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Here’s your chance to learn about Hubbard Sports Camp for your kids this summer! Hubbard will host informative, free open houses at their six camp locations on Sunday, May 6, from 1 to 3 p.m. Meet the wonderful staff, ask questions, and tour the facilities. Hubbard Sports Camp is for children ages 4 ½ to 13. It is a co-ed, multi-sport summer camp offering 11, one-week sessions from May 29 through Aug. 10. Campers will enjoy soccer, basketball, volleyball, baseball, archery, swimming and many other indoor and outdoor games and activities.

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May 5 & 19 – ‘Kids’ Night Out’ at the Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center

The Arizona Sunrays will host an exciting “Kids Night Out” from 6 to 10 p.m. for ages 3 to 12. Kids will enjoy an evening of gymnastics, organized games, sports, jumping in a bounce house and on trampolines, and then wind down the evening by watching a movie. Pizza, snacks, and drinks are included. Cost is $25 per child with a $5 off sibling discount. Advanced registration is required.

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The Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center will begin their amazing “Supercamp” summer day camp program for ages 3 to 12. Every Monday through Friday, children will enjoy gymnastics, dance, karate, sports, swimming, special guests, a bounce house, and fun weekly themes. There is a half-day option from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $154 per week. The full-day option is from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Cost is $220 per week. Sibling discounts are available. Extended 9in morning -/ -ÊUÊ 

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Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability. Dyslexia refers to a cluster of symptoms, which result in people having difficulties with specific language skills, particularly reading. Students with dyslexia usually experience difficulties with other language skills such as spelling, writing, and pronouncing words. Dyslexia affects individuals throughout their lives; however, its impact can change at different stages in a person’s life. It is referred to as a learning disability because dyslexia can make it very difficult for a student to succeed academically in the typical instructional environment, and in its more sever forms, will qualify a student for special education, special accommodations, or extra support services. In the Zona sat down with Garrett Rand an 8th grade student from New Way Academy. Garrett talked to us about his dyslexia and how New Way Academy has helped him with his studies and with his sports career.

zona: How has New Way Academy helped you as a student and as an athlete? Garrett: When I came to New Way I had a hard time with reading, writing, and math. They helped and now I am completing Pre-Algebra and am doing the Wilson Reading program. I need good grades to play football and wrestling to be eligible to play sports in Anthem. The teachers are really supportive here. zona: What do you love about New Way Academy?

Garrett: The teachers. They work really hard so you can succeed in life. They are nice and help you a lot. The teachers spend time with you. If you don’t get it, they stop and help you understand. They don’t just move on to the next thing. I like the small classes too; they pay more attention to you. zona: What has been your biggest struggle as a student? Has this helped you become a better athlete? Garrett: Reading and understanding words. Mrs. Fuller is my reading teacher and she has helped me a lot. My dyslexia has taught me that how hard I train and work at school makes a difference and I need to train and work that hard at sports. zona: What position do you

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play in football? Garrett: Defensive End. zona: Who is your favorite NFL team? NFL Player? What NFL team would you want to play for? Garrett: Whatever team drafts me! My favorite player is Justin Tuck. If I could pick a team to play for it would be the Packers. zona: You also wrestle. What makes a good wrestler? Garrett: Work ethic, you have to be focused all the time, in good shape and workout a lot. zona: Is there a certain move that you are known for or is your favorite? Garrett: The “Double Leg”. zona: What is the fastest that you have pinned someone? Garrett: 7 seconds. zona: Which sport do you love more, football or wrestling? Garrett: Football. I only really wrestle to keep me in shape for football and because I am really good at it. zona: Have you traveled for your sports? Garrett: Yeah. I have been to Las Vegas, Prescott, Colorado and Indianapolis. zona: Is there a specific athlete that you admire? Who is it and why?

 Garrett: Justin Tuck. We have the same work ethic. zona: Are there any other hobbies that you have? Garrett: I like to eat and workout. My favorite food is steak and potatoes. My mom’s is

the best. zona: What is your favorite movie? Garrett: I don’t really have a favorite movie. zona: Fave book? Garrett: My favorite book is The Hunger Games. zona: What are the two most played songs on your iPod? What do you like to listen to in order to pump yourself up before a game or match? Garrett: I don’t really listen to music before a game or match. I just think in my head about working hard and what it will be like to play in the NFL someday. I imagine myself in the NFL. That’s music to my mind.

“They (New Way teachers) work really hard so you can succeed in life. They are nice and help you a lot. The teachers spend time with you. If you don’t get it, they stop and help you understand. They don’t just move on to the next thing.”

Tyler Bruggman Story by Jackie Frere • Junior • Xavier College Preparatory


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rophy College Preparatory has a football tradition that dates back to 1928 when the school was founded. Its football highlights include state championships in 2005 and 2007. In the 2011-2012 season, Brophy ranked #8 in the state and made it to the playoffs. At the helm of the team was Tyler Bruggman, the quarterback. Tyler, a current junior at Brophy College Prep, is one of the nation’s top-ranked pro-style quarterbacks. ESPN recently named him the 15th best quarterback in the country, and things have only looked up from there. Tyler has received offers to play football from top colleges such as Washington State, Purdue, Michigan State, Colorado State, Arizona State, University of Arizona and more. Although he says the only sure thing about his college plans is that he’ll be playing football, he’s interested in majoring in Kinesiology or Business. What started Tyler on this path to a great future is when he joined the Brophy junior varsity football team his freshman year. After moving up to the varsity team as a sophomore, his season was cut short after breaking his ankle, but that didn’t stop him from returning the next year. In Tyler’s junior year, he helped lead the football team to its first undefeated regular season in 30 years by throwing for 2,497 yards and 37 touchdowns. When asked what his favorite thing was about being a quarterback, Tyler said, “I like playing this position because it is a very mental position and really makes you think. It challenges you physically and mentally, and the ball is in your hands every play.” According to the Brophy football philosophy, the team always has class, never quits, is aggressive and has good relationships. One of Tyler’s favorite things about his team is the chemistry they have. He said, “We all work well together and are very dedicated to the football team.” Tyler is also a straight A student and is a Brophy legacy, as his father and he are the only father-son tandem ever to play quarterback at Brophy.

Tyler not only plays football, but also enjoys getting involved in other activities, like helping out his community. Currently, Tyler and a few classmates are organizing a canned food drive for the Desert Mission Food Bank. “I enjoy giving back to the community and helping those in need,” says Tyler. With Tyler on their team, Brophy is sure to go far in their upcoming football season, and maybe this year will even win the state title. Good luck, Broncos! XCP Junior Reporter Jackie Frere is the photo editor of the Xpress and is looking forward to being the editor in chief of the newspaper next year. She is also in the National Honor Society, National French Society, and on the yearbook staff.

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Zona: Why is the Good Egg so awesome to take your Mom to? Ally: Because it is a really yummy and fun place to be. Zona: What did you eat? Was it good?
Ally: Chocolate chip pancakes shaped like Minnie Mouse. It was really, really yummy. Zona: Why should other kids take their Mom’s to the Good Egg for Mother’s Day? Ally: It’s, like, so delicious for the kids, and the parents, and the Mom’s. Zona: Why is your Mom so cool? Ally: Because she is really fun to be around and she doesn’t get mad that much. Zona: What is your Mom’s favorite thing for breakfast? Ally: She loves Eggs Benedict. She got to eat that at the Good Egg. Zona: If you could go anywhere in the world with your Mom, where would you go and why? Ally: San Diego. It’s so fun there. We would go to the beach and make sand castles. We go every summer. It’s also my mom’s favorite place to go. Zona: Did you get to ask the Manager any questions? Ally: Yes, I asked him when they open and close each day. Good Egg is open at 6:30am and closes at 2:30pm. Zona: What do you like the best about the Good Egg? Bella: I really liked the smoothie that I got. It was a berry smoothie. It tasted good and I like berries. Zona: Did your Mom have fun? What did she get to eat?

Bella: Yes, we had fun. She got the Eggs Benedict. Zona: What did you eat? Was their bacon good? Have you ever tried bacon dipped in chocolate milk? Bella: Eggs and bacon.

ZONA’s pick for the place to take Mom on Mother’s Day is none other than The Good Egg! This AZ gem gets straight A’s across the board. From service to ambience to menu possibilities, The Good Egg is the right choice for your family on the most important day of the year. We sent Ally, Bella and their Mom Aileen out to give The Good Egg a Mother’s Day test run. Here’s what the Kelton girls had to say about their breakfast experience:

Their bacon was really good. I dipped my bacon into my whipped cream and that was really good. I like bacon and whipped cream, but not really bacon and chocolate. Zona: Why should other kids take their Mom’s to the Good Egg for Mother’s Day? Bella: It’s fun and a GOOOOOOOD place! Zona: Why is your Mom the best? Bella: She takes me shopping and takes me to school everyday. Zona: If you’re Mom was any animal what would she be and why? Bella: A polar bear. She doesn’t really like the cold, but she loves polar bears. Zona: Did you ask the manager any questions? Bella: I asked him why they sell lollipops at the front (of the restaurant). He told me that people visiting here from far away like Western things so they sell western shaped lollipops. My sister and I got a free lollipop because the man was so nice. We got a blueberry one shaped like a cowboy hat and our mouths turned all blue!

