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Holiday classes, workshops at CCC

Honoring the dead

Holiday arts and crafts classes and workshops for all ages are held at Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. A Parents’ Morning Out for “Black Friday” shopping is from 5:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Fri., Nov. 23. Activities for kids include breakfast, arts and crafts, movies, sports activities and pizza for lunch. Building Blocks - Holiday Arts and Crafts, for children ages 3 and older by Dec. 3, runs from 9 to 11 a.m. or noon to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, beginning Dec. 3. Children must be toilet-trained; no diapers or pull-ups are allowed. Children create 12 days of fun holiday arts, crafts and other activities. For all ages, a variety of one-time workshops or short-term classes to create holiday gifts is also offered by the Community Center including Holiday Pottery, Gingerbread Baby, Little Elves’ Workshops and more. Visit chandleraz.gov/recreation or call 480-782-2727 to learn more.

ALTAR IMAGES: Students from Chandler-Gilbert Community College’s Mexican American History and Culture class display colorful altars honoring departed loved ones in celebration of Día de los Muertos. The altars, on display through Mon., Nov. 19 in the lobby of the CGCC Library, 2626 E. Pecos Rd., Chandler, feature photos of the deceased, brightly colored paper, flowers, skulls, candles and other symbolic decorations, honoring historical figures in Mexican and Mexican American history, as well as deceased family members and friends. Día de los Muertos is a traditional Mexican holiday dedicated to remembering friends and family members who passed away, and to bring their spirits back to visit on the day. Submitted photo

Winter Break Time Registration is in Progress! The winter Break Time magazine outlining all-ages recreation classes and special events for December, January and February is available at libraries and recreation centers and www.chandleraz.gov/breaktime. Registration is in progress for residents and non-residents.

Woofstock Returns to Tumbleweed Park The fifth annual Woofstock event will be Saturday, November 17 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Tumbleweed Park. Admission is free for this all-ages, dog-friendly festival with a variety of activities and entertainment. For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/woofstock.

Parent & Toddler Activity at TRC Tumbleweed Recreation Center will host its parent and toddler drop-in activity “Bikes, Bounce & Boogie” on Wednesday, November 21 from 9-11 a.m.. There is a $2 fee ($3 non-resident) per child. Call 782-2900 for more information.

Tumbleweed Tree Lighting is Dec. 1 The 56th annual Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony and Parade of Lights will be held in historic downtown Chandler on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 4:30-9 p.m. Enjoy the music, entertainment, arts and food. The Parade starts at 7 p.m. followed by the lighting of the Tumbleweed Tree. For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/special-events.

Watch “Come Out & Play Chandler” The November episode of the “Come Out & Play Chandler!” show is airing on Channel 11 and the Chandler Recreation YouTube Channel. It features previews of upcoming holiday events.

Sonoran Sunset Series Starts Dec. 20 The Environmental Education Center presents the Sonoran Sunset Series on Thursdays in the winter that feature free lakeside entertainment by musicians suitable for all ages. The performances will be Dec. 20, Jan. 17 and Feb. 21. For more information, visit www.chandleraz.gov/veterans-oasis or call 782-2890.

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Life skills for youth through golf Character education through the game of golf is now offered to 7- to 17-year-olds at the Lone Tree Golf Club at 6262 South Mountain Blvd., Chandler. The First Tee of Phoenix is providing the year-round program, which includes special outreach programs in the community with Allied Organizations and the First Tee National School Program in the Chandler Unified School District. “The First Tee of Phoenix is well known in the golf industry as one of the best chapters of The First Tee in the country,” says Greg Avant, owner and operator of Lone Tree. “We are very excited about the partnership and view this as a way to share our passion for the game of golf and bring their outstanding youth development programs to our facility and the Chandler area.” Summer, fall and winter programs are modified according to weather and school schedules. The cost is $60 per year. For more details, call 602355-7655 or email Eric Kulinna at ekulinna@thefirstteephoenix.org. SWING: Kids tee off during the recent launch of Lone Tree Golf Club’s First Tee of Phoenix youth developmental program. Submitted photo

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Informational meetings for incoming freshmen Current eighth-graders planning to attend Hamilton High School next year and their parents are invited to “Freshman Priority Registration Meetings” beginning Tue., Nov. 27. The purpose of the sessions is to meet with administrators and counselors, choose classes, tour the school and learn about additional programs and opportunities. The meetings are at 4:30 and 6 p.m., and will also be offered Tue., Dec. 4 and Tue., Dec. 11. To register, visit cusd80.com/Page/30018. For more information, call 480-883-5041.

