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By Heather Sneed The Bubbly Hostess Special to the Ledger Welcome back! Have you tried San Tan Brewery’s Mr. Pineapple Wheat beer yet? If not, you need to! This is one of their seasonal beers and this year it’s available in a can – perfect for summer….and I mean PERFECT. I was skeptical at first, it sounded like it was going to be sweet, just based on the name, but I was wrong. I should know better than to judge a book by its cover. This is a delicious German Wheat Ale that was the winner of a silver medal at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival competition. I am completely sold on this and can’t wait to buy more to enjoy this summer. You can visit www. santanbrewery.com and go to their “beers” menu to find out where you can buy Mr. Pineapple this season. Speaking of which, if you haven’t been to San Tan Brewery yet, I’d highly recommend it. They have delicious food and lots of yummy beers to taste. They are located in Downtown Chandler at 8 South San Marcos Place. They even have a pretty decent “Lil Brewer’s” menu for the kids too, that always makes me happy! Bubbly Hostess, Page 3
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Personal Finance – Budget is a four-letter word By Chris Clark AZ Family Financial Services Special to the Ledger Budget – the four letter word of personal finance. Just hearing the word can induce dread and fear, yet it’s a vital tool for your financial well-being. Part of the problems surrounding budgets are how needlessly complicated and convoluted they can become. Budgeting should be relatively simple and painless when you’ve done it right. Find the right system for you and it becomes a financial habit you can actually stick with
long past other resolutions. A good budget system will tell you if your spending is helping you reach your goals or standing in the way. There are a thousand different types of budget systems you can find with an online search, but you only need the one that makes sense to you. It should be quick and as automated as possible so that you won’t be tempted to put it off. I prefer budget programs for my clients rather than spreadsheets or traditional paper ledgers. Many banks offer some basic online systems and there are still
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Definitely give this refreshing beverage a try if you like craft beers, I think you’ll enjoy it. Please stop by my blog or Facebook page and leave me feedback on what you think. Turning to my little one’s upcoming birthday party preparations, significant progress was made this week! More materials purchased to decorate the tables, plates/napkins/forks all on hand now, menu finalized, well – except for the cake. I am still going back and forth on this, in fact this week I considered adding FONDANT to the cake décor. If you’ve been following me long enough, you’ll know that I had a bit of a fiasco the first time I used fondant for my older one’s birthday last summer. We’ll see how much courage I can build up this year. I’ll keep you posted! Please stop by my Facebook page or blog and leave a comment.
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May 22, 2013
‘Wake Up!’ Youth Program makes big impact on teens and adults May
Peach Festival at Schnepf Farms
7:30 - 4:00 pm Everything’s peachy! 24810 S Rittenhouse Rd Queen Creek 85242. Call 480-987-3100 for more information.
Full Moon Hike at San Tan Mountain Regional Park
Discover the beauty of the Sonoran Desert at night, as we hike under the light from the full moon. Join us for a pristine 2.2-mile stroll along the Stargazer Trail. Listen for the sounds of wildlife and explore the night-life atmosphere. The pace of the hike will be relatively mild or slow to help enjoy the surroundings. Flashlights are welcomed.
Memorial Day Ceremonies Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery, Mesa Many east valley
families and service groups will unite at Mountain View Funeral Home and Cemetery this Memorial Day 2013. “This is a day of remembrance, our grounds have been a perfect location to hold a service to honor those who have given up so much for our freedom” says CoOwner Greg Coury. Over 33 community organizations place wreaths to remember those passed. Each year this Memorial Day Service grows. This year there will be refreshments and snacks, a ﬂy over, and a dove release. Last year over 500 people came out to this service. There will be a large canopy for shade and boy scouts handing out waters. Come out to this great service on Memorial Day May 27th 2013.
Boyce Thompson Arboretum’s guided butterﬂy walks at 8:30 a.m. resume May 25, Saturday, with ASU Professor Ron Rutowski and Southwest Monarch Research coordinator Gail Morris to lead the walk. For more information about the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, please visit them online at http:// bit.ly/15xsxBs or call them at 520-689-2811.
