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DBG Noches de las Luminarias Story by Kaci Demarest, Junior Sunnyslope High School

The Desert Botanical Garden is hosting their 35th year of Las Noches de las Luminarias. This 20-night spectacular is now under way and continues until December 30. Las Noches de las Luminarias started as a one night event for members by volunteers at the Gardens. Eventually the event grew to three nights then twelve, eighteen, and now twenty nights. Originally, the event was closed to the public; however, once people started hearing about the event, the event was opened to the general public. Luminarias is a Southwestern and Mexican tradition. On Christmas Eve, villages used to light the way to the town square and the church with bonfires to help guide Mary and Joseph to a safe place to have Jesus. “We look at the event as being hospitable to our community and a way to invite people to come see the garden by candlelight, hear the music, and support the garden,” Marketing Director John Sallot said. Each night, the Garden lights 8,000 luminaries with the help of volunteers. It takes about 45 minutes to light all the luminaries.The ones on the roof are electric, but the volunteers have a PVC pipe with a lighter in it that’s been locked open so they can just go along the trail and light all the luminaries. The event includes nightly music by guests such as Traveler, Dickens Carolers, and the Sonoran Jazz Quartet. The Gardens are also welcoming Porangui who is a solo performer from Brazil who does Acoustic World Soul and specializes in the didgeridoo. “We are rotating in a couple new bands this year such as J.T.’s Island Steel band which is a steel and drum band. Not new to the Gardens but new to Luminaries, we have Big Nick & the Gila Monsters alternating with the Groove Merchant Horns,” Sarah Zeck said. Another addition to Luminaries this year is Walk of Hope. Partnering with M.D. Anderson Cancer Centers, guests can leave a tribute message on a trellis in honor of a loved one who has been touched by cancer.

“My favorite part about Luminarias is after all the candles have been lit, we’re about to open, the sun’s gone down, the sky’s a bright orange, and the candles and lights are glowing. Everybody’s just waiting to come inside. The Garden looks just so pretty in that moment,” Sallot said. The Garden welcomes the public to attend Las Noches de las Luminarias, but they suggest to buy tickets online because space is limited. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 3-12. Children under 3 are free. For more information visit: las-noches-de-las-luminarias.

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Dates: November 30, December 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

The Scottsdale Veterinary Clinic, a fullservice pet hospital, with boarding and grooming services has been serving Scottsdale for the past 60 years and is located conveniently on Thomas and Scottsdale Roads and open from 7:00a.m. to 11:00p.m. daily.

With a warm and friendly staff of technicians and five full-time veterinarians who specialize in all types of treatments for dogs, cats, and exotics, we can meet your every need.


esponsible pet owners know that it is very important to see your veterinarian on a regular basis for the health and well-being of your pet. The frequency of the visits will depend on the age and health status of your pet. A veterinarian will be able to advise you on how often your pet should receive an exam or vaccinations and be able to cover various nutritional needs when you visit. If you have just bought yourself a new puppy, kitten, or have just become the proud owner of any new exotic pet then the first thing you should do is contact your local veterinary practice to register the new member of your family and have them examined. It is also important to visit your local veterinarian if you have just moved into the area to make sure your pet is registered and up to date on all its vaccinations. At the Scottsdale Veterinary Clinic we offer many cost-saving and affordable health care plans for puppies, kittens, and adult dogs and cats. These plans offer large savings and allow you to pay monthly payments to receive monthly services that are very important to keep your new pet or old pet healthy for many years to come. Our plans are fully explained on our website with prices and savings for all services. We also have a full line of nutritional products available, a grooming staff, and a large boarding hotel for dogs and cats when owners are going out of town on vacation or business. Our friendly staff will send regular photos and texts to your cell phone to keep you updated on your pet’s stay with us. Look for our new owner offers and referral offers on our website at We hope to see you soon, and mention you saw this article at In the Zona Magazine for additional savings.

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ZONA: Where do you go to school? ALEXIS: I don’t go to school yet, but I learn from my mom, my daddy, my sister and coaches and my dance teacher Ms. Carolyn. I think I’m pretty smart! ZONA: How long have you been dancing at AZ Sunrays? What do you love about AZ Sunrays? ALEXIS: A long time! I love that they take good care of me, and I love all of my friends. ZONA: Why do you like to dance? ALEXIS: Because it’s fun, and I like to perform for an audience because it makes me Lexi is performing a dance feel special. Oh and I like the make-up and costumes! And props! ZONA: What is your favorite type of dance? Why is that your solo for the first favorite? ALEXIS: I like hip-hop because I can do freestyle and my time this year! funky style dance. I like it because it’s fun to make up my own dance. ZONA: What is your favorite song to dance to? ALEXIS: Starships. ZONA: If you could meet any famous singer and dance for them, who would it be? ALEXIS: Niki Minaj because she’s super fabulous and famous and my sister Kacie and I want to meet her! ZONA: What do you want to be when you grow up? ALEXIS: A big superstar!! So I can be famous. ZONA: What is your favorite event? ALEXIS: I love the bars, because I’m great at it! I like to practice and play on my bar at home all the time. ZONA: Do you have a favorite gymnast? What makes that gymnast your favorite? ALEXIS: Yes, all the fierce five girls, because they were so amazing and they won the gold medal. And I like Gabby’s funky moves!

