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n its effort to cultivate not only the intellectual fruits of the student, but their character as well, it should come as no surprise that not only is a challenging course demanded of the student in their time at Mesa Preparatory Academy, but a senior thesis is also requisite in order to graduate. It could be said that the senior thesis is the capstone of the student’s entire career at Mesa Prep, for everything the student has learned at their time at Mesa Preparatory Academy is needed to put forth the best paper that could be expected of a Great Hearts student. In short, the thesis is a fifteen to twenty-five page paper that integrates three great works of literature or philosophy from throughout history. Though these texts are heavily relied upon in the structure of the paper, the senior thesis is by no means a book report. The goal is for students to present an analysis and synthesis of their chosen texts and ultimately formulate a unique conclusion, entering into the great conversation between philosophers and writers which has been unfolding throughout history. Taken as a cumulative whole, each senior thesis can be viewed as a single point or argument in that eternal discussion. Nothing makes this clearer than the individual approach each senior takes to their paper, for this allows for the greatest variety in the class. For example, below is shown the processes that the students Nathan Babcock and Ben Mitten took to ensure the quality of their paper. Their different approaches and subjects reveal the exciting prospects of the senior thesis. Nathan’s Approach For example, in my senior thesis I examined the process of how humans find Truth using Plato, Descartes, and Tolstoy as my primary sources. I contrasted Descartes’ philosophy about the pursuit of Truth with the philosophy presented by Tolstoy in one of his short stories, and used Plato’s Allegory of the Cave as an overarching motif to tie the two together. My thesis explores the contradiction between Descartes and Tolstoy and offers a reconciliation of the two.

Ben’s Approach My thesis is primarily concerned with the subject of Liberty. Of course, due to liberty’s intrinsic relation to society, the paper equally deals with the relationship between the individual and the government and the care that is needed to preserve the well being of each entity. I decided to use the philosophers credited with pioneering the Social Contract Theory, Thomas Hobbes and John Locke, in hopes that this would elucidate the correct process and purpose of government. Yet a discussion on the side of the individual was needed as well, so I decided to involve John Stuart Mill’s defense of the liberty of the individual in as well. Writing a paper of this magnitude and depth is no small task. It begins near the end of junior year. During that summer students start to determine which three texts they are interested in using for their thesis. At the beginning of senior year they are paired up with a faculty advisor who will help them develop their thesis throughout the rest of the year. Once the three texts are selected, students gradually build towards their finished products through a series of outlines and rough drafts. The final copy is submitted just before Spring Break, at the end of the third quarter. The project doesn’t end there, though. Sometime during the fourth quarter students must give an hour long defense of their thesis before a panel consisting of their advisor, the thesis director, and another faculty member, in addition to an audience of their peers. The defense opens with a brief summary of the thesis by the student, and then takes the format of a discussion between the student and the faculty panel. During the last few minutes the discussion is opened up to the audience as well. By the end of all this, the student not only has an entire thesis under their writing resume, but they carry a sense of joy and pride in the participation of such an intellectual process. It is here where the true meaning of Mesa Preparatory Academy lies, in that the student has finally mastered their work ethic in a way that opens multiple possibilities for the student. No longer daunted by the fear of large work projects, a graduate of Mesa Preparatory Academy can go boldly forth with the confidence needed to meet a world in which the most dedicated workers are needed.



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Liberty Arts Academy’s Paige Thulstrup Wins “Symbol of Freedom” Trip to Washington, DC


he Phoenix Suns and Southwest Airlines treated ten Valley students to a 4-day/3-night trip to Washington, DC on Thursday, March 14, as winners of the “Symbol of Freedom” Art and Essay Contest. While in DC, the winners received a guided tour of the U.S. Capitol where they met Arizona Congresswoman, Kyrsten Sinema, and toured the National Mall, Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknowns. In addition, the contest winners cheered on their Phoenix Suns when the team took on the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center on Saturday, March 16. Southwest Airlines partnered with the Suns to create the “Symbol of Freedom” Art and Essay Contest. Participants were asked to express what a “Symbol of Freedom” means to them both through art and a brief essay. The contest was limited to seventh grade students in Maricopa County. Judges from the Phoenix Suns selected the ten winners from approximately 150 entries.

to go along with it about Freedom. Paige wrote hers on the Love Bird Within, which is all about women’s rights. It’s an amazing story. She entered into that and won the grand prize!

Ms. Munden on Paige:

Paige Shares Her Experience:

Tell us a little bit about how you got Paige involved in this contest: Paige is one of the most amazing writers that we have at this school. I have her in my advanced writers club after school. In that writers club I came across this contest that involved the Phoenix Suns, where they needed to make a poster and write an essay

How do you feel about that as a teacher? I am so proud of her. She is such an amazing writer and everything that she does is enjoyable to read. I can’t wait to read the next thing that she is going to write.

