project Lead the Way, a nationwide program that gives teachers the training and resources for a cutting-edge engineering coursework. The curriculum includes work with the Autodesk Inventor computer-aided design program, 3D modeling software that lets students craft projects in a real-world simulation. This year’s engineering students finally got a taste of rapid prototyping, a widely talked-about technology. Senior Tyler Nelson single-handedly assembled the school’s new 3D printer, while a group of student repaired and reinstated the school’s engraving machine. Suan said the group was able to print some sample pieces and get familiar with the machinery. “I try to keep it hands-on because that’s what excites

Jackie Barlow experiments with the Van de Graaff generator.

them,” she said. Suan is also the sponsor of Skills USA, the engineering club that has been cleaning up at statewide competitions. In particular, the school has excelled in the robotics and automation category, where students automate a robot arm to pick things objects. The team of Patricia Garcia and Kevin Vincencio won first place in the Region 3 competition, and Vincencio won at state with partner Chance Engstrom. The budding Sabercat engineers are clearly energized. Suan’s physics students started a new Physics Club and successfully raised enough money to attend Physics Day at Six Flags in California. The school also qualified for a dual enrollment program with Central Arizona College due to student performance. Enough students passed a college entrance exam to earn a new Engineering III class, one that comes with college credit upon completion. These motivated students

2013 SkillsUSA Group from San Tan Foothills High School. are being led not only by Suen’s sharp guidance but a cast of other engineering veterans. Retired engineer George Lundgren, who lives near the STF campus, has been a mentor and booster for the engineering program, she said. Brian Katz, a mechanical rocket engineer with Orbital Science Corp., spoke before the engineering classes about the different disciplines of engineering and which might be best suited for those looking to pursue engineering as a career.

Suen is also planning to have a job shadowing program ready for the fall semester. Opportunities like these take away some of the intimidation students might feel about what appears to some as a very difficult field, Suan said. “Students ask, ‘Do I have to be really good at math or science?’” she said. “You don’t have to be a complete expert in those things; you just need the will to learn.” Suan is particularly hoping to show the way for more girls to enter the

Engineering students are pictured with 3D Printer, new technology in their classroom.

field. Having previously worked for Ford Motor Co. before moving into teaching, she said the engineering world often felt like a boys club. “A lot of engineering classes are all boys, and that’s what I experienced in industry too,” she said. Her efforts are making headway. Three female

STF students (Karla Elias, Mariana Munoz and Patricia Garcia) were among those participating in the Real World Design Challenge to design a flying unmanned vehicle, or “drone” as they have come to be named. Several of these students won the statewide competition last year.

Chance Engstrom and Kevin Vicencio placed first in a recent robotics competition.


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Sabercats’ Jake Lee leaves legacy in two sports San Tan Foothills senior Jake Lee will leave behind quite a legacy when he graduates in the next couple of weeks. He excelled in two different sports, football and wrestling, and was recognized by his coaches for his leadership, hard work, and perseverance. Lee, a first-team, allstate offensive lineman earned dual scholarships

– Presidential and football – to attend Mesa Community College in the fall. It’s quite an accomplishment considering football may not even be his best sport. In addition to his football accolades, Lee is a two-time state-champion in wrestling. After finishing fifth in the state wrestling championships as a sophomore, Lee went on to

win the state championship as a junior. In doing so, he became only the second state champion in the school’s history. He repeated as a state wrestling champion in his senior year. According to Jake’s coaches, he was a leader by example. They said both programs are better as a result of him being a member of their teams.

“It has been an honor to coach Jake the last three years,” head football coach Roger Schenks said. “His sense of humor and leadership has helped Sabercat football become a better program.” “Jake has meant a great deal to the wrestling program as an example of what hard work and perseverance can do (for

an athlete),” said wrestling head coach Brian Freeman. Although Lee earned scholarships to play football, he hasn’t ruled out wrestling in college, according the coach Freeman. Whatever sports he chooses to participate in at the next level, chances are those teams will be better too.

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Jake Lee: Football and Wrestling – “His sense of humor and leadership has helped Sabercats’ football become a better program.” – Head Football Coach Roger Schenks Lee earned a scholarship to play football at Mesa Community College

Allie Gardner: Softball – “Allie personifies our team motto: ‘Pride, Commitment, and Desire.’ It has been a great pleasure and honor to work with Allie this year and I know that she will be successful in everything she decides to be a part of throughout her life.” – Head Softball Coach Scott Saults

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Jackie Barlow: Basketball – “Jackie Barlow was the MVP of our team this season. Her never ending energy and outstanding leadership carried our team throughout the season.” – Girls Basketball Head Coach Juan Carlos Lopez Barlow earned a scholarship to play basketball at Glendale Community College.