Kids get free shots at clinics

Free immunizations for all children are offered this month throughout Chandler, Gilbert and the Ahwatukee area, thanks to Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert medical centers in cooperation with Arizona’s Vaccine for Children program. The program applies to children younger than 19 who are covered by private insurance or AHCCCS, those who do not have insurance or whose insurance does not cover immunizations, or those who are American Indian or Native Alaskan. Children should bring their immunization records and any letters from school indicating which shots need to be given. Clinics are offered at area elementary schools, Chandler Regional Medical Center and Chandler Fashion Center. Immunizations at a reduced cost are offered for adults. For details, times and locations, visit ChandlerRegional.org or MercyGilbert.org.


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MEET & GREET: Girl Scout Troops 936, 746 and 956 met Chandler City Councilmember Trinity Donovan in the Council Chambers. Donovan spoke to the girls about local government and what decisions are made at the local level. As a result of their meeting, the girls earned their Inside Government badges. Info: ocotillogirlscouts.org. Submitted photo

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A Basha High School senior is hoping to raise $1,000 for abused children this month, and is looking for assistance from the community. Samantha Clark is working with Fitness Works, which is donating half of the sale of three-month memberships so the other half can go to the Mesa Child Crisis Center. “During my four years at Basha High, my research has been centered around child abuse,” Clark explains. “My heart is saddened by the mere statistics shown for the rate of incline for reported child abuse. I want to help educate people on the damage and long lasting effects child abuse has on society.” She will make a presentation to her senior English class on her findings, and hopes the cash donation to the children will help “these displaced children have a holiday that will prove to be more special than the center could have originally anticipated.” Clark is selling three-month Fitness Works memberships for $20, and $10 per coupon will go to the children. Memberships need to be activated by Nov. 30. To make arrangements to meet at the Basha Library, on the northwest corner of Riggs and Val Vista to make the cash transaction, Clark says those wishing to help can call or text 480-235-1140 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. any day of the week.


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K.O. Win $15 gift card from Changing Hands Bookstore

Students who either live in Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek or surrounding areas or who attend area schools can win $15 gift cards from Changing Hands Bookstore, thanks to a partnership between the bookseller and the SanTan Sun News. This ongoing, monthly promotion awards a $15 Changing Hands gift card to every youth whose article, story, poem, essay, editorial, book review, photo or illustration is chosen to be printed in the SanTan Sun Kids Opportunity section, while supplies last. The Kids Opportunity section is printed in the Youth Section of the first paper of the month, each month. The best news is that even though only one to three submissions are printed per month, all good submissions are

held in a file to be printed in future issues. So if an entry doesn’t win this month, it could win next month -- or even the month after that. To enter, visit SanTanSun.com, click on Youth and then on Student Writer Permission Slip to download a submission-permission slip. Complete the form and have a parent sign it so the paper has permission to print the entry and the author or artist’s byline. Then, email the submission-permission slip and writing or artwork to Lynda@ SanTanSun.com as a Word file, if writing, or JPEG, if art, or pasted into the email. Those who don’t have access to email, or prefer to send submissions on disk, may send a hard copy of the form with the entry in a Word file or JPEG on a CD via postal mail to Lynda Exley, Kids Op Page, SanTan Sun News, P.O. Box 23, Chandler, AZ 85244-0023. For more information on the Kids Op page, or to have SanTan Sun News Editor Lynda Exley speak at your school to rev students up about writing and publishing, email Lynda@SanTanSun.com.