How did you win this trip to Washington DC? I entered a contest sponsored by The Phoenix Suns, as well as Southwest Airlines. It was an art and essay contest for 7th grade students of Maricopa County. I had to write an essay, and continued on page 10

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Liberty Arts Academy’s Paige Thulstrup Wins “Symbol of Freedom” Trip to Washington, DC continued from page 5 include a poster board portraying my topic. The theme was “A symbol of freedom” and we had the choice to do one of these three topics: What freedom means to me, why our history is important, or why we would like to go to DC. I chose to do mine on what freedom means to me, for that was more meaningful in my opinion. I chose to paint a lovebird, comparing it to your inner self. I then proceed to explain how inner beauty and outer beauty goes hand in hand, one is lost without the other.

Have you ever been in DC before? Would you want to go back? Actually, this was my first time on an airplane! I’d never thought I’d ever go to DC, it’s so far away and I have barely any time. However, I have to say, this was an experience like no other. I was almost sad to go home! I would soooooo go back! Soon, I hope! Next time I go, I HAVE to visit the Holocaust Museum! DC is beautiful, and so historically as well as culturally rich! It’s something I’ll never forget.

What is the most memorable thing that you saw while you were in DC? Oh goodness! The Arlington National Cemetery, for sure! The Arlington National Cemetery is amazing. There’s just a sense of solemnness and respect that is just... Indescribable. This is my favorite place in DC, by far. Everyone is as silent as the dead itself, marveling and honoring the passed soldiers graves. The changing of the guards is so symbolic and... It’s just cool. Those guards amaze me. How can someone place their feet so gracefully and walk... so straight? How dedicated they are and on guard, carefully supporting their gun on their shoulder. Walking back and forth perfectly, the same marble expression plastered on his face. How perfect his timing, and how robotic his movements. It blows my mind. How birds and squirrels land atop the grave, how roses spring from the soil of the deceased. How new life comes from the passed, and survives off of the dead. This guard dedicates his time to watch over the dead, just to make sure they are safe. Although they are already passed, and you can’t hurt them any more, the dead is safe. It gave me pride, and respect. It was truly beautiful.

What was your favorite museum that you went to? I really liked the Natural History Museum. I loved seeing the actual ancient mummies, and all of the old Egyptian artifacts. And let’s not forget how amazing the dinosaurs are! Seeing all of the bone structures of many animals were fascinating, it’s strange how the bones actually look like the animal itself, you could guess what the animal had been just by looking at them. It was very interesting. What do you want to be when you grow up? That is a good question, actually. I am still on a journey, not quite certain where I will end up. I have some things in mind, though. I would like to be a journalist, not quite certain what kind though. I also think that being a medical examiner would be a job that would not only be cool, but helpful as well. I know how hard a loved one’s death can be, and how confusing as well. I want families to depend on me to give them justice, and comfort. I suppose that to be a doctor, you have to be involved in journalism. So it works out well.  

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Kayla Guelain 6th GRader at Liberty Arts Academy How has attending Liberty Arts Academy changed academically for you? I enjoy school now. I used to struggle with turning in homework and keeping attention focused on the task at hand. LAA has allowed me to progress on her own pace, which is advanced, I don’t get “bored” often. I am one of the top students in my class, and that gives me extreme pride and confidence in myself. What is your favorite thing about LAA? I love the staff at LAA. Mrs. Wilson has been an awesome inspiration and constant motivator. Cheri Wasiel has been the most active and fun School Leader that I have found. She is irreplaceable. I am constantly talking about the fun I am going to have next year with the teachers I know I will have! What is your favorite book to read? I am really into books that are a continuing series, like, The Hunger Games or Harry Potter. I just recently finished Warm Bodies, and can’t wait to see if the movie matches the book! What do you enjoy writing the most? Stories? Poems? I like to write stories. I love original ideas. I like to learn new vocabulary whenever possible, and I practice it in my writings until I it. What do you aspire to be when you grow up? How do you think attending LAA will help you with that? I am not really sure of what I want to be when I grow up. At the moment, I think being a police woman would fit me well!

Kayla’s Mom, Tracy, talks about her daughter Kayla:

She has the creativity to think out unique situations she may be put in to, and the compassion to help people with their issue at hand. She is a loving person that wants to help people however she can. LAA makes Kayla feel like she can be anything and do anything she wants! Her confidence has soared this year, between the awesome staff and the creative curriculum that really helps her learn, she truly can be anything she wants. Whatever Kayla chooses to be in life, LAA has given her the confidence to go after it, since she is capable of doing anything, and she KNOWS it.


he Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day Parade began in 1983. Its purpose is to preserve and enhance the heritage and traditions of the Irish Culture as well as share that culture with the citizens of Arizona. This year was the 27th Anniversary. The Parade had marching bands, Irish step dancers, bagpipers, police and fire vehicles, government dignitaries, floats, the 2011 Arizona Irish Colleen with her court and a whole lot more. Saint Patrick’s Day has come to be associated with everything Irish: anything green and orange, shamrocks and luck. Most importantly, to those who celebrate its intended meaning, St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal and offering prayers for missionaries worldwide. So, why is it celebrated on March 17th? One theory is that that is the day St. Patrick died. Since the holiday began in Ireland, it is believed that as the Irish spread out around the world, they took with them their history and celebrations. The biggest observance of all is, of course, in Ireland. With the exception of restaurants and pubs, almost all businesses close on March 17th. Being a religious holiday as well, many Irish attend mass, where March 17th is the traditional day for offering prayers for missionaries before the serious celebration begins. In America cities with a large Irish population like Phoenix, St. Patrick’s Day is a very big deal. Big cities and small towns alike celebrate with parades, “wearing the green”, music and songs, Irish food and drink, and activities for kids such as crafts, coloring and games. Some communities even go so far as to dye rivers or streams green!