Chris Bailey: Baseball and Football – Chris is a former SEV Ledger Athlete of the Week.

Sergio Labrada: Baseball

Also named, but not pictured: Mark Peters: Football and Basketball – “Mark is a multi-sport athlete and manages to maintain and excellent Grade Point Average, while attending advanced classes. Mark has been an integral part of our basketball program for years. Athletically, Mark has a nose for the ball. He is a tough kid – never loses his composure and is coachable. Those attributes will serve him well as he moves forward after graduation.” – Head Basketball Coach Joe Galish


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Three more Poston Butte studentathletes sign Letters of Intent

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At the signing table are Alyssa Brewer, Dalainey Quirke, Rahea Herman and Beth Barnes. (Dana Hawman photo)

Kyle Davis also signed a letter of intent. (maxpreps.com photo)

On Monday, May 6, 2013, Poston Butte High School recognized three more student-athletes who signed Letters of Intent with different colleges or universities. Beth Barnes, Kyle Davis, and Rahea Herman are

Davis will be attending Mesa Community College to play basketball. Alyssa Brewer will be attending Eastern Arizona College for cheer and Dalainey Quirke will be attending Northern Arizona University for cheer.

the most recent signees, bringing the total number of Broncos to earn athletic scholarships to 14 for this year. Additionally, Alyssa Brewer and Dalainey Quirke were recognized for Cheerleading. Beth Barnes will be

attending William Penn University in Oskaloosa, IA to play basketball. Barnes also starred on the Broncos’ softball team. Rahea Herman will be attending Gateway Community College to play soccer and softball. Kyle

Local schools offer Unified Sports program By Andrew Luberda Southeast Valley Ledger Three local area high schools are providing athletes with disabilities an opportunity to participate in sports in the traditional high school sports format. Poston Butte, Florence, and Coolidge high schools have a Unified Sports program with teams for basketball and track. The Unified Sports program integrates both students with disabilities and those without on the same team. The program is supported by Arizona Special Olympics and the Arizona Interscholastic Association. It differs from Special Olympics in that teams are created

by school and not from around the entire state. Poston Butte Unified Sports basketball coach Adam Leckie says the number of players on each team varies. At Poston Butte there are 25 players on the team – 15 athletes and 10 partners. The athletes on the unified teams are the players with disabilities and the partners are the players without disabilities. The partners may or may not be athletes or players on the traditional sports teams at the high school. For example, Leckie said, the Poston Butte unified basketball team counts some wrestlers among their partners. Leckie also serves as the

area mentor for the local high schools. He says the culture the program provides is important. “The goal is to create an inclusive culture for athletes with intellectual disabilities and provide them with an opportunity to participate in sports in the typical way.” The Unified Sports program is noncompetitive which means there aren’t any state playoffs or championships. However, they do keep score of the individual games and determine a winner. Additionally, there is a round-robin tournament with the three local area schools and schools from Chandler participating.

Both athletes and partners can “letter” in the program. According to Leckie, the program’s success has resulted in an expansion of other sports for next year. Flag football, cheerleading, and golf will be offered in the Unified Sports program at the schools. For more information on the Unified Sports program, contact Leckie at aleckie@fusdaz.org or 520-866-3519. The upcoming basketball schedule is as follows: Thursday, May 16, 2013, Basha @ Florence and Poston Butte @ Coolidge. Both games are scheduled for 6 p.m. May 20, Poston Butte @ Coolidge, 6 p.m.

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San Tan Foothills celebrates first homecoming In the previous three years, the relatively new high schools in the San Tan Valley area have had to improvise a bit when it came to honoring the homecoming tradition. With no graduated alumni classes to return to their alma mater, the schools tried emphasizing the students that were still there, giving the events a different name. Poston Butte called theirs a “forthcoming.” Combs call their event an “up-andcoming.” However, entering their fourth year in existence, each of the three STV schools had an outright homecoming celebration to welcome their

first returning graduates. At the San Tan Foothills High homecoming football game on Sept. 28, 2012, the senior royalty were crowned: homecoming queen Taylor Handley and Sabercat quarterback Adam Navarette. Though he gracefully accepted his crown, Navarette was focused mostly on beating the visiting squad from Valley Christian High. Despite some excellent momentum in the run game and an astounding touchdown pass by Navarette in the second quarter, the Sabercats fell 27-12. San Tan Foothills held a bevy of events before and

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