60 Basis students named AP Scholars

Five dozen students from Basis Tucson charter school have been named AP Scholars for their exceptional achievement on Advanced Placement exams.

About 18 percent of the more than 1.8 million students worldwide who took AP exams scored at a level worthy of an AP Scholar Award.

The students recognized from Basis are: Marcos Esparza, Jayanth Ganesan, Samone Isom, Dany Joumaa, Mirissa Price, Victoria Robertson, Gregory Spell, Joseph Tang, Clarice Bales, Gabriel Carranza, Sierra Cordova, Connor Davey, Ziyu Du, David Fastje, Diane Gifford, Andrew Graham, Marianna Hauglie, Taylor Holdaway, Xin Khoo, Alayna Liang, Peter Mather, Samson McCrady, Clover Powell, Nicole Rapatan, Lauren Sleator, Kevin Sonethongkhan, Valerie Spell, Adrien Tateno, Agustin Temporini, Nicholas Zhu, Bethany Albertson, Spencer Axelrod, Olivia Bacon, Dakota Curry, Jesse Gilmer, Adelynn Khoo, Eric Kronemyer, Paul Mather, Carol Powell, William Scott, Michael Spisak, Sara Staedicke, Zobella Vinik, Joshua Burdoo, John Casey, Sofia Esparza, Thomas Fastje, Tyler Gastelum, Iva Habensus, Tristan Hasman, Amaris Henry, Marisa Hetland, Sydney Jackson, Alanah John, Alden McCollum, Michelle Price, Samantha Rabb, Margarita Sadova, Dori Steinbach and Joshua Waterman.

8th-grader wins cash for Foothills school

An eighth-grader's artwork brought in $1,000 for her middle school.

Michele Adamson, a student at Orange Grove Middle School, was selected as a winner in a national art contest sponsored by Stremicks Heritage Foods - manufacturer of the 8th Continent Soymilk brand.

Her school, along with 99 other contest winners, will receive a $1,000 gift card for art programs. Adamson, 13, doesn't get any of the prize money herself.

"This experience has been a wonderful honor, and I am excited that my school's art program can benefit from the art that I submitted to 8th Continent Soymilk," Adamson said.

Children and families across the country were invited to submit their sun-inspired artwork on www. 8thcontinent.com/sun

More than 7,200 designs were submitted. Members of the public were then able to go online to rate the artwork. Public ratings determined half of the 100 winners, and a team at Stremicks Heritage Foods chose the remainder.

8th Continent Soymilk will put a selection of winning designs on its cartons this fall.

Doolen invites public to its cultural event

Doolen Middle School will host a field day on Wednesday, and the public is invited.

Each semester, the school focuses on a continent. This semester it's Australia-Oceania.

Among the activities planned: A rugby team - the Tucson Magpies - will be on hand showing a sport popular in New Zealand and Australia. And students will dance a Maori haka, a traditional challenge dance performed before sporting events in New Zealand.

Field day begins at 9 a.m. at the midtown campus, 2400 N. Country Club Road.

Sunnyside chief named to national board

Manuel L. Isquierdo, superintendent of the Sunnyside Unified School District, was named to the Governing Board of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.

Isquierdo was appointed the representative of Hispanic-serving school districts, a new category on the 18-member national board. His term is three years.

Coca-Cola to award $3M in scholarships

The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation is accepting applications from high school seniors.

Each year the foundation awards a total of $3 million in achievement-based four-year college scholarships to 250 high school seniors across the nation.

Applicants are evaluated based on demonstrated leadership in academics; school, community and civic activities; as well as personal character and the motivation to serve and succeed. Applications are available at www.coca-colascholars.org They must be submitted by Oct. 31.

Compiled by Alexis Huicochea and Carmen Duarte. Contact Alexis at ahuicochea@azstarnet.com or 573-4175.