Lexi started gymnastics shortly after turning 2 years old, three months after a 2 1/2 week stay at Phoenix Children’s Hospital at which time she was diagnosed with gastroparesis (a motility disorder), dysphagia (difficulty swallowing liquids which led to aspirating), and a failure to thrive (unable to gain weight). Lexi was having trouble growing, and was losing muscle tone from being hospitalized so much from the age of 1 to 2 1/2 years old. But she had an incredible amount of energy! Almost abnormal for a girl of her age (from what occupational therapists said). We needed something else for our daughter, outside of her medical treatment, feeding therapy, and occupational therapy. She needed some sort of outlet for all of the pent-up energy she had and something that would help strengthen her. We found Arizona Sunrays by referral of my sister and it has been such a blessing!!! It’s been a challenge to get her on a good regimen with her medications, but we’ve finally done that! So between that and regularly attending her dance and gymnastics classes, she has just amazed us! She’s growing, and not only growing but so incredibly strong!! And we really believe that it has helped her system handle the gastroparesis better. Her side effects from the disorder


have decreased so much! And she hasn’t needed to be hospitalized in over a year now!! I truly thank her GI Specialist Dr. Ursea at Phoenix Childrens Hospital and Arizona Sunrays for this!! With everything she has been through, she has just been moving her way up through dance and gymnastics. She’s now in Shining Stars for gymnastics and Lil Performance Company 1 for dance. This little girl is truly amazing and inspires us every day!!

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to encourage others to participate in their cause as well as inspire people of all ages to put their ideas into action.

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Student/Rocker Mike Neidhart from the Bridgeway Transition Program – ZONA: What have you been doing since you graduated from New Way Academy? MIKE: I have been working diligently on my college courses through Scottsdale Community College. I have also been hard at work with my rock band, The Downcast. We have been working on a demo, booking shows, and promoting our name. ZONA: Do you think college is easier or harder? MIKE: I find college to be neither easier nor harder than high school, but better. Having a college schedule means managing and crafting your own agenda. If handled well and time management is accomplished, the payout is great. If not, it is your problem. This sense of responsibility is stressful, but exciting and fulfilling to me, and I love every moment of it. ZONA: How has Bridgeway helped you with the college process? MIKE: Bridgeway has helped me immensely with the college process. At Bridgeway, we have a great sense of community and equal opportunity. The tutors are fully dedicated to providing assistance at the highest level they can provide. My tutors, Amelia and Lauren, are exceptional. Simon Crawford, the Academic Director, is one of the most respectable, upright men I’ve ever known. He has shown undying dedication to providing education and guidance, which I remain grateful for. ZONA: Tell us about your band? MIKE: Ahh, my band! The thing that gets me up in the morning. My band’s name is The Downcast, and we are a four-member rock group. In the band, I am the lead singer, songwriter, and manager. We have been together for two years with a different lineup, and about 6 months with the current lineup. ZONA: What type of music do you like to play? MIKE: I like to play rock music of all sorts. I don’t believe in putting a label on music, because all that does is limit and alienate the audience. If the whole world could fit into broader categories, I believe we would all feel less alone. ZONA: What music do you listen to on the radio? MIKE: I don’t tend to listen to the radio. ZONA: What do you aspire to be when you get older? MIKE: A rock star! ZONA: Where are you going to college? What is your favorite college class right now? MIKE: I am currently attending Scottsdale Community College. Right now, my favorite class that I am taking is Rock Music and Culture. ZONA: Do you have any Christmas traditions? Do you miss being in high school? MIKE: In complete honesty, I am not a fan of Christmas. Not because I don’t like the essential idea. That’s the part I love about it. I just find it distressing that it has become so much about materialism and how much junk you can get under your tree. This being said, my new Christmas tradition is to ask for no more than one gift. As for high school, I do not miss it in the least. I always found high school to be constraining. While New Way Academy did a better job with me than any other school would have, high school just was not for me. Therefore, I am glad to be here!


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The Taylor Swift exhibit is intended to bring in a new demographic that cannot only explore the history of the instruments that Swift plays, but also view and hear the lineage of countless others. Swift is one of many icons represented in the museum. Her neighbors at the MIM include artists like Elvis Presley and John Lennon.

by storm ever since her debut album in 2006. Her success is largely attributed to her perseverance, ability to appeal to a large demographic, and honest lyrics. Some people say that she blurs the line between country and pop. Unlike many performers today, Taylor Swift didn’t get her start by appearing on American Idol, X Factor, or even by dancing on YouTube. Her story begins at the age of 12, when she began writing music. Today, just ten years later, Swift is in the middle of her huge “Speak Now” tour. “Speak Now” has already sold out in multiple cities and will be coming to Phoenix for two shows in late May.

under way at the Musical Instrument Museum. Staff of the MIM graciously toured the facility with us and shared their thoughts about the Taylor Swift exhibit. Curatorial Assistant David Wegehaupt and Media Relations Specialist Erin Miller hope the exhibit will inspire new artists who can relate to Swift’s story. According to Miller, the mission of the MIM is “to collect, preserve, and display instruments from every country in the world.” The exhibit covers Swift’s rise to stardom from an inspired teenage girl to global icon. Wardrobe items and instruments from her live performances and music videos are featured in the exhibit, along with her original handwritten lyrics for “Tim McGraw.” Visitors can learn the interesting back stories involving the instruments Swift plays on stage, including the ukulele and banjo.

