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Ali Getz, Senior at Xavier shares her thoughts on her involvement in the play and what it meant to her
production, with few breaks in between. The continuity and an abundance of energy this format helped to create kept everyone on stage and those in the audience awake and engaged throughout the entire performance.
This show has been such an experience for me, as well as all my fellow cast mates. It was different performing a show without an intermission where we were onstage during the entire 90-minute
Leaving the Xavier/Brophy community at the end of this year will be another task to tackle. We consider ourselves family on stage, and it grows and grows with each incoming year. I will never forget my first show at Xavier, opening night of Beauty and the Beast. As we anxiously waited for the curtain to open, our director Mrs. Janice Robillard said, “Remember, you are the story.” That quote has stuck with me over the years, and having the closing number of Once on This Island is “Why we tell the story” brought sentimental yet gratifying closure to my final performance at Xavier. I am truly blessed to have been a part of this production, and I look forward to seeing future shows on the Xavier stage as an alumna. Z
eing a part of Xavier’s production of “Once On This Island” has meant so much to me as a senior in high school. I started my theatrical career at Xavier with our production of Beauty and the Beast, as a knife. Since then, I have worked my way through dance and drama classes and private vocal coaching to get me to where I am today, cadged as the lead Ti Moune in the show. Ti Moune was a great character for me to play. Not only was it a perfect fit for my vocal range, but also it was incredible to be portraying the heroine of the story. Ti Moune represents all the virtues of human life; love, passion, curiosity, faith and forgiveness. She strived to reach her goals and, despite the ending of the show, she continued to live her life watching over others.
Ali Getz and Jacob Browning in "Once on This Island"
Ali Getz and Talia Khan in "Once on This Island"
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Arizona Sunray’s Jerusha Abarca Freshman at ASU Barrett Honor’s College, Anthropology Major 1. How long have you been a part of Arizona Sunrays? Three years, first year in jazz and the last two years in Dance Company. I also danced with a ballet studio when I was 3-7 years old and danced in The Nutcracker a few times. 2. Tell us about one of your coaches? What makes him/her a great coach? Jen Warsaw, she is Director of Dance at Sunrays and teaches several of my classes. She is awesome in her teaching and inspires me to push myself to be better. She believed that I could be awesome, even though I started dance later than most in my life, and I really appreciate her for that. She is choreographing and coaching me in a solo this year, which I plan to do in competitions later this year. 3. How many different types of dance do you practice? Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Lyrical, Contemporary, and Musical Theatre. 4. What is your favorite? Why is this your favorite? Lyrical and contemporary are my favorites, because they’re mixture of styles and in these styles I am able to express myself in a way that just feels natural. 5. What are you studying at ASU? Anthropology, but I’m also considering a double major in dance or history. I earned my Associates of Arts degree from PVCC last year when I graduated from Arizona Agribusiness and Equine Center High School, so I have many of my prerequisites already completed. 6. If you could have your dream job, what would it be? I’m not really sure, but considering that I want a double major, I think that I will either end up being a dance teacher or doing research in anthropology, specifically archaeology. These are two very different careers, but I like the fact that a double
major could open me up to both interests, wherever I want to go with them. Maybe I’ll do both! 7. How do you juggle college and dance? What are some tips that you would give to our younger readers? It’s important to manage your time and make sure that you really want something before you commit to it, so that you will push through when it gets difficult. I also work at the dance studio helping to teach and leading dance and gymnastics birthday parties and nanny two days a week, so it’s important that I stay focused on work, but it’s also important to stay committed to my Company and my team members. I would also suggest making time to just have fun and breathe. That is so important. If you never make time to relax, it can become too much. 8. How has college life been so far? What do you find the hardest about attending college? Getting used to the increased workload and adapting to different expectations of different professors. College is hard, but it’s also exciting to be so in charge of your education and to get to learn what you want to learn, so I’ve really been enjoying it, even though it was a major adjustment at first. 9. Do you aspire to be a dancer at ASU one day? I may do my double major in dance, but definitely plan on taking classes next year and getting involved in one of the many dance groups that are offered at ASU. Z
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by Tim Griffin, Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Campus Pastor at Grand Canyon University
Holiday Season a Time to Reflect, Give Back
rom festive fields of red and green to the hustle and bustle of holiday shopping, this is the time to be swept up in the spirit of the season. But what does that truly mean? At Grand Canyon University, the spirit of the season is about much more than the oohs and ahhs exchanged on Christmas morning over mounds of brightly wrapped gifts. Rather, it’s about reflecting on the time that’s passed, the time ahead, and most of all, reaching out to those in need.
