Author: Thomalisa Gilmore

A Day of Connection

Come join Panthertown in A Day of Connection. They would like all students to turn off their cell phones for the entire day on Wednesday, April 26th to connect with other students and the world around them. A Day of Connection is important because Panthertown would like students to connect and show their true emotions with other students, instead of through a cell phone screen. They would like you to connect  by saying ”Hi” or ”Hello” to someone you’ve never talked to before. Have a real conversation with other students and friends, rather then using your cell phone to...

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Honoring the Cross Country Teams

Last Friday, our Girl’s Cross Country team finished in second place at the AIA Division One Cross Country Sectionals, and qualified for a spot at the AIA Cross Country State Championships. This is their second consecutive year at state! The members of the Girl’s Cross Country team are Janet Chavez, Ariz Duarte, Anette Carrasco, Michelle Rodriguez, Lizbeth Guerrero, and Sandy Nguyen. Ariz, Janet, and Anette also won medals for finishing in the top fourteen and became members of the All-Section team. Anette was recognized as the top freshman for the Fall 2016 season. Juan Ramirez, from the Boy’s Cross Country team, qualified for his third consecutive AIA Cross Country State Championship and took fifth place. In addition, Juan was also named a member of the All Section team for the second consecutive year.     The AIA Cross Country State Championships will be this Saturday, November 5, at Cave Creek Golf course. The first race starts at 8:45 a.m. Go show your support for both your Boy’s and Girl’s Cross Country...

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Where Are They Now?

Ashley Smith, a former Maryvale student who graduated in 2009, tells us about her life after high school. After graduation she studied at ASU, and switched majors several times. Ashley involved in a marching band, choir, and opera. She even went on a mission and learned to speak Spanish. Ashley’s favorite thing about Maryvale was the performing arts, where she was in Marching Band, Color Guard, Be A Leader Club, National Honor Society, Jazz choir, and last but not least, Drama club. Now, Ashley is finishing her Bachelor of Science in Global and Psychology studies. Looking forward to a Master of Arts in marriage and family therapy. She is working as a lead production supervisor at a call center, traveling, doing lots of genealogy, getting ready to work for an opera, and is engaged. Ashley has also been focusing on her writing and learning several new languages. When asked, what piece of advice she would give current Maryvale students she said, “Never Give Up.” and “You only fail when you don’t...

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Banned Books

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read, seek, and to express ideas, even the ones considered unusual or unpopular. It’s usually held during the last week of September, It draws attention to banned and challenged books. The books featured in Banned Books Week have been removed or they have restrictions in schools and public libraries. Banned Books Week happens in libraries all across the United States. Our library will be celebrating Banned Books Week, library should have some of the following books or authors.                 The Top Ten Most Frequently Challenge & Banned Books                                                             1.)Looking for Alaska, by John Green.                                                                                                     2.)Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James. This will not be in the library                                            3.)I Am Jazz, by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings.     ...

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Tower of Pulp- Opening Activity for Gifted Seminar

The Opening Seminar made these gigantic towers that reached 10 ft. tall. The students were split into groups, each group was required to use one Sunday paper and a roll of masking tape. The competition was to see who could use the newspaper and tape to create a structure that is stable and could stand on its own but also which structure was the tallest. As you can see there were many structures created. The winning group was all girls: Indica Orozco, Natalie Baldenegro, Ariana Mejia, and Estefanie Ruiz. They were asked what made their structure strong. They said their base, which was several layers thick was taped on each corner to form a large square. Then they made four long poles rising about 36 inches high and taped each one together. Finally, they placed telescoped tubes that were lightweight and reached a height of 10 feet tall. When the students were asked what they wanted to be, Indica Orozco had plans to become a veterinarian and Estefanie Ruiz wants to become a...

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