Clement's journal article published

Flowing Wells School District Superintendent Nicholas Clement wrote a paper that appeared in the February edition of the journal School Administrator, the official publication of the American Association of School Administrators.

Clement's piece, "The Rake Marks of Student Achievement," is the ninth article he has had published since 2003.

Clement will retire June 30. David Baker will take over July 1.

Area students top speech contests

Alex Kate Halvey won first place at the 76th American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program competition. Her sister, Delaney Halvey, placed second. Both students attend Pusch Ridge Christian Academy.

The sisters competed in the Post level of the competition, which required contestants to deliver a memorized 8- to 10-minute talk on the U.S. Constitution.

In a different speech competition, Mountain View High School's Alyssa Kayfes won first place at the Dove Mountain Rotary Club's annual Four-Way Test speech contest.

Kayfes spoke about how the Rotary International statement of values would have gone against the Hollywood Blacklist, which made life difficult for suspected Communist film industry workers in the middle of the 20th century. She won a check for $100.

Amphi students snap up photo accolades

Amphitheater High School student photographers shot their way to recognition earlier this month.

On Feb. 1, Amphi students won several top awards at a regional Skills USA competition with seven other high schools at Pima Community College.

Students were told to photograph the themes of joy and fear, as well as complete tests on photography knowledge.

Amphi senior Gabriel Farmer won first place overall, while senior Devin Lyons won second place in the peer-voted people's choice category. Junior Vanessa Ramirez followed, placing third in people's choice.

In another competition, Amphi junior Julio Morales placed first in a statewide Arizona School Boards Association Jack Peterson photography contest based on outdoor shots. His work was chosen from that of more than 180 other students. The Amphi governing board recognized Morales during its Feb. 5 meeting.

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