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 9:30 am. Individual snacks can be purchased. No outside food or drink allowed Please call the box ofﬁce for more information 480-987-SHOW (7469).
Memorial Day Blues Celebration!
Celebrate Memorial Day at The Olive Mill with our traditional Grill at the Mill and live blues music! We will have live music by The Rocket 88′s, a Chicago-style Blues Band, voted “Best Blues Band” 10 times by the News Times. There will also be complimentary wine tasting in the grove!
Community Blood Drive
for all East Valley Hospital’s summer blood supply. Donor Eligibility Questions? Call 480.675.5497. Schedule your preferred time to donate blood at www.BloodHero.com sponsor code: riggsbuilding. 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM , LDS Riggs Building Cultural Hall 18550 E Riggs, Queen Creek, AZ 85242.
Town Hall & Ice Cream Social
The Community Town Hall and Ice Cream Social will be held on Saturday, June 8. Residents are invited to “get the scoop on what’s going on in Queen Creek” from 10 a.m.-noon in the Zane Grey Conference Room at the Queen Creek Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road.
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By Shirley Lind Special to the Ledger The Trauma Center ‘Wake Up!’ Youth Program has been in place in Arizona for 10 years. The program leaves a huge impression and often changes life decisions of youth from ages 13 through 20. However, many parents and teachers have not heard about it until now. Only teens that have been arrested, sentenced for alcohol related charges and court ordered to attend know about this valuable program. More importantly, a surprising number of teens come from our own communities: Pinal County, Queen Creek, San Tan Valley, Gilbert, Higley and Chandler School Districts. The “Wake Up!” Program was designed as an opportunity to educate youth about the consequences of alcohol and drug use. This is a program through the American Trauma Society, in conjunction with St. Joseph’s Medical Center in downtown Phoenix. Through education and shared learning, the staff and participants explore consequences and entertain new choices and alternatives related to alcohol and drug use. The goal for each session in the Trauma Center ‘Wake Up!’ Youth Program is to have the participants envision their lives differently and to consider the possibilities. Judge Samuel T. Goodman at San Tan Regional Justice Court handles each case involving teens from all SE Valley areas. When asked how often he sees youth in his courtroom, he said he sees about 50 to 60 kids a month from the area. That is over 650 kids a year, just from the SE Valley. In the courtroom, Judge Goodman is affable, he can be funny, but when it comes to under-age drinking and
Judge Samuel T. Goodman of the San Tan Regional Justice Court driving, he means business. “I have to be the parent,” he said, “because the parents did not take care of the reason the kids are in here.” After pleading guilty, the kids are sentenced to probation. Probation lasts until they have completed the program, plus a 500 word essay on what they learned, community service work and they have to turn over their cell phones until all of the above is completed. When Goodman asks kids to hand over their prized possession, they stare back in shock. Goodman calmly addresses the courtroom, “Please, make sure you have your phones off. I have a ton of them in my office, and it drives me crazy when ring all day long.” Does Goodman read the essays? “Absolutely,” he said, “I read every one of them. I want to be sure the program is
still effective.” Clearly, it still is. Goodman said, “I don’t recall anyone having to go back there after completing the program. When asked their thoughts about their sentencing, some of the kids believe it’s too hard”, and Judge Goodman is too tough. In fact, some parents come before the judge to make pleas and excuses for their kids after sentencing and completion thereof. After observing in the courtroom several times, this judge isn’t buying it. The Trauma Center Wake Up! Program continues to be one of the main diversion programs for Maricopa County Justice Courts. The program is made possible by the collaborative efforts of the local Justice System, the Department of Public Safety, the Archangel Foundation and the Level I Trauma Center Trauma, Page 12
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May 22, 2013
Bullying comes in different forms these days; schools address cyberbullying
Dr. Amy Fuller By Alison Stanton Southeast Valley Ledger For as long as children have roamed the Earth, they have had to deal with bullies. Over the years, bullies have taunted other kids face-to-face or even injured them physically. But now, thanks to advances in technology and popular social media websites like Facebook and many others, bullies are now using the internet to bother, threaten and harass other kids. These “cyberbullies,” as they are known, often try to hide behind the veil of anonymity the internet can provide. Locally, school districts are taking the issue of cyberbullying very
seriously. Amy Perez Fuller, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent of Florence Unified School District, said the District’s Policy JICK specifically mentions cyberbullying. “Policy JICK’s definition of cyberbullying is, ‘... but not limited to, any act of bullying committed by the use of electronic technology or electronic communication device… cyberbullying may include threats, hate speech, ridicule or posting false statements as fact to humiliate a student,” Fuller noted, adding that the policy clearly states that “bullying” includes “harassment,” intimidation,” and “cyberbullying.” “We have one of the strongest anti-bullying policies in the State.” Fuller, who will become Superintendent of the Florence Unified School District on July 1, 2013, said the district recently dealt with a case of two girls who posted what they described as a “hit list” of people they did not like on the internet. “A Threat Assessment was conducted on both girls separately, and they were both very low risk.
