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t’s hard to believe that summer is winding down and school will soon be back in session. If the end of summer means the beginning of your college education, you may be working hard to prepare for your freshman year. It’s exciting to consider the new possibilities of college life – new friendships, new experiences, and new independence – but the transition from high school to college may also be daunting for you and your parents. These five tips will you help you ease into life as a freshman, so you can succeed academically and socially while avoiding common pitfalls faced by most college students. For starters, work with your parents to create a budget. College may mark the beginning of your financial independence, and a budget will help you avoid money mistakes that often have painful consequences. Some universities, including Grand Canyon University, offer assistance to help students learn how to plan and stick to a budget. Seek out meaningful opportunities to engage in college life. This may mean joining an extracurricular club or sports program on campus, or volunteering in the community with other students. Whatever your preference, it’s important to balance academic and social pursuits to ensure a well-rounded college experience.

Plan your schedule wisely. The freedom of college may tempt you to cram all of your classes into just a couple of days or scatter them from morning to night, but this can cause problems as the semester progresses. Commit to a reasonable schedule that provides a good balance of time on campus and time for other activities. Take your time picking a major. College is a marathon, not a sprint, so don’t rush your decision. If you’re unsure about your major, focus on completing your general courses while taking a few classes in the course of study you’re considering. Finally, get to know your professors. Introduce yourself, visit them during office hours, and participate in class. They will appreciate your commitment and will do their part to help you succeed, perhaps even serving as a reference or providing a letter of recommendation down the line. Your freshman year will be full of “firsts,” and you’re bound to make some missteps along the way. Don’t be discouraged. Instead, take advantage of these tips to keep your footing in a new environment and truly enjoy your college experience.

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i! Welcome to “Ask Artie,” a new monthly Q&A column for In the Zona, written by me, Artie the Artichoke, your friendly mascot at Scottsdale Community College. When it comes to mascots, I’m one of the more unique ones out there… and I feel lucky to have that distinction. I’m also lucky because I get to hang out at a cool campus and meet amazing people who are doing amazing things. When you hang around such interesting people you learn things, and I like to share what I learn. That’s how I came up with the idea of doing this monthly “Ask Artie” feature for In the Zona. So, this is your opportunity to ask me anything about SCC, or about going to college in general, or about the many degree and course options for students of all ages. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll snoop around until I find it. Send your questions to: askartie@ scottsdalecc.edu I love Scottsdale Community College because it’s big on

opportunity, but small where it counts… like an average class size of 20 students and in-state tuition that’s $81 per credit hour! See, I’ve already answered the most frequent question I get – ”Why SCC?” But, the small class sizes and low tuition are only the beginning… there are many, many reasons to take classes at SCC. Whether you want to advance your career, train for a new one, or complete the first two years of your bachelor’s degree, SCC has hundreds of courses designed to help you earn an associate’s degree, get a professional certificate, or provide a strong foundation for university transfer. And, let’s face it, the campus is just a great place to be. Here’s what one of our students has to say about SCC: “It’s a very welcoming and friendly environment…from the staff to the teachers to the advisors to my fellow students…it’s a big, warm community here.” Reach for more. Be extraordinary. Amaze yourself at SCC.

Alexandra Melikian turns a passion into playing cards

by Kate Werth, Phoenix Country Day School, Class of 2014   hoenix Country Day School senior, Alexandra Melikian, joined her love of photography and local history to create a deck of playing cards featuring Phoenix’s historical landmarks. Alexandra became interested in photography after taking a photography class at school during her sophomore year. Each card features the address, the date of construction, and a photograph, taken by Melikian, of one of the 54 most notable Phoenix landmarks. Some of the places featured are the Biltmore, the Rosson House, the Heard Museum, and the Hotel San Carlos. “I wanted to make the cards to show people how much potential Phoenix has, historically speaking, and to also hopefully save some old buildings,” said Melikian. “I’ve always had an interest in Phoenix history in general mostly because of my family,” she said, “My family is really into history and preserving old buildings.” Alexandra’s father has also specifically inspired Alexandra’s passion for Phoenix’s history: Robert Melikian is the author of Vanishing Phoenix, a collection of photographs documenting the destruction of Phoenix’s landmarks. Alexandra said, “after reading my dad’s book, which is kind of negative because it’s about all the places in Phoenix that have been torn down, I decided to make something more positive by showing all the historic places in Phoenix that were still standing.” “The card with the most significance to me is the Hotel San Carlos,” said Alexandra, “My family has owned it for 40 years.” The cards are available for purchase on Amazon.com and other local museums listed on Melikian’s website, explorehistorycards.com. A portion of the proceeds from the playing cards will be donated to the Arizona Preservation Foundation, a non-profit historic preservation organization which protects Arizona’s historic, archaeological, architectural, and cultural resources. Alexandra is currently working on a set of cards for San Diego, California, which she travels to every summer. In addition, she has been contacted by the city of Tempe to make a set of cards, so look out for other decks coming soon!   

