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Three So. AZ teens win Dorrance Scholarships.

Three So. AZ teens win Dorrance Scholarships.

3 So. AZ teens named

Dorrance scholars

Southern Arizona high school students Martha Torres of Desert View, Miriam Lopez of Nogales and Dakota Hays of St. David are among 27 