Epic Kids, September 2022

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BIBLIOPHILE January 2020

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SARI ON SCIENCE

Hydrogen Peroxide Volcano

16-year-old Avery Finley

Photo by Shelby Voss Photography

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ntroducing the Epic Kids Reporters Program, where aspiring young journalists can write for Epic Kids.

Throughout the school year, Epic Kids Reporters cover issues and topics that matter most to them and their peers, including breaking news, current events, sports, entertainment, school clubs, and kid profiles. Their stories will appear in both print and digital editions of Epic Kids. The resulting news clips are invaluable in growing and developing a portfolio of published work that can help students get scholarships and future educational opportunities.

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TALKING SHOP Nicholas interviews Chris Gronkowski, NFL Player Turned CEO of Ice Shaker. H i, I’m Nicholas, your monthly Epic Kids during a Broncos versus Patriots game. He columnist. I’m a third-grade CEO and remembers having 80 friends and family I had the cool opportunity to interview members in attendance. Chris Gronkowski. “I was the middle of five brothers. We were always Chris is one of five competing and playing sports. Gronkowski brothers: Now, as adults, we are all best Rob, Gordie Jr., Dan, and friends,” says Chris. Glenn. The only one who didn’t play in the National “Football was my dream. But Football League is Gordie unfortunately, like every Jr., he played professional sport, it came to an end, baseball. Chris played NFL and I found a second for the Cowboys, Colts, and game plan.” Broncos. At 26 years old, Chris left the Chris’ favorite memory in NFL to start a new career. the NFL was playing his brother Rob Chris’ game plan was to start a business. “Because I love working out, I created a company called Ice Shaker,” he says. Ice Shaker is a stainless-steel water bottle that keeps your drinks cold up to 30 hours. At first, Chris shipped all his products out of his house. Then, Chris went on the TV show “Shark Tank” and was picked by Mark Cuban and Alex Rodriguez to get funding for his business. Chris Gronkowski Chris says “Shark Tank” really helped his business grow. played for the Cowboys, Colts, Since I am a young CEO, I asked Chris for tips on running a successful business. He and Broncos. says it’s important to study hard in school

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and to have a good team that supports you. “I love my Ice Shaker team. It’s like we’re going into the locker room together getting ready for a game and working to win. It’s so relatable to when I was in football.” Chris is now a dad to three boys and a baby girl. He loves teaching his kids how to play sports. He also played football for the University of Arizona and his wife went to Arizona State University. That makes watching Wildcat-Sun Devil games extra fun in their household. See Nicholas’ interview with Chris Gronkowski at epickidsaz.com/parentscorner/chrisgronkowski. Join me on my epic journey via Instagram @creationsbynicholas and creationsbynicholas.com

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Student Earns Prestigious Honor

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amilton High School sophomore Prisha Shroff created an AI-based Wildfire Prevention, Detection, and Suppression System that won the 2022 Broadcom Coding with Commitment recognition and Lemelson Award for Invention at the 2021 Broadcom MASTERS competition, along with earning her a nod as one of this year’s “Junior Achievement of Arizona’s 18 Under 18” winners. The Chandler resident is inventing the changes she wants to see in the world. She is currently working on applying STEAM knowledge and coding to reduce the impact of climate change by designing solutions such as a water-saving shower head, solar-powered drones, designing a tool that predicts how crops will adapt to a changing climate, and working with NASA on a rover project.

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Prisha Shroff created an AI-based system for wildfire prevention.

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All The World’s a Stage By Michelle Talsma Everson

Photos Courtesy of Karli Kemper of State 48 Theatre Company and Felix-Albert Desmangles ighth grader Zack Desmangles, 13, dreams of being an actor when he grows up. But, instead of that ambition being a distant goal in the far-off future, Zack is actively honing his performing skills now as a regular in productions for State 48 Theatre Company. Going into his second season with State 48, Zack sings, acts, and dances. Last season, he played a variety of characters, including Nicely Nicely Johnson in “Guys & Dolls,” Fernand Mondego in “The Count of Monte Cristo,” and he was in the show choir in “Thunderstruck.” When asked if he gets nervous before going on stage, the answer may surprise audience