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Jacob Robles Q. Can you tell our readers about the accomplishments that you have had so far in your short life? A. I have won the Arizona State Wrestling Championship for 6th and 7th graders Freestyle at Highland high School in May 2013. I also placed 4th in Freestyle at the Western States Regional Wrestling Tournament in Pocatello, ID, which included the State Champions from 14 Western States. I also placed 3rd in Greco Roman and Freestyle at the US National Tournament in Orem, UT in June 2013 that included the State Champions from all 50 States. I am on the USA Wrestling Future Olympians Ranking Board in the US at 130 lbs. and on the Track wrestling ranking board as 25th in the US at 130lbs. I am Ranked 1st in the State of Arizona at 130lbs.

Jacob is a 7th Grader at St. Thomas the Apostle School

Q. At what level are you competing wrestling? A. I am competing at the 6th and 7th grade levels, which is called Novice. Q. Where have you traveled to compete? A. All over the State of Arizona in local youth Tournaments and to Pocatello, ID for Regionals and Orem, UT for Nationals. Q. Where was your favorite place to go so far? A. Orem, UT Nationals. Q. How long have you been involved in wrestling? A. Five months since Feb 2013. Q. Do you wish to compete all through high school and college? A. Yes to High School and College, and then 2020 Olympics. Q. What was the most exciting thing that you did this summer?

A. The wrestling tournaments at Regionals and Nationals, but while we were up there we also went White Water River Rafting. Q. Why was it so exciting? A. Wrestling was exciting because of the competition and adrenaline rush you get from competing. Rafting was exciting for the adrenaline rush you get going down the river. Q. What do you aspire to be when you get older? A. I want to go to College at one of the Military Academies and become a United States Marine. Q. How do you think wrestling is helping with that if at all? A. It will help me with a scholarship, teaches me to be selfdisciplined, and also gives me the fighting spirit. Q. What is your favorite subject in school? A. Mathematics. Q. Are you excited to be going into your next grade level? A. Yes, because it will help fill me with more knowledge. Q. Do you have high school plans yet? A. Yes, I will be going to Brophy and already workout with their High School Wrestling Team and the Coach Mr. Leyba. Q. If you had any super power what would it be and why? A. The ability to hear babies talk, because I want to see the world from the babies perspective. Q. Anything else that you would like to tell our readers? Any shout outs? A. Yes more people should wrestle, and shout out to my coaches as follows: Coach Shad Vermeesch of The North Valley Misfits Team, Coach Ben Brasch of Pinnacle High Wrestling, Coach Jose Leyba of the Brophy Wrestling, and Coach Andre Bartlett of Sunkist Wrestling Academy.

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Q & A with Paula Carr Q. How long have you been Paula Carr Dance Academy? A. I am so excited to be in our 10th year of business in Scottsdale, AZ.   Q. What made you want to open up your own studio? It has always been a dream of mine, since I was that little girl dancing on the big recital stage. When I attended U of A for Dance and Child Development, I knew I wanted to transform my dream into a goal. So, I set out to make my passion my life’s work. Blessed to have support from my family and dance community along the way.   Q. What age ranges to you tend to? A. We start at about age 2 1/2  with our Ballet, Tap and Gymnastics combo all the way to  20 years of age. With everything from Ballet, Tap, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Cheer. Some children begin earlier though; it all depends on the individual child.

dren. I love seeing the joy in their faces when they dance. It is so rewarding to see them light up with confidence. My day-to-day favorite (there are many) the hugs from the little ones, the exuberance of a student when they finally get that one dance element that has been a challenge, my teachers who amaze me daily with their creative choreography, and the fact that this is not just a studio or job to me, but a family.   Q. At what age is the best for a parent to put their child in dance? A. Honestly, any age.  It is never too late to dance. It is more about if the child/teen wants to dance. Like any sport, arts or music program, you want your child to excel and succeed at something they truly have a passion and joy for.