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Being Santa. One of the GCU community’s favorite ways to give back this time of year is through its Canyon Cares Christmas program, where staff and students choose tags with gift ideas for local children
in need. Gifts are purchased, wrapped and then given to the families represented by each tag. Launching your own Canyon Cares or participating in worthy programs such as Angel Trees at shopping malls also can go a long way in making Christmas special for families across the Valley. Tags include gender, age and a list of wish list items from a small toy or gadget to basic essentials as simple as socks and warm sweaters. Performing selfless acts of kindness. During the holidays – like always – the best gifts are selfless acts of kindness. So why not seek out opportunities in the local community to get involved, mobilize others and spread holiday cheer? In GCU’s “Canyon Corridor,” more than 300 families are united for an afternoon lunch and crafts. There are dozens more events across the Valley that are clamoring for volunteers and supporters. Contact any of our community’s vast number of churches or nonprofit organizations for details on how to help. While it is easy to get swept up in the holiday frenzy, the spirit of the season is about giving from the heart and remembering those less fortunate. After all, there is no greater gift than giving of the heart. Tim Griffin is Vice President of Student Affairs, Dean of Students and Campus Pastor at Grand Canyon University. For more information about Grand Canyon University, visit www.gcu.edu.
Students Share Their Excitement
for the “New” New Way What are you most excited about with the expansion of the new campus?
“We have room to do everything a student could imagine!” ~Franny Sinykin
“The new school keeps the walls clear of clutter so that the students can concentrate on their learning. “ ~Maria Tomson
How did you prepare yourself for the transition to the new campus after Fall Break?
“I am excited about the nice cafeteria because it is easier to be with my friends and cook my food in our new microwaves!” ~Sydnee Farnsworth “I am really excited about the expansion of the school. I really like New Way and now since we have a new bigger school, there can be more friends that can enroll. My favorite things about New Way are my friends, teachers, Mr. Walker and Mrs. Ross. I really like it because it is a new beginning for New Way.” ~Morgan Zall
“I prepared myself by visualizing myself at the new campus and organizing all my materials.” ~Sarah Ballor “I was counting down the days over Fall Break because I love this school so much.” ~Daniel Travis Z
What do you like most about the new campus? “I love the huge fields for basketball and soccer.” ~Joey Donis
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Starting out at a community college can save you time and money, as well as provide smaller class sizes and a more nurturing environment. All of the Maricopa Community Colleges, including SCC, have wonderful transfer pathways to ASU and other universities. Through our transfer partnership with ASU, you can choose from a variety of transfer programs. If you have a major selected, the Maricopa to ASU Pathways Program (MAPP) is your best option. Students in MAPP follow a prescribed
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Ezekiel Walters 4th Grader at Freedom Academy 1. Tell us about the Freedom Academy Lego League that you are involved in? How did you get started? What is your favorite thing about the Lego League? I started last year in the Jr. First Lego League. We did not compete but it was fun to go to ASU and watch the regional competitions. The First Lego League is about building Lego robots and having fun with creativity. We go on field trips and learn how to work together as a team. This year’s theme is Nature’s Fury. We have to program our robot to go on specialized missions to earn points in competitions. 2. What is the biggest thing that you have ever built with Lego’s? How many pieces was it? The biggest thing I’ve ever built was a building from the Lego City with over 400 pieces. 3. Have you been to Lego land? Tell us about it. No, I haven’t been yet. But we are planning a trip in January. I’m excited! 4. You are also a guitar player, how long have you been playing? I’ve been playing for about 3 ½ years. My mom bought me an acoustic for Christmas when I was 6, but I LOVE electric guitar. It helps me express my feelings.
