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We should utilize our business partnerships to secure internships and other hands-on training opportunities for high school students interested in a particular career field. Hands-on training is a valuable way for students to get a taste for their field of interest early on. These experiences can spark even more passion in a student or help them determine that the field isn’t quite right for them. Either way, it saves the student time and money. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we need to guide our students to carefully consider college programs in growing occupational fields, such as healthcare and the sciences, where they can land professional jobs with adequate salaries straight out of college. A college education should be considered an investment in a student’s future. But it’s only a good investment if the risks that a student takes on the front end – in the form of time and money – pay off on the back end with a job in a stable, well-paying industry.

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paige Hamilton 6th Grader • pima elementary School

Q. When did you first start dance? How many types of dance do you practice? What is your favorite? A. I started dancing when I was about 3–years–old. I began as a little ballerina, and then realized I really liked hip-hop when I was about 7. I practice lyrical, jazz, hip-hop, tap, and contemporary as well as acrobats. My favorite styles of dance are hip-hop and jazz. I feel like I can express myself through movements in these styles. Q. What makes you like Paula Carr Dance academy so much? A. At Paula Carr Dance Academy it feels like family. We are all so close and we have all grown up together. Paula has helped me so much when I struggled, and has always been so supportive and encouraging of my dancing. My teachers at PCDA challenge me when they know I can do something better. It’s a great place to dance! Q. What is your favorite song to dance to?

A. My favorite song to dance to is “Die Young” by Ke$ha. It’s a song that is upbeat and makes me want to move. Q. What is the biggest struggle that you have when dancing? How do you overcome this? A. Sometimes I struggle with a freeze, which is a hip-hop move that requires you to be able to bend in ways I’m not used to. I like to be challenged so I overcome it with lots and lots of practice. Whenever I have trouble with a move I practice at home and ask my teachers for tips. Q. What is your favorite part of a performance? Do you ever get stage fright? A. My favorite part of a performance is when I am in the spotlight and everyone is looking at me. I actually never get stage fright. I love it! Q. Do you plan on dancing all through middle and high school? What are your dreams after high school? A. I do plan on dancing throughout school. I hope to one day have my own dance studio or at least teach or choreograph dances. I love to help

people learn to dance and do acrobats. I help the younger kids and my friends whenever I get a chance to. I also want to become a lawyer or a nurse. Q. So You Think You Can Dance or Dancing With The Stars, which do you prefer? A. I like So You Think You Can Dance, but I really like Dance Moms. Q. What do you say when people tell you that dancing is not a sport? A. I usually say that dance is a sport because it requires hard work and lots of sweat and dedication. That qualifies it as a sport.

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Valley Lutheran High School’s Aaron Koehne • Senior What position do you play, in all of the sports that you are involved with? Do you prefer on over the other? In basketball, I am a guard. In football, I was a defensive back and a wide receiver. In baseball, I primarily play shortstop. My favorite sport usually changes with what season I am in, but right now basketball is, by far, my favorite. What number do you wear? Do you always try and get that number? Why? I have always worn #4 in every varsity sport. My freshman year when #4 was one of the only varsity jerseys left, I claimed the number and never gave it up, in any sport. I think that people know who wears #4 in the baseball, basketball, and football at my school. Where are you going to college? Are you playing sports in college as well? I am undecided on where I will attend college. I am definitely looking into playing sports in college, and basketball is my number one choice. My one goal over this past summer was to decide which sport I would play in college. I was unable to decide until just a month ago. It was a very hard decision. My football coaches wanted me to play football somewhere, which made that an option. Baseball is perhaps the sport I could play at the highest level in college, which made that another good choice. It is hard for me to picture myself not playing all three sports, but it is hardest to picture myself not playing basketball. I enjoy playing basketball the most which is the reason why I decided I want to play basketball next year. Who is your favorite football player of all time? My favorite football player would have to be Aaron Rodgers. I have always been a Green Bay Packers fan and have loved Aaron Rodgers. He is funny and loves the game which really appeals to me. I like to keep the sports I play fun, just like he does. How did you feel when you learned that you were ranked by the AIA in the top 44 of all divisions? I was pleasantly surprised when my dad showed me the list and I saw that my name was on it. I have been named to a lot of all-state teams and different honors along those lines, but this meant the most to me. I felt honored to be on it because it was not just a list of the top players in the smallest division, but in the whole state. It makes me want to prove to myself that I deserve to be on the list. What do you think makes you such an all around good athlete? What are some of your best skills on the field? I think that what makes me a good athlete are all of the fundamentals I learned as a child while going to different sports camps. I have been dribbling a basketball since the age of two and going to basketball camps since I was seven. I knew everything about the game before I was ever on my first basketball team. Playing baseball, since I was five, has helped me learn how to play that game. I did not start football until high school, but I had gone to camps and knew a lot about the game since I grew up around it with my dad being a coach. My best skill on the football field was knowing what everyone was doing. Watching a lot of film helped me know what the other team was doing, and knowing every one of my teammates responsibilities helped me make calls and run the defense while on the field. What I think I contribute most on the basketball court is playing good defense while also being a scoring threat. On the baseball field my ability to play almost any position is what I contribute most. With everything that you are involved in, how do you have time to get straight A’s? I manage to get good grades by managing my time, and always getting my schoolwork done. I try not to worry too much about what letter grade I get on an assignment. I work hard in school, but I do not stress over it. If I do my best I know there is no need to worry about what grade I will get. Do you have any superstitions, or things that you do before a game for good luck? I do not have any superstitions, but I do have routines. I like to go on a short run to warm up and clear my mind before every game. I feel like being mentally prepared is one of the most important things before a game. Listening to music and visualizing what I will do helps me to get ready to play. Who inspires you? I have so many people who inspire me. My teammates inspire me to want to work hard for them. The person who inspired me the most during football was my teammate, Sam Gabrielson. Although football may not be my top sport, I was motivated to work as hard as I could because I knew how much the season meant to my teammates like Sam. My dad has inspired me by helping me improve in athletics. He has spent countless hours throwing batting practice to me, shooting with me, lifting weights with me, and I work to try to make him proud. All of my coaches inspire me in one way or another. They all care about me which makes me want to give my best to them. inthezona.com