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Recipe Submitted by Michael Sardella, Sardella’s Pizza

ingredients: 100 grams chicken, cooked and sliced into strips 1 bunch spinach, rinsed 5 strawberries 2 tablespoons vinegar 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Mom’s Cauliflower Patties INGREDIENTS: • 1 large head of cauliflower

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• 1/2 cup grated Romano cheese

Place spinach and 3 sliced strawberries on a plate. Blend the remaining 2 strawberries, vinegar, lemon juice, stevia and salt & pepper. Pour dressing over the salad and with sliced chicken.

• 2 cloves crushed garlic

• 3 eggs

• 2 tablespoons fresh, chopped Italian parsley

• 1 teaspoon salt

• 1 teaspoon black pepper

• 1 teaspoon onion powder

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Counts as: 1 protein serving, 1 vegetable serving, 1 fruit serving

DIRECTIONS: Cut and clean cauliflower. Boil cauliflower in water for about 30 minutes or until soft. Drain and semi cool the cauliflower. In a large bowl combine the cauliflower and all of the other ingredients. Mash with a large wooden spoon or potato masher. There should still be some little lumps of cauliflower and the batter should be moist. (add another egg if it seems to be dry). Heat a large non-stick or cast iron pan to medium/medium high. Add olive oil to cover the bottom. When oil is heated all the way, drop spoon sized dollops of cauliflower into oil, flatten a little and cook until golden brown on both sides. Be very careful when flipping and placing the dollops in the hot oil. These cauliflower patties have been in my family for a long time. They are awesome hot or cold. For a little bit of a zing you may add a jalapeño pepper or some crushed red pepper. This gives it bit of a kick!

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Lettuce and other greens can produce all winter if you continually harvest the outer leaves, leaving the small inner leaves to grow back. I even kept a crop of swiss chard alive and producing for an entire year (It was well established by summer and still required almost constant shade and water). For additional information see http://ag.arizona.edu/pubs/garden/ mg/vegetable/index.html For instructions on how to build a portable elevated garden box, see http://www.cacheliving.com/2013/02/how-to-build-elevatedgarden-box.html.

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Benchmark Academy’s second grader

Q. Tell us what grade you are in. A. I am going into the second grade.

Q. Do you have a favorite dance TV show? A. So You Think You Can Dance.

Q. Did you do anything exciting over the summer? A. I swam a lot and went to Michigan to visit my family at the lake.

Q. What is your favorite style of dance? A. My favorite is now Hip Hop and I love all of my teachers!

Q. Tell us about your audition at Bender Performing Arts. A. My mom and Gigi took me to the studio on a Friday night and danced for a lot of teachers for the first part. Then I took summer school dance classes. Then I got a letter from the company saying that I made it! Q. What type of dance do you perform? A. Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Acro, and Hip Hop.

Q. What is your favorite subject in school? What do you like most about attending Benchmark Academy? A. I love to read. I love my friends and all of my teachers. Q. What do you want to be when you grow up? A. A fashion star that makes costumes for dance. I also want to be a dancer and a famous cooker like Giada de Laurentes. Q. If you could have any super power in the world, what would it be and why? A. I would like Superman’s powers. He is my favorite super hero.