However, consequences were given for making negative choices that could potentially have an adverse effect on others,” Fuller noted. Gayle A. Blanchard, Superintendent of the J.O. Combs Unified School District, said although the district has not experienced much in the way of cyberbullying, it is also addressed in their bullying policy. J.O. Combs also utilizes the District Policy JICK on bullying. “This year, along with other schools in San Tan Valley, we partnered with the NotMyKid organization and they provided some lessons on internet safety and cyberbullying,” she said. What makes cyberbullying challenging to deal with, Fuller said, is that when students use technology to communicate their thoughts or feelings to each other, it often seems as if “they have no filter of properness.” “It is easier for students to type what they’re thinking about others, than to tell them face to face,” Fuller noted. In some instances, Fuller said, students will make poor choices that will
come back to haunt them as cases of cyberbullying. For instance, students who decide to send inappropriate pictures of themselves to a trusted friend might end up a victim of cyberbullying. “Later, they get in a fight and the ‘trusted friend,’ who is now upset, sends the picture to many others, and then those other students post it on their social media sites where thousands of others can see the inappropriate picture,” Fuller said. “The result is irreversible and shameful for the student, who now has become the victim. The victim’s shame could destroy their reputation and sometimes even their lives. The consequences are serious, and students need to learn that.” Although students may feel that cyberbullying is covered under freedom of speech, Fuller said most do not realize that there are laws that protect everyone’s rights, and that the first amendment does not always apply. “The Supreme Court ruled in the Tinker case (Tinker v. Des Moines, Supreme Court – 1969) that students’ first amendment
rights do not protect speech that disrupts class or causes trouble at school,” Fuller said. “ In fact, this is the reason why schools can prohibit that type of speech. The Tinker case clearly states that students may not disrupt or interfere with other people’s rights.” In addition, even though cyberbullying often takes place off campus, Fuller said A.R.S. § 15-843, which requires the governing board of the district to prescribe rules for the discipline, suspension and expulsion of pupils—including how to deal with pupils who have committed or who are believed to have committed a crime— does not include any specifications on where the crime is committed. “This statute does not include any limitation that a student’s crime need be committed on-campus for the student to be subject to discipline, suspension, or expulsion,” she said. “Thus, our district holds authority to discipline students whose presence in school is considered to be a threat to the moral wellbeing of other students, or such conduct that
Gayle Blanchard interferes with the health, well-being, and safety of other students.” To help spread the word about anti-bullying as well as anti-drug use, Fuller worked with Sheriff Paul Babeu and Pinal County Attorney Lando Voyles on assemblies that were presented at each of the district’s K-8 schools. One assembly took place on April 29 and the other May 6. Fuller recognizes that in order to combat cyberbullying, a collaborative effort is necessary. “It will take all of us to inform parents and students of the terrible consequences cyberbullying could have.”
