4 area schools recognized for civic involvement

Four Tucson-area schools were recognized as Arizona Civic Engagement Schools by the Arizona Department of Education.

The Excellence in Civic Engagement program aims to support and recognize Arizona schools that promote an environment and culture in which students are made aware of, provided opportunities for and equipped with the tools of civic learning, engagement and appreciation of democratic processes, liberties, and responsibilities.

The schools selected were: Carden of Tucson charter school — a school of distinction; Senita Valley Elementary School — a school of distinction; Cienega High School — a school of merit; and Tanque Verde High School — a school of merit.

Schools of distinction are ranked higher than schools of merit. In all, 20 schools across the state were recognized.

University High hosting parent info sessions

Tucson Unified’s award-winning University High School is hosting six parent information nights to learn about the school and its admissions process.

The sessions will be at 6 p.m. at the following locations:

• Aug. 27 — Roskruge Bilingual K-8, 501 E. Sixth St.

• Aug. 29 — Utterback Magnet Middle School, 3233 S. Pinal Vista

• Sept. 5 — University High School, 421 N. Arcadia Blvd.

• Sept. 12 — Gridley Middle School, 350 S. Harrison Road

• Sept. 19 — Pistor Middle School, 5455 S. Cardinal Ave.

• Sept. 26 — University High School, 421 N. Arcadia Blvd.

Applications for admission are available at www.uhspenguins.org

UHS student now adviser to teen-pregnancy group

A University High School junior has been selected to serve as an adviser to The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

Ariana Parrish, 15, will serve on the 2013-2014 Youth Leadership Team, which consists of 17 teens from across the country.

Parrish enjoys diving, yoga and baking. She is a member of the Grrrls Project and is the treasurer for Kindness of Humanity.

The Youth Leadership Team gets young people involved in local and national efforts to prevent teen pregnancy.

CFHS students hone science skills at UA

Seven Catalina Foothills High School students participated in the summer Keep Engaging Youth in Science program at the University of Arizona.

The seniors had the opportunity to work with UA professors and departments in surgery; pharmacology; toxicology; evolutionary, molecular and cellular biology; aerospace-mechanical and biomedical engineering; and agricultural/life sciences.

The participating students were Kali Cornn, Ben Daines, Reena Debray, David Hung, Philip Kim, Hiromi Miyawaki and Eli Pivo.

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

Education writer for #ThisIsTucson. Mom of one.