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This Month We Are Featuring Upcoming Events From Hubbard Family Swim School: Jan. 26: Indoor Family Swim

for Children with Special Needs at Hubbard Riverview Hubbard Family Swim School’s new Riverview location – conveniently located near Scottsdale - invites all children with any kind of special need and their families to come to a monthly, fun-filled swim event from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. This indoor, family swimming event is held on the 4th Saturday of every month. All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by parents. There are two, heated 90-degree indoor pools. They are four feet deep with ledges and steps for exploration and fun. There are also showers and a changing area. Lifeguards will be present. All swimmers, regardless of aptitude are encouraged to participate. Cost is $10 per family. Advanced registration is not required. Just show up and have some fun! 1061 N. Dobson Road, Suite 101, Mesa. (602) 971-4044 or www.hubbardswim.com

offers FREE “baby splash” swim classes every day of the week for babies 8 weeks to 5 months of age. These 30-minute water acclimation classes give parents or caregivers a chance to learn excellent tips on how to enjoy tub time at home with baby and also learn how to prepare baby for swim lessons. The temperature of the heated, indoor swimming pool is 90 degrees all year long. Babies love it! Advanced registration is required. Please call ahead to learn about the many different class times and space availability. 13832 North 32nd St., Suite 100, Phoenix. (602) 971-4044 or www.hubbardswim.com

Feb. 9 Valentine ‘Sweetheart Swim Party’ at Hubbard Family Swim Schools

Hubbard Family Swim School’s new Riverview location – conveniently located near Scottsdale - offers FREE “baby splash” swim classes every day of the week except Mondays for babies 8 weeks to 5 months of age. These 30-minute water acclimation classes give parents or caregivers a chance to learn excellent tips on how to enjoy tub time at home with baby and also learn how to prepare baby for swim lessons. The temperature of the heated, indoor swimming pools is 90 degrees all year long. Babies love it! Advanced registration is required. Please call ahead to learn about the many different class times and space availability. 1061 N. Dobson Road, Suite 101, Mesa. (602) 971-4044 or www.hubbardswim.com

In honor of Valentine’s Day, Hubbard Family Swim Schools in Peoria and Phoenix will host a special, indoor “Sweetheart Swim Party” on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. for all families with babies, toddlers, and children under the age of 5. The temperature of the heated, indoor swimming pools is 90 degrees all year long. Babies and children love it! Lifeguards will be on deck but parents are expected to be in the water with their children. There will be music, pool toys, and fun games played in the water. Heart-shaped cookies and other yummy refreshments will be served. There will also be an arts & crafts station set up where children will get to create beautiful Valentine’s Day cards. Cost is $10 per family. Advanced reservations are not required. Just show up and have some fun! Hubbard in Peoria is located at 8402 W. Thunderbird Road, Suite B103; Hubbard in Phoenix is located at 13832 North 32nd St., Suite 100. (602) 971-4044 or www.hubbardswim.com

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Hubbard Family Swim School in Peoria offers FREE “baby splash” swim classes every day of the week except Tuesdays for babies 8 weeks to 5 months of age. These 30-minute water acclimation classes give parents or caregivers a chance to learn excellent tips on how to enjoy tub time at home with baby and also learn how to prepare baby for swim lessons. The temperature of the heated, indoor swimming pools is 90 degrees all year long. Babies love it! Advanced registration is required. Please call ahead to learn about the many different class times and space availability. 8402 W. Thunderbird Road, Suite B103, Peoria. (602) 971-4044 or www.hubbardswim.com

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Indoor Family Swim for Children with Special Needs at Hubbard Riverview Hubbard Family Swim School’s new Riverview location – conveniently located near Scottsdale - invites all children with any kind of special need and their families to come to a monthly, fun-filled swim event from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. This indoor, family swimming event is held on the 4th Saturday of every month. All ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by parents. There are two, heated 90-degree indoor pools. They are four feet deep with ledges and steps for exploration and fun. There are also showers and a changing area. Lifeguards will be present. All swimmers, regardless of aptitude are encouraged to participate. Cost is $10 per family. Advanced registration is not required. Just show up and have some fun! 1061 N. Dobson Road, Suite 101, Mesa. (602) 971-4044 or www.hubbardswim.com