Ask the Expert: Patricia Sherman, Pharm.D. Question: How should I store my prescriptions and overthe-counter medications at my home? Answer: Poison control centers across the country receive more than 1.1 million calls each year about accidental poisonings for children ages five and under. Most accidental poisonings hap-
pen at home; about 40 percent from medications and 60 percent from household goods like cleaning products or paint. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers the following tips to prevent accidental poisonings: • Keep all medicines and household cleaning products in a
locked cabinet or container that is out of site and reach. • Purchase medications that have a safety cap. • Never call medication “candy.” • Always check the medication label to make sure you give the appropriate dosage. • Make sure all batteries in items
like remote controls, key fobs or musical greeting cards or books are secured. If a button battery is swallowed it can be harmful. If you believe that your child has swallowed or been exposed to a harmful substance, call the Poison Control Center right away at 1-800-222-1222. They are open 24-hours-a-day, seven-
days-a-week and can recommend the best treatment for your child. For more information, or to locate a board certified physician in your area, please call ResourceLink at 1-877-728-5414. Patricia Sherman, Pharm.D. is a staff pharmacist at Chandler Regional Medical Center.
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Celebrating Queen Creek High School’s Top Students – School names three to top spot Jessica Traichal Valedictorian Originally from El Paso, Texas Favorite courses: English and human anatomy What extracurricular activities, clubs or sports did you participate in? Drama, Culinary Club, National Honors Society and Physics Club. Could you name any awards, scholarships or competition victories you received this year? Awarded the President’s Scholarship for Arizona State University where I’m attending this fall. I also received a grant. What do you plan to major in? I’m planning to major in film and filmmaking practices because I like it a lot. I’m planning to do a double major in computer sciences to learn how to program. How did you get interested in those fields? Being little and watching movies all the time. Do you have a particular career path in mind? I would like to become an editor for a big movie firm or designing a software
Ryan Ringle Valedictorian Originally from Chandler, Arizona Favorite courses: Human anatomy, biology and other science
program for editing video. What summer plans do you have? Get a job and see if I can make some money for college. Now that you’re about to graduate, how do you feel? Relieved. It’s been a long, hard, tough four years. It’s an accomplishment and it’s nice to be recognized for it, but it’s bittersweet.
What extracurricular activities, clubs or sports did you participate in? President of robotics, varsity football, National Honors Society, LINK crew, The Dogpound and Physics Club. Could you name any awards, scholarships or competition victories you received this year? An excellence award for $40,000 toward the University of Arizona Do you have any college plans? Go to U of A for physiology through the College of Medicine for med school. How did you get interested in that field? I just figured if I can do it, then why not. The courses interested me and my mom’s been a nurse for 20 years so it’s kind of in the family. Do you have a particular career path in mind? Doctor of internal
Tatum Schranz Valedictorian Originally from San Antonio, Texas Favorite course: Anatomy
medicine. I might work in the ICU since my mom has worked there all of her time. What summer plans do you have? Maybe get a job and branch out a bit before going to U of A, get some spending money. Now that you’re about to graduate, how do you feel? It’s another step. I’ve got this, then four years of undergrad then four years of med school. It’s just another step in the staircase of life.
What extracurricular activities, clubs or sports did you participate in? Student council, National Honor Society, LINK crew, Academic Decathlon, Key Club and The Dogpound. Could you name any awards, scholarships or competition victories you received this year? Received a $40,000 from University of Arizona for their Honors college. Second place in interview in the AcDec regional competition. Do you have any college plans? I want to go to U of A to study pre-med to be a cardiologist. How did you get interested in that field? I’ve wanted to be a doctor since I was nine years old. I’ve always liked helping people and studying the body. It seemed like a natural choice for me. Do you have a particular career path in mind? Right now it’s cardiology, but it changes every year.
I’m keeping my options open. What summer plans do you have? Preparing for college, hopefully getting a summer job and spending as much time as possible with my Mom before she has to let me go. Now that you’re about to graduate, how do you feel? I’m wavering between heavy nostalgia and being ready to move on. It’s a very bittersweet moment.