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Summit celebrates, inspires teen girls The first Girls Rule! “Teen and Women’s Summit” is open to SanTan Sun area girls ages 13 to 17 and their mothers, mentors or guardians from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., Dec. 1 at ASU Polytechnic Campus, 7001 E. Williams Field Rd., Mesa. The event includes breakfast and lunch, inspirational speakers, workshops, entertainment and an awards presentation recognizing extraordinary teen girls who make a difference in their

communities. Tickets are $59 through Fri., Nov. 30 or $69 at the door. Girls Rule! is a foundation that aims to help teenage girls realize their dreams and celebrate their successes by teaching healthy, wise life choices, building self-esteem and promoting leadership skills. For more information, visit girlsrulefoundation.org or Facebook.com/girlsrulefoundation.

CUSD teachers, schools benefit from CEF grants Eighty-three grants totaling more than $41,000 were given by the Chandler Education Foundation to teachers and schools throughout the Chandler Unified School District. Generated by funding through the CEF’s 100% Awareness Campaign conducted at the beginning of each school year, the grants enable teachers and staff to purchase items for their classrooms and conduct innovative projects to enrich the educational experience for students. Thanks to contributions from students, families and CUSD staff, CEF awarded nearly $10,000 more this year than the previous year. Teachers and administrators were surprised with news of the grants

on their campuses by celebratory groups called “Woo Hoo Patrols.” CEF staff and volunteers congratulated the unsuspecting grant winners with balloons, certificates and ribbons. The CEF is the premier nonprofit partner to the Chandler Unified School District, providing community support for excellence in education and promoting lifelong learning and responsible citizenship for CUSD students. In addition to teacher grants, CEF provides private donor scholarship opportunities as well as scholarship opportunities through their IMPACT Chandler Scholars program. For more details, visit ChandlerEdFoundation.org.


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Carlson Champions

As You Wish – PTO is still collecting registration and payment for participation in the commemorative tile wall to be displayed in the school with the children’s creations. Students have until Dec. 1 to register and until Dec. 31 to complete their tiles. Fresh & Easy – Receipts can be turned in to the front office or to teachers by Dec. 31 to help PTO earn money for Carlson. Jamba cards – Order forms for the “Buy One, Get One Free” card for Jamba Juice locations throughout the Valley are still available for $10 each. Proceeds from the fundraiser go to Carlson’s Technology Fund to support state-of-the-art supplies for the classrooms. Calendar Nov. 21: Champions assembly, 2 p.m., Multipurpose room —Lora Robinson

CTA-Independence Hawks

Book it – Volunteers are needed for the Book Fair Nov. 27 through Dec. 4 in the Library. Anyone available to help should contact Mrs. Hyman. Parents are welcome to shop from 3 to 4 p.m. daily. Great strides – Running Club practice began recently and continues to meet after school twice weekly

GREAT LENGTHS: Fifth-grader Reilly Babcock, a student in Mrs. Sung’s class, donates 10 inches of her hair to Locks of Love. Thanks to Reilly for demonstrating true CTA-Independence character. Submitted photo

to build endurance, confidence, friendships and team spirit. During third quarter, club members compete against other schools in the Chandler Unified School District. Fun Run – Thanks to the entire Hawk community for making the Apex fundraiser a success. Much hard work and enthusiasm went into the event and the results were evident. Kudos – Congrats to CTAIndependence students and staff for earning recognition as a 2012 National Center for Educational Achievement Higher Performing School. Schools earning this designation are identified by two measures: consistent improvement in student achievement from previous years and / or absolute student achievement using the school’s

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Exceeds Performance results on the spring 2012 Arizona AIMS. Cereal Drive – Student Council thanks CTA-Independence families and friends for their generous donations to the Cereal Drive held for Chandler Care Center. A large donation was made to the food bank. Tax credit – CTA-Independence families and friends can visit the school website and click on the “Our School” tab for information on tax credit donations, with an option to donate online. Every dollar spent is returned at tax time and goes directly to the school – not the state or district. Calendar Nov. 29: PTO General Meeting, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Nov. 30: Movie Night, 6:30-8:30 p.m. —Wendi Olson