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Art of Merlot is Old Town Scottsdale’s premiere BYOB paint studio that specializes in FUN private parties for any occasion and any group size. Art of Merlot provides all the supplies, instructors, encouragement, and the studio space. You provide the creativity and the wine, no experience necessary! Our “bring your own wine” option allows you and your group to select the finest wines to pair with your painting experience. You can have your event catered, bring in snacks from home, or order pizzas to the studio. Art of Merlot has also partnered with several local establishments to provide special offers on select bottles of wine and a menu of hors d’oeuvres available for delivery. (Call for details). inthezona.com

Private, BYOB painting parties are a wonderful way to celebrate special occasions: birthdays, bachelorette parties, family reunions, bridal showers, and corporate team-building, plus birthday tea parties for children. Located in Old Town Scottsdale in the heart of the art district, the Art of Merlot studio has options for family friendly classes as well as a summer kid’s camp. For larger groups, we can provide special on-site classes. Whether part of a day exploring the art district in downtown Scottsdale or as a part of a special on-site class, the instructors at Art of Merlot will assist in helping everyone produce a memorable work of art as well as special memories of your event. For more information, contact Audra Simpson at 480-945-1108.

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FAMILY ACTIVITIES Upcoming Family Events Around the Valley

Now through September 15 • Dream On Imagination and Fantasy come to life in “Dream On…” at Arizona Museum for Youth. This summer, come inside and escape the heat to indulge your imagination, creativity and wonder through “Dream On…” now, through September 15, 2013. Admission is $7 per person and free for members and those under age 1. The exhibition is sponsored by: City of Mesa, Arizona Museum for Youth Friends, Inc., and the Arizona Commission on the Arts/ National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, please visit us online at ArizonaMuseumforYouth.com or call 480.644.4129. Aug. 3 & 17 • Kids’ Night Out The Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics Center will host an exciting Kids’ Night Out on Aug. 3 & 17 for ages 3 to 13 (must be potty trained.) Children will enjoy a great evening of gymnastics, organized games, sports, jumping in a bounce house and on trampolines, and then wind down the evening by watching a movie. Kids’ Night Out is from 6 to 10 p.m. The theme on Aug. 3 is a carnival theme and on Aug. 17 is a sports/racing theme. Kids will love it! Cost is $25 per child with a $5 off sibling discount. Pizza, snacks and drinks are included. Advanced registration is required. 3110 E. Thunderbird Road, Phoenix. (602) 992-5790 or www.arizonasunrays.com Aug. 10 • FREE S’mores In honor of “National S’mores Day,” bring the kids to The Doll House & Toy Store where delicious, free S’mores will be served all day long! Business hours on Saturday are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Doll House & Toy Store is a

family-owned store which sells toys, educational toys, dolls, doll houses, dress-up costumes, games, arts & crafts, pool and bathtub toys, trucks, and much more. 16447 N. Scottsdale Road, D115, Scottsdale. (480) 948-4630 or www.azdollhouse.com Aug. 15 • Blended Learning Center Grand Opening Primavera is proud to announce our new Blended Learning Center located in Chandler, serving grades 6-8. Our state-of-the-art facility combines an online education model with face-to-face classroom teaching and project-based learning activities. Come to our information session or attend the grand opening to learn more about enrolling your 6-8th grade student this fall. Info Session: Saturday August 3rd, 10am-11am. Grand Opening Thursday August 15: 5:30-7:30. To RSVP: Call 480.456.6678 or email info@primaveratech.org. Aug. 24 • Adult & Child CPR Class Adults and youths ages 12 and up are invited to learn adult and child CPR at Hubbard Family Swim School in NE Phoenix. Hubbard has partnered with the American Safety & Health Institute to offer a CPR class from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $20 per person (certification card included.) Limited spots are available. Advance registration is required. 13832 North 32nd St., Suite 100, Phoenix. (602) 971-4044 or www.hubbardswim.com

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olunteer moms pack up books and teaching materials as dads take down whiteboards, shelves, and the jungle gym. Teachers, students, and the administrative staff keep working as the boxes and furniture pile up around them. The big day is coming: On-Track Academy is moving to its new home. On-Track Academy (OTA) is a private day school for students with learning differences. The small but mighty academy has outgrown its current facility and has recently moved to a building four times larger near 91st Street and Bell Road in North Scottsdale. Head of school Dana Herzberg, M.Ed., is seeing her dream come true right before her very eyes. She walks through the beautiful new building in awe, grateful and exhausted. “It’s been quite the journey to get here. And worth every step.” Dana founded OnTrack Tutoring over fifteen years ago, and it was during this time that she realized something was missing in the Valley’s school systems: a practical option for students with learning