Connor Friend

1st Grader at Ward Traditional Academy

What was your favorite part of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade? I got to buy a bow an arrow. Riding on the rides and the bouncy houses. Were there a lot of kids there? Yes. Did you like the Zona Frisbees or the color changing cups better? I like both. What is your favorite thing about St. Patricks Day? You get to pinch people if they are not wearing green. What do you want to be when you grow up? A Police Officer because I get to arrest people that are breaking the law. If you could have one superpower what would it be? To shoot iron bolts out of my hands like IronMan.

Ellie Sirianni

Motherly Love Day Care in Tempe

William Lucas 1st grader at Weinberg Elementary in Chandler

Tyler Billingsley

2nd Grader Jacobson Elementary in Chandler

Kianna Doyle

Pre-K Guiding Light in Phoenix, AZ

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Parents’ Corner

We found the best upcoming events around the Valley for you and your family! April 13

April 1, 2, 8, 22, 25, 26, 29

The spring months are a perfect time to enroll children in swim lessons to sharpen up their rusty swim skills, improve their strokes, and get them feeling more confident in the water before summer begins. Hubbard Family Swim Schools in NE Phoenix and Peoria will offer helpful, 90-minute swim stroke clinics every Saturday from April 13 through May 18 to children ages 5 through 12 with a strong emphasis on swimming drills, visual demonstrations and hands-on correction. Cost is $25 per clinic. The Saturday clinics will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. and from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the NE Phoenix location and from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Peoria.

The Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center will offer their exciting “Supercamp” day camp program for ages 3 – 13 on the following dates: April 1, 2, 8, 22, 25, 26, 29. Children will get to enjoy gymnastics, dance, karate, sports, special guests, a bounce house, and much more. There is a half-day camp option from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $35 per day. The fullday option is from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $50 per day. Sibling discounts are available. Extended care is offered from 3 to 5:30 p.m. There is a $10 fee for sameday registration, so please call ahead.

Swim Stroke Clinics

April 14 & May 5

FREE Summer Camp Open Houses

Hubbard Sports Camp will host informative open houses at their seven camp locations on April 14 & May 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. to let families learn about their exciting summer day camp program. Meet the wonderful staff, ask questions, and tour the facilities. Hubbard Sports Camp is for children ages 4 ½ to 13. It is a co-ed, multi-sport summer camp offering 11, one-week sessions from May 28 - Aug. 9. Campers will enjoy soccer, basketball, volleyball, baseball, archery, swimming and many other fun, indoor and outdoor games and activities. The open house events will be held at numerous camp locations, call or visit website for more information.

April 27

Indoor Family Swim for Children with Special Needs

Hubbard Family Swim School’s Riverview location invites all children with any kind of special need and their families to come to a monthly, fun-filled swim event from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. This indoor, family swimming event is held on the 4th Saturday of every month. All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by parents. There are two, heated 90-degree indoor pools. They are four feet deep with ledges and steps for exploration and fun. There are also showers and a changing area. Lifeguards will be present. All swimmers, regardless of aptitude are encouraged to participate. Cost is $10 per family. Advanced registration is not required. Just show up and have some fun! For more information about Hubbard and their locations, call (602) 971-4044 or visit

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April 3, 10, 17, 24 FREE Baby Gym Class

The Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics Center offers a free baby gym class every Wednesday from 9:30 to 10 a.m. for babies 6 to 16 months of age. This is a fun, educational class where babies get to jump up and down on trampolines, tumble on mats, and crawl, jump, swing, and climb on various pieces of gymnastics equipment. Parent participation is required. Advanced reservations are not required. This is a “drop in” class.

April 6 & 20 Kids’ Night Out

The Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center will host an exciting “Kids’ Night Out” from 6 to 10 p.m. for ages 3 to 13. Children will enjoy a fun-filled evening of gymnastics, organized games, sports, jumping in a bounce house and on trampolines, and then wind down the evening by watching a movie. Pizza, snacks, and drinks are included. Cost is $25 per child with a $5 off sibling discount. Advanced registration is required.

April 7, 14, 21, 28

Sunday Morning Tumble Time

Children ages 1 – 12 are invited to The Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center on Sundays from 10 to 11:30 a.m. to enjoy “open gym tumble time” in which kids are allowed to play on various pieces of gymnastics equipment and in foam pits, jump up and down on trampolines, and enjoy unstructured exercise, play time and fun. Cost is $5 per child (cash) or $8 per child (debit/credit.) Adult supervision is required for children under 6 years. Open to members and non-members. Please call ahead to confirm. Tumble Times are subject to cancellations. For more information about Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center, call (602) 992-5790 or visit

East Valley April 2013  
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