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members who see him confidently perform. “I get very nervous. I do deep breathing exercises and move around a lot before I go onto the stage,” Zack explains. “I get most nervous with the last show of the run, because the last one makes me nervous to make sure it's perfect and I don't want to mess up.” Outside of performing, Zack, who lives in Gilbert, is busy with a schedule full of hobbies and classes. “When I'm not playing guitar, keyboards, or creating digital music, I enjoy reading, playing video games, and doing fun, outdoor activities like skateboarding, riding my scooter, and riding my bike,” he says. “My favorite classes in school this year include Advanced Drama, the elite Encore Choir, and Rock Band.” He also enjoys science, he

shares. “I've always loved experimenting and learning more about how everything around us works.” Zack also makes sure to spend quality time with his younger brother Jayden. “My parents help me a lot with keeping my schedules straight and helping me to make sure I have fun in between shows, school, and life,” he says about his busy schedule. “I enjoy meeting new people— both fellow cast members and those who attend my performances,” Zack adds about why he loves performing. “I also just like having the opportunity to explore the different characters that I'm casted for; it lets me imagine myself as that character and then work with how it fits into the play or musical.” To learn more about Zack’s performances at State 48 Theatre Company, visit state48theatre.com.

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Pull-Ups for Beginners

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ey everyone, I hope the school year has been good to you so far. For me, things have been stressful with chores, homework, and football practice. Good thing I know something that can help blow off steam—working out! I’ve been working on my pull-ups, because for the longest time I could barely do one. With practice, I can now do more than I thought possible. How many can you do in a row? If you can’t do any yet, that’s okay, here are some ways to build up to doing pull-ups: 1. Flexed Arm Hangs: To build muscles in your shoulders and arms, start with flexed arm hangs. To do flexed arm hangs, place a box near the pull-up bar that allows you to put your chin just over the bar. Place your hands on the bar with your palms facing you. Lift yourself upward and hold yourself slightly over the bar with your feet off the

box. Hang with your chin above the bar until you begin to feel uncomfortable. Rest and then repeat five times, increasing the time you hang over the bar. 2. Dead Hangs: Build your arm strength and work up to pull-ups with a dead hang. Place a stool near the pull-up bar so that your arms can just reach the bar. With your palms facing away from you, grab the bar and pull yourself up an inch, moving your elbows to the side as you pull up. Lift your feet off the stool by bending your knees and hold this position for as long as comfortable. Rest and then repeat five times.

you should be able to control the speed of your body as you lower it. Practice on the above exercises until you work your way up to doing regular pull-ups. Don’t forget to hydrate, eat healthful, and study hard! Have ideas for fitness challenges and/or comments about my workouts? Email hello@epickidsaz. com and put attn: Linkan in the subject line.

3. Lower Your Body Slowly. Place a chair under the pull-up bar and grab the bar with your hands shoulder-width apart and your palms facing you. Tense up your muscles as you step off the chair and lower your body slowly. Rest and repeat five times. Eventually,

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BIBLIOPHILE

Phoenix teen finds fame with her love of books. By Shay Moser

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Photos by Shelby Voss Photography unkered down with not as much to do, local teen Avery Finley turned to TikTok during the COVID-19 lockdowns. The video-sharing platform leaped in popularity during the pandemic, with 850 million downloads in 2020. Before lockdowns, TikTok had less than 600 million monthly active users. Now it has more than 1 billion users. That propelled Avery to her newfound level of fame. She's enjoying her status as a book influencer thanks to the app. Avery was always an avid reader, but with more free time, she was drawn to BookTok, a strand on the video-sharing platform started by young book lovers at the height of the pandemic. With the local volleyball league and her school's National Honor Society and book club on hold, Avery watched BookTok videos about her favorite genre, young adult (YA) fantasy, and checked out new genres. Originally, Avery started an anonymous TikTok account to watch book reviews and post videos. Then a few of her BookToks blew up. Today, the 16-year-old has more than 86.1k followers on TikTok and over 4,200 on Instagram. She also gets paid to promote books. Avery, who lives in Phoenix, was even recognized at her dentist's office by someone who works there. "She asked if I had a BookTok," she explains, adding that getting noticed was surprising. "My parents say it's OK to do as long as it doesn't cut into school and fun," Avery says.

