TUSD seeks volunteers for technical committee

The Tucson Unified School District is seeking volunteers to serve on the Technology Oversight Committee.

The committee is to assist TUSD in providing ad-vice to the Governing Board as it upgrades its information technology.

The vacancies are for nonpaid volunteers, and applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

Qualifications include but are not limited to expertise in one or more of the following areas: design and management of data and telecommunications infrastructure; deployment and management of servers and desktops; enterprise application software; educational technologies and practices, including software; and procurement of such products and services.

For further information, including the charter of the Technology Oversight Committee, restrictions for membership and to apply, visit the TUSD website at http://www.tusd1.org/contents/events_tac2.html

Sahuaro grad to attend NYU acting program

A Sahuaro High School graduate has earned a full-ride talent scholarship to the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University.

Olivia Cade Knuhtsen will be in the Fine Arts in Acting Program. While at NYU, Knuhtsen will pursue a career in acting with a concentration on comedic ensemble acting.

Foothills Asst. Principal Brase gets state honorKnuhtsen will be leaving for New York in mid-August.

Catalina Foothills High School Assistant Principal Jody Brase has been named distinguished administrator of the year.

The honor came at the Arizona School Administrator’s conference earlier this month.

Brase was recognized for her excellence in leadership and educational commitment of excellence.

9 UA undergrads earn PBK scholarships

Nine University of Arizona undergraduate students have each been awarded $1,000 scholarships for the upcoming school year.

The awards were presented by the Phi Beta Kappa Association of Greater Tucson to Davina Dobbins, Brittany Hart, Calliandra Hermanson, Natalie Jo Horowitz, Pareena Kaur, Laura Nakolan, Jennifer Salazar, Lilli Steffen and Zachary Taylor.

7 seniors split $10K
in Elks’ scholarships

The Tucson East Elks Lodge #2532 awarded more than $10,000 in scholarships to seven local high school seniors.

Two students were given the $800 Tucson Lodge Scholarship — Jacob W. Bernknopf of Rincon High School and Maya I. Wallace of Sabino High School.

Four students were given the $1,200 Arizona Elks Association Most Valuable Student Scholarship — Charles U. Ezeugwu of Sabino, Caitlin S. Barner of Salpointe Catholic High School, Grace L. Gainey of Cienega High School and Natalie P. Scibilia of University High School.

Taking home the $4,000 Arizona Elks Association National Finalist Scholarship is Michael R. Barger of Vail Academy and High School.

Students were selected based on grades, community service, extra curricular activities and letters of recommendation from counselors.

The scholarships were made possible through membership contributions, lodge fundraisers and the Elks National Foundation.

Teacher to attend enviro boot camp

A Safford K-8 teacher has been selected to attend Green Boot Camp, a workshop focused on environmental issues.

Brenda Dickason was selected by Honeywell to receive a scholarship for the five-day interactive workshop on best practices for teaching energy, sustainability and environmental concepts.

Along with 70 other teachers from around the world, Dickason will participate in hands-on educational experiences, including designing and building a solar car and wind turbine, activities that are designed to equip them with green and sustainable topics, methods, lessons and concepts to pass onto their students. She is the only Tucson-area teacher selected for the program.

Compiled by Alexis Huicochea, ahuicochea@azstarnet.com or 573-4175.

Education writer for #ThisIsTucson. Mom of one.