Catalina Foothills HS wins AZ science title

Catalina Foothills High School took first place at the Arizona Science Olympiad for the seventh year in a row.

The competition, held March 1 at Glendale Community College, consisted of a series of individual and team events that encourage learning in biology, earth science, chemistry, physics, problem solving and technology.

As the top-ranking team, Catalina Foothills will go on to represent Arizona at the national tournament in May at the University of Central Florida in Orlando.

Youths can apply now for county program

Pima County is now accepting applications for its Summer Youth Program.

Youth between the ages of 14 and 21 can apply for the Pima County One-Stop Career Center’s Summer Youth Program.

Participants will earn minimum wage and gain work experience while working for the county, the city of Tucson, the University of Arizona and other local businesses.

Work hours will range from 20 to 40 hours per week. Placements will range from four to seven weeks. Jobs vary, and include things like administrative support, clerk, child-care aide, recreation aide, library page, patient-care technician, manual labor and surgery tech trainee at the Pima Animal Care Center.

The Summer Youth Program also include basic education, in which young people can earn elective high school credits in math, reading and writing.

Teens can apply online at

summeryouth or pick up an application form at a local high school, community center or library. The deadline to apply and call to set up an assessment test is March 14. For more information, call 798-0546.

TUSD invites parents, new kindergarteners

The Tucson Unified School District is hosting a kindergarten open-house week running today through Friday.

Parents are invited to visit elementary and K-8 schools, which will be hosting special tours and events such as meet-the-teacher and principal sessions, question-and-answer periods, learning activities, and the opportunity to register for the 2014-15 school year.

To see a full list of what is happening at each school and to hear from parents about their experiences with TUSD schools, visit

Families can also learn more at the Tucson Festival of Books at the University of Arizona on March 15 and 16. TUSD’s booth — in the children’s section of the festival — will feature hands-on activities, opportunities to meet kindergarten teachers and district leaders, and the chance to enroll for school.

Buena junior places 1st at Shakespeare event

A Buena High School junior took first place in the 29th annual High School Shakespeare Competition earlier this month.

Rachel Ruby Squires of Sierra Vista triumphed over 37 other performers in the contest, which was held at the Tornabene Theatre at the University of Arizona.

Squires, 16, delivered a monologue as the character Emilia from “Two Noble Kinsmen.” She will now travel to New York City in May for the national competition, where a four-week study tour in Great Britain will be up for grabs.

The competition was sponsored by the Tucson Branch of the English-Speaking Union, a nonpolitical organization dedicated to clear English expression.

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

Education writer for #ThisIsTucson. Mom of one.