Zona: Why is the Good Egg the perfect place for celebrating Mother’s Day? aileen: The good Egg is an amazing place to celebrate Mother’s Day because there is something for the entire family. It has a very relaxing atmosphere that almost seems like you’re in your own home (minus the cleaning and dishes). Zona: What did you and the girls eat and drink? Anything you recommend?

aileen: My all time favorite breakfast is Egg Benedict...they have quite a few different styles of Eggs Benedict. I would definitely recommend this! Zona: Did you enjoy not having to clean dishes after your Mother’s Day meal? aileen: This is one of the best things about Mother’s Day! Yes I loved being able to enjoy my girls and not worry about cleaning up afterward. Zona: How was the service? Is the Good Egg family friendly? aileen: This probably is one of the best restaurants for families. The service was fantastic and the staff was very knowledgeable. What I really liked is they have the kids menu on the actual menu. Then the kids feel like adult ordering off of the “big” menu. They had coloring sheets for the kids, which we love!! Zona: Did you get the chance to meet the general manager? Anything interesting that you learned about the Good Egg? aileen: We met the Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer Matthew D. Trusela. I think the greatest thing that we learned about the Good Egg is it is an AZ grown company! They try and use local providers for as much as they can. I liked the companies concept of family time balance. I asked him why they closed at 2:30 every day and he said it was because they want their employees to really have that family time. It’s no wonder so many employees have been there so long. The kitchen manager started there as a dishwasher! Wow! Matthew has been there 20 plus years. It’s great to support a business that supports it’s employees too. I also liked that you really can get anything you want at The Good Egg and there are healthy options. One quote that Matthew said to me that I love is, “Healthy can still satisfy you!”. The Good Egg also really supports the schools. They have programs for good grades. Contact your local Good Egg to find out more information. Zona: What does Mother’s Day mean to you? aileen: Mother’s Day means to me spending a special day with my two favorite people in the world. Plus getting a little extra help with everything! Zona: What is your favorite thing to do on Mother’s Day? aileen: My favorite thing to do on Mother’s Day is to sleep in and go out to breakfast with my beautiful family. I also enjoy going shopping and getting a few things for just MOM too :)

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Three little girls (left) who started playing basketball at the Village Health Club on Camelback Road grow up to be National Champions at Saint Mary’s High School in 2011-2012 season.


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zona: How does it feel to be on the nations top team? Did you think this was possible when you were a Freshman? Did you play varsity ball as a Freshman? Dominique: It felt pretty great but it didn’t really hit me till a little while after that day. It’s a huge accomplishment for our team and I am really proud of the challenges we’ve overcome. It’s good recognition for us and I feel like we really did work hard to accomplish this. I knew this would be possible but only with hard work and

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the willingness to get better as a team. Since our team has such good chemistry and a good work ethic, we knew it definitely wasn’t impossible. And, yes I did play varsity as freshmen. zona: How long have you played basketball at the Village? Chronologically, take me through your years at the Village. What was your favorite food at their snack bar as a little kid? courtney: I have played at the Village for ten years. I was put on a team with the twins in a boys league. We ended up winning the league and became really good friends. Our team name was the Warriors and we wore pink t-shirts. The twins and I still go to the Village to work out or play pick-up games with the guys. I also play tennis at the Village. My favorite snack at the Village is the chicken quesadilla with a strawberry banana smoothie.

zona: What does the future hold for Danielle Williams? Is basketball a part of it? What would be your dream job as a 35 year old? danielle: The future for me has me graduating from Saint Mary’s and then going on to play basketball at a Division I college. I hope no matter what happens, basketball will always be a part of my life, one way or another. My dream job as a 35 year old would be to travel to third world countries teaching and treating sick children in need of help as well as teaching them to play the game of basketball. zona: Is this the best team and result ever for the Lady Knights? What are their chances next year to repeat? courtney: We are the only basketball team boys or girls to win a national championship in Arizona. I think we have a good chance to repeat next year.

The Saint Mary’s Catholic High School Lady Knights girl’s basketball team inked a new title: National Champions. The team had a perfect season of 30-0 and won the Division I Arizona State Basketball Championship in late February. The Lady Knights are ranked #1 in the country for girls basketball by ESPN, USA Today and a host of other ranking services.

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Hornacek On February 27, 2012, Xavier College Preparatory made history as it began its eight-match sand volleyball season. This year, Arizona became the first state in the country to offer sand volleyball at the high school level, and Xavier helped to pioneer the sport by being one of the first schools to participate. Paige Mittelstaedt, the team’s on-campus representative, commented on this unique leadership opportunity presented to the Xavier athletes. “It was a great opportunity for the girls to be a part of one of the first sand volleyball teams in the country,” she said. “They had the chance to play against schools that aren’t usually in Xavier’s region, allowing them to be exposed to different teams.” Although many might think that sand volleyball is a spin-off of indoor volleyball, the sport is one all its own. “It is a completely different game than the indoor season,” Mittelstaedt added. “It helps the girls develop their allaround skills, challenging them in new ways and helping them become more experienced, well-rounded players.”

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Zona Reporter Hannah Kyllo is currently a member of Student Ambassadors, the Saint Francis Xavier tutoring club, National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society, Health Careers Club, and Xavier Young Vincentians. She is also a member of the Xavierian yearbook staff and has been selected to be Editor-in-Chief of the yearbook staff for the upcoming school year.

Many of Xavier’s dedicated athletes who took the school to the State Championship in indoor volleyball, tried their hand at the sand sport as well. Senior Abigail Hornacek relates her experience on the team, saying, “Xavier Sand Volleyball has been a great experience and it is such an honor to be a pioneer in an emerging sport. To be able to say, ‘I was a part of the first high school sand volleyball team in the country,’ is an amazing feeling.” Hornacek expressed her excitement at holding the position of role model for the future generations who would participate in the sport by commenting, “I will forever remember picture day in the front courtyard of school because the question, ‘I wonder what future generations will think of our uniforms,’ kept racing through my mind. I knew that Xavier Gators to come would admire the picture we posed for that day and would be proud of their predecessors.” This emerging sport has had such an impact on the team that Paige Mittelstaedt adds, “Some girls are even planning to switch their focus to sand volleyball, rather than indoor, and continue it in their futures.” Hornacek attests to this fact, admitting, “I am so grateful to be able to participate in such a special part of athletic history. I will never forget that Xavier “X” I wore on my uniform, even during my experience on the USC Women’s beach volleyball team next year!” Hornacek had originally committed to play indoor volleyball at Kansas. However, after her experience with the sand volleyball season at Xavier, she decided to switch to USC where she was offered a sand volleyball scholarship. Less than two months after beginning the nation’s first sand volleyball season, Xavier College Preparatory was invited to compete in the first-ever state championship for the sport. After defeating Fountain Hills 5-0 on Tuesday, April 17, Xavier’s sand volleyball team went down in history as the first team to win a state championship in sand volleyball. This accomplishment has had a profound effect both locally and nationally, and it has inspired the newly crowned champions to strive for a second state title in the upcoming year. by Hannah Kyllo Junior • Xavier College Prep

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Grayson’s father, Lew Bush, was a ten-year NFL linebacker. Lew was a member of the San Diego Chargers 1994 AFC Championship squad. Drafted out of Washington State in 1993, Bush played seven seasons for the Chargers and three for the Kansas City Chiefs before retiring in 2002. Lew was a great player, known for his speed and strength, his achievements on special teams and for his leadership – he was a team captain for the Chiefs.

“I think I will miss my teachers the most, I have grown to love them over the years, and even though I won’t be in their classes next year, I plan to return and visit them. I plan to go to Valley Lutheran High School next year, and I am very excited about it.” – Grayson

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Lew’s Football Camp’s Leaders (LtoR) Jason Sells, Grayson Undrill and Nick Kryvicky. Each 8th grader at Christ Lutheran School is required to complete a Capstone or culminating project, as part of their Theology class, in which they use their gifts and talents to give back to the community in some way. Grayson, Nick and Jason are holding a month-long football camp for students in 3rd and 4th grade and the money from the registration fees will go to the Arizona Heart Institute. Recently ZONA had the honor to sit down and talk to one of the camps influential leaders: zona: What is the Capstone Project? Grayson: It is the last major thing the eighth graders do at CLS. A capstone is the final stone put onto a building or an arch. It completes the project and holds the structure together. For our capstone project, we decided we wanted to put on a football camp for the younger kids who aren’t able to play football for our school yet. The kids come to our field after school on Monday and Thursday and we run drills for 20 minutes, and then scrimmage for 30. The remaining time is spent playing around, and having a snack. zona: How did you guys come up with this football camp idea? Is there a name for the camp?