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May 22, 2013
QCHS Yearbook captures memories to last a lifetime The Yearbook is the most powerful document of high school student activity, one that is kept and thumbed through for decades by those seeking nostalgia for the glory days. Firsttime Yearbook sponsor
Krystin Pinckard and her 15 students oversaw the biggest publication in the history of Queen Creek High School, coming in at 232 pages of Bulldog photos and memories. This year’s QCHS
Yearbook editorial team consisted of Editor-inChief Hagi Ruiz, text editor Alyssa Ritchie, Photo Editor Caitlin Evans, Design Editor Bentley Clark and Business Manager Briana Staple.
Queen Creek High School Yearbook Staff
The editorial team met during summer, beginning as just as small group of five, to discuss the theme of school year and what aspects of student life to visually represent. They ultimately wanted to give every student a chance to be included in Yearbook beyond just their regular student photo. Pinckard said this included an anti-drug page full of interviews with student to see what activities they choose to undertake to stay away from bad influences. “That spread was really cool for the kids to cover,” she said. The Yearbook is also chock full of photos from service projects held by other student groups and all the major events held on campus. The team also decided on a name for the publication, something that had not be established for years. The team came together as a group to name it Gold Print., as it is the only print publication at school and gold is a school color.
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Choosing a name is especially important as print yearbooks are here to stay. Even in an area of digitizing everything on file, Pinckard said publishers trying to present yearbooks on CD continually fail to sell.“They’re the only tangible record of the school year,” he said. “Websites change, you lose data. You can lose those memories.” Still, the students learned how to use lots of software, take pictures and meet those tough deadlines, something Pinkcard said the team took to with gusto. Even last-minute spring sports deadlines were met in time for the printer. The students also developed skills in photography composition, writing effectively with concise language and interviewing both peers and superiors like teachers and coaches. Pinckard said skills
acquired in Yearbook are right in line with the Common Core curriculum standards. “It’s setting the kids up to have those career and employablility skills needed in the real world,” she said. “They’re working as a team to meet deadlines and learning good skills.” The student also conveyed serious passion for the goals. This year’s yearbook arrived in the mail on the first Monday after prom, a day on which most seniors coordinate a day of playing hooky, Pinckard said. Yet her students came to school to see the brand new publications and witness the permanent mark they’ve made for their classmates. Pinckard said they’re the hardest working group of kids in campus. “They put in more hours than some of our three-sport athletes sometimes,” she said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better staff.”
Biotech class comes to QCHS Approximately 90 Queen Creek High School (QCHS) students started the new year off with the school’s first ever biotechnology class. While some of their peers have been studying the basics like biology and chemistry, these students have started learning about the use of living systems and organisms to develop or make useful products. Teaching the class is former QCHS student Ashley Butka who explained that she had loved microbiology in college and wanted a way to share her passion with students.
“I started last year teaching biology and physical science and at the end of the year I went to see about adding another biology course,” Butka recalled. “I was thinking microbiology or genetics and one of the administrators suggested biotechnology which encompasses aspects of both.” When she set out to start a new course, Butka was quick to point out that she expected one or perhaps two classes full of takers, instead she has four. “The response has been great,” she said, “Biotechnology 2 Biotech, Page 15
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Bulldog DECA wins big The Queen Creek High School chapter of the Distributive Education Club of America, or DECA, had a big year of community action and competitive success. Three Bulldog competitors reached the top 10 in scores at this year’s DECA International Career Development Conference in Anaheim, California, standing out in a crowd of over 16,000 students. The internationally recognized organization, committed to training students in finance, marketing and entrepreneurship, is more than just a club. Sponsor Maria Abrams explained the DECA organization is a co-curricular club that is designed to work within career training classes. Students are given opportunities to develop their leadership skills and engage in service projects within their community. “It’s another avenue for students to demonstrate leadership instead of arts or sports,” Abrams said. In addition to these activities, DECA group compete nationally in both academic essay writing and live roleplay before industry judges
in a variety of categories. The three students that were top 10 finalists included Kelly Bitler in retail merchandising, London Hanson in hospitality and tourism written exam and Ally Jordy with a state award for her exam score. DECA is the largest group at QCHS with around 170 student members, which means their community service work has a lot of power behind it. Chapter president Ricardo Flores, who is also an incoming state officer for the statewide Arizona DECA, spoke of a community service activity for Homeless Awareness week where students gathered clothing donations and slept in the school parking lot on a rainy overnight in cardboard boxes. “That’s one of our greater accomplishments,” he said. In February, during Career and Technical Education month, National DECA encourages chapters to get more publicity in their community. Flores approached state Senator Rich Crandall, who was himself a state officer for DECA in his high
school days. QCHS DECA was one of 13 chapters internationally that were recognized for their effort to get public officials to advocate for local chapters. The organization also reached out to the Queen Creek Chamber of Commerce to help rebrand a number of local businesses for a marketing project, Abrams said. “Community is an important part of who we are,” she said. “As the students are learning, they’re passionate and there’s lots of fun involved.” Flores plans to attend Arizona State University to pursue a marketing degree with hopes for a job in advertising. However, he said he was forced to participate in DECA his freshman year by his older sister, a previous chapter president. “She said I had to be a part of it,” he recalled. “I started really falling in love with my marketing class, and at my first ever competition, I received a role play trophy. Now I really appreciate having these opportunities.”
