National Merit awards go to 5 local students

Five Tucson-area students named National Merit scholarship winners will receive $2,500 each.

The students were selected from a pool of more than 15,000 finalists. All are recognized for having the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

The winners are Erica Schwarz of Sahuarita High School, Calvin Harrison of Ironwood Ridge High School, Jared Hout of Pusch Ridge Christian Academy, and Thomas Jan and Ly Pham of University High School.

The scholarships are financed by the National Merit Scholarship Corp.

Register for TUSD bus transportation

Parents of TUSD students are encouraged to register their children by Wednesday to receive transportation for the first day of school.

Visit to learn about transportation opportunities, eligibility requirements and registration procedures.

Registration is required only for students who are new to the district or are changing schools.

For transportation questions, call 225-4800.

Basis Tucson K-6 to hold info session

Basis Tucson K-6 is holding an information session May 20.

The meeting is open to the public. It will be held at the Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101 N. Stone Ave., from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

For more information, call 326-6367.

Expect More Arizona honors 3 programs

Expect More Arizona is honoring three local programs that have worked toward offering a world-class education.

Tucson Unified's C.E. Rose Pre-K-8 School was named a finalist in the Expect More Excellence Tour along with the Parents as Teachers program in the Sunnyside Unified School District and the Arizona Secondary Transition Mentoring program, located in the Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District in Rio Rico.

Expect More Arizona advocates across the state for raising education expectations.

Senior to learn Arabic in Morocco

An Ironwood Ridge senior will travel to Morocco this summer to study Arabic.

Calvin Harrison was awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship.

The program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and provides merit-based scholarships for high school students to learn less commonly taught languages through an immersion program.

The award covers travel, tuition, educational and cultural activities focused on language learning, orientations, meals and accommodations, usually with a host family.

Sabino seeks applicants for Hall of Fame

Nominations for the Sabino High School Foundation 2013 Hall of Fame are currently being accepted.

Application forms are available on the Foundation website until May 24.

The ceremony will be held Sept. 20 on the Sabino High School football field.

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