Grayson: Nick, Jason, and I are great friends who share the love for football. When we were told about the Capstone project, I think the same idea just started to grow in our heads. At first we thought it was going to be an impossible task because none of us had any prior experience working with 3rd and 4th graders, but so far we have had positive feedback from parents, students, and teachers. We call the camp Lew’s Football Camp in honor of my father who passed away four months ago. zona: What is your mission? How did you get kids to sign-up? Grayson: Our mission is to share our love of football with these young children, and prepare them for the next level of sports at CLS. We were worried that nobody was going to sign up for our camp, but after we sent out an email to the parents, and sent home a flyer with the students, our first day we had 10 kids sign up, and the next we had 12, the number just keeps growing. I believe we have 14 players now. zona: why is this project important? Grayson: I think that what we are doing is so important because we are not only teaching the kids how to play the sport well, they are learning good sportsmanship and how to respect their fellow teammates on the field. They learn a lot and they get to have a blast with all their buddies! zona: Why did you choose to donate the money from your camp to the Arizona Heart Institute? Grayson: We chose to donate our proceeds to the Arizona Heart Institute in honor of my father. I thought this was a good idea because 500,000 people die a year from heart attacks. There are currently 6,840,507,003 people in the world, and 500,000 of them die from heart attacks alone. One day I thought to myself, if there is a way to keep children from losing their parents from a heart attack, I want to help that become a reality. zona: Describe your dad, Lew. Grayson: My dad was a really huge guy. He could always walk into a room and make everybody laugh at something. I don’t think I have ever tasted better food in my life – he was an amazing cook.

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What is the Arcadia Film Festival?

James: The Arcadia Film Festival is an annual event where film students at Arcadia High School can show off their cinematic chops. This will be the third year we have had the Film Festival and this is expected to be our best one yet. How does your film class prepare for the Festival?

James: We begin to prepare for this climatic event in first semester, as we learn how to make films by simply doing exactly that. As our separate production teams make videos of increasing difficulty and length, we individually start to craft screenplays for our second semester films, which will be the showcase of the Film Festival. Once the second semester hits, we already have a pile of screenplays ranging from ten to twenty pages. With the help of several highly respected local filmmakers and writers, we perfect our work and narrow down the list of screenplays to the best ten in the class. From there, our production groups, which there are four of this year, pick the story they want to see on the silver screen and begin working. And after months of sweat and tears, through pre-production to post, we finish the year in euphoria as we watch our work come to life in one spectacular Film Festival. When and where is the Film Festival this year?

James: We are fortunate enough to be premiering our films at the Harkins Theatres Fashion Square 7 on May 14, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.

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ZONA will be there. Hopefully, so will you! May 14 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Harkins Fashion Square 7 - Theatre #1.

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Phoenix Country Day School’s “Most Athletic” Senior Leah Stofko is a force to be reckoned with on both the tennis court and soccer field. During her tennis career at PCDS, she has won two team state championships, one runner-up team state title, and two doubles state championship titles. For the past two years, she has been the team’s Most Valuable Player, and her team has never lost a match during her entire four years of playing for PCDS during the regular season. Beyond her athletic prowess, Leah Stofko has been a dedicated leader of a multitude of activities on and off campus, from Yearbook to National Charity League. In the Zona reporter Leah Motzkin had a chance to ask the talented tennis star questions about her career and life in general. Motzkin: How long have you been playing tennis? Stofko: I started playing consistently when I was just four years old, and have played ever since, with the exception of a break I took when I was playing competitive soccer. Motzkin: Have you always enjoyed playing? Stofko: Yes! I remember playing tennis with my family when I was super young and loved every second of it. I loved it so much that I even made my own homemade court on my driveway and played with my dad on it. Motzkin: As captain of the PCDS women’s tennis team, how does the season look? Stofko: Great! We are undefeated this season, and given our track record, I am optimistic about the state tournament. Motzkin: What are your favorite things about playing both singles and doubles? Stofko: I really enjoy both. With singles, it is easy to get in your own zone and play your game. But I prefer doubles because the net is more fun and, from my experience, doubles generates a lot more energy. My partner Nicole Bassoff and I pump each other up via handshakes or compliments, and she has been super instrumental for my game. She’s an amazing player and is definitely the main reason why I love doubles. I am really going to miss playing with her so much next year. Motzkin: How do you see tennis or sports in general fitting into your life after high school? Stofko: Depending on where I go to school, I will either try to play

Story by Leah Motzkin. PCDS Senior, Leah Motzkin has been one of ZONA’s most valuable writers for the last three years. Look for Leah’s own ZONA feature in our upcoming July 2012 “Best Of” edition. Sadly, for ZONA, Leah is graduating this year, but we are proud to tell all our readers that Motzkin has been accepted to YALE! Hello.


The tennis court is my sanctuary from the chaotic, busy life I lead. When I step onto the court for a match, I get in the zone.

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Buy only what you for the school’s team or I will play club. Tennis is timeless, and I definitely plan on hitting the courts for the rest of my life. I also want to play club soccer in college. Motzkin: How do you stay in shape for tennis? Stofko: I run a lot. I probably average 25-30 miles a week. I also hike and do yoga frequently. My tennis coaches have been asking me to hit the weight room to gain muscle, but I have been avoiding going. Overall, I am just lucky to be born into a healthy and athletic family. Motzkin: Who is your tennis role model? Stofko: Everyone expects me to name someone famous as my tennis role model, but truthfully, my coaches are my role models. My coaches Adria Raines and Tim Thompson have been hitting with me since I moved to Arizona in 2005 and have been incredibly important for my game. Of course, my PCDS tennis coach Jerry Keever is incredibly inspiring as well. Motzkin: What other sports do you play? What do you enjoy about them? Stofko: In addition to tennis, I have played soccer since I was four. I played club soccer for 6 or 7 years. This past year, my position was sweeper even though I have never really played

defense before. I loved the adrenaline rush of being the last player before the goalie and the opportunity to take all of the goal kicks. Turns out I should have started with that position a long time ago, and my team had a successful season this year. I also ran for my school’s cross country team. Motzkin: What do you plan on majoring in? Stofko: My intended majors are International Relations and Business. Motzkin: Do you have any advice for young tennis players? Stofko: It’s easy to get caught up in petty tennis drama such as poor calls, but ultimately, just be graceful and enjoy the sport. Relax and play your game. Take it one point at a time. When you hit that amazing winner, be proud. Make that unforced error? Shake it off and move on. Motzkin: What is your favorite thing about playing tennis? Stofko: The tennis court is my sanctuary from the chaotic, busy life I lead. When I step onto the court for a match, I get in the zone. I think it’s the ability tennis has to take me away from reality that is one of my favorite things about the sport. Because I have been playing for a long time, I find much comfort in the familiarity of the tennis court.

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St. Mary’s Basketball story continued from page 9

zona: Why did you decide to go to St. Mary’s High School? Did your decision have anything to do with basketball? Dominique: Yes, my decision to go to St. Mary’s had to do with basketball mainly but I also felt like it was a good school and I could really contribute to the community. My teammates from the Warriors chose to go there too so it was a good fit. zona: Is it cool having a twin sister? Do you think it has made you a better player? Have you always been and are you guys still competitive with one another? Is there anything you would like to say to Danielle for over 16,000 ZONA readers to hear. Dominique: Yes it is! I like having her around. I think it definitely has made me a better basketball player because we really push each other while we are working out and at practice. Yes, we are competitive so it makes it that much better. We like to have fun but when it comes to focusing in practice and in games, we are on the same page. I think we will always be competitive with each other because that makes us better players individually also. I love you twinner. You’re one of a kind! Zona: If you had to name one thing that made your team so successful, what would that be?

courtney: Our team is very unselfish. We sacrificed individual glory to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. We love to pass and we play for each other. zona: Are the Williams twins great players? What makes each girl so tough on the court? courtney: The twins are amazing players. I love playing with them because they are great teammates. They always play hard and I love their competitiveness. They are tough on the court because they play tenacious defense. It is not a good idea to get trapped by the twins. Also, they are great passers and rebounders. zona: Did you win any individual awards? What are some of your great statistics? What are some things you do off the court that you are proud of? Would you like to give us your GPA? (You don’t have to if you would rather not, I know I wouldn’t have told anyone as a high school student/ athlete.) courtney: We do not keep individual stats on our team because it is a team sport. Our team is very academic. We have won the team AIA academic award for several years in a row. We have the number one student in the Senior, Junior, and Sophomore class. Our team has an SAT word of the day program where we need to know the word or else we will run. I have a 4.25 GPA. zona: How long have you played basketball at the Village? How did the Village mold you into the player you are now? What kind of training did you do at the Village? What programs did they offer that you were involved in.? Chronologically, take me through your years at the Village. What was your favorite food at their snack bar as a little kid? Dominique: I have been playing basketball at the Village for as long as I can remember. It was the beginning where I first played with Courtney and from there we went on to play club together. The Village is a great place to work out, to better myself as a player. It has pretty much everything I need form a basketball hoop to a treadmill to a pool. I love how diverse my workout can be because of all the different equipment and activities. My favorite food from the Village snack bar was definitely a chicken quesadilla and a smoothie, especially when it was by the pool on a beautiful day. zona: What makes your sister so great? Is there anything you would like to say to her for over 16,000 ZONA readers to hear? danielle: There are a countless number of things that make Dom do great. She always lightens the mood and has something different to say or do. She genuinely cares about the people around her especially her teammates. She does her best to be a leader and step up when it is necessary. She is probably the best person I know. zona: What makes Courtney Ekmark such a cool girl? Does she have mad skills? danielle: Courtney’s mind set and personality makes Courtney such a cool girl. She always has a witty remark and humorous comment for everything. Her work ethic and her want to be the very best at everything she participates in makes her so cool. Courtney definitely has serious skill. Her ability to create for herself and also distribute the basketball accurately to her teammates makes her a nightmare for the defense.. zona: What does the future hold for Danielle Williams? Is basketball a part of it? What would be your dream job as a 35 year old? danielle: The future for me has me graduating from Saint Mary’s and then going on to play basketball at a Division I college. I hope no matter what happens, basketball will always be a part of my life, one way or another. My dream job as a 35 year old would be to travel to third world countries teaching and treating sick children in need of help as well as teaching them to play the game of basketball. zona: If you found a lost llama would you take it in and give it a home? What would you name it and feed it? Dominique: I don’t think I would take it in but I would call an animal shelter or something, I would still name it though! Larry the llama. zona: If you came across a super sad llama, how would you cheer it up? courtney: I would cheer up a super sad llama if I came across it by telling her: “It’s More Fun to Be Fun!” This is one of our team quotes at St. Mary’s.