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Book publishers, such as Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster, typically reach out via email to see if Avery would like to create content on her BookTok for one of their new releases. The book publishers send a contract if she agrees to work with them, and "my parents sometimes help review the paperwork," says Avery, a junior in high school. Promoting books on TikTok brings in a little spending money for Avery and gets fellow teens back to reading. If we look at data from Monitoring the Future, an ongoing study that surveys a nationally representative sample of approximately 50,000 eighth-, 10thand 12th-grade students annually, 60% of high school students read every day in the 1980s. But unfortunately, it was only 16% in 2016. With the popularity of BookTok, this trend is reversing as teenagers share their experiences with books and engage with others about shared interests in books. The Teen Magazine says this was partly due to the pandemic. Avery's book collection, organized like a horizontal rainbow, includes more than 500 books. "I spent an hour a day on my social channels in the summer and a lot less now," says Avery, advocating time management and trying to finish her homework at school. A typical day for Avery includes being out of the house early, going to school all day, doing any homework immediately after school, spending a half-hour on any

BookTok sponsorships, and then bed. Aside from her busy days, Avery moderates the Sapphic Lit Book Club on Fable, the book club app for social reading. She recently worked with Harvard Bookstore to host a live interview with an author and she's been on live Book Tok Q&A panels with other popular influencers. Despite the social media success, Avery is looking forward to half-days her senior year and getting a part-time job next summer that she can keep through her senior year. "I'm looking into undergraduate law programs," she says. "Social takes a lot of time and energy, so I may not be able to do it long term." Still, Avery is excited to put out three book choices for the Sapphic Lit Book Club and learn what the readers vote to read in October. For teens who want to start a BookTok or something similar, Avery's advice is, "Make stuff you like to make. I tried making what I thought others wanted based on TikTok videos and their traction, but it takes the fun out of it and it's not worth sacrificing your creativity." She also says to try new things. "If you find a genre you love, great, but try and branch out to other spaces. For example, I found that I also like mystery thrillers." Follow Avery on her TikTok and Instagram accounts @readbyfin to find out her latest YA book recommendations.

If you find a genre you love, great, but try and branch out to other spaces.

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LAUGHTER AS MEDICINE

Christine Hayes uses laughter therapy to help people lead better lives.

As a counselor, Christine offers support and care to her clients.

Christine Hayes Profession: Program Director and

Licensed Professional Counselor Certified in Laughter Therapy for Southwest Behavioral & Health Services.

continue to receive a lot of training to help me do my job. Some of the classes include leadership skills training, clinical supervision, and continued laughter therapy certifications.

help people feel good about themselves and listen to people’s life stories).

What did you want to be when you were growing up? A cosmetologist and a counselor (both

One fun fact about your job? Laughter has the opposite effect of stress on our bodies.

What advice would you give to a kid who wants to have a similar career? Do what you enjoy and what brings What’s your favorite part of your you happiness. If you do, you will feel job? satisfied and hopefully believe that you I love to build teams and inspire hope. have the best job! Whenever our jobs are My laughter therapy skills enable me focused on helping others to feel better, to help others increase their happiness we also feel good, and it increases our levels and live better lives. happiness. How great is that?

Christine Hayes is certified in laughter therapy.

Age: 46 What do you do for a living? I make people laugh and use laughter therapy as a form of treatment to help individuals overcome mental health challenges. I am also an active member of the Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor and the World Laughter Tour. What type of training do you need to do your job? Offering support and care for individuals struggling with mental health is a very important job. I have had and 10 | SEPTEMBER 2022 | EPIC KIDS

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JOKES AND FUN FACTS FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY.

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What has three letters and starts with gas?

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What do Alexander the Great and Kermit the Frog have in common?

There is an uninhabited island in the Bahamas known as Pig Beach, which is populated entirely by swimming pigs.

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Despite common misconception, the tomato is technically a fruit because it contains seeds. They’re produced in The number four is the larger quantities than any other fruit. Most tomato only number to have crops come from China, the same amount of India, Turkey, and the letters as its value. United States.

Did you know if you sneeze too hard you could fracture a rib?

Greenland is the world’s largest island. Why do tigers have stripes?