After a decade in the business, Swift has matured as an artist. She’s so comfortable on stage that she’s taken to playing the banjo and ukulele during her shows. Ever the performer, Swift’s concerts are as much a treat for the eyes as for the ears. She employs props like giant bells containing acrobats to give her audience a truly entertaining experience. Fans of Swift and music in general can now experience the artist in an entirely new way thanks to the Taylor Swift exhibit currently


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Officials at the MIM hope Swift’s inclusion will enable more people to be educated and maybe even inspired to play themselves. While they’re there, Swift fans can be exposed to new musicians or entire genres and styles. Taylor Swift may be a new artist, but the effect that she can have on her fans is immeasurable. Now, if those fans go to the MIM, they can experience a new view on the music world. Her story can be inspiring to anyone, fan or not. The best of us can learn from her story that – with hard work and perseverance – anything is possible.

Taylor Swift’s original handwritten lyrics for her song “Tim McGraw” on display at MIM The Taylor Swift exhibit will be at the MIM until next summer. We encourage fans to visit on December 13th. In honor of Swift’s birthday, the MIM will be flush with Swift events all day! We hope you will consider going for Taylor Swift and staying for the rest.


See the new Taylor Swift exhibit at MIM and celebrate Taylor’s birthday with these fun activities between 4:00–8:00 p.m.: • Christmas Songbook/ Journal Workshop • Mini Tours of the Taylor Swift Exhibit • Instrument Spotlight: Guitars and Ukeleles

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ZONA talks with Rex Jorgensen, President of the Saint Thomas the Apostle Dads’ Club. ZONA: Why is Saint Thomas the right school for your children? REX: My wife and I were members of the parish even before we had kids and always wanted to be able to send them to Catholic elementary school. We have a third and fourth grader there and one more who will start there next year. We have been completely impressed with the teachers, administrators and most of all, the families of the students who make STA such an open and inviting place to be. It is academically challenging, spiritually fulfilling, and the social aspect of the STA community is something that is truly amazing. Although they might not admit it, our kids actually love going to school every morning so we know it is the right place for them. They even started waking up extra early so they could get there at 7a.m. twice a week to start training for a mini-run that one of the dads is leading in conjuntion with the Phoenix Marathon. ZONA: When did the Saint Thomas Dads’ Club form? REX: I don’t know exactly when it originally started, but I am friends with another dad who is an STA alum who said his dad was involved in a dads club here years ago. They spent most of their time as a club playing cards and socializing at the parish hall, so I guess it’s been around for at least 25 to 30 years. ZONA: What exactly does the Dads’ Club do to benefit the school financially

and spiritually? REX: We sponsor events that raise money for the school, but the main purpose is to enable the dads to strengthen the community that exists at STA. Spiritually, we host an annual Dads talk and Mass on Friday Mar. 15th. We will have a guest speaker talk to the Dads about dealing with the challenges we face as fathers, and provide tips on how we can look to our Catholic faith and to each other, to provide support. After the talk, all dads are encouraged to attend the morning Mass with the kids. It is a great opportunity to spend time with the kids and I know my kids get a kick out of seeing me take time out of my workday to be with them. ZONA: Why should a dad of a new STA family get involved in the Dads’ Club? REX: It is a great way to quickly interact with other dads, have fun while at the same time knowing you are supporting your kids’ school. ZONA: Are there plans for physical improvements to the school and is the Dad’s Club involved in those improvements? REX: Every year the administration makes requests for certain improvements that they do not have in their budget. We do what we can to support these requests. In the three recent years that I have been involved, STA Dads’ Club has provided funds for: improvements to the baseball backstop, dugouts, and spectator seating; resurfacing the inner courtyard sports area and providing a modern sound system for the inner-courtyard. ZONA: What kinds of fundraisers are the Dads’ Club involved with right now, or planning in the future? REX: We have a parish breakfast following the 7:30a.m. and 9a.m. Masses on Sunday November 11th and our largest fundraiser is the annual golf tournament being held at the Rex with his children: Maddy Jorgensen Biltmore Friday, May 10th, 2013. (3rd grade) and Ross Jorgensen (4th grade), students at St. Thomas Anyone who is interested is invited to participate in these events. Our breakfasts are the best deal around; you can feed the whole familiy for $12, including gourmet coffee, eggs, bacon, sausage, waffles, pancakes, fruit, and great music. In addition to fundraisers, the STA Dads sponsors the Friday Night Lights event, which is no cost for 10

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parishioners. It is an outdoor family-friendly event with live music, food, and treats for the kids. This year we are having a great Arcadia band, Sugahbeat, headline plus at least one band includng kids from Brophy. There will be food trucks on-site and we expect over 400 attendees in this third year of the event. ZONA: Is the Dads’ Club instrumental in building the relationship between the school and the parish at Saint Thomas? REX: Absolutely. We strive to include all parishioners in the events that we sponsor, regardless if the participants have kids at the school. I believe the school is the greatest ministry of the parish. By teaching our kids about the Catholic faith and living out that faith through our actions the STA Dads’ Club helps the school and in turn, the parish. ZONA: How does a Saint Thomas dad become involved with the Dads’ Club at school? What is the time commitment? REX: It is as easy and painless as attending one of our monthly social events held the first Wed. night of the month, responding to an e-mail request to volunteer at a breakfast, golf tournament or other event, or signing up at www.stadads. org. ZONA: Is it FUN being a part of Saint Thomas’ Dads’ Club? REX: Yes. Where else can you have a great time at 6:30a.m. on a Sunday cooking bacon, scrambling eggs, and chopping fruit while sharing the camaraderie of a dozen other dads, knowing that by having fun, you are helping raise money for the school and making great connections with other dads.