Fulton Fire

DRESSING UP: Intel employee and first-grade Junior Achievement volunteer Derek Witt and teacher Mrs. Ferber wear clean-room suits as part of a Junior Achievement lesson about jobs. Submitted photo

HELLO MUMMY: First-grader Kash Bohn with a stuffed animal she “mummified” in class as part of her class’s study of ancient Egypt. Submitted photo

Checkmate – Four Fulton students participated in the recent “Hurricane” chess tournament. Adrian “A.J.” Zvada came in 59th in the K-3 U600 section. Mitchell Steddom earned a first-place trophy in the K-6 U700 section, and Joshua Gataric and Parker Stahl came in second and 19th, respectively, in the K-6 champ sections. Fulton came in second place out of 20 schools represented in the K-6 champ section. Food Drive – Fulton Student Council recently wrapped up a food drive for the C.A.R.E. Center. —Sarah O’Brien

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Haley Tigers

RUN FOR IT: Haley Elementary hosted a “fun run” as its main source of fundraising for the 2012-13 school year. Students earned pledges per lap to raise money for their school. The money will be used to purchase content-area reading materials and fieldtrips. Prior to the run, the Apex Fun Run crew was on campus for two weeks teaching students how to be leaders in their community and preparing for the upcoming run, using character traits of a superhero to outline lessons for the students. On the day of the run, students and staff members wore their own superhero capes. Submitted photo

—Stephanie Vatistas

Hancock Heat

Character Counts – The Character Counts program at Hancock emphasizes six pillars of character, focusing on a different pillar each month in the classroom and schoolwide. The character trait for November is “caring.” Class notes – Fifth-graders can experience the Civil War through a “Traveling Trunk” sent from Gettysburg National Park in Pennsylvania. Students will analyze and interpret many artifacts from the Civil War era, comparing and contrasting with similar articles from the present. Play by ear – Hancock’s Library received a grant to purchase

audiobook CDs to accompany student novels and Battle of the Books titles. Students listen to the books on CDs as they read along. Garden Club – The Garden Club is a science club that provides an opportunity for fifth- and sixthgraders to design, plant and maintain a real vegetable and flower garden at Hancock. Thanks due – A sincere thanks on behalf of the 100% Awareness Campaign to Hancock families and friends who generously supported the Chandler Education Foundation, allowing Hancock teachers to apply for and receive grants. Tax credits – Hancock families are encouraged to donate to the school through the tax credit program, up to $400 for married couples or $200 for singles. Donations can be broken down into budget-friendly increments and can be charged to a credit card. The full donation is received back as a tax credit. Hancock uses tax credit money to fund fieldtrips, after-school clubs and assemblies throughout the school year. Thanks to those families who have already donated. —Suzanne Incorvaia

Hull Heroes

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Jacobson Jets

Terrific totals – Thanks to Jacobson families and friends for their fundraising support: the Charleston Wrap Fall Fundraiser raised more than $12,000, and Eat Out Nights raised more than $1,000. Several new color printers were purchased for the school. School Cents – At last count, the Jets were in third place in the School Cents program. Receipts from Chandler Fashion Center or surrounding stores can be stamped at the mall’s information desk or sent with students to school, with child’s and teacher’s names on the envelope. Receipts can be returned if so marked on the envelope. Box Tops – Shop online for the holidays earning Box Top points for Jacobson: go to boxtops4education. com, click on “Marketplace” and follow the steps to shop online at many stores. The next classroom Box Top contest is at the end of November.

