Phoenix Youth Ballet Theatre Presents The Nutcracker Suite

2014-11-22 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Join Clara in her enchanting dream through the Land of Sweets as portrayed by local youth and professional dancers. Showtimes are 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Check website for ticket prices and to purchase. Boulder Creek High School Performing Arts Center, 40404 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy., 602-314-8033, More

Boulder Creek Visual Voice Club Communicates Through Good Design

2014-11-18 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Photo Credit: Sam Paul
Writer Barb Evans     There’s a club at Boulder Creek High School whose job is to make the other clubs look good. If given the chance, they can help you look good, too.   BC’s Visual Voice Club creates eye-catching visual communications for the school’s various clubs and organizations. By using the principles and elements of good design, members produce materials such as posters, invitations, T-shirts, advertisements and anything else you can imagine.   “We act as a real design firm,” says Alex Khoury, the club’s vice president. “We learn how to run a business by figuring costs and deciding what to charge. The clubs are our clients.”   Club president Dan Paul adds, “That’s what’s awesome about us. We are the one club that gets to work with all the other clubs.”   So far this year, they’re busy.   Current projects include T-shirt designs for DECA and FBLA, posters and fliers for the theater club’s empty bowl fundraiser and posters for several sports... More

Golf is like a Box of Cookies

2014-11-13 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Writer Tom Scanlon     Golf is a solitary sport. It’s almost to the point of compulsive isolation; the ability to block out the outside world and focus on the task at hand is an absolute must.   Sure, in tournaments, you’re technically playing against opponents. The one with the lowest score wins — everyone knows that.   But unlike most other sports, there is no one playing defense against you. You line up at the tee, then (hopefully) on the fairway, then (eventually) on the putting green. No matter where you are, there is no one between you and the hole.   There’s no ferocious linebacker trying to tackle you, no towering center trying to smash your shot, no spiker at the net ready to shove the ball back in your face and not even a goaltender patrolling the front of the cup.   It’s just you and the hole; man or woman vs. course. Many times, it’s not the most physically talented golfer who wins, but the one who is most mentally tough: the one who says, “I know how to... More

Darby Deak: Horsing Around and Serious Modeling

2014-11-12 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Writer Tom Scanlon     “It’s always busy,” says Darby Deak, smiling inside her family’s lively Grayhawk home. “Busy, busy, busy.”   Darby is a senior at Notre Dame Preparatory. She has gratefully returned to life on the smaller campus after spending a not-for-me year at Chaparral High School, where her father was a star athlete before playing professional baseball. Many of her fellow students at Notre Dame are busy with traditional school activities such as football, volleyball, cheerleading, theater and other school clubs. But as a champion equestrian and budding beauty queen, her busy life happens away from school.   “Darby has been riding horses since she was 6 years old and has a passion for all things horse,” says her mother, Sherry, with a she-didn’t-get-it-from-me look.   She is a national champion in the Arabian country English pleasure class and a two-time national reserve champion in half-Arabian country English pleasure.   “Every horse has a... More

Notre Dame Prep Boys Golf Looking for Double Eagle in State Tournament

2014-11-11 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Writer Tom Scanlon     Surrounded by the amazing golf courses of North Scottsdale, Notre Dame Preparatory is looking like a dynasty golf program.   Last year, Austin Stadeli, who finished third in the state as a junior, capped off his high school career by scoring a state championship before going on to play golf at the University of Arizona.   So with Stadeli gone, who will take over as NDP’s top golfer?   For anyone following Notre Dame golf, that’s an easy answer: J.J. Gresco, who was fifth in the state last year and just four shots off winner Stadeli … as a freshman.   As a team, NDP finished second to Thunderbird High School last year, after finishing third the year before. So can Gresco not only win a championship, but also help bring a team trophy back to North Scottsdale?   “Last year, our best score in a match was 8-under-par,” he said. “This year, we managed to shoot 7-under-par already, which is very good. We all hope we can peak during the two days of the... More

Coins Count for The Cure

2014-11-05 | ImagesAZ | Youth

Writer Peni Long   Proving once again that small things can add up to big results, the Boulder Creek High School coin challenge raked in $522 for Linda’s W.I.S.H. (Walking in Spirit and Hope), which in turn added enough to the event’s coin campaign to result in a matching donation from MidFirst Bank, plus an additional check for $2,000 toward the total amount collected for breast cancer research.   The coin collectors included 65 young women from the BCHS spiritline, including varsity cheerleaders, varsity pom and booster club members and junior varsity cheerleaders. The three teams vied to collect the most coins, support the cause and celebrate victory with a pizza party. It was a tight race, with collections taken in the five days leading up to the 13th annual Linda’s W.I.S.H. 5K walk and run in Anthem on September 27. And the winning team was … the junior varsity cheerleaders! But the real winners are all of the participants, coaches, sponsors, donors and the cause... More