“Mr. Mau is so awesome! He does great projects, like the egg drop.” – Hutton Morse “Mr. Mau is different from any other teacher. He doesn’t act like normal teachers and just talk – he does stuff, like jump on the desk. There’s lots of action in Mr. Mau’s class!” – Kyle McNeill


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AARON MAU - 5TH GRADE TEACHER @ Christ lutheran school ZONA: What is your favorite subject to teach? What was your favorite subject as a kid? Aaron: My favorite subject to teach is Science. I feel like I am learning more now about Science than when I was a student and that leads me to new ideas and labs that grab the attention of the students. There is so much to explore in our world and Science breaks it down to the smallest parts. The best part is when we are doing a lab, or an experiment and the light bulb goes on for the kids and they get excited about simple things like gravity through egg drops or roller coasters, or simple machines and building ramps, or using a wheel and axle. This excitement gets them hooked on Science and they want to continue their search, they come up with their own labs and their own research and come back and share with the class what they learned about. They don’t know they are learning when they are excited they just want to keep going. Also, I try to make science come to life for them, for example we made an edible model of a cell. The basis was Jell-O and they had to put different objects in it that represented the different parts of the cell and as they were eating it they were discussing the parts and their jobs and they didn’t have a clue that they were learning and applying their new information. My favorite subject as a kid was History. I loved learning about the past and the sacrifices of so many great men and women who made our lives possible today. Also, I saw how history has a way or repeating itself and if we pay attention to our history it will help us solve problems today, or gain an understanding into the background of a current event. ZONA: Most teachers take a break during lunch or recess. Why do you often skip the break and stay with the kids? Aaron: At CLS all of the teachers take time out of their day to supervise recesses. It is a way for us to connect with the kids outside of the classroom, and a way to observe our students in a comfortable environment. Their true selves are revealed on the playground when they let down their guard and they are allowed a certain amount of freedom. It gives us an insight into the different social aspects of our classrooms and helps us to see how students interact with each other and allows us to be proactive when dealing with issues in the classroom based on this insight. When parents ask about how their kids are doing in school, we can share with them their academic progress, as well as their social progress in and out of the classroom. ZONA: How did the basketball, football, 4-square and SPUD games with the kids at recess all begin? Aaron: I am a kid at heart and I love to play games with the kids. I didn’t want to just watch, I wanted to be a part of the kids lives outside of

the classroom. It allowed me to share with kids my passions and allows for a relationship to be built. I am not just Mr. Mau in the classroom, I have other skills, I am real to them. As well, through being an active participant at recess it allowed all students to be included in the games, students felt comfortable with me and wanted to participate to try something new and be active instead of sitting around and talking. Through this participation I have gained more insight into the lives of my students away from school, they confide in me on the playground and we are able to joke around, be goofy and have fun and get some stress out. Through this the students come back into the classroom, comfortable and refreshed ready to learn. It helps the learning process. ZONA: What motivates Aaron? Aaron: God motivates me. I was blessed by the Holy Spirit with the gift to teach and it is my responsibility to God to use His gifts with which He has blessed me. He has loved me, so I am filled with love and I must share His love with others. It is time to roll up your sleeves and “wash feet”. My students in my class motivate me. I want them to look back at 5th grade with fondness and laughter. I want to prepare them for life beyond my classroom, beyond school and prepare them for their walk with their Lord and Savior. ZONA: Do you have children at CLS? Is it fun having them at your school? Aaron: My wife and I send our two children to CLS, Molly is in first grade and Jack is in kindergarten. It is a neat and special experience to have them at school with me. I get to see them interact with other kids, I get to chat with them about their day, their highs and lows and I am able to meet all of their friends and hang out with them at school. My kids don’t think I have a job, they just think I come to school like they do with a backpack and a lunch and a classroom. It is an enjoyable experience to have them part of this world with me. They are amazing kids.

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Melissa Nelson

Future Miss Teen AZ winner? In March, Melissa was in her first Miss Teen pageant.

“Danger Girl” Melissa loves to snow ski, water ski/wake board, loves roller coasters, and is quite a dare devil!

Photos by Mandy Balart

Junior • Arcadia High School

I love ANN... I want to be a news broadcaster when I get older and I am very dedicated to this program in order to possibly help me in my future career.”


Everybody involved at INN (Ingleside News Network) has a job, because there is no “I” in team and making a show takes a team.”

Kristie Nelson

8th Grade • Ingleside Middle School

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Kristie has been a straight “A” student since early grade school. She’s currently loving Crew (rowing) at Tempe Town Lake.

zona: When did you start pageantry? What are some of your past pageant achievements and future goals? melissa: This was my very first pageant that I just did. And I loved it! I am debating on whether or not to do another one next year or not and will decide in November. zona: How did the Miss Teen pageant go this year? How long have you done that? melissa: The Miss Teen pageant went very well! I didn’t win anything but I still had a blast. I just got my scores back and they were very high for my first ever pageant! zona: How did you get involved in Arcadia News Network? Is this kind of thing what you would like to do as a job when you get older? melissa: I got involved in ANN my sophomore year after taking Media Comm 1 in my freshman year. I love ANN. I have my own “segment” on our daily show where I do live shots or looklives on events going on around school, or on school related topics. I am VERY excited to go to the Student Television Network competition this year. I went last year and we won Second place in the Sweet 16 competition. I want to be a news broadcaster when I get older and I am very dedicated to this program in order to possibly help me in my future career. zona: Is it true that a local Phoenix TV station donated their morning show set to Arcadia High School? When did that happen? Was it cool to be a part of that? What other equipment do you need to perform your job? melissa: I’m not sure how the process of getting our set came to happen. All I know is Mr. Hoeprich said we were getting a new set and the next day we had new desks! We have many cameras, computers, mics, boom pools, everything that you can imagine. My friend Maya manages the equipment and its hard to do, so props to her for being able to! zona: Do you ever feel like you’ve bitten off more than you can chew? Is it overwhelming at times taking on so many projects at the same time, I imagine, keeping up good grades? melissa: Sometimes I feel like I’ve bitten off more than I can chew. But its honestly not that hard. I am able to manage everything, and make time for everything important. I’ve got a calendar in my head and can make time for things that need to get done. Right before the pageant I felt that way, but my friend Shannon and my mom calmed me down just by talking to me. zona: It seems like you have a pretty solid family unit. How important is that in life, and how does a family stay so tight? Give us a little explanation of each members of your tight family unit. melissa: I love my family more than anything. My dad is the funny one, or tries to be. He always can make a joke that cheers you up, either because it is actually funny…or it’s just so dumb that its hysterical. My mom is the cop, she keeps everyone in line, and is able to manage the family business, my sister, and I, while keeping everything in order. My little sister is a little sister, but we get along most of the time, she makes me laugh so hard just by being strange and herself. And then there’s my cousin Michael…it may seem strange to some people but my cousin and I are best friends, I tell him everything and he tells me everything, I help him with his girlfriend troubles, and he helps me with my boyfriend troubles. I don’t really know how my family stays so tight. Every night we eat dinner together and every morning we have breakfast together. We are just our family…everything has always been family oriented for me. And it always will be. zona: If you could change anything on the earth with the snap of your finger, what would that be? melissa: I would make my cousins lives better than they currently are, and fill up their college funds with as much money as they need, as well as my sister’s and my college funds. zona: If you had a pet llama, what would you name it and what would you do with it? melissa: I would name it Harold! I would probably buy a little cart and have the llama pull me around in the little cart! But I have always wanted a ginger colored rabbit named Ginger. zona: Would you like to give a ZONA “shout out” to any of your friends? melissa: My Zona shout out goes to my friend Natalie Burdick! I want to thank her for coming to my pageant after I called sooo many people with a free ticket. She was the one that canceled plans and came to support me! And she also did VERY well in “Baby with the Bath Water”! So proud of her! And also thanks to Shannon Feeney for doing the pageant with me! Sorry I roped you into it Shanny but you did so well and should have won! I want you to do another pageant with me…just one more!! zona: When, why and how did you start crew in the desert? Is it popular in Phoenix now that there is Tempe Town Lake? What are some of your past crew achievements and future goals? kristie: I started crew in January for a beginner “Learn to Row” class. They had me out on the water the first day and I loved it! I’ve been crewing ever since. I had always seen people rowing boats and I have just always wanted to try it. Crewing has gotten very popular all over the southwest. I have been rowing for a little over two months now and have only been in one race, Desert Sprints. I was so nervous because it was my first race and it was windy and I didn’t want to flip! This was what I had been training for! The big day had finally come! So I calmed myself down, took a few deep breaths, got in my boat, Peggy Sue, and raced like it was just another practice. And I got 3rd place! My crew mate, who had started crew the same time I had,