5. What is your favorite song to play? Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne. 6. Do you play any other instruments? I used to take piano lessons for a bit. But my favorite is guitar. 7. Is it easy for you to learn to play guitar? Why or Why not? Yes, it just comes natural. I hear a song I want to play and I practice it until I get it right. It’s fun. 8. What do you aspire to be when you grow up? An engineer or a guitar maker for Ibanez Guitars. 9. What is your favorite thing about attending Freedom Academy? Well I’ve been at Freedom since I was in the 1st grade. My teachers are very nice! My favorite subjects are music, math, and science. 10. Tell us about one of your favorite teachers. My favorite teacher at Freedom was Mrs. Passmore from 1st grade. She was so much fun and I learned a lot with her. Also she wasn’t very strict, I liked that. Z
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Tesseract School Perfectly pitches their students for success! Article written and submitted by some members of Tesseracts’ Pitch Perfect Club (Amelia Anseth (8th Grade), Madelyn Anseth (10th Grade), Chloe Breger (10th Grade) and Jake Redmond (10th Grade))
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esseract School, located in Phoenix, Arizona definitely knows the true meaning of a close-knit community. They stress ethical, compassionate and thoughtful behaviors in their students as they prepare them to help shape their world by making a difference to the community around them. The curriculum includes several class projects relating to real-life learning experiences and prepares the students with practical skills, in which the students all the way from early childhood to high school get excited about learning, while having a lot of fun. Tesseract’s curriculum ensures that learning occurs thematically throughout each class and solidifies the skills across subjects. One such theme is economics. Students in Middle School complete a unit on economics in social studies, ‘math in my dream job’ in math, learn correlating vocabulary in Spanish and participate in a Mercado project integrating all these skills. There are many other areas where students are exposed to economic concepts and skills throughout their educational experience at Tesseract. One fantastic part of Tesseract's curriculum is something that the 5th and 6th grade students participate in called "BizTown”. BizTown is an opportunity for the students to learn responsibility and build their business skills. Before their trip to BizTown, the kids complete exercises and other fun activities in class to learn about things such as economics, how to write and understand a check and how to properly
Pitch Perfect Club apply for a job. The students even have the opportunity to vote and run for mayor in their educational town! The 5th and 6th graders can apply for jobs they want to have during their stay in BizTown. BizTown itself is an indoor make-believe city where the kids work at the jobs they applied for. They even have breaks where they could go around to the other places where their friends 'worked’. Overall, BizTown is a fun and educational experience for the 5th and 6th graders. This style of learning that Tesseract employs helps the students to learn lessons that are important skills that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Members of the Tesseract 7th and 8th grade Spanish classes participate in an event called Mercado every year. Mercado, or 'market' in English, is a simulated business environment. Students independently form groups and design a product for them to sell at a small market, which is set up on campus. These products are purchased by the fifth and sixth graders, as well as upper schoolers who attend the event. The name Mercado stems from the event’s connection to the Spanish curriculum. Products made for sale in the market must relate to Spanish culture somehow. Because of this, popular products are often churros, maracas, or small sombreros. In addition, all students are encouraged to speak Spanish while making their way through the makeshift market. In fact, it’s a large part of their grade.
Both the middle and upper school have a vast number of clubs, such as Student Government, Spanish, and Amnesty. But this year there is a new club at Tesseract called "Pitch Perfect”. It is a marketing club formed by two sophomore students: Chloe Breger and Maddy Anseth (under the guidance of our new Director of Marketing & Communications – Jacqui Breger). The club got it's name not from the movie, but from the idea that marketing is all about pitching a campaign which they will be attempting to do perfectly. There are numerous elements to marketing which members of the club will employ, such as writing newspaper articles and press releases, learning how to create a promotional video, which will show the 'plusses' of attending Tesseract, what goes into an advertising campaign, creating brand recognition, online marketing, to name a few... The marketing club has taken it upon themselves to highlight the achievements of Tesseract students in a special section of the school website called: "Tesseract Toast”. This club is not exclusive to high school only, but it invites the 7th and 8th grade students to participate and have their voice heard. Tesseract School is dedicated to fostering each students’ intellect, love of learning and strength of character in an innovative and collaborative environment. By empowering its students with the ability to think critically, analyze and understand the real-world applications of what they learn, the Tesseract student will be well prepared for any situation they are confronted with in their future. Tesseract students go on to excel in college and beyond, lead lives of purpose and graduate as ethical and compassionate citizens with a global perspective. Z
In the upper school, some of the theatre students are given the unique opportunity to create their own commercials from the ground up. They have to do everything; they script, storyboard, cast, direct, and film the entire thing. Of course, they get a little help from their teacher and classmates! The
Jake Golden 5th Grader at Benchmark Elementary
have just started playing Lacrosse for a month. I decided to try it because it is different than soccer, which is a sport I had been doing since I was four years old. I like the passing and catching of the lacrosse ball because it is really hard. The ball travels very fast and you have to cradle the ball to keep it in your possession. The sport is new to me and I started with a new club that is trying to form in the Cave Creek area. The games start in the spring.
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My favorite sport is still soccer because I like that I am running the whole time. It's never boring and I love the techniques that the coaches teach us. I watch the games a lot on TV with my father. My favorite team is FC Barcelona, but I love to watch English Premier League on the weekends. Someday I hope to go abroad to watch a league game in England. These players are so inspiring to me and it makes me want to learn more so I can play like them. Z
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Play Arcadia. Play Competitive. Play Spring Softball. PRE-REGISTER ONLINE prior to attending one of the two WALK-IN DATES at Camelback Christian Church Saturday, December 14th – 8am to 11am | Saturday, January 11th – 8am to 11am Practice BEGINS February 7 – Season RUNS March 17 – May 22, 2014 | Girls Softball AGES 4-16 Upper Divisions will be playing on the NEW SOFTBALL FIELD at Ingleside Middle School
Go to arcadialittleleague.com to get pre-registered today! 16 \ December 2013