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Scottsdale Christian Academy’s Teacher Craig Chambers Written by: Kaity Klonowski, Junior Photos by: Annie Richards, Junior

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ipping on a Diet Coke, Scottsdale Christian Academy’s Craig Chambers relaxed comfortably in his classroom. He had just finished helping a student when I walked into his middle school Zona Junior science room. He welcomed me with a grin Reporter Kaity and motioned for me to sit down. “Great to see you,” I said. “Ready for some questions?” Mr. Chambers, a veteran teacher of forty-three years, nodded. When asked what inspired him to teach, Mr. Chambers replied that it was the kids. “I just love helping them learn. I’ve stayed at it for so long because I just love teaching and helping kids.” Craig contributes much of his success to God, and looks up to missionary Jim Elliot as a role model. He motivates his students with questions that merit a sour gummy worm when answered correctly. “Why do you think your goofy methods work so well?” I asked. He replied, “Kids are more willing to learn when it’s fun. And I like being goofy.” Well, his methods have certainly paid off. His favorite moments are those when former students, such as myself, come back in later years – even from college – to tell him how much they learned and remember from his class. Craig Chambers has been an instrumental part of many students’ lives. He offered me a sour gummy worm as I got up to leave, reminding me of the wonderful days that I spent in his class. Craig Chambers shows no signs of slowing down; it seems as though there are many wonderful days left in his already accomplished teaching career.

“I just love helping them learn. I’ve stayed at it for so long because I just love teaching and helping kids.” Veteran Teacher, Craig Chambers, on what inspires him to teach.

You play the drums–how long have you been doing this? I started playing drums over 3 months ago when I got a drum set for my birthday. I take lessons at School of Rock every week and it is so much fun. It is a great school and I would recommend anyone to go there for music lessons. What type of drum is your favorite to play? I like to play the kick drum because its loud. Is this for the school marching band? Would you like to play drums in a band someday? No, I don’t play for school. I would like to play in a rock band someday. Playing drums is exciting and makes me happy. Would you rather be on the field playing football or in the half time show playing the drums? I do like football and just finished as a player on our school team. How long have you been attending Freedom Academy? What is your favorite part of this school? I started at Freedom Academy when I was in kindergarten and it is the greatest school. I have had the same friends for a long time and there are many good kids at my school. The principal is a amazing and the nicest person. What do you aspire to be when you grow up? I would like to be in a famous band someday but I do plan to go to college and get a business degree so I can run a business with my cousin.

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’ve seen you before, what’s your name?” says a 3-yearold boy to an 85-year-old women who has dementia. The conversation doesn’t stop there. They playfully engage in a collaborative art project and enjoy story time and snack. Both adult and child teach each other in their ways. Tesseract Early Childhood and Encore Senior Living have created their own intergenerational program that reaps benefits for both the children and senior residents. Encore Senior Living Village in Paradise Valley is an assisted living community that specializes in memory care. Encore and Tesseract have been visiting each other for the past 7 years. The visits are monthly and the interactions priceless. Intergenerational programs help dispel age-related myths and stereotypes. They also promote the transmission of cultural traditions and values form older generations, and help build a sense of personal and societal identity. This uniting of community members across generations can inspire all to take action on many different types of issues that address human needs young to old. “

esseract kindergarten students had the chance to participate in a service learning partnership with Best Buddies, Arizona. Dr. Erin Lanphier introduced us to the Best Buddies organization last year. The partnership was such a mutually beneficial experience that we committed to working with them again this year. Best Buddies is an international organization that pairs individuals with intellectual or learning disabilities with other community groups and organizations. About once a month, ambassadors from Best Buddies come to Tesseract to interact with the children. We share craft activities, snacks, physical activities or theme related games. The activities are designed so that the kindergarten students and Best buddies will all experience success. The time spent together encourages socialization, cooperation and fun. The Ambassadors from Best Buddies thoroughly look forward to coming to Tesseract, and the kindergarten students become very attached to them as well. This year, we plan to support the Buddies by attending the Friendship Walk on February 9, 2013.

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Katherine and her tutor, Jasmin How long have you been involved with Student Tutor? A little over 1 month. Currently in 2nd month. Do you have the same tutor every time or different tutors? Same tutor. What subjects do you get the most help in? Math. What do you like the most about your tutors? She helps me understand what I need to work on, and overall helps me a lot. Have your grades improved since going to Student Tutor? Most definitely YES! What school do you go to and what grade are you in? I am in middle school at St. Timothy Catholic School. What do you want to be when you grow up? An Actress.

“It is a lovely exchange between these children and the seniors. The last time they met, they heard the story of the Night Before Christmas, made a holiday wreath and enjoyed decorating a gingerbread cookie for snack” -Allison Grady, Early Childhood Coordinator

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