got 2nd place. We were so happy and proud and it was a blast I couldn’t wait for the next race. Our next race will be in San Diego and Long Beach. All I am focusing on is not flipping, giving it 110%, and crossing the finish line. And of course having fun. zona: How many crew members are in the boat at the same time? What “position” are you in the boat? Is there a person who yells in the front? What does that person do really and what is that positions title? kristie: There are single boats and boats that have either 2,4,6,or 8 crew men and sometimes a coxswain, or a cox for short. The cox is the person steering the boat and yelling at the crew to give it all they’ve got. I have ever only rowed in a single and a double and in the single you have to be the coxswain while rowing and in the double I have been what is called the stroke which is the person at the stern or back of the boat and the person that decides the speed and strength put into rowing the boat. zona: What makes for a fast boat and crew? Why do you love the sport? kristie: For a fast boat it is all about the ratio. You have to be fast on the drive and slow coming up on the slide. This is important because if you don’t and you just fly up the slide your body weight will be thrown in the opposite direction and you will be going nowhere. The drive is the most important part because the harder you push the faster you will go. I love crew because I love almost every sport. I am just an athletic person that is really good at sports. It may seem boring just the idea of rowing a boat but it is so much fun. The people are so nice you’ll make a bunch of friends right away, and it is an amazing workout. zona: How did you get involved in Ingleside’s morning announcement show? What’s it called? Tell us about the program and what your responsibilities are. What made you sign up for this? kristie: I got involved in Ingleside News Network, INN, because I love being the film person that makes videos and puts together a show. Also my sister was a big influence on me because she does the Arcadia News Network and it seemed like so much fun that I wanted to do it too. My current job is Camera 2 or anchoring. zona: As far as your all-star student status...Were you just born with big brains or is it something you work really hard at? kristie: Well I am pretty smart. I’m in 9th grade math, advanced English, and was recommended for 10th grade math, English I Honors, Biology I Honors, and World History and Geography I Honors next year as a freshman. I am so excited! But it takes a lot of hard work, dedication, and responsibility to be in Honors or advanced classes. zona: It seems like you have a pretty solid family unit. How important is that in life, and how does a family stay so tight? kristie: Yes, my family is a pretty close and fun family, and it is very important otherwise I don’t know what would happen. We try to do a lot of things as a family and set aside for time as a family. For example, we have almost every meal together and on Sundays try to have a family bike ride together. But it does get a little hectic sometimes with all our busy schedules. zona: What are the three most important things in your life right now? kristie: Sports, school, and friends and family. zona: If you could change anything on the earth with the snap of your finger, what would that be? kristie: If I could change anything with the snap of my fingers I would end all the drama of life- rumors, bullying, war, the list goes on and on. zona: If you had a pet llama, what would you name it and what would you do with it? kristie: If I had a pet llama I would name him Herald and we would go to Disneyland. zona: Would you like to give a ZONA “shout out” to any of your friends? kristie: Great job on your 2nd place Lauren keep it up, and thank you to all of my friends who have helped me and had fun with me throughout all my school years. I couldn’t have done it without you. You guys are my life, thank you.

CONGRATULATIONS to Scout Leader Paul Scott Over 25 Years of Boy Scout Leadership!

Back row on right is Joseph Galeziewski, an Eagle Scout. Front row left is Spencer Abraham, 4th grader at STCS – Webelo Scout, and front row right is Carson Herding, 1st grader at STCS, a Tiger Scout.

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SUMMER ADVENTURES 2012 for kids & teens

Valley Youth Theatre Phoenix, Arizona

All-Star Summer Playhouse (Ages 5 to 6) teaches theatre basics in acting, music and dance. Musical Theatre Summer Workshop (Ages 7 to 16) provides a performing arts education including auditions, rehearsals and ensemble building.

Friendly Pines Camp Prescott, Arizona

High in the tall, cool pines, Friendly Pines offers 30+ activities to choose from. English & Western riding, pony driving, swimming, tennis, waterskiing, rock climbing, ropes course, archery, arts, fishing, sports, hiking, pets outdoor living skills, & more. Excellent campers to staff ratios. Professional background checks and drug tests on all staff. ACA accredited. 70 years of experience. An Arizona Tradition for Three Generations. Type: Overnight AGE: 6-13 COED Session dates: Session 1 – June 17 - June 30 (14 days)

Both groups showcase their talent at the end of each session. Type: Day AGE: 5-16 START DATES: Ages 5 & 6 - June 4 -or- July 9 (19 days) Ages 7 & 16 - June 4 -or- July 9 (20 days)

COST: All-Star Summer Playhouse / Ages 5-6 Tuition is $300.00 (9 a.m. - 12 p.m.) or $575.00 (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.) Musical Theatre Summer Workshop / Ages 7-16 Tuition is $630.00 (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)

Session 2 – July 1 - July 14 (14 days) Session 3 – July 15 - August 1 (18 days)

Trailseekers A – July 10 - July 23; Trailseekers B July 24 - August 1

(9-day session for younger, first-time campers, ages 6-10) 928-445-2128 or 1-888-281-2267

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Christ Lutheran School Preschool Camp Phoenix, Arizona

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Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics and Dance

SUPERCAMP! Ages 3-12 Phoenix, Arizona

Gym – 3110 E. Thunderbird Rd. Dance Center – 13832 N. 32nd St., Ste. 162 Boys & Girls. World class gymnastics instruction, dance, karate, soccer, swimming (optional), indoor games, themed weeks, special guests & parent shows. Half day (8:30am – 12:30pm) & Full day (8:30am – 3:00pm) programs available. Extended care starts at 7:30am, ends at 5:30pm.

1 week sessions, daily & drop in rates. May 21 – August 17

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Christ Church - Lutheran Summer Camp Phoenix, Arizona

Join us for an All Saints’ Summer! Flexibility and variety are key elements of our camp and provides campers the opportunity to select four different classes throughout the day. Whether campers are rock climbing, baking cookies, conducting experiments, playing games, getting fit, or finding a hundred different ways to use duct tape, they are bound to have fun! All Saints’ Summer 2012 is a four week (June 4-8, June 11-15, June 18-22, June 25-29) summer day camp from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for students entering grades Pre-K through Grade Nine. Registration opens March 5. To view our classes and to download a registration form, visit our website at All Saints’ Episcopal Day School 6300 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ Fun, exciting and unique classes abound this June during All Saints’ Summer 2012.

CCL offers 9 weeks of affordable summer fun, starting May 29, for kids going into Kindergarten to 8th grade. Activities include Discovery Zone, gym time, arts and crafts, cart racing, group games, Imagination Station, Carnival, Nerf Tag, flume races, water games and more! Campers may bring their lunch or purchase it daily. Camp runs from 9am – 3pm, with optional early and extended care available. The best news – camp is only $75 per week, if you register by May 1. After May 1, it goes up to $100 per week. Visit for additional Enrichment Camp options.

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mp Northern Arizona (23 miles S.E. of Flagstaff , AZ) 6 day- 6 night overni ght camp The camp offers lots of activities - horseback riding, kayaking, Arts & Crafts, Mountain Biking, Archery, Hiking, Rock Wall Climbing campfires, and more. Se ssions: July 1st (with

Teen Week) for kids ages 13-15. (Sp ecial Dinner and activitie sessions start July 8th & 15th for kids ages 8-1 s included). Other weekly 2. Train to be a Counsel ages 15-17 – June 24th or to June 29th – $150 (Inclu des CPR and first aid tra Regular price for ages ining) 8-15 is only $498.00. ea rly bird special - $4 Save $48 by registering 50 BEFORE May 1st. Fee inc snacks ludes

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English Soccer Experience Flagstaff, Arizona

We have been proudly serving the Arizona soccer community since 1992. Our residential soccer camps in Flagstaff have attracted thousands of players over the years making us Mention this Zona Arizona’s most popular soccer camp. Situated at 7000 ad when calling or emailing feet and surrounded by the snow capped San and receive an additional Zona discount! Francisco Peaks, the beautiful campus of Northern Arizona University is the perfect location for non-stop soccer. The ESE coaching staff is a dynamic mix of English professional coaches and US based professional coaches. The camps are open to boys and girls of all abilities, ages 9-18. Please visit us at for more info or call


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SUMMER ADVENTURES 2012 Camelback Village Health & Racquet Club Phoenix, Arizona

In this electronics age Camelback Village Health & Racquet Club has committed to keeping kids active and healthy while having fun! Join us this summer for our Village Fitness Camps which include (but not limited to) Martial Arts, Fencing, Tennis, Dance, Hiking, Nutrition and more! Half and Full day options available.

