Mountain View teacher honored

Mountain View High School special education/ math teacher Charles Kamb won the Tucson Values Teachers/OfficeMax January 2013 Teacher Excellence Award.

On Jan. 29, Kamb received a $100 OfficeMax gift card and a bag of school supplies in a surprise presentation.

"Mr. Kamb is not just a high school teacher; he's a special education teacher. He's been working with my son, Thomas, both as teacher and IEP case manager, for the last four years," Mountain View parent Lorell O'Dell wrote in a nomination letter.

"As Thomas prepares to graduate in the class of 2013, I have to reflect on all of the hard work and dedication Mr. Kamb has showed throughout the years. He never gave up on Thomas. I also reflect on the unbelievable compassion, understanding and guidance he's provided to all of us along the way."

The Tucson Values Teachers board of directors selects winners for the award each month. To nominate a teacher, visit online.

Basis student going to Senate Youth event

Basis Oro Valley student Benjamin Horwitz is headed to Washington, D.C., as a delegate in the United States Senate Youth Program. He will receive a $5,000 scholarship and participate in a weeklong event in which he and other delegates will study the federal government.

Horwitz and the other delegates will attend meetings with President Obama, senators and congressional staff and a Supreme Court justice.

He will participate in the program, which was established in 1962, in Washington March 9-16. He is president of the school's National Honor Society and is involved in several school committees.

"The problems Ben decides to solve stand little chance of defeating his dogged determination and sharpened work ethic. And Ben does not shy away from a challenge," Basis head of school Sean Aiken said in a news release.

Elks Lodge honors 2 at Pusch Ridge school

Catalina Mountain Elks Lodge No. 2815 named Pusch Ridge Christian Academy juniors Natalie Rohne and Conner Reilly as its January High School Students of the Month.

The lodge selects students based on nominations from teachers and students. Rohne is head dance captain, backstage manager of the Christian Youth Theater and vice president of the Advanced Choir.

Reilly is vice president of the Junior Leadership Club and plays football, basketball and tennis.

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