Rotary Club honors local eighth-graders

The Casas Adobes Rotary Club recognized 159 eighth-graders from 15 middle schools at its annual honor roll celebration.

The event celebrates students who have shown outstanding leadership, character, educational accomplishments and community commitments.

The students represented the following districts: Amphitheater, Flowing Wells, Catalina Foothills and Marana.

Students who are recognized in the leadership program are contacted four years later and invited to apply as high school seniors for scholarships.

This year, 13 high school seniors were awarded college scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $5,000.

Salpointe receives $1.5 million for STEM

Salpointe Catholic High School received $1.5 million to go toward its new state-of-the-art science, technology, engineering and mathematics center.

The donations are from the Steele Foundation, which gave $1 million, and the Thomas R. Brown Family Foundation, which committed $500,000.

To date, Salpointe has raised $8.1 million toward its $10 million capital campaign goal.

The mission of the STEM center is to produce students who have necessary skills, knowledge, confidence and passion to be tomorrow's leaders in Southern Arizona and across the globe.

The center will be fully functional during the 2014-15 school year. It will be named "The Cracchiolo Family Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Center."

The project is a renovation of existing Salpointe space and a programmatic change that will fully integrate the curriculum across those four disciplines.

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