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8th grader maintained school activities through virtual COVID-19 setting

Life in school has been wildly different for children during the COVID-19 pandemic. It didn't stop Hanna Macias during her eighth-grade year.
12 days ago
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Mountain Ridge’s Tegan Bernard helps individuals find strength

Mountain Ridge High School's Tegan Bernard knows that not everyone can be mentored or helped in the same way.
14 days ago
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Apache Junction High School’s Shantel Ortiz wants to give everyone a fair chance

Like most kids her age, Shantel Ortiz knows that her future plans can change. Job opportunities and educational goals evolve.
25 days ago
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Barry Goldwater’s Kilan White uses experiences for philanthropic purpose

Most young men struggle to balance the difficult challenge of every day life, but Kilan White is not like most young men.
1 month ago
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Scottsdale Prep senior Jay Robertson combines nature and nurture

There are two things 17-year-old Scottsdale Prep senior Jay Robertson loves most in this world: nature and helping people.
2 months ago
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Trevor G. Browne QB Alex Rivera uses drive to find athletic and academic success

Alex Rivera stuck to his path to make the most of his high school experience athletically and academically.
2 months ago
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Gilbert senior Javier Garcia gives back with his passion for running

Gilbert high senior Javier Garcia has taken their cross country and track teams to new heights, all while holding his own in the classroom.
2 months ago
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Red Mountain senior Ayejah Rivera uses creativity to help community

Ayejah Rivera dedicates time to various causes in her community and athletics while keeping her academics sharp.
3 months ago
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Corona Del Sol senior Kelleigh Joos overcomes challenges to help others

Kelleigh Joos has overcome a lot of challenges in her life but has learned the value in helping out others.
3 months ago
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Nicholas Hodell

Gilbert high school senior leads through life of service

Carson Bryce’s work ethic in the classroom and in the community have led him to become a respected leader at Gilbert High School.
4 months ago
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Torrence Dunham

Tucson high school senior finds new way to help kids amid coronavirus

Abigail Gahr is making a difference in the lives of kids, families and teachers in the new world of virtual communication amid the coronavirus pandemic.
1 year ago
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Torrence Dunham

Gold medalist figure skater helps send veterans on memorable trip

Seventeen-year-old gold medalist figure skater Lauren Kobley raised $21,000 for Honor Flight Arizona that sent 18 veterans to Washington D.C.
2 years ago
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Torrence Dunham

Casteel sophomore soccer player uses hands to communicate with buddy

Casteel sophomore Naomi Nyboer can’t use her hands on the soccer field, but she uses them on the sideline to impact the life of an 8-year-old boy.
2 years ago
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Tom Kuebel

Sandra Day O’Connor basketball player uses faith to fight disease, help others

Sandra Day O'Connor High School senior Oscar Voeller has relied on his family and faith to help him prepare for his senior year.
2 years ago
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Arizona Sports Character Counts scholarship winner announced

The winner of the Arizona Sports Character Counts $10,000 scholarship courtesy of Parker & Sons Heating, Cooling & Plumbing is Adonis Watt.
3 years ago
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Tyler Drake

Veritas Prep tennis player not letting his disability slow him down

For Veritas Prep tennis player Zachary Radack, helping others and being the best person he can be comes second nature.
3 years ago
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Westwood soccer player aiming to help others beyond state lines

Soccer, gymnastics and swimming can be very demanding, but that isn't stopping Westwood High School junior Montana "Tanna" Gilletti from helping others in -- and out of -- the state of Arizona.
3 years ago
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Hamilton tennis player uses unique art form to help former teacher’s son

Hamilton high school tennis player Esha Rajadhyaksha is in the business of helping people. Using a unique art form called paper quilling, Rajadhyaksha is helping change lives for the better.
3 years ago
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Seton Catholic basketball player delivering on and off the court

While Garrett Elkins steady focuses on his mid-range jumper, the power forward is determined on doing something much more impactful. Making sure everyone gets a fair chance to succeed.
3 years ago
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Peoria Liberty football player determined to get back on the field

Just by looking at him, you probably couldn't tell Liberty senior lineman Zach Hunzinger is battling more than just opposing defenses.
3 years ago
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Character Counts scholarship awarded to Red Mountain’s Brittani Rusnak

Red Mountain High School senior Brittani Rusnak was named as the Character Counts Scholarship winner for her demonstration of outstanding moral character.
4 years ago
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Kellan Olson

Ironwood golfer finds time to volunteer with demanding studying workload

Ironwood High School senior Madisyn Clark defies the norm when it comes to how she dolls out her time to volunteer work, class and golf.
4 years ago
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Casteel High’s Cooper Christensen gives back in the community

Casteel High School's Cooper Christensen will graduate with the first class at the school. He'll be setting the bar pretty high for those that follow.
4 years ago
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Kellan Olson

Red Mountain swimmer battles transverse myelitis while giving back

You can't have first-hand knowledge of something until you've experienced it and that's what Red Mountain's Brittani Rusnak knows all too well.
4 years ago