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QCHS announces Athletes of the Year always try to do my very best. I’m very passionate about athletics.” Estrada said she is attending Chandler-Gilbert Community College after graduation and will play softball at the school. She knows her athletic career at Queen Creek helped her achieve some of her goals and allowed other opportunities too. “It means a lot to me to (have been) able to meet new people and friends,” she said. “I’ve been able
Seniors Ryland Estrada and Dean Wenger were named the 2012-13 Bulldogs’ Athletes of the Year. Estrada was a member of the school’s volleyball and softball teams. She is also a former SEV Ledger Athlete of the Week. Wenger was a member of Bulldogs’ basketball team as well
as the state championship football team. Head softball coach Katie Bundy recently spoke about Ryland’s athletic ability. “Ryland is probably the most determined young lady I have coached in my nine years of being at Queen Creek,” Bundy said. “She is one amazing and
talented young lady.” Estrada enjoys the competition of interscholastic athletics and believes that enjoyment contributes to her success as an athlete. “I love sports,” she said. “It gives me something to work for and I like to try my hardest. I don’t like to let people down so I
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to learn how to work with others and be an example.” Wenger played guard on the basketball team. He played outside linebacker and wide receiver on the football team. Wenger said it’s a tremendous honor to be selected for the award and thanked Athletic Director Reynolds and all of his other coaches. “Athletics has defined my four years here,” Wenger said. “It’s been a big part of who I am and athletics has always been there for
me.” Dean will continue his football playing career at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO. He will major in Mechanical Engineering at the school and credits Queen Creek’s academic curriculum for preparing him for success in the future. “Academics has been good (at QCHS),” Wenger said. “I think QCHS has really prepared me for next year and the rest of (my college future).”
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QCHS names Dale Hancock Award winners Seniors Shane Till and Sarah Hefington were named recipients of the 2012-13 Dale Hancock Victory With Honor Award. The award is given annually to a male and female athlete who demonstrates outstanding athletics skills, sportsmanship, and respect for their peers, teammates and coaches. Athletes who receive this award have also made significant contributions to the community. According to Asst. Principal and Athletic Director Paul Reynolds, Dale Hancock is a former board member for the QCUSD who took pictures for the Victory With Honor award. “(Dale) was a great friend, mentor and supporter for all of us in athletics,” Reynolds said. “He is in our Hall of Fame at the high school.” Football player Shane Till said he considers athletics very important in his life beginning with youth football. Till said playing for Queen Creek was the next level up and was grateful for the opportunity to win a State Championship as a Bulldog. He’s honored to be named a recipient of this year’s award. “It means a lot to me because I put in a lot of work in the classroom and on the field,” Till said of winning the award. “To know that somebody notices it and people are actually noticing my work and what I’ve done – it means a lot to me.” After graduation Shane will attend Arizona State University and play football for the Sun Devils as a walk-on. Basketball player Sarah Hefington said being a student-athlete at Queen Creek has been fun and credits athletics for her being the person that she is. Hefington said her coaches have been a Award, Page 15
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QCHS remembers 9/11 with Day of Service Queen Creek High School has been honoring the memory of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center with a memorial service and a moment of silence accompanied by patriotic music every year. Starting in 2011, the school has expanded the memorial service into a day of service benefitting the community and veterans near and far. In 2009, Congress designated Sept. 11 as a National Day of Service and Remembrance under bipartisan federal law and charged the Corporation for National and Community Service with helping to support this effort across the country. QCHS started Sept. 11, 2012 at 6:30 a.m. with a pancake breakfast served by the student council. Those being
