Tucsonan is third in

Chinese bridge contest

A Tucson senior representing the Southwest in the Sixth Annual World Chinese Bridge Contest took third place.

Jose Antonio Gonzalez Mendoza, a student representative for the Confucius Institute at the University of Arizona, began studying Chinese four years ago.

The Accelerated Learning Laboratory student won first place in the preliminary contest of the Chinese Bridge Chinese Proficiency Competition for Southern California in May before advancing to the next level.

He was joined in China by Basis Oro Valley senior Anne Zlatow, who, as the second-place winner in the preliminary contest, was allowed to observe and participated in a team competition as part of American Team No. 3, which took third place.

More than 124 students competed in the world contest. The contestants took part in a Chinese language and Chinese culture knowledge written test, an oral Chinese and Chinese talent competition, a folk culture experience and a “Creative flower arranging game.”

Deadline near to enter Bookmans challenge

Arizona public schools have until Dec. 1 to apply to win $15,000 of a total $21,000 in cash as part of the 2014 Bookmans School Challenge.

In the Bookmans School Challenge, schools describe their innovation, creativity and successes and how a financial boost will help them remove obstacles to their goals. Effective applications establish a need and build on the strengths of the schools.

Three schools will win awards. For more information, visit www.bookmans.com/community/school-challenge

BYOBag Tucson haiku winners announced

Eleven Tucson children have been named winners in the BYOBag Tucson Haiku Contest.

The students, who range from first- to fifth-graders, were selected from more than 200 entries submitted.

BYOBag Tucson is a volunteer group established to promote education about how Tucsonans can reduce, reuse and recycle the single-use plastic bags that become a source of litter in the city.

The winners are:


— First Place: Jala Hamzah of Roberts/Naylor K-8.

— Second Place: Rose Wilson of Harelson Elementary.

— Third Place: Juan Carlos Iniguez of Vesey Elementary.


— First Place: Angel Orozco of Santa Cruz Catholic School.

— Second Place: Dominic Murphy of Dunham Elementary.

— Third Place: Michael Spacone of Sam Hughes Elementary.


— First Place: Kennedy Kreinbrink of Henry Elementary.

— Second Place: Michelle Serna of Soleng Tom Elementary.

— Third Place: Max Alexander of Ironwood Elementary.


— First Place: Nora Alexander of Ironwood Elementary.


— First Place: Mark Joseph Nicholas of Coronado K-8.

For more information on BYOBag Tucson, visit www.BYOBagTucson.com

Senior takes first

in veterinary contest

A Tanque Verde High School senior took first place in a national veterinary science competition.

Meghan Marner, a JTED @ Tanque Verde Veterinary Assistant student, beat out nearly 200 others to win a $1,000 scholarship at the National FFA Veterinary Science Career Development Event, held in Louisville, Ky.

The National Veterinary Science CDE challenges students to apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations.

Marner’s classmate Miriam Solinsky placed 13th in the same individual competition. The JTED FFA Veterinary Science team — including Sarah Knight, Kayla Garard, Marner and Solinsky — competed against 43 other teams to take home a sixth-place finish.

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

Education writer for #ThisIsTucson. Mom of one.