Imagine That! Summer Camp Paradise Valley, AZ

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Non-Members welcome as well. start date: Weekly sessions start May 29th. cost: Prices range from $90-$195 per camp. For more information or to register call 602.840.6412 or visit

Arizona Animal Welfare League and SPCA If you have an animal loving child or a teen that is interested in working in the animal field then AAWL & SPCA have the perfect camp for you! We offer a wide variety of camps and themes for all ages: For ages 6-8 Animals Around the World or Be the Creature. For ages 9-12 Doctor Dog and Blend Bolt or Bite. For ages 12-14 Junior Animal Keepers. For ages 12-15 we also offer a basic and advanced Camp Vet. All camps feature hands on experiences with animals and fun interactive crafts, games, and activities. Enroll now Space is limited! Camp 4 kids who Dates: May 28-August 3 luv anim als! Contact Info:


Ext 122 or 121 Location: 30 N. 40th Place Phoenix, AZ 85034

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Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Architecture Camp

Scottsdale, Arizona Here’s a chance to experiment and develop your own ideas while exploring those of Frank Lloyd Wright at his winter home, Taliesin West. “Design Your Dream Space”, a unique, individualized design and model-building program, fosters creative expression in a multifaceted project. journey through Taliesin Photographer, Andrew Pielage, will guide students on a visual hand building and use a West and the surrounding desert. In ceramics, campers learn -on architecture-based potter’s wheel to complete at least one finished piece. Hands tion. Keep math, art and activities challenge campers, encourage originality and innova AGE: 10-18 science skills sharp and most of all...Having Fun! Type: Day For information or to register contact Shawn: srdavis@fr .627.5355 or visit our website: Call 480

The Arcadia Ice Arena Skating Camp

Phoenix, Arizona


Come join us at Arcadia Ice for the coolest summer day camp in town! Here at Arcadia Ice children will indulge themselves in activities such as taking ice skating lessons, playing on ice and off ice games, doing arts and crafts, watching movies, making friends, and so much more. Our experienced counsel ors strive to improve your child’s ice skating skills in an encouraging and fun environment. We offer many discounts such as multiple sibling, multiple week sign up, and pre registra tion. We look forward to hearing from you and answering any questions you may have.

Type: Day AGE: K - 8 Program cost: $165.00 a week with pre registration

Camp special: Buy three weeks get one free! (Includes lunches for all four weeks)

Register at or call 602-957-9966


Camp Kodiak ... a place to grow!! Ontario, Canada 1-Day & 1-Week Camps Ages 6 - 16 “MAKE A MOVIE” Camp. Kids CREATE & ACT in a short film. Includes DVD. “ACTING FOR STAGE & SCREEN” is an ACTING CAMP. 1-Day and 1-Week options available. Performance & DVD. “GLEE + TV” Back by Popular Demand! Sing, Dance and Act On-Camera. Performance & DVD included. “IMPROVITHON” 1/2 Camp. Imaginations soar with Theatre Games & Improvisation Fun!

Integrated, non-competitive summer camp for children and teens with and without ADHD, LD, NLD and high-functioning Asperger Syndrome. Located near Parry Sound , Ontario on a 425 acre site with 2 1/2 miles of waterfront. Social skills program, academic program, and over 50 sports and activities. Staff includes professionals from the fields of education, social work, psychology, child care and recreation. Camper-to-staff ratio is 2-to-1. Campers come from all over Canada and the USA and from around the world. Comfortable, lakefront, log cabins, electricity, full bathrooms with showers. Doctor and three nurses on staff. Complimentary airport service. Type: Overnight sESSION dates: Session 1 - July 1 - 28 • Session 2 - July 29 - Aug 19

Toll-free: 877-569-7595 E-mail: Web:

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DISCOVER Summer Camps at GateWay Youth Phoenix, Arizona

GateWay Community College in Phoenix off ers a variety of summer experiences for your children, ages 5 to 19. Your children can explore a new talent, interest or career, and in some cases earn colle ge credit. This summer, camps in automotive, GateWay has business, construction , healthcare and scien Visit us online at w w ce. (602) 286-8672 to lea or call rn more about:

Camp Gecko, Ages: 5–12 • Build a Business Camp , Ages: 13–15 Science Camp, Ages: 13 – 15 • Automotive Ac ad em y, Future Builders Ac ademy, Ages: 16–19 • Healthc are Ages: 16–18 Ac ademy, Ages: 16–18.

Hubbard Sports Camp - Day Camp

Phoenix Swim Club @ 29th St & Campbell Camp days include soccer, basketball, volleyball, baseball, archery and swimming. Campers build self confidence; learn sportsmanship, team play and new skills to last a lifetime. Our counselors are great role models. Enjoy the summer playing games, making memories and meeting friends. You are only a kid once - come have some fun with us! Type: Day AGE: 4.5 - 13 session dates: One week sessions, May 29 thru August 3, Full Day (8:30am-3:30pm) or Half Day, (8:30am-12:00pm) options.

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10 miles to Funsville! 58 miles to Memories !

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SUMMER ADVENTURES 2012 In the ZONA Magazine’s First Summer Publishing Camp

(Open to ten kids, age 12-18) Be a part of a team that will create ZONA’s July issue. Learn from the best. Work along side our staff and discover what it takes to create a magazine from start to finish.

Camp Birchwood Northern Minnesota

It’s more than fun and activities, the experience is about life-long skills, friendships and memories that develop at camp. We provide campers with opportunities for making their own choices each day and encourage them to challenge themselves and to discover who they are. With a long list of available activities, campers are always on the go in a safe and friendly environment. We’re proud of what we do for boys and girls at Birchwood.

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Summer Flashlight Tours Desert Botanical Garden

Thursdays and Saturdays May 26 – September 1 at 7 p.m.

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ions and critters including nighthawks, toads, owls, snakes, scorp The desert night is howl. You may also see night-blooming flowers and hear coyotes all ages. of kids full of adventure. Wander at your own pace. Perfect for e ID) $10, cost: Adults: $18, Seniors: $15, Students: (13-18 & with colleg ted free. admit are ers Memb n Garde Children: (3-12) $8, Children under 3 and

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Art Studios! Computer Labs!

Phoenix Country Day School offers a great summer experience! Kindergarten-grade 8 students create their own schedule in half-day or full-day program with camp activities, sports, and non-credit classes. Courses include writing, reading, math, technology, music, theater, art, and specialties like Spa-Tastic Science. High school students have credit/non-credit options. Enjoy some of Arizona’s finest facilities with swimming pools, playing fields, air-conditioned gym and classrooms, art studios, auditoriums, computer labs. Full-service lunch in newly renovated cafeteria. Extended day. Type: Day AGE: Kindergarten-Grade 12 Dates: June 4 to July 13 COST: 2-week session K-8, $400-500; 9-12 priced per course.

Phone: 602-955-8200 ext. 2454 Email: Web:

Christ Church School

Groundbreaking On Wednesday April 4th Christ Church School had a groundbreaking ceremony for their new sport court. The 44’ x 60’ court will allow students to enjoy basketball, volleyball, tennis and hockey on a safe cushioned interlocking rubber tile surface built by Sport Court Arizona. “With the first shovels of dirt, we as a school, a community, start a new chapter in our lives. Thinking about this new addition and the opportunity it provides our students brings me tremendous joy, and I hope you will make plans to join us,” says Head of School Betsy Delaney. Christ Church School began fundraising for the court in 2010 and with recent donations from many families, including the Bice Family (Travis & Mari), whom the sport court will be named after- The Bice Sport Court, the court is becoming a reality.

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front: Anthony Rogers, Jacob Igo, Allyson Ceron, Jonathan Mena, Ariana Rodriguez, Connor Islas, George Wylie, Angel Tallabas, Daniel Talone back: Ryan Koeninger, Jake Marbach, McKenna Douglas, Meg Samuel, Camila Fuentes, Charlie Centola, Ely Brayboy & Caitlynn Lundqist VERY back: Nurse Ellen Bretzke

Find Inspiration in Scottsdale If you are looking for unique ways to be inspired, look no further than Movement Source Dance Company’s new multimedia performance, “Inspiration”. Movement Source will be showcasing original modern dance works intended to explore how and why we experience inspiration as well as inspire the audience through beautiful and thought-provoking dances. Live music, visual artwork and unique choreography from Movement Source will delight the senses. Guest Choreographers, Carlos Jones (NY) and Lindsay Brenner La Duc (Giordano Co., Chicago) contribute to the evening’s dynamic program.

