Early childhood ed students recognized

Sixteen students from the Pima County JTED Early Childhood Education program won awards at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America State Championships.

Several of the students will go on to compete at the national level in July.

Winning students include Lauren Lundeberg, Cassie Sekich, Briana Chaney, Ashley Yewell, Kayleigh Mathews, Anna Gerlach, Nicole Kautz and Courtney Gerry of JTED @ Mountain View; and Mary Carsell, Alyssa Sisson, Amanda Tveten, Alicia Beaumier, Rachel McCracken, Kylie Brandt, Ellen Rubly and Natasha Kunzler of Canyon del Oro High School JTED.

The FCCLA program promotes personal growth and leadership development through family and consumer sciences education.

The Pima County Joint Technical Education District is a public high school district that provides free career and technical education to all sophomore, junior and senior high school students in Pima County to give them a head start on college and careers.

Northwest Fire honors boys for rescue effort

Northwest Fire District saluted the efforts of two 12-year-old Estes Elementary School boys for their efforts in helping to rescue a neighbor, giving them Good Citizens awards.

At a May 3 assembly at Estes, Northwest Fire honored William Blue Estrella and Julian Rodriguez. On April 8, they were on their way to school when they heard neighbor Ed Baltierra, who had fallen, call for help. The boys took care of the man and ran to a fire station to seek help.

3 Basis students headed to China

Three students from Basis Tucson North have been selected to study in China.

Sophomore Xochitl Longstaff, junior Isabel Alster and senior Jenai Longstaff were selected to receive the 2013-14 National Security Language Initiative for Youth NSLI-Y scholarship.

The highly competitive program emphasizes rapid language acquisition in a language immersion environment through in-class instruction, a comprehensive cultural program, home stays and service learning opportunities.

Xochitl Longstaff and Alster will spend seven weeks this summer in Hangzhou, China.

Jenai Longstaff will study in either Beijing or Shanghai next school year. She is planning to attend Stanford University when she returns.

The scholarship is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, a State Department branch.

Alexis Huicochea contributed to this report. Send school notes to Phil Villarreal at pvillarreal@azstarnet.com