Trauma Continued from Page 4 of St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center. In the first session, students listened to two veteran Phoenix Highway Patrol Officers speak about the scope of what they have seen on the job. They explained how alcohol related accidents happen at all hours of the day and night, including families, youth and old age from all walks of life. The officers showed more than fifty slides of graphic
honored included military veterans, first responders from the fire department, police department, and all branches of actively serving military. The Audio/Video Club made a video and played it for the guests. At 7:15 a.m., everyone moved outside to attend a “We Will Never Forget” memorial. The flag ceremony was followed by the orchestra and choir performing “The StarSpangled Banner.” There was a sense of pride and dignity, and silence prevailed as the pledge of allegiance was led by a student council member. Then, QCHS Principal Dr. Farnsworth, gave a short speech, talked about the importance of the day and then asked everyone to observe a moment of silence. Students had written about Sept. 11 prior to the
event and several shared their thoughts with the crowd. A selected few seniors were chosen to read their work aloud to the audience; and what they read was absolutely profound. One final song was played and then students were released for their Day of Service. However, before leaving students lined up to shake hands with every honored guests, some taking pictures with cell phones, posing with and thanking the military, veterans and first responders. All day long students ran a car wash, and raised $600. The money will be used for care packages for veterans. The baseball and softball teams went to the Veteran Affairs hospital in Phoenix; ceramics class made Christmas ornaments; agriculture class taught science at the
alcohol related accidents, many resulting in death. Following the slide show, the officers shared stories of some of the most haunting, heartbreaking accident scenes they have witnessed. Telling a family member they have lost a loved one is hardest part of the job, said both officers. Session two takes the students into the Trauma Center. In this session students work one-on-one with an instructor and must be absolutely quiet while observing. Each student goes into several Level 1 trauma
rooms and only stays for a few minutes. In one room, a pregnant teen age girl has been flown in by helicopter as the result of a car accident. The young girl, a high-risk patient, was surrounded by almost a dozen doctors and nurses. Specialists were on hand to care for both the unborn baby and the mother. In another room, Phoenix Fire and ambulance/ paramedics bring in a midthirties male adult that had been involved in a motorcycle accident. The man was
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immediately surrounded by a triage unit of doctors assessing damage to his broken ankle, with another triage unit assessing possible damage to his head and upper body. After leaving the trauma unit, students are encouraged to process their feelings about what they have just seen. How did it make them feel? Are they ready to make smarter choices in life? What other life changes could they make? The youths are also asked to do a wheelchair exercise. They sit in a wheelchair and
just when they start to feel comfortable, they are asked to move. Then they must wheel themselves up a ramp, open a door and push themselves through the lawn outside. As they do this exercise without assistance, the students find out first hand how hard it is to be confined to a wheelchair. In the final session, a former US Military Officer told of his accident that left his paralyzed. Another guest speaker shared his story of being in gangs, on drugs and basically lost for years. He said he
began with bad choices at the age of thirteen. It was a long path to recovery for him. It included saying no and meaning it, finding new friends and realizing he was a valuable person. He is now working with kids in the ‘Wake Up!’ program, hoping to help them avoid making similar mistakes. For the final session, students were required to write a five hundred word essay on the impact the program had made on them, which was then returned to Trauma, Page 13