The Dad’s Breakfast Club is put on once per month during the school year. A different grade sponsors the cost of breakfast every month. All proceeds go toward the Dads’ Club.

Annie Westfall interviews her dad Steve Westfall below. Steve is a member of the Saint Thomas Dads’ Club. ANNIE: Dad, why do you think my school is cool? STEVE: St. Thomas provides a nice balance of academics, spirituality, and community. I think it is a cool school because my entire family graduated from St. Thomas. ANNIE: Who’s your favorite pro athlete? If you were a pro athlete, what sport would you play? STEVE: My favorite pro athlete is Peyton Manning. While being one of the best NFL quarterbacks ever, he is more importantly a great person and role model. If I were a pro athlete I would play golf. ANNIE: When you were my age, what were the three most important things in your life? What about now, what are the three most important things in your life now? STEVE: When I was your age, the three most important things in my life were my family, sports, and school. The three most important things in my life now are my family, my wife, Kim and my two daughters, Emily and Annie. ANNIE: What were the most popular toys when you were my age? What kinds of games did you love to play? STEVE: When I was your age the three most popular toys were BMX bikes, skateboards, and any type of ball. We played a lot of baseball, basketball and football with the kids from the neighborhood. ANNIE: What can make me a better person as I grow up to be a young lady? STEVE: Continue to participate in local charities, help the less fortunate, treat others with respect, do what is right, be a good listener, and always be proud of your actions. Don’t worry about material things. Focus on what is truly important in life.

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Candy Drive for our American Troops. Instead of eating or throwing away their extra Halloween candy this year; the students of Saint Theresa Catholic School had a better idea. Why not send those treats in a care package to our American troops, who are stationed far from home?



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their wishes for the safety and wellbeing of the soldiers. Southwest Ambulance contributed to this effort by shipping all of the candy donations to Operation Gratitude, a non-profit organization dedicated to sending care packages to servicemen and women deployed in harm’s way. To celebrate the School’s efforts, an ambulance decorated in camouflage arrived on campus and the students had fun pouring the hundreds of pounds of candy into a mountain in the back of the vehicle. PHOTO BY HEIDI PEASE

Beginning the day after Halloween, students, parents and friends of the St. Theresa community began collecting all of their extra candy for the men and women of our military who are stationed overseas. After 5 days, the candy collection totaled 500 pounds! In addition to this effort, the students wrote numerous letters expressing

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Holocaust survivor, Gerda Klein visited New Way Academy in Scottsdale on Monday October 29th to share her stories and life experiences with middle school students. Her stories detailed the hope, strength, and willpower she found to be so crucial in her fight for survival during the Holocaust. During her visit, Mrs. Klein engaged students who are studying World War II in their Social Studies curriculum. Her exceptional storytelling helped students understand this difficult and abstract time in history. She recalled surviving the Holocaust and meeting her future husband on the day of her liberation, as well as her journey to the United States, and accepting an Academy Award and Emmy for a documentary based on her life. Special thanks to New Way student Grayson Belfer and his family for arranging this memorable visit from Mrs. Klein. New Way Academy student Grayson Belfer was instrumental in bringing Gerda Klein to the school. Below is an interview with Grayson about the experience:

ZONA: How do you know Gerda Klein? GRAYSON: I met her through my Grandmother who is a good personal friend of hers. ZONA: What do you think your classmates learned from her visit to New Way? GRAYSON: They learned what horrible things the Nazis did to the Jews in the concentration camps. Even on the Jewish New Year of Yom Kippur, the Jews fasted to show their faith at the camps. ZONA: Why do you think it’s important for kids your age to hear her story? GRAYSON: So they can pass it on to their children so we never forget what happened, and so we can avoid having it happen again. ZONA: What part of Gerda’s story do you feel is the most inspirational? GRAYSON: When she was liberated, she ended up marrying the first U.S. soldier who she saw. ZONA: How has she shaped who you are today? How will her teachings shape your life in the future? GRAYSON: Never give up and always keep trying. Always use your imagination when you are feeling sad or bad about your life.