Calendar Nov. 20: Eat Out Night, Blu Burger Grille, 4-8 p.m. Nov. 30: BMX show; Winter Wonderland Boutique, 6-8 p.m. Dec. 10-14: Holiday Shop —Blanca Dozal

Ryan Royals

Thanks due – Thanks to the PTO, vendors, student and parent volunteers, and donors for the silent auction and raffle baskets for making Ryan’s annual fall festival a huge success. Fresh & Easy – Ryan families and friends are encouraged to save and turn in receipts dated through Dec. 31 and valued at $20 or more for the Fresh & Easy fundraiser. School Cents – Original receipts from San Tan Village can still be turned in. The receipts from stores south of Williams Field Road, including Costco, Sam’s Club and Walmart, do not count this year. Box Tops – More than 1,700 Box Tops were collected at the Fall Festival. Details for the November contest will be announced soon. Check the weekly Monday Morning Message, the Ryan Facebook page and the Daily Video announcements. Fun Run – Canine Companions for Independence Fun Run are held at the school on Nov 21. Run and support a great local charity. —Traci Lepacik


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ROCK THE VOTE: Santan Elementary students cast their votes as part of Arizona’s Kids Voting, a nonprofit, nonpartisan grassroots effort to involve young people in democracy and the voting process. Students were supplied with Kids Voting pamphlets, ballots, student IDs, “I Voted” stickers and private booths to vote in. Submitted photo

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Tarwater Toros

What’s the matter – First-graders are exploring liquids, solids and gases in a study of matter. They mixed liquid water with solid dry ice to create a reaction of gases. Each child got to feel and touch the gas as it escaped from the vase. VIP visitor – Third-grade students learned about the three branches of government from Chandler City Council member Jeff Weninger, who

visited Tarwater to speak about how government affected his life and why he is involved at the local level. He encouraged all third-grade students to vote when they turn 18. Class notes – Tarwater fourthgraders are writing poetry, learning about figurative language, studying the three ancient tribes of Arizona and continuing research on Arizona’s Native American tribes. A trip to the Heard Museum in Phoenix allowed students to enjoy the rich history Arizona offers. Coin Drive – Toro Ambassadors partnered with Student Council to collect loose change for the Tempe branch of “Feed My Starving Children,” an organization with facilities across the U.S. Students spent many hours helping pack nutritional packets and standing with picket signs in the parent drop-off / pick-up areas and playgrounds. Funds collected help pay for the cost of food and shipping costs to some of the world’s most malnourished children. —Robyn Kelly

Weinberg Wranglers

Winter Wonderland – Weinberg holds its first annual “Winter Wonderland” from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fri., Nov. 30. The event features entertainment by the school’s band, orchestra and chorus students; a silent auction; photographer for family holiday photos; and a train to ride around campus. Vendors can reserve a spot for $25 plus an auction item

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TEAM WORK: Taryn Marton of Basha High jumps to spike the ball in a recent game against Rincon High in Tucson. Basha High’s girls’ volleyball team made it to the playoffs seven of the last eight years. Coach Jim Kann attributes the team’s success to teamwork and dedication. With 16 teams in the playoffs this year and an overall record of 29 and 10, Basha hopes to continue their successful season. Submitted photo

Elite athletes – Congrats to four distinguished Basha athletes who signed national letters of intent with major universities on Athletic Signing Day. McKayla Ferris will play women’s volleyball for Gonzaga University. Jamie Westbrook will play baseball for Pepperdine. Maurice Kirby will play men’s basketball for Virginia Tech, and Allan Bower will participate in men’s gymnastics at University of Oklahoma. —Brent Rincon

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Relay for Life – Andersen Elementary teachers joined thousands of people participating nationwide in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life event. On May 3 and 4, Andersen staff will walk all night in the fight against cancer. To support the Andersen team, visit main.acsevents. org/goto/AndersenElem. Door décor – Andersen students participated in a door-decorating contest for Red Ribbon Week to show off anti-drug messages. Congrats to grades K-2 winner Mrs. Morgan’s class with “Keep Your Mind and Body Healthy” and grades 3-5 winner Mrs. Young’s class with “We Don’t Give a Hoot about Drugs.” Dance fever – More than 300 students and almost as many parents participated in Andersen’s first Glow in the Dark Dance, a fundraiser for the music program. Thanks to Mrs. G. for organizing the event. Kids Voting – Andersen students see Andersen Astronauts page 34

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Poll positions – Approximately 25 Hamilton High students from Abby Dupke’s Advanced Placement U.S. Politics and Government classes trained to be election workers and assisted voters at a variety of Chandler sites on Election Day. Legally, teens not yet eligible to vote are allowed and encouraged to work the polls in Arizona on Election Days. —Abby Dupke