Inspiration - a multimedia contemporary dance event Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts May 10th and 11th – Thu and Fri Call: 602-957-6561 for more information •

Christ Lutheran School Preschool through Grade 8 Extended Hours from 7:00am – 6:00pm for All Ages

Religious Instruction • Strong Academics • Spanish Cutting Edge Technology • Leadership Programs PE and Interscholastic Sports Instrumental and Vocal Music “Arts Attack” Program • School Nurse Bus Transportation Available Visit our website for summer camp programs for ages 3 and up,

including adult fitness classes in June! 3901 E. Indian School Rd. • 602-957-7010 •

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KACI: Why are dermatologists so cautious and hesitant to prescribe oral medications to children with bad cases of ezcima? When it comes to childhood eczema we are usually talking about atopic dermatitis. While the most important part of treating atopic dermatitis is appropriate skin care and topical anti-inflammatories (such as topical steroids) there are some oral medications that can help. Oral antihistamines are available over the counter ( e.g Benadryl) and through prescriptions ( e.g. Xyzal). They are pretty safe and I don’t think anyone hesitates to prescribe them. Oral antibiotics also have a role in atopic dermatitis and if a Dermatologist thought it would be appropriate, I don’t think there would be any hesitation. When it comes to systemic steroids ( e.g. Prednisone) they certainly can be helpful. In deciding to prescribe prednisone I think most dermatologists consider the degree of the flare. If the flare is mild then prednisone will probably not be considered. To rely on prednisone for every mild flare could lead to problems. It is common for children with atopic dermatitis to have numerous mild flares during the chronic course of their condition. Too much prednisone can lead to numerous problems: hypertension, diabetes, immunodeficiency , and after a while it may no longer be effective. When it comes to severe flares in my experience a Dermatologist would prescribe prednisone. If the child is miserable prednisone can clear the skin. At that time hopefully a better skin care regimen and prudent use of topical steroids can control the condition. Now if a child has 2 severe flares every month then something else has to be considered for the reasons stated above - chronic use of prednisone is not healthy. That ‘something else’ is either a better skin care regimen, identifying and controlling trigger factors better or a different immunosuppressive that while still associated with significant risk would be a better long term option if absolutely needed.


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Acne Myths and Facts By Dr. Khushnood

Acne vulgaris (or common acne): the dreadful skin disease of adolescence affects approximately more than 85% of teenagers. The bacterium that has been found to be associated with it is Propionibacterium acnes. There are so many research related to acne. Some of the studies have come up with interesting results: 1. A study, based on a survey of 47,335 women, found a positive epidemiological association between acne and consumption of partially skimmed milk.

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for the efficacy or lack of efficacy of dietary factors, face-washing and sunlight exposure in the management of acne.”

4. A study in November 2006 in Australia gave a 50% reduction in 12 weeks in mild-moderate facial acne by introducing its subjects to a high protein, low Glycaemic index diet. 5. Contrary to popular belief acne is not caused by dirt. 6. It has long been known that short term improvement can be achieved with sunlight. However, studies have shown that sunlight worsens acne long-term. More recently, visible light has been successfully employed to treat acne. 7. Eating too much bread may trigger acne in teenagers. 8. The bacteria that cause acne may protect sufferers from other infections and cancer in later life. 9. A blue and red light mixture seems to be most effective treatment for acne - reducing the number of spots by threequarters, says research.

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Mom always said to eat your vegetables so you would grow up strong and healthy, but she never said anything about the meat, did she? Vegetarianism is the practice where no meat or fish is consumed in your diet. It’s slowly becoming a popular diet across the country. According to a 2008 report by the Vegetarian Times, 3% of adult Americans (7.3 million people) follow a vegetarian diet, and 1 million of them are vegans. It is important to know there is a difference between these two terms. Vegetarian is a blanket term for all types of vegetarians [Example: Lacto-vegetarian (one who would be a vegan if they did not consume milk)]. Overall, these are people who don’t consume meat, poultry, and seafood. Vegans are people who do not consume any animal products or by-products such as meat, fish, cheese, honey, etc. Some even go as far as to not wear clothes made from animal products (i.e. wool.)

However, is becoming a vegetarian really worth it? By switching to vegetarianism, one of the benefits is stronger bones. The higher the intake of animal protein gained from eating processed meats, the more calcium bones lose. Replacing animal products with plant food, such as vegetables, will reduce the amount of calcium lost. However, this raises the concern of losing proteins. Meat contains high proteins that are essential to our bodies, but you can gain these proteins from other places by eating beans, grains, and vegetables which offers all the essential proteins to your diet. Another benefit of becoming a vegetarian is more energy. Average American diets contain harsh products that slow our bodies down and make us want to continually hit the snooze button in the mornings. Whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables are high in complex carbohydrates, so they supply the body with plenty of energizing fuel. Lastly, one of the best reasons for becoming a Vegetarian is saving money on food. On average, meat makes up 10% of diets in American households. Eliminating meat and processed foods and buying more fruits and vegetables saves households about $4,000 a year.

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So, is becoming a vegetarian really worth it? As long as your vegetarian style diet includes the vegetarian food groups- legumes (i.e. beans and peas), vegetables, fruits, and whole grains- and is in good balance, this diet will be extremely beneficial to your lifestyle. If you’re interested in starting on a vegetarian diet, I suggest checking out the Vegetarian Times who offers a free vegetarian starter kit filled with tricks, tips, and recipes to try out: http://www.vegetariantimes. com/vegetarian-starter-kit/

Good Luck to all the student-athletes this year!

Photo by PHILIP RODY - Junior • PCDS Interview by ALICE ZHAO - Sophomore • PCDS

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TWO PCDS Violinist’s Make State! alice: How long do you practice violin each day? Do you follow a routine? Flavia: During the week, I usually practice about one or two hours a day. Over the weekend I practice around three hours a day. The most important thing is to have a focused and productive practice. Fifteen minutes of good practice is more valuable than an hour of running through pieces without actually working on them. alice: What is your greatest accomplishment so far as a violinist?

chelsea: Getting into All State orchestra. But, I also think that being able to stick with the violin for so long is another major accomplishment. flavia: I was really excited when I soloed in the Alabama Youth Symphony in 5th grade, and became principal of the second violin section in the Alabama All-State Festival Orchestra in 8th grade. But, specifically this year, I’m proud to be in the Arizona AllState Orchestra and have the chance to study with Professor Sergiu Schwartz at the Bowdoin International Music Festival. Alice: If you were tackling a difficult piece of music, how would you go about learning/practicing it? chelsea:

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Usually, when I am trying to master a difficult piece of music, I play it through slowly in order to get the correct pitches and rhythms. I tend to focus on the technically difficult parts more when I practice. alice: What are your favorite pieces of music? Why? flavia: I like the Debussy String Quartet, the Ravel String Quartet, the Brahms Piano Quartet no.3 in C minor, Op.60, the Brahms Violin Concerto, and the “Sprach Zarathustra” by Richard Strauss. chelsea: My favorite pieces include Shostakovich’s 5th Symphony and Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. But, I think it’s hard to choose a favorite composer or a favorite piece of music simply because there are so many pieces to choose from, and still so many that I have not listened to yet. alice: What was your hardest moment as a violinist? flavia: When I was four, I played in a recital with my dad accompanying me on the piano. In the middle of the performance, I made a mistake. I stopped playing, turned around, and accused him of messing me up, but knowing that I had made the mistake myself. My dad accepted the blame and apologized, and we resumed

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MADISON: Your FAVE subject in school? CARLIE: Math. MADISON: Do you have any pets? 
CARLIE: I have 2 dogs and I had a fish, but it died. MADISON: Do you play other sports? 
CARLIE: I played Arcadia Little League for 2 years, but decided to just play soccer because I like it the best. MADISON: How many years have you played soccer? 
CARLIE: This is my 3rd season. MADISON: FAVE position to play? 
 CARLIE: OFFENSE!! MADISON: How is this season going so far? 
CARLIE: GREAT! We’ve only lost 1 game! MADISON: FAVE play that you’ll always remember? 
CARLIE: When I kicked

playing, but I felt awful afterwards. chelsea: It would probably be my memory slips. When I was younger, I sometimes forgot the last measure of a piece while I was playing, and I had to improvise in order to complete the performance.. alice: How do you balance among school, violin, and a social life? flavia: With violin, piano, Phoenix Youth Symphony, and homework, I don’t get a lot of free time. I sometimes have to miss out on parties and other social events because of concerts and rehearsals, but music is also very social itself. chelsea: It’s already difficult enough to balance school and violin, so sometimes I don’t have a lot of time for a social life. But playing violin opens up the opportunity to play in orchestras, such as the Phoenix Youth Symphony, which allows me to meet new people. alice: Where do you see yourselves in ten years? flavia: I would like to be playing concerts around the world with my string quartet.. chelsea: Probably starting a career. alice: If you could talk to any person in the world, living or dead, who would he/she be? Why? What would you say? Flavia: I would like to meet the poet E.E. Cummings. I love his work, especially the poems “anyone lived in a pretty how town” and “in just—.” I would ask him about how he was able to write such “cheerful-sounding” poems after all the hardships he endured in his life. chelsea: I’d like to talk to William Shakespeare, so I can converse with him about his plays and writings. alice: If you could take any three classes in the world, what would they be?

flavia: I would take cello lessons, an Italian class, and a Turkish class. chelsea: I would take a class on piano, cooking, and sign language. alice: What goals have you set for yourself, musically or in life? flavia: I want to learn five more languages and play in a professional string quartet. chelsea: I plan to continue playing violin seriously until the end of high school; after that, I would keep playing as a hobby. In life, I just want to someday be able to do something that will impact and help other people.