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ZONA: How many different sports are you active in? What positions do you play in all of these? MARLEY: I am active in volleyball, soccer, softball, and track and field. In volleyball I play wherever I am needed but usually as a left side. In soccer, I have played every position, but my favorite is goalie or right wing attacker. In softball I am a catcher and I play 3rd base. Those are tough positions to play but I like to be challenged. In track and field there are no positions, but I throw discus and shot-put. Last year was the first time I ever threw in track and I placed in our region. ZONA: Which is your favorite to play? MARLEY: Soccer is my favorite sport because I have played it since I was 5 years old. Soccer has taught me so many useful things. This wonderful sport teaches you how to move as a team and how to work with everyone’s skills to achieve success. It is a very analytical game as well because while you are playing, you have to study the other team at the same time and see where their strengths and weaknesses are. At Valley, this is the first year we have an all-girls soccer team. My sophomore and junior year I had the amazing opportunity to play with the boys. Playing with the boys elevated my game because they pushed me to be tougher and to play better. My team always built me up and never treated me any different because I was a girl playing with the guys. ZONA: What is the best thing about going to this school? MARLEY: I have been a student at Valley Lutheran High School since I was a freshman starting in 2009. As a senior I look back on my high school experience and I see that there is no other place I would have imagined going to. Valley is a wonderful school because the student body is small and so tight-knit. Because we are small enough, we have the opportunity to do a lot of things together. The relationships that I have made with other Valley Lutheran students and teachers are ones that I really cherish because they are bonds that have created a thousand memories. ZONA: You’re in the choir – are you an alto or soprano? What is your favorite song to sing? What type of music do you listen to outside of choir? What is your favorite song? MARLEY: I am a soprano. I really like to sing classic pieces. My favorite piece that we have done this year is called Secut Cervus by Palestrina. It is a song in four parts and in Latin. The lyrics are Sicut cervus desiderat ad fontes aquarum, ita desiderat anima mea ad te, Deus. This means, As the deer longs for running water, so longs my soul for you, O God. I love this song because it is a moving confession of faith and it sounds so beautiful. Outside of choral music I love almost every genre and I try to listen to as much as possible so that I can have a very diverse repertoire. For me, trying to pick a favorite song is like trying to choose between oxygen and water: impossible. If I had to pick a favorite artist, then it is no question that Bob Marley would be the winner. ZONA: Did you win anything when your choir group went to California this last time? MARLEY: Our trip to Irvine was not really a competition. It was a festival where we could showcase some pieces and then be reviewed to see our strengths and what we could do better on. We did very well and I was very proud of our choir.

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The reveal was amazing. The family was so excited to see their new house! Some were in tears while others were jumping up and down. They loved their new home and were so grateful.”

Elizabeth Conn


Colleeny Kell

“Fresh s” PerspecSTtive A

– Elizabeth Conn • STA 8th grader


at St. eighth graders t de Paul, two leading Through St. Vincen Catholic School will soon be in need a Thomas the Apostle a project to give a family with in their classmates chance to sit down tive” ZONA got the home makeover. girls to get their “Fresh Perspec these kind-hearted project. tional Apostle the on this inspira Thomas - 8th Grader - Saint life, like schoolwork, sports, Elizabeth Conn

going on in your would you choose much other stuff movies, etc., why ZONA: With so a lot of your friends, watching program? ELIZABETH: It’s es hanging out with and friends, in the Fresh Perspectiv school, sports, to participate service project, ZONA: Do handle this huge someone’s life. ? work having to a chance to change the home makeover it because I get that is getting met but it’s all worth you met, the family like? ELIZABETH: Yes, I have they you know, or have and what are with them! ZONA: work names to their What are I am very excited you look forward are all so nice and so far? What do the family, they would aspect of this project project so far this favorite of your is What favorite aspect ELIZABETH: My their to the most? the family and visiting be for are definitely how excited they house and seeing forward to I am really looking the makeover. the house day and seeing the actual work the smiles on in the end and all put together their “new” when they see exactly the family’s faces time. ZONA: What house for the first makeover? Is doing for the are you guys is it mostly ion involved, or H: For there construct ELIZABET ents? interior improvem renovations Gloria Aguilar and her family is mostly interior doors the makeover it on involved. and some of the is some constructi however, there split into two rooms anything that we has recently been construction, only One of the rooms very nice doing any huge aren’t We is making the house have been fixed. the main focus t people necessary. Basically, ZONA: Who are some importan she find absolutely Bova? What is comfortably. in live to for the family Have you met Gabriella and I have known far on this project? time now Gabi for a short you have met so so much for these have only known I does H: She like? ELIZABET I first met charitable person. dedicated and believe it. When over it’s hard to her to be a very just finished four are being made because she has people whose houses are such was exhausted r her saying she hear because these her, I remembe was amazing to same time! That the at all houses

Through St. Vincent de Paul, two eighth graders at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School, Colleen Kelly and Elizabeth Conn, recently lead their classmates in a project called “Fresh Perspectives,” which gave the Aguilar family in Phoenix a much-needed home makeover. Last issue, ZONA got the chance to sit down and talk with these two kind, generous students right before the project began and now, in our December issue, we got the chance to talk to the girls again, after the project and the big reveal was finished... here is the result:

Colleen Kelly (L) and Elizabeth Conn (R) working hard during St. Vincent de Paul’s Fresh Perspectives home makeover.

