Area teens honored at Intel science fair

Six Tucson-area students took home awards from the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

The event, held in Phoenix this year, is the world's largest high school science research competition.

Nine area students participated in the competition. Those awarded prizes include:

Kelsey Barter, 11th grade, and 12th-grader Ryan Silva of University High; senior Eric Epstein and freshman Allison Kath of Tucson High Magnet School; and Joi Nipales and Jacquel Rivers, both seniors, of Baboquivari High School.

Two seniors named Coca-Cola Scholars

Two Tucson seniors named Coca-Cola Scholars are receiving $10,000 scholarships.

Braden Whitaker of Ironwood Ridge High School and Erica Schwarz of Sahuarita High School were two of seven Arizona seniors recognized by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.

They were selected for demonstrating a commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement in school and in the community.

More than 250 students were selected across the country from an applicant pool of more than 100,000.

2 receive honors at environmental event

The work of two local teens was recognized at the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, Environment Project Olympiad.

Stephen Yao, a University High junior, placed first in the environment division and received a special Energy Day award. The win came with a $600 scholarship.

Ben Van Maren, a Tucson High senior, placed second in the environment division and earned a $300 scholarship for his work.

The goal of I-SWEEP is to plant a seed in high school students looking for alternative solutions for a sustainable world.

Annual stamp camp runs June 10-14

The Postal History Foundation is hosting its annual stamp camp.

The Philatelic Fun Stamp Camp uses worldwide stamps to teach math, art, history, geography and more.

The camp is open to kids ages 7 to 13 and will run from June 10 to 14 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For more information and to register, go to

Student a semifinalist at Shakespeare event

A Desert Christian High School student made it to the semifinals at the National Shakespeare Competition.

Eric Yanes performed a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare at the Lincoln Center Theater in New York City after winning the regional competition in Tucson.

The competition aims to help students develop their speaking and critical thinking skills and their appreciation of literature.

Marana pair named top auto technicians

Two Marana High School students earned the title of Arizona's top high school auto technicians after winning the Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills State Finals.

Evan Cloutier and Kevin Reich will go on to represent the state in the National Finals in June.

The pair won scholarships valued at more than $35,000 each to automotive programs nationwide.

Second-place finishers Hung Dinh and Robert Wineinger from Flowing Wells High School were awarded more than $28,000 for automotive studies.

Also placing in the competition from the Tucson area were Mateo Rodarte and Jose Guerrero of Pueblo Magnet High School, coming in ninth.

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