differences. She started On-Track Academy in 2010 with eight students. This year, more than 50 students have enrolled. Diagnosed with a learning disability when she was in fourth grade, Dana has a soft spot for students with similar challenges. She holds degrees in special education and curriculum and instruction. She knows the importance of small group instruction and one-on-one tutoring, and is well aware that not everyone learns the same way. “Students with AD/HD or dyslexia, or who are twice exceptional, don’t need ‘fixing’—they just have different learning styles.” Now boxes are unpacked, the jungle gym is set up, and books fill the new library. Students and their parents come by to see the new building and search out their new classroom. They’re ready to go back to school.

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How long have you been attending NWA? What do you like most about your school? 3.5 years, I started in the middle of my 8th grade year. I like that New Way has a transition program that gives me the opportunity to attend College in my senior year of High School. How tall are you? What are some of the benefits and disadvantages of being so tall? I’m 6’9”. Some benefits are I have a long reach, I can get things on high shelves that others can’t reach. The disadvantages are: I hit my head in doorways, can’t make a clean quiet get away, and I don’t blend in with the crowd. Something that is both a benefit and a disadvantage—I find that people want to take a picture standing next to me. I find that flattering and sometimes annoying. Do you think that height is the only thing that makes a person good at basketball? Absolutely not, you can be 7’ feet tall but if you don’t have any skills, and you don’t practice, your height will not do you any good. I learned this the hard way in my first Club basketball game. What position do you play in basketball? How has basketball helped you with school? I play Center. Playing sports helps me with anger management, it gives me a good outlet for emotions which allows me to have better focus in school. You also play football, was that scary for you, in that you are twice the size as your opponents… do you ever get scared that you will hurt someone? I have thought about this, but I trust that we are all there to play hard and play by the rules. It is football however and players get hurt sometimes. What is your favorite subject in school? Tell me about your favorite teacher at NWA?

My favorite subject is Contemporary Issues. We get to discuss and debate current events. My favorite teacher is my Geometry teacher, Ms. D’Andrea. She knows when to have fun and when to work. What was the most exciting thing that you did this summer? Do you have any plans coming up before school starts? Play basketball for my Club Basketball Team. I don’t have any other exciting plans other than to keep working hard with my team and my trainers. Who is your favorite pro basketball player? What are some of his traits that make them so good? Eddie Johnson, he runs the Club basketball program where I play and I watched him stand at the 3 point line and make 28–3 pointers in a row!! What do you aspire to be when you grow up? A pro-basketball ball player and also a public speaker, so that I can share my story and encourage kids to follow their dreams also. If you had one superpower what would it be and why? What are some good things that you would do with this superpower? I would be super strong like the Hulk then I would go overseas and end all War! What was your favorite movie that came out this summer? The Great Gatsby (though I have not seen the new Superman movie yet!)

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Chase Bishov Senior at Brophy College Preparatory Q. What is the most exciting thing that you did this summer? A. I was one of fifteen incoming seniors at Brophy to be selected by the Brophy staff to participate in a summer school course called Church in the Modern World. The objective of the class is to further understand how the Church, and more importantly its members, are adjusting and working towards resolving the major issues and injustices of the current time. Along with three teachers, my classmates and I traveled to Guatemala for a twoweek immersion trip. We wanted to use our experiences from Guatemala as an example of how the Church is beginning to work with the population there to solve major issues (overwhelming poverty, malnourishment, wealth distribution, bad education, etc.). In Guatemala, we met with various NGOs, grassroot organizations, political and religious experts, and school leaders. The most enlightening part of the trip came when we stayed with indigenous families in a small town called San Antonio Atitlan. The trip was an incredible experience and has empowered me to believe that I can make legitimate change in the world. Q. What position do you play in Soccer? How long have you been a soccer player? A. I currently play Goalkeeper for the Real Salt Lake Academy under 18’s squad. I played for the under 16’s squad this past year. Real Salt Lake Arizona, part of the Grande Sports Academy, is the youth team for the MLS team Real Salt Lake. It is actually the only MLS Residential Academy in the US. Being in Casa Grande, many

