Teen heads to national Shakespeare contest

A Desert Christian High School junior will compete in the national Shakespeare competition in New York.

Eric Yanes won the Southern Arizona Shakespeare contest on March 2 at the University of Arizona.

Yanes delivered a 20-line monologue from the Shakespeare play "Titus Andronicus."

Yanes will compete in the national contest in April. The winner will travel to London for a four-week study tour of Britain.

Amanda Striffolino of Buena High School took second place.

Soleng Tom welcomes kindergarten families

Soleng Tom Elementary School is holding kindergarten roundup events this week for prospective students and families.

The meetings will be held from 8:45 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the school, 10520 E. Camino Quince.

Incoming kindergartners must be 5 years old by Aug. 31. Parents will meet the principal to receive information and tour a kindergarten classroom. They may register their child before that time.

To make a reservation, call 731-5402.

Drachman to host kinder open houses

Drachman Montessori Magnet Elementary School is hosting kindergarten open house meetings Wednesday.

Parents and children can meet kindergarten teachers, tour the classrooms and learn about the Montessori program at one of two sessions - 2 or 5:30 p.m.

Additionally, parents of students who have been accepted can preregister their children any day this week between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

To preregister, bring the child's birth certificate, immunization records and proof of residency - an Arizona driver's license or ID card.

Campus tours also will be provided every day this week between 9 and 11 a.m., every 30 minutes.

Drachman is located at 1085 S. 10th Ave.

Culinary students to test their skills

Two local JTED culinary students are headed to the finalist round of the Careers Through Culinary Arts Programs competition Saturday.

Debra Kitchens of Sabino High School and Jason Garcia of Santa Rita High School are two of 35 students from across the state selected to be judged by top chefs.

The students will work in the timed competition to test whether they are able to work under pressure and communicate effectively. Their knowledge of culinary principles will also be gauged.

All finalists will receive a scholarship ranging from $1,000 to more than $100,000, depending on performance.

Run/walk promotes physical activity

La Paloma Academy is holding a Run/Walk/Roll for Education to promote physical activity.

The Saturday event, which is open to the public, features a four-mile bike race, a 5K fun run/walk/roll, and a kindergarten-and-under walk.

Proceeds will help provide sufficient computers and interactive white boards for students at the three La Paloma campuses.

It will be held at Reid Park, with registration beginning at 9:45 a.m.

Guest speakers, awards, games and food and also will be available.

For more information on the race or to register, go to www.LPARun.org

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