Edge High School picked in D-Backs Challenge

A Tucson charter school is one of 30 winning campuses selected in the D-backs $150,000 School Challenge.

Edge High School was selected out of more than 800 submissions from schools across Arizona. The challenge was presented by the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and the University of Phoenix.

The Tucson school will receive $5,000 to buy laptops for a micro-lending program that will provide economics students the opportunity to learn about socioeconomic conditions in developing countries around the world.

Edge students will also learn how nongovernmental organizations work on sustainable economic development by helping to create business plans and will help in running a successful small business.

Each winning school will be honored and receive a check on the field at a 2014 D-backs game in April or May at Chase Field. The D-backs will donate 1,000 tickets for students, parents, teachers and staffers to attend the D-backs’ game at which their school will be honored.

Cholla High named national STEM finalist

Cholla High Magnet School is one of five schools in Arizona selected to advance to the next round of Samsung’s nationwide science, technology, engineering and math contest.

The contest, Solve for Tomorrow, works to get students and teachers excited about STEM by challenging them to apply their classroom learning to solve a real-world issue in their local community.

Other Arizona schools selected to advance include: Paradise Valley High School, Eloy Junior High, Northland Preparatory Academy and Imagine School at Avondale Middle School. Each of the schools will receive two Samsung Galaxy Tabs.

Chosen from a pool of more than 2,000 applications, the 255 state finalists — five from each state and Washington, D.C. — will submit full lesson plans for their projects. From these, one winner representing each state and the District of Columbia will be selected in December.

Each of the 51 state winners will receive a technology package valued at $20,000 and the chance to compete for one of 15 national finalist spots and a technology package valued at $35,000. These top 15 will be determined by public voting from Feb. 14 to March 13.

The five national winners, chosen by a panel of judges, will each receive a prize package valued at $140,000 and be honored in April at an awards ceremony in Washington.

Rio Rico student earns national recognition

Joel Leyva, a Rio Rico High School senior, has been named a 2013-14 National Hispanic Recognition Program scholar.

The College Board honor recognizes academically exceptional Hispanic students. This year, the NHRP selected 5,300 Hispanic students from a pool of more than 259,000 candidates for this distinction.

Candidates must be at least one-quarter Hispanic, have achieved a minimum PSAT/NMSQT score for their region and have a junior year grade-point-average of 3.5 or higher.

Leyva, who has been offered and accepted a $15,000 annual scholarship for four years to the University of Arizona, plans to study medicine.

Rincon High School

to host open house

Rincon High School is inviting soon-to-be freshmen to attend an open house Wednesday.

The event, which begins at 6 p.m., will be held in the school auditorium, 421 N. Arcadia Ave., for eighth-graders and their families.

For an open enrollment application, attend the open house or call 232-5600.

Compiled by Alexis Huicochea. Contact Alexis at ahuicochea@azstarnet.com or 573-4175. On Twitter @AlexisHuicochea

Education writer for #ThisIsTucson. Mom of one.