Alice Zhao is currently a Sophomore at Phoenix Country Day School. She enjoys playing tennis and plans to become a writer in the future.

3rd Grader @ Saint Theresa Catholic the ball over the goalies head and scored. MADISON: What’s your best talent on the field? CARLIE: Dribbling the ball down the field and scoring. MADISON: Hidden off field talent? 
CARLIE: Playing the piano. MADISON: Who’s your coach? 
CARLIE: Coach Heckenliable, he’s a lot of fun, but he makes us do a lot of laps. MADISON: What color are your cleats? 
CARLIE: Purple. MADISON: If McDonald’s was in space, who would eat it? 
CARLIE: Space unicorns. MADISON: Want to do a ZONA SHOUT-OUT to anyone? CARLIE: A SHOUT-OUT to all the unicorn lovers out there. You know who you are!

Interview by Madison Peak Carlie’s Sister! Madison is a 6th grader at Saint Theresa Catholic.

Photos by Heidi Pease

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SAINT THOMAStoBROPHYtoASUto The future looks bright for Kasey Coffman (So-OF) and Beau Maggi (SoC), two important components of the 18th ranked Sundevil’s baseball team. The two ballplayers attended Saint Thomas the Apostle and played ball for the Brophy Broncos, before going to ASU. Where next? Current Saint Thomas students Cara Coffman, grade 5 and Robbie Coffman, grade 7, Kasey’s cousins and Dane Maggi, grade 8, Beau’s brother, got the chance to interview the two Sundevil’s after their come from behind victory, April 17th, over their inner-state rivals, the University of Arizona Wildcats:


CARA: Has baseball always been your favorite sport? Kasey: Growing up I played three sports; football, baseball and basketball. I did it all the time. I played every sport. CARA: How were you able to get to this level in baseball?

Kasey: Lots of hard work and practice. I mean, extra hours out in the field. Good coaches around me, my dad mainly. A lot of factors. CARA: What is your strongest characteristic? Kasey: My personality. CARA: Can you put in a little plug for STA? Kasey: STA is the place to be! That’s the reason I am where I am today. It’s a great school. ROBBIE: Where do you see yourself in five years? Kasey: Hopefully still playing baseball. If not, done with college then working and raising a family. ROBBIE: Do your teammates have a nickname for you? Kasey: No. ROBBIE: Any advice you can give us on how to be a Division I baseball player? Kasey: Stay in school, get good grades, listen to your coaches and surround yourself with good people. DANE: Has baseball always been your favorite sport? Beau: I’d say yes. I’ve played a lot of football and baseball but baseball is definitely number one. DANE: How were you able to get to this level in baseball? Beau: Hard work and dedication and attending St. Thomas, of course. DANE: What is your strongest characteristic? Beau: I’d say, just respect for others, being able to communicate with other people and be nice to them and get along. DANE: Beau and Kasey can you put in a little plug for STA?

 Beau: Of course, I love STA! I’m glad I was able to go there from 5th grade to 8th grade and spend a lot of time there. I still keep in touch with all the teachers and Ms. Coffman. DANE: Where do you see yourself in five years? Beau: Catching for the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. DANE: Do your teammates have a nickname for you? Beau: I get called Beau-vice a little bit. DANE: Any advice you can give us on how to be a Division I baseball player? Beau: Yeah, you just got to manage your time and have everything in order. Your school comes first, and then your family, and then your sports.

ROBBIE: Any advice you can give us on how to be a Division I baseball player? Kasey: Stay in school, get good grades, listen to your coaches and surround yourself with good people.

What other publication would provide this kind of opportunity for Arcadia’s kids? Starting Right Fielder, Kasey Coffman, takes time after a Sundevil’s victory to take pictures and talk to St. Thomas students Cara and Robbie.

Besides being a first rate catcher for the Sun Devils, Beau Maggi (R) is also a cool big brother.

In 2008, ZONA did a story on eight Brophy baseball players who all went to St. Thomas before high School. Kasey and Beau were part of the historic group... ... In that same 2008 issue, ZONA featured another great baseball player from the neighborhood, Arcadia High’s Joey DeMichele, who is also currently playing for the Sun Devils.

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ASK AZURE Written by Kaci Demarest Junior @ Sunnyslope High School

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Props to Kaci Demarest, one of ZONA’s devoted junior reporters, for writing another captivating story below. However, I want to Loop N. 202 first tell people that I went to Hubbard at Mesa Riverview myself, (Red Mountain Freeway) mid April, to see how long it actually took from Arcadia. It took me and Dobson Road exactly 16 minutes 23 seconds from ZONA office at 36th St. & Indian School to the front door at Hubbard, at noon. That’s me though, you might want to give yourself 20. Map Quest says 17. With the Phoenix weather about to soar into the triple digits, swimming is definitely a must in our desert climate; however, younger children may not yet possess these skills. So why not check out Hubbard Family Swim School for lessons? Hubbard Family Swim School has been in business around the valley since 1999 when owners Bob and Kathy Hubbard first opened the doors. Bob Hubbard has served as President of the United States Swim School Association (USSSA). Both of the Hubbards have participated at renowned World Aquatics Baby Conferences in Malmo, Sweden, and New Zealand; and the Australian Coaches Conference. “My children, Joe, Benny, and Jack, have all been swimming at Hubbard since they were each 6 months old,” Christy Coury, long-time Hubbard customer, said. Coury became a customer of Hubbard in 2003 when her eldest son began to take lessons at the school at the age of six. “I used to coach swimming and was a lifeguard, so the sooner my children Benny (L), Joe (R) and a buddy (Middle) were in the water the better,” Coury said. Currently, Hubbard has five valley locations. The schools offer a range of classes for kids as young as 4 weeks until students are too competitive for the school which is around 13 years old. Up until students are 5 months, swim lessons are free that teach baby and parent tips for tub-time and preparing for swim lessons.

Christy Coury of Arcadia

“The location in Mesa has easy access from Arcadia - it’s right off the freeway. They have consistent programs which I really like. They’re accommodating enough that all three of my children swim at the same time,so I don’t need to travel down here multiple days a week,”

The program implemented at Hubbard teaches students to ‘love and respect the water’ from a young age. Aside from swim lessons, Hubbard also offers open family swim on Friday nights, a summer sports camp and recreation. Over the years, the institution has won prestigious awards such as USSSA Guiding Light, USSSA Customer Service, USSSA Outstanding Teacher (multiple times), and USSSA Outstanding Facility. So, if you’re in need of swim lessons or an escape from the heat this summer, come on down to Hubbard Family Swim School: safety starts here. Visit Hubbard Family Swim School online: Like on Facebook: Hubbard Family Swim School. Turn to Hubbard’s calendar of upcoming events in this issue of ZONA, page 3.

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Dear Azure, Lately, my best friend has been so wishy washy; a total Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hide. One day she is super nice and the next day she doesn’t even seem to recognize me. What should I say to her? Sincerely, Unrecognizable Dear Unrecognizable, It sounds like two people need to make a decision here- her and you. You need to decide if you really want someone like this as your best friend, and she needs to decide if she really is your friend. If you think that there is any hope, then talk to her, and let her know how you feel. If she doesn’t improve though, it might be time to go shopping for a new BFF. This doesn’t mean that you have to give up on her as a friend entirely, but as a best friend. Find a friend who is true to you- you deserve it! Sometimes they come from the most unlikely of places… And sometimes they’re right under your very nose. Sometimes a friend who has always been “Not as close” with you may turn out to be a better friend than you ever imagined. Good Luck, Azure Dear Azure, I am doing a project for school and my teacher paired me up in a group with people that I do not get along with at all. I do not want to ask to be switched though, because then I’ll just look like a coward. What do I do? Sincerely, Project Wrongway Dear Project Wrongway, First, let me say… Love the name. More importantly though, is that you’re stuck working with what sounds like some difficult people. Sometimes working with people who are difficult can actually be a good thing. If you can try and find some common ground with them, you might be surprised to find them a lot easier to deal with. You know how the old saying goes, “You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” Try greeting them with a smile, and asking them how their day was. Ask them about their interests. People build up walls, but it’s funny how fast you can break them down with a smile and by expressing genuine interest in them as people. Your friend, Azure

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