This whimsical design depicting a horse wearing boots was a winner for Lorenzo Corza, 11, who attends Drexel Elementary School. The design will be used on custom U.S. postage.


Student will take on nat'l math contest

A Sonoran Science Academy student has been selected to compete in the national Who Wants to Be a Mathematician contest.

Richard Spence, a junior, is one of 10 students from across the country in the running for $10,000

The competition will take place Friday in New Orleans. A live webcast will be available at matician-national-contest

Spence was selected based on his score on a qualifying test with questions on algebra, trigonometry, probability and math history. It was administered by high school math teachers nationwide.

If Spence earns the top honors, he will take home $5,000 for himself and $5,000 for the math department of his school.

Local Rotary Club donates dictionaries

Third-graders at Blenman Elementary and Drachman Montessori schools received dictionaries courtesy of the Rotary Club of Tucson Sunset.

The dictionary donations are part of an effort to provide every third-grader in Southern Arizona with a personal dictionary.

The Rotary Club of Tucson Sunset is a sponsor in literacy projects in Tucson.

School employees aim to boost health

More than 120 public-school employees in Pima County have signed up to serve as wellness coordinators.

Wellness coordinators receive specialized training on how to improve the health of students in their schools by learning about opportunities to increase physical activity and promote nutritious eating, according to a news release from the Pima County Health Department.

The initiative is part of Communities Putting Prevention to Work - a national effort by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The goal is to prevent or reduce the spread of obesity and related diseases.

It's funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

As part of the program, wellness coordinators establish school health advisory councils made up of school administrators, teachers, students, community representatives and parents, along with staffers from the food service, before-school and after-school programs.

The advisory council will complete a school health index to identify strengths and weaknesses in regard to physical activity and nutrition in each school, then develop an action plan.

Rio Rico school competes for grant

San Cayetano Elementary School in Rio Rico is competing on a national level for a $250,000 technology grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project.

Each month, the project selects 1,000 ideas that the public can vote for. The top two ideas will be awarded $250,000.

If San Cayetano is awarded the prize money, it will go toward student netbook laptops, computer storage carts, projectors, laser printers and ink, maintenance, workshops and training.

Voting runs through Jan. 31 at

Writing contest open to AZ students

The Arizona Educational Foundation is accepting applications for its 2011 Polly Rosenbaum Writing Contest.

The contest is sponsored by APS, an electric utility company. It's open to Arizona public-school students in grades seven through 12.

This year's theme is "Sustainable Communities: What That Means to Me and to Arizona."

The contest is broken up into three categories: grades seven and eight; nine and 10; and 11 and 12.

Every student who participates will receive a letter of commendation and a commemorative pen.

The first-, second- and third-place winners from each of the three categories will be invited to a lunch and ceremony on Statehood Day at the state Capitol in Phoenix.

The deadline is Jan. 14.

For entry forms and more information, go to

Compiled by Alexis Huicochea. Contact Alexis at 573-4175 or