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Queen Creek Star Students honored by Town Council The Queen Creek Town Council honored 43 Star Students at its May 15 meeting. Students were nominated by their teachers for displaying citizenship, service and integrity. One student is chosen each month by each participating school. The ceremony recognized students nominated in January, March, April and May. The following students were honored: From American Leadership Academy – Gabriel Murray, Tag Rawlings, Hailey Starley, Savannah Lee From Benjamin Franklin Crismon Campus – Diane Chege, McKade Clark, Kody Bingham, Landon Hendricks From Benjamin Franklin Power Campus – Matthew Helm, Riley Davis, Jaclyn Case, Austin Burns From Canyon State Academy – Trevor Rousan, Ryan Redding, De'Von Outlaw From Cortina Elementary School– Kristofer Anderson, Kate Abney, Shaylin Murray, Talan Carroll From Desert Mountain Elementary School – Trenton Mason, Kylie Stelter, Paige Bolstad, Kiyan Kaku
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The works of Pinal County artist Mary “Rusty” Parenteau are on display in the lobby of the Pinal County Assessor’s Ofﬁce until June 1. Rusty received her degree in art from Asbury University. She has taught and worked in Italy and America. She likes to work in pencil but a variety of mediums are on display and available for purchase. The paintings and sketches can be viewed during regular business hours of 8 am to 5 pm on weekdays at 31 North Pinal Street, Building E in Florence. “This was a great way to brighten up our lobby at no cost to the taxpayers while also promoting a local artist from our own county. The staff and visitors have reacted very positively to having Rusty’s creations on display,” stated Pinal County Assessor Douglas Wolf. For more information about Rusty Parenteau and her art, please visit www. thelambwon.com. After the current show is concluded, the works of Queen Creek artist Lynne Loss will be on display. Look for that show this summer.
From Frances Brandon Pickett Elementary School – Emma Heltzer, Brandon Curtiss, Naomi Crowley, Kael Blount From Jack Barnes Elementary School – Elyzabeth "Lyzzie" Bangerter, Kayla Bond, Maya Noble, Preston Hahn From Newell Barney Middle School – Lauren Kaus, Jake Ayala, Dustyn Morgan, Steven Myers From Queen Creek Elementary School – Callin Carpenter, Zavier Bondra, Brynn Quick From Queen Creek High School – Sierra Arellano, Siobhan Heyza From Queen Creek Middle School – Fatima Nava-Vidrio, Kyle Pointer, Soleil Salazar
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Award Biotech Continued from Page 11 Continued from Page 8 tremendous influence in her life and hopes she has been a positive influence on her teammates. For Hefington receiving the award eliminates some anticipation. “I’ve actually been looking forward to (receiving the award) because I’ve seen so many other great athletes receive it and it’s a great honor to get it,” Heftington said. “The award is not only based on statistics but being respectful, being a good teammate, and (performing well) on and off the court.” Sarah said she will attend Arizona State University after graduation and major in Electrical Engineering.
will be offered this fall, to be expanding the program so quickly is just great.” While her students are currently working with students from a marketing class to design a marketing campaign for a mock biotechnology project, Butka pointed out that an average Biotechnology 1 is much the same as any other. “Usually we start a new unit with a classic lecture to provide background information and how the new concepts could be used in the lab, then the students apply what they’ve learned in the lab,” she said. “For example, at the
beginning of the year they learned to make a dilution of concentrated solutions,” Butka continued. “Then they did a lab where they had to use equations to go into the lab and measure out chymosin, one of the first biotechnology products used to turn milk into cheese, and held it in their hands. By the end of the class it was starting to solidify.” While the day-to-day class structure is similar, Butka was adamant that Biotechnology 1 is geared more towards real world application than it is towards lectures. “Besides the science of it we talk about biotechnology companies and their marketing, research and
development and clinical trial jobs,” she said. “Most jobs in that area just require a two-year degree and start at between 50 and 60 thousand dollars per year, that’s appealing for students interested in science but not medical school.” In line with the class’s career focus, Butka recently completed her Career and Technical Education certification to add Biotechnology to QCHS’s cadre of CTE courses for the 20132014 school year, a change that she is confidant will bring a wealth of benefits to her students.
Page 15 “A lot more can go into it [Biotechnology] with CTE I can apply for more grants, it means more funding and
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