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Arizonans aren’t even aware of our existence. I started playing soccer in a recreational league in San Diego when I was 4. So I have played for about 13 years Q. What do you think was your best game that you have ever played? Why was it so great? A. The best game I have ever played actually happened a few weeks ago at the Academy Playoffs in Dallas. It was a bracket game against FC Sockers from Illinois, starting around 9:15 pm, under the lights at the manicured Pizza Hut Park Fields (home of FC Dallas). Knowing that we needed at least a tie or win to keep our dream of advancing to Finals Week alive (a goal we have been striving towards for 11 months at that point), it was an incredibly important game. Also, it was the game where most of the East Coast schools that I had previously visited and had mutual interest with could watch me play again before finalizing their verbal commitments for their 2014 graduating recruiting class. There were more than 75 college coaches from every major division one college program and numerous professional and national team scouts. I knew it would be one of the greatest opportunities I would ever have in my life. The game ended in a 0-0 tie. I managed to have four or five great saves that prevented certain goals. I have had saves like this in the past, but never in a single game and never on a stage like this. This game was completely different. I had helped to keep a dream of going to nationals alive that all of my teammates and I have sacrificed so much for. If anyone who reads this were to get one thing out of this article, I would really want it to be a better understanding

of the preciousness of life. I really hope to inspire kids, even adults, to take initiative in their own lives and begin to live fuller lives. Carpe Momentum. Q. What do you think are your greatest sport and academic accomplishments thus far in your life? A. It is hard to specify one single accomplishment. I actually think it is a combination of both. Since going on a trial and being selected to play at RSL last August, I have been commuting from Phoenix to Casa Grande around 6 days a week. The goalkeepers usually train for approximately 4 hours 3 to 4 of those days between 4:45-8:45. It was a challenge balancing the demanding practice schedule of RSL with the three AP and two honors classes I was taking at Brophy. Honestly, I had to stay up to well into the morning many days to keep my grades high, but it’s been worth it. I am just so thankful that my parents sacrificed a great part of their lives to drive me an hour and half each way to practice so I could do some of my homework. They are my biggest fans and they inspire me each day to be a better soccer player and person. So I guess my biggest accomplishment is making it out of this year where I am at athletically as well as academically.

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rand new schools go through many growing pains in their first year. A new group of teachers, a new group of students, a new curriculum and new location all at the same time presents challenges and successes different than every other year you operate. International Charter School of Arizona just completed its first full academic year of operation.  We are pleased at the success of our students and thrilled to announce that we are an ‘A’ school!  This means that our students scored well and were provided an excellent education with our fantastic program and great teachers! 

International Charter School of Arizona is seeking accreditation for the Middle Year Program in International Baccalaureate. This curriculum provides students with a strong academic foundation and rigorous expectations using a critical thinking approach. The proof is in the success of the students! We are excited about growing even more and are anticipating higher academic scores next year.

Arizona Sunrays’ Q. What grade are you in? What school do you go to? A. I’m going into 5th grade and I go to Stetson Hills. Q. How long have you been going to AZ Sunrays? A. I’ve been going to Sunrays for seven and a half years. My mom also was a competitive gymnast at Sunrays when she was a kid, and my grandma is an office manager at Sunrays, she’s worked there for 22yrs. Q. Do you compete? If so, at what level do you compete? What is your favorite event? A. Yes, I do compete. I compete at level 4 and my favorite event is floor. Q. Do you aspire to go to the Olympics one day? Who was your favorite girl Olympian last year? A. I definitely want to go to the Olympics one day! My favorite Olympian is Jordan Weiber. Q. What do you think makes a great Gymnast? A. I think hard work and you have to really like it to be a great gymnast. Q. What do you aspire to be when you grow up? How is going to AZ Sunrays going to help you with that? A. I want to be a gymnastics coach and hairstylist like my mom. AZ Sunrays will help me because my coaches teach me to work hard for what I want. Q. Tell me about one of your coaches? Is he/she hard on you? What makes a good coach in your eyes? A. Melissa Gomez is one of my coaches and she works us hard so that we can be the best we can be, she’s also really nice and caring. Q. Did you do or are you going to do anything really fun this summer? A. I did compete this summer in a swim team and did very well, and we are going to the beach. I’m going to take my first surfing lesson!

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