1. A car. 2. The same middle name! 3. So they don’t get spotted.

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Sari on SCIENCE HYDROGEN PEROXIDE VOLCANO

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s school is back in session, let’s take a moment to explore one of my favorite at-home science experiments. Grab an adult and get ready to get messy! The hydrogen peroxide volcano demonstrates how a catalyst works in chemistry. Hydrogen peroxide naturally wants to break down into water and oxygen (2H2O2 --› 2H2O + O2). This process usually happens too slowly to be easily perceived and this is where our catalyst comes in. A catalyst is a substance that increases how fast a chemical reaction happens without undergoing any permanent chemical change. In this case, our catalyst is the yeast, which will help to speed up the

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decomposition process. This volcano is more reactive than a standard vinegar and baking soda volcano; proper protective gear and parental supervision are absolutely necessary! Here’s What You Need: • 3 tablespoons of room temperature water in a bowl • 1 packet dry yeast • 1 recycled water or soda bottle • 1 tablespoon of liquid dishwashing soap • 1 funnel • 1 stir stick (popsicle stick works fine) • 1 safety goggles per person participating • 1 pair of rubber gloves per person participating • 1/2 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide • Optional: food coloring Directions: • Rinse bottle thoroughly, and place it upright in the sink • Use the funnel to add hydrogen peroxide to the bottle • If you would like, you can add five to eight drops of food coloring to the bottle • Add dishwashing liquid and gently agitate mixture by swirling and not forming bubbles • Add yeast to the bowl of room temperature water, mix with the stir stick for 30 seconds (it should become the consistency of melted ice cream) • Use the funnel to add yeast mixture to hydrogen peroxide mixture • Remove the funnel and watch the reaction

What Do You Observe? This reaction is exothermic, which means it produces heat. Do you see steam? How big was the reaction? What did the experiment sound like? Could you hear the gasses reacting? Did you smell anything? How long did the reaction last? If you added food coloring, how did the color change over the course of the experiment? Try the experiment again in a different container. Does the size of the container make a difference? Sari Custer is a lifelong science junkie, Chief Curiosity Officer at Arizona Science Center, and mom to daughter Carson (7). Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @ SariOnScience.

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BOOK CLUB

THE TIME OF FIREFLIES

where clouds of fireflies dance among the cypress trees and cattails each evening at twilight. The fireflies are beautiful and mysterious, and they AUTHOR: Kimberley take her on a magical journey through time, where Griffiths Little Larissa learns secrets about her family's tragic GENRE: Middle-Grade past—deadly, curse-ridden secrets that could harm Fiction the future of her family as she knows it. It soon becomes clear that it is up to Larissa to prevent AGES: 9+ history from repeating itself and a fatal tragedy from RATING: A A A A A striking the people she loves. SYNOPSIS: When Larissa MY FAVORITE QUOTE FROM THIS BOOK: “I just Renaud starts receiving received a call from a phone that wasn’t hooked eerie phone calls on a up—with a cord that went absolutely nowhere” disconnected old phone in her family's antique MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT THIS BOOK WAS: The shop, she knows she's in for a strange summer. A series of clues leads her to the muddy river banks, mystery was my favorite part! I became so invested

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FANS OF THIS BOOK MAY ALSO LIKE: “A Tangle of

Knots” by Lisa Graff, “A Snicker of Magic” by Natalie Lloyd, “A Tale of Magic” by Chris Colfer Avery, 16, is an avid reader and book reviewer. When not reading, you can find her playing volleyball, hanging out with friends, or with one of her pets! Follow her on Instagram and TikTok at @readbyfin.

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DINING OUT FOR A GREAT CAUSE School fundraiser underway at Thirsty Lion Gastropub. E a ts

By Gretchen Pahia

friendly spot. The kid’s menu ining for a cause is a great offers diners age 10 and under an assortment of classics including reason to check out a delicious restaurant chain chicken strips with a dipping sauce; fish and chips with tartar here in the Valley. sauce; and spicy chicken sliders This September, Thirsty Lion with chipotle aioli and pickles Gastropub is partnering with local on a toasted brioche bun. These schools to raise money for their entrees are served with French Parent Teacher Organizations fries. A hearty mac & cheese dish (PTA/PTO) with a Dine-to-Give is a popular option too. fundraising program. Diners can just tell their server they are there Thirsty Lion also offers a weekend brunch and there are to support any of the schools registered and 15% of each check options for kids, including a kid’s breakfast with two eggs any style, from dine-in purchases will be donated back to those participat- grilled bacon, potatoes, and toast; French toast coated with crunchy ing schools. The fundraiser runs flakes and grilled; and a Belgian through Sept. 29 and donation checks for schools that raise $100 waffle with powdered sugar and syrup. or more through guest visits will be distributed in October. Several delicious options for those older than 10 include Thirsty Lion is a tasty familyyummy appetizers like artichoke spinach dip with cream, chopped California roll artichokes, jalapenos, garlic and served with chips; crispy calamari served with a chili lime sauce and lemon thyme aioli; an oven baked soft pretzel with housemade beer cheese, jalapeno jam, and sweet mustard; and for those who like a

