3 named semifinalists for natl. scholarships

Three Tucson high school seniors have been named semifinalists in the 2014 National Achievement Scholarship program.

Adwoa Buadu of Basis charter school, Aaron Warner Walker of Project MORE and Caylor Hill of Sabino High School are three of 12 Arizona teens selected for the honor. They will now have the opportunity to continue in a competition for about 800 achievement scholarships, totaling about $2.5 million.

The National Achievement Scholarship program, which is part of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, recognizes promising black students.

Across the country, more than 1,600 high school seniors were named semifinalists. About 80 percent are expected to attain finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will win an achievement scholarship award.

Dental-assist event

is today in Marana

The Marana Unified School District is showcasing its dental assisting program during an open house today.

The open house, is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Marana Health Center, 13395 N. Marana Main St.

The school district, in collaboration with the health center, offers a two-year career and technical education course available to juniors and seniors at Marana and Mountain View high schools.

The dental assisting program prepares students for further education in the dental assisting field. By enrolling in the two-year course, students will perform a wide range of dental office operations including X-rays, chair-side assistance, instrument transfer and preparation of teeth impressions; they also work alongside a dental professional.

Upon completion of the program, students are qualified to sit for two certifications — oral X-ray and coronal polishing. With certification, graduates will be qualified to work as dental assistants.

Desert Sky hosting Saturday open house

Desert Sky Community School will host an open house for prospective students and families Saturday.

The event is from 9 a.m. to noon at the charter school, 1350 N. Arcadia Ave.. The school, which emphasizes teaching appropriate to the child’s developmental level, serves grades kindergarten through fifth.

For more information, go to www.desertskyschool.org or call 745-3888.

Rincon group sets

Hall of Fame event

The Rincon Ranger Foundation alumni group is hosting its third annual Hall of Fame Breakfast Saturday.

The event, which runs from 8 to 11 a.m., will be in the club house at Tucson Country Club, 2950 N. Camino Principal. Tickets are $35 per person. Proceeds will benefit programs at Rincon High School.

The inductees are:

Lee Carey, who served as Rincon’s athletic director and varsity baseball coach, as well as the Dean of Boys.

Grace Wiggins, who over two decades taught P.E. and served as the girls’ volleyball and varsity softball coach, the intramural director and the P.E. Department chairwoman.

Phil Varney, an English teacher at Rincon for 27 years, who also coached freshman basketball and junior varsity baseball. During his tenure, Varney also served as chairman of the English Department.

Andy Rumic, a physical education teacher and football coach at Rincon for 30 years.

For more information and to register for the breakfast, go to http://www.rinconfoundation.org/annualmeeting.html

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

Education writer for #ThisIsTucson. Mom of one.