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participated in Kids Voting on Election Day. Every student got the chance to go to the computer lab and cast their vote for president. At the end of the day, students nationally had elected Obama as president with 56% of the votes. Music notes – The Andersen PTO donated 30 beautiful guitars to the music program. Fourth- and fifthgraders started learning to play them, and by the end of the year thirdgraders will as well. Thanks to the PTO for providing this opportunity. Wishes granted – Congrats to the kindergarten team for winning a CEF grant for $500 and to Mrs. G. for winning a $300 grant for music. Calendar Nov. 21: Turkey Trot Dec. 3-18: Giving Tree Drive Dec. 14: Spelling Bee —Kathryn Perry

CTA-Goodman Gators

Sports Day – Student Council encourages all students to show their school spirit by wearing their favorite sports team’s shirt on Wed., Nov. 21. Pi Day – CTA-Goodman’s fifthgrade mathematicians organized a Pi Day to celebrate their studies. Students estimated, measured and calculated a variety of circular objects, and estimated and measured the circumference, diameter and radius of a circle made by the entire school – all 710 students.

School Cents – Help CTA-Goodman earn $250 to $3,000 by participating in the School Cents program at Chandler Fashion Center between now and April 15, 2013. Sign up for School Cents email reminders and earn up to 2,000 points instantly for the school. Bring receipts from Chandler Fashion Center or Urban Villages to Guest Services at the mall or drop receipts in the box in the school office to be logged in and returned. Calendar Nov. 19: Flag ceremony presented by fourth grade, 8 a.m., Amphitheater; Fall Orchestra Concert, 6:30 p.m., Multipurpose Room Nov. 21: Student Council Spirit Day—Sports Day; Sixth Grade/ Staff Volleyball Game, 1:15 p.m., East Basketball Court Nov. 27: Spelling Bee, 12:30 p.m., Media Center; Site Council meeting, 3:15 p.m., Conference Room Nov. 30: Geography Bee, 8:30 a.m., Media Center —Kathie Butters

Knox Knights

Turkey Drive – Knox families and friends are encouraged to donate to the school’s Turkey Drive, running through Nov. 21. Running Club – The Club is open to all Knox students. Its goal is to have students get and stay active. Thanks to Mrs. Nowlin and Mr. Durham for “running” the club. Thanks due – Thanks to the families

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who participated in the Fresh & Easy Shopping Night. Families are encouraged to keep sending in receipts of $20 or more. Fundraising fun – Knox is collecting old clothing, box tops, juice pouches, Sunny D labels and Labels for Education, and selling Harkins cups. Tax credit – Donate to the school through the Arizona Tax Credit program. Up to $400 per married couple or $200 per single can be donated. Full donations are returned via tax credit. —Ximena Rodriguez

D’Amani Grayer of Chandler, a senior at Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix, is a National Achievement Scholarship Semifinalist. Paine Harris of Chandler, a senior at Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix, is a National Achievement Scholarship Participant. Rand Hawk of Gilbert and Courtney Jackson of Queen Creek are among 20 of Arizona’s top scholar-athletes named as State Finalists for the 2012 Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. The finalists were narrowed down from a pool of 45,000 seniors who applied nationwide, including 727 applicants from Arizona. Basha High National Honor Society coordinates a blood drive with United Blood Services Fri., Nov. 30 and Sat., Dec. 1 for ages 16 and older. Appointments encouraged. Info: bashabears.com, Programs tab, NHS.

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Full STEM ahead – San Marcos students were treated to stimulating talks on STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, by female presenters in STEM fields, including a nutritionist, an ornithologist, a veterinarian and several ASU engineering professors. The talks were accompanied by hands-on activities. The STEM program at San Marcos is under the direction of Sun Lakes members and American Association of University Women (AAUW) member Diane Beatty, and aided by a grant from the state branch of AAUW. Science books for the school library have also been purchased with grant funds. For more information on AAUW, visit southeastvalleybranch-az.aauw.net. —Marcia Wagoner

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