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little Asian cuisine, there’s a spicy tuna roll and California roll. Burger, sandwich, salad, and main dish options include a barbeque white cheddar burger with Black Butte barbeque sauce, white cheddar cheese, crispy onion strings, and garlic aioli; a roasted chicken Caesar salad with ciabatta croutons, parmesan crisp, and Caesar dressing; a classic Reuben sandwich with corned beef brisket, peppered sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and 1000 Island on rustic rye bread; and a Szechuan orange chicken dish made with tempura chicken in a garlic ginger orange sauce, scallions, Szechuan chilies, sticky rice, and soy glazed Thai vegetables. Thirsty Lion has four locations in the Valley: Desert Ridge, Santan Village, Chandler, and Tempe Marketplace. Thirsty Lion is working to bring another location to the West Valley and is hoping to open a new restaurant at Westgate in fall 2023. For details on hours, locations, and menu options, visit thirstyliongastropub.com.

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PARTICIPATING DINE-TO-GIVE SCHOOLS DESERT RIDGE Copper Canyon Elementary School Wildfire Elementary School Thunderbird High School Copper Ridge School Desert Canyon Elementary School CHANDLER Ryan Elementary Corona Del Sol High School SANTAN Ryan Elementary Higley High School San Tan Elementary Charlotte Patterson Elementary Neely Elementary School

CREIGHTON SCHOOL DISTRICT OFFERS FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN FOR OUR FAMILIES! Now enrolling for the 2022-2023 School Year. Our full-day program is filled with adventurous learning, discovery and joy as your child works and plays in an environment that is warm, safe and challenging. Check out our website to learn about our nine schools! www.CreightonSchools.org

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What's Happening September 2022 ARIZONA STATE FAIR WHEN: Sept. 23 – Oct. 30 WHERE: 1826 W. McDowell Rd., Phoenix WHAT: Cancelled last year due to budget and safety concerns, the Arizona State Fair is back with amusement park rides, food vendors, and an array of agricultural exhibitions including everything from pig races to horse festivals. INFO: azstatefair.com ACTION & ADVENTURE FESTIVAL WHEN: Sept. 24 WHERE: Arizona Boardwalk, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale WHAT: Meet your favorite action heroes, fly on a zipline, enjoy bounce houses and slides, face painting, live entertainment, actionpacked performances, raffle prizes, giveaways, and shopping. No admission or activity fees required. INFO: azboardwalk.com/event/freeaction-adventure-festival

MOTHER NATURE’S FARM PUMPKIN PATCH WHEN: Sept. 24 – Oct. 31 WHERE: Mother’s Nature’s Farm, 1663 E. Baseline Rd., Gilbert WHAT: Enjoy hayrides, a spider web crawl, feeding animals, and Alexander’s Adventure Maze. A selection of food and treats are also available to eat while visitors enjoy fall decorations and pumpkins. INFO: mothernaturesfarm.com/ pumpkinpatch

On Deck: October CHANDLER OKTOBERFEST 2022 WHEN: Oct. 1 WHERE: Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler WHAT: Live music all day, German fare, games, and a family zone await at this family friendly event to celebrate October. INFO: downtownchandler.org/do/ downtown-chandler-oktoberfest

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DISNEY ON ICE: INTO THE MAGIC WHEN: Oct. 6 – Oct. 9 WHERE: Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix WHAT: Discover why no dream is too big at Disney on Ice when your favorite Disney stories come to life

PEORIA SPOOKTACULAR OUTDOOR MOVIE & HALLOWEEN PARTY WHEN: Oct. 8 WHERE: Fletcher Heights Park, 8135 W. Lone Cactus Dr., Peoria WHAT: Grab a blanket, chair, family, and friends for a free Halloween movie night featuring “Ghostbusters Afterlife,” food tucks, costume contest, dance party, and tasty eats available for purchase from food trucks. INFO: https://bit.ly/3Bm9oqz

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