ZONA: Tell us all about the “reveal.” What did the family’s faces look like and what did they say and act like? COLLEEN: The “reveal” was the best part! Gloria, the mom, cried when she saw the kitchen and family room. She said that she never dreamed that she would have a home that nice, and we made her dreams come true. Mario, the 14-year-old son with Down’s Syndrome, had never had his own bed before, much less his own room. We turned half of a storage room into a bedroom for Mario. He loves the movie Cars, so we got him Cars bedding, a Cars rug and Cars decals on the walls. When he walked into his room he jumped up and down and then hugged his bed. I had never seen people that happy before, and their pure happiness made everything worth

it! ELIZABETH: The reveal was amazing. The family was so excited to see their new house! Some were in tears while others were jumping up and down. They loved their new home and were so grateful. ZONA: What feelings came over you at that very moment when the family saw their “new” home? ELIZABETH: I was so happy to know that all of my hard work had paid off and most importantly, I had changed someone else’s life. It was such a great feeling to know that I had made a difference. COLLEEN: Sheer happiness. Tired but happy! I had never experienced so many emotions before! Tired, happy, proud, and so many more! It was truly the best feeling I have ever had! ZONA: Were your classmates a big help? COLLEEN: Our whole eighth grade class pulled together to do this project. Throughout the day, we must have had at least 50 or 60 volunteers. Some of the

teachers even came to help out. We really ended up doing makeovers on both the inside and the outside, so there was lots to do. We painted the front and side fences, planted a garden for Gloria, moved in pretty much all new furniture. We even painted the dog house with stripes and flowers for their dog, Shakira. We couldn’t have done it without the entire eighth grade class! ZONA: What was your favorite part of the whole “Fresh Perspectives” experience from start to finish? ELIZABETH: My favorite part was the reveal. It was good to know that I had seriously changed someone else’s life. Seeing our work finally come together was amazing. COLLEEN: Getting to know the family was my favorite part. You get to know the family so well it starts to feel like they are truly a part of your family! I feel truly blessed to have helped these incredibly deserving people, and I know STA

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Phoenix Youth at Risk is now


Pathways Story/Interview by John Parker III • Senior Chaparral High School

Madison Park Elementary School sixth grader Martiza beams as she talks about how she made her school’s cheerleading squad. She recalls the hard work learning three cheers, memorizing steps, and her performance during the last day of tryouts. Although Martiza seems confident in her ability, she admits to being somewhat shy: “I don’t talk a lot. I didn’t like to try new things like reading, but my mentor helped me with that and now it’s a whole lot of fun.”

John (middle) with Roxanna the mentor (R) and Maritza the mentee (L)

Martiza participates in a non-profit organization called New Pathways for Youth (formerly Phoenix Youth at Risk) that matches children in challenging life situations with adults who volunteer as mentors or role models. Martiza’s mentor, Roxanna, has been a mentor for just a few months but has already formed

Martiza and Roxanna

Tra nfo rm ing liv es thr oug h me nto rin g a bond with Martiza: “Having the oneon-one setting that this organization provides is very different . . . I hope that something that I do or say or the time I spend with [Martiza] will inspire her to . . . reach for her goals.” Martiza joined New Pathways for Youth looking for a positive change in her life. Once she was invited to join, she realized it was an opportunity that she could not pass up. To be a mentor, one must apply and be interviewed by New Pathways for Youth. Ultimately, the results in matching mentor to student are rewarding. Although their backgrounds may differ, Roxanna feels they are more similar than they are different. Roxanna explains: “[Martiza] reminds me a lot of my sister.” Although New Pathways for Youth is thriving, the program needs more mentors. Mentors meet with their students about an hour a week. Although the time commitment seems minimal, one hour a week can change a child’s life. Just ask Martiza.

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Bring your family, friends, and out-of-town guests to the Heard for Holidays at the Heard starting Wednesday, December 26 and continuing through Monday, December 31. The event includes six fun-filled days of dance and music performances, artist demonstrations, films, fry bread and, of course, the museum’s 12 exhibit galleries! The Courtyard Café will offer special treats for hungry visitors. Hot apple cider will be available. Performances are held twice daily at 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Steele Auditorium. Book signings are held in Books & More from noon to 2:30 p.m. Artist demonstrations are held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fry bread is sold from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Acclaimed American Indian artists confirmed to date include the Yellow House Indian Dancers, the Yellowbird Indian Dancers, Derrick Suwaima Davis, the Dinetah Navajo Dancers, the Hopi Dance Group, and the Native Spirit Dancers.

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ZONA: What type of events do you participate in at the Heard Museum? LANE: At the Heard Museum we participate in, or demonstrate, our different dance styles during the summer and winter seasons. These events are called Holiday Day at the Heard or Sizzling Summer Days at the Heard, and these are open performances. Other than that, we also have private performances for corporate events. The main event we attend at the Heard is the annual hoop dance contest that is always a lot of excitement, nervousness, and lot of fun. ZONA: How long have you been a Native American dancer? LANE: I have been dancing since I was 8 years old, my kids have been dancing since they could walk. So, a lot of the singing and dancing have been around for a long time, I was just shown when I was eight. SInce then, I have danced with my older brother and kept on with it. Having my kids just getting into the different styles of dance is a good thing to see. ZONA: What is your favorite part about what you do? LANE: There is so much about it that I like. I can’t really narrow it down to one thing, but I think it is getting an opportunity to share our dancing and letting the world see that not all Native American dancing is the same. ZONA: What tribe are you in? LANE: I am half Navajo from my mom’s side and the other half is Pima & Maricopa from my dad’s side. ZONA: Is there anything that you would like our readers to learn about the events at the Heard or your tribe? LANE: I would say that if they ever get a chance to check out the Heard Musuem for different events and if they do get to see us perform, it would be very nice. Heard is a place where you can learn about different tribes here in AZ and others as well, and maybe check out some good dance groups. We are known as the Yellowhouse Dancers.

Lane Jensen

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Phoenix Country Day School Eighth Grader Writes a Novel Story by Sophie Ax, 7th grader at Phoenix Country Day School Photos by Philip Rody, Senior at Phoenix Country Day School

Thanks to an English assignment by a fourth grade teacher, 13-year old Lalae Mozie has written an important story. I interviewed Lalae and learned many details about the experience that motivated her to write Merely Alive, a touching book about a Jewish girl living in Germany during World War II. While Lalae was on sabbatical with her family, living in Europe, she was home schooled. She was touched by stories of the Holocaust, and when her family visited Auschwitz, a concentration camp in Poland, she was saddened and horrified by the stories she heard about and the sights she saw. She saw the personal belongings of the many victims who died in the concentration camp. She saw stacks of jewelry and clothing. She told me about stacks of hair that had been cut off of people’s heads. This deeply emotional experience of visiting Auschwitz led Lalae to write this book. The main character, a young girl named Maya, is separated from her family in Germany. She moves in with her best friend, Rose, and Rose’s brother, Greg. One day, the Nazis take the three of them away. Eventually they are released, but need to find their way home, which is far away. On their journey home, they are forced to grow up very quickly as they experience things seldom experienced by teens. Lalae has based her story on her life and the lives of many who should be remembered. Merely Alive is a suspensefilled fictional story based on facts about the Holocaust. It’s informative, yet inspiring. Photographer Philip Rody, Senior at PCDS will be attending Northern Arizona University where he plans to study biology, then move on to graduate school elsewhere to specialize in ichthyology.

Ethan Amaya 5th Grader International Charter School of AZ ZONA: What makes ICSAZ such a great school? ETHAN: I believe my school is the greatest because the teachers are friendly, intelligent, and caring. It is a smaller school, which I like. Every teacher knows me and helps me do my best in every subject. ZONA: How long did it take you to become a blue belt in karate? ETHAN: 2 years. ZONA: What is one of the hardest things you’ve had to learn? ETHAN: To be quick and precise when attacking. ZONA: What do you want to be when you grow up? ETHAN: I want to own a hotel. I also want to be a chef. ZONA: Tell me about the robotics team that you are on? ETHAN: It’s a small group of people and they love Legos and programing them. ZONA: How long have you been a part of this team? ETHAN: Almost a year. ZONA: What position do you play in flag football? ETHAN: I was on a flag football team up in Flagstaff. I was a good wide receiver. ZONA: What makes you a great football player? ETHAN: I try hard and stay focused. ZONA: What do you think is your best skill on the field? ETHAN: I think my best skill is catching the ball. ZONA: What is your favorite thing to do outside of school? ETHAN: My favorite thing to do is relax and spend time with family.

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Story by Hannah Kyllo Senior Xavier Prep

Alice in Symphony A young girl in a blue and white dress; a grinning, pink-striped cat; and a white rabbit in a waistcoat. Alone, each of these characters seems quite desultory; however, when placed together, they instantly bring to mind the timeless story “Alice In Wonderland.” This enchanting tale has played a significant role in the childhood of generations, and it continues to be a symbol of the arcane, magical, and chimerical aspects of the world. The charming classic has been encountered by most through storybooks, the 1951 cartoon film, or the 2010 film directed by the acclaimed Tim Burton. However, unbeknownst to many, there were two early adaptations of Lewis Carroll’s classic novel “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” The second, adapted in 1915, is a silent, black-and-white film directed and written by W.W. Young, and it is notable for its cutting-edge special effects. In a recent performance, on November 9th and 10th, the Arizona Pro Arte Ensemble, an ensemble that pursues innovation in the performance of classical music through collaborative performances, employed this obscure film as their muse. The idea behind this never-before-seen performance was that the Pro Arte Ensemble would trace the imaginative footsteps of the young Alice in the 1915 film while vitalizing the piece with live classical music selections. The performance gracefully fused the art of classical performance with the visual arts, creating an original piece that would appeal to classical music and film enthusiasts alike.

At the exposition of the film, the lights were dimmed, and the ensemble began playing their instruments to the melodies of Beethoven, Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, and Dvorak. The film opened with Alice, the central character, in her home, and it continued with several scenes following the storyline of Lewis Carroll’s novel. Intertwined with the colorless scenes were slides of text taken directly from the classic novel, giving context and a poetic feel to the film. Each classical music piece was perfectly matched with a scene, complementing the mood and circumstances of that scene – the Cheshire Cat was brought to life by a lively, staccato piece facilitated by the plucking of instrument strings; the Queen of Hearts’ brutal and dictatorial nature was amplified through a piece colored by dark, sinister tones; and the peacefulness of Alice resting in the grass was communicated through a piece characterized by sweet harmony, light-hearted tones, and an ethereal mood. Each scene became a piece of poetry, a fusion of the arts, which was only made possible through the precision and harmony of the muscians and their director, Timothy Verville. The contemporary take on Alice was not the only aspect of the performance, however. The night began with another great musical journey, one that featured “Symphony 104,” the final symphony of Franz Joseph Haydn that commemorated his travels throughout London. Each moment of this

journey instilled in the listener a sense of anticipation and almost timidity for what was to come; however, the symphony also created a grandiose ambience that exemplified the quiet beauty and royalty of historic London. Continuing the night’s theme of integrating the arts, Joseph Haydn’s symphony was accompanied by a projection of artwork from the 19th and 20th centuries that pertained to London; featured artists included James Gilray, Thomas Holloway, Joseph Turner, and Thomas Jones. Each step of this never-before performed musical journey was cutting edge and enchanting. It embraced the idea that music is not solely the art of performing composed pieces; rather, music is a fusion of the many arts: film, poetry, painting and sketching, and composition, and it transcends any stereotypes.

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ZONA: As a cheerleader do you think that it’s more fun to be on the bottom or the top of the pyramid? OLIVIA: Over the years in cheerleading, I find that being on top of the pyramid is better. ZONA: Do you know how to do a lot of flips and dives in the air? OLIVIA: Yes, I can do some flips, but since I’ve been at ICSAZ practicing with my coach I’m getting better every day. ZONA: What is your favorite part about being a cheerleader? OLIVIA: I like to talk loud and this is the only way I can express myself and extend my lungs. ZONA: Tell us about you being the editor of the newspaper? OLIVIA: I am on the Badger’s Editor Committee, which is very exciting. My role is entertainment, I like talking about famous singers and their lives. ZONA: Is it a lot of hard work? OLIVIA: It can be at times because we have great famous people out here and if I could, I would write about all of them. ZONA: What made you want to become involved with this? OLIVIA: I like to write and since I like to research famous people’s background I felt as though this was the perfect role for me. ZONA: Do you enjoy writing articles more or editing other people’s writing? OLIVIA: I like my own writing. Words can’t be expressed enough when it’s not coming from your own point of view. ZONA: What do you want to be when you grow up? OLIVIA: I want to be a doctor or a model. ZONA: What do you like to do for fun outside of school? OLIVIA: I like to shop, pampering, and talking on the phone with friends. ZONA: Who is one of your favorite teachers at ICSAZ? OLIVIA: I really don’t have a preference, they all are my favorite. ZONA: If you can pick anyone dead or alive to spend the day with who would it be? OLIVIA: It would be my “Dad.” ZONA: What would you two do and talk about? OLIVIA: I would tell him how much I miss him and tell him about my everyday life. ZONA: What type of questions would you ask him? OLIVIA: Why did you die so soon and “I love you.”

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The Reveal continued from page 15 that I will never forget them! ZONA: Was it all worth it? Will you do it again? COLLEEN: It was absolutely worth it, and if I could, I wish I could transform every single struggling family’s home. I plan on helping with more home makeovers in the future for sure! ELIZABETH: Yes! It was definitely worth it! Fresh Perspectives gave me an opportunity to change someone’s life. I would do it again even if it meant working twice as hard!



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Prestige Music Academy instructor Joseph Leyva possesses the rare and magnificent ability to share his gift and love of music with his students, both young and old. Joseph is not only getting amazing results from his students, but their appreciation for music has grown with every meaningful musical session. ZONA: How long have you been a teacher at Prestige? JOSEPH: Since July of 2010. ZONA: What different types of instruments do you teach your students? JOSEPH: All woodwind and brass instruments, jazz piano, R&B/pop keyboard, improvisation, percussion, music theory and composition. ZONA: Do you have a favorite instrument to play? JOSEPH: The trumpet is my favorite. ZONA: Have you been to MIM? If so, what was your favorite thing there? JOSEPH: Yes, my favorite thing is the giant saxophone. ZONA: What is the hardest thing that you have had to learn about playing music? JOSEPH: Playing music at the professional level takes a great deal of discipline, hard work, and persistence. ZONA: What do you think is the most rewarding thing about teaching your students how to be better musicians?

become proficient in all of the instruments that you play? JOSEPH: Many years, and I’m still in constant study. ZONA: Do you feel that taking private lessons outside of regular band practice will help a student excel in band and make him/her stand out? JOSEPH: It is my belief that private instruction benefits students of all skill levels, by providing an opportunity for them to excel at their own pace. A private teacher can address the individual needs of a student in a way that is not practical within the time constraints of a normal band class. ZONA: Does learning how to play an instrument help one do better with subjects in school? JOSEPH: There are many studies which show a correlation between musical study and broader academic success. I have personally observed this to be true among my own students.

JOSEPH: Music is much more than just playing notes on a page. Teaching students to be good musicians can also help teach them life skills such as teamwork, discipline, better communication, and healthy self-expression. It’s rewarding when I see them applying these skills to their music and in their lives. ZONA: How many different pupils do you have? Is it a group setting or one-on-one? JOSEPH: I currently have 11 students who take private (one-on-one) lessons. ZONA: What do you like to do for fun outside of teaching your students music? JOSEPH: I like to spend time with my wife and our dog. I also love to cook. ZONA: What did you want to be when you were younger? JOSEPH: From the time I was 13 years old, I knew that I wanted to be a musician. Before that, I wanted to be a fireman. ZONA: How long did it take you to


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