Students earn degree and $3,500 payout

Five San Miguel High School alums have been awarded more than $3,500 each as part of a deal with Jim Click to earn their bachelor's degrees.

The students were a part of the first graduating class in 2008 from San Miguel, a private school that provides a Catholic, college-and-career-preparatory education to students from families of limited financial means.

The students who earned their degrees in 2012 are:

• Esteban Parra earned degrees in sociology and Spanish interpretation from the University of Arizona.

• Damian Baeza earned degrees in English and secondary education from Boston College. He is now pursuing a master's degree in secondary education.

• Anissa Cardenas earned a degree in social work from the UA.

• Isabella Chamsedine earned a psychology degree from the UA.

• James Hayes earned an accounting degree from St. Mary's College of California.

Each of the three dozen graduates from that class were given 500 shares of Ford stock. At least 23 of those alumni have earned their associate's degrees or will be graduating with a bachelor's degree in May.

Tucson High teacher garners Circle K honor

Tucson Magnet High School English teacher Suzanne Hall has been named the Circle K Teacher of the Year. She will receive $1,000 to use in her classroom, a trophy and a commemorative ring.

The award is based on leadership ability, participation in extracurricular activities, innovative teaching practices, evidence of successful teaching, recognition by colleagues and community involvement.

Hall has worked for the Tucson Unified School District for 18 years.

Agriculture camp to be held in June

Middle and high school students are invited to participate in a two-week agriculture camp at the University of Arizona.

The AgDiscovery Camp runs June 17-27.

Students ages 12 to 17 will live on campus and learn about agricultural science.

One week of the camp will be spent at UA-Yuma and the second week will be at the UA's Tucson campus.

The camp is free, except for travel expenses. For more information, visit

The deadline is April 1.

Girls conference focuses on STEM jobs

Middle school girls with an interest in science, technology, engineering and math are invited to the Expanding Your Horizons conference.

The conference will be held April 6 from 8 a.m. to noon in the auditorium of Sahuarita Middle School, 350 W. Sahuarita Road. The last day to register is Friday.

Parents and girls in sixth, seventh and eighth grades will learn why math and science play a major role in many career options. There will be hands-on workshops in fields such as veterinary medicine, astronomy, chemistry, architecture, dentistry, nursing and aerospace engineering.

The cost is $5 per family.

Registration forms are available at Sahuarita Middle School, Continental Middle School, Great Expectations Academy, Anza Trail School, Air and Space Academy, and Sopori School in Amado. The conference is open to all middle school girls from across Tucson.

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