Coronado students rewarded with bikes

Five Coronado K-8 School students received bicycles for their classroom accomplishments, courtesy of the Achieve Program sponsored by the Lions Club of Catalina/Oro Valley.

In the program, funded through a 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant, 246 students took part in before- and after-school classes on core academic subjects, as well as the arts.

Students who participated for more than 30 days had their names entered in a drawing for the bikes. The winning students were in the first through fifth grades.

Winners were Mason Denogean, Elvis Tello, Ansley Brito, Cesar Garcia and Teyha Ballesteros.

Delta Kappa Gamma recognizes teachers

Laura Mignon, a fourth-grade teacher at Picture Rocks Intermediate School, and Alia Christenson, kindergarten teacher at Desert Winds Elementary School, were lauded at Delta Kappa Gamma's Early Career Educator appreciation brunch last month.

The organization promotes the professional and personal growth of female teachers.

Honored teachers are in their first five years of teaching and were nominated by their school principals for going beyond basic job requirements to help students.

The teachers each received a certificate of appreciation and a one-year membership to Treasures 4 Teachers, a Tempe-based nonprofit that provides supplies, resources and training to educators.

CDO teams place in forensics contest

Canyon Del Oro High School's forensics teams succeeded at the Crime Scene Investigators State Challenge April 19 and 20 in Phoenix.

CDO's two teams placed first and third.

They evaluated mock crime scenes, collecting evidence and conducting interviews to reconstruct and solve the crimes by applying skills they learned in school.

The team is sponsored by the Oro Valley Police Department School Resource Officer Program and receives funding from the Oro Valley Optimist Club and the Oro Valley Community Foundation.

Tortolita pupils sweep contest

Tortolita Middle School's TV Broadcasting & Video Production students took the three top spots in the 2013 Step Up, Speak Out, End Bullying PSA Contest April 27 at the Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway.

The event showcased student-made public service announcements.

Mikayla Curcio won the grand prize, an iPad Mini, and the opportunity to have her video, titled "What if That Were You?" air on Cox Cable TV this fall.

Alison Plocki was runner-up for "What Will They Think?"

Cyan Cornett's video, "Don't Be Afraid," won the "radio ready" distinction. Her PSA will air on KMXZ 94.9-FM this fall.

Poetry prize for BASIS Oro Valley 8th-grader

Gloria Martinez, an eighth-grader at BASIS Oro Valley, won a national gold medal in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for her sci-fi short story "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark."

The only student in Arizona to win a gold medal for writing, she visited Carnegie Hall on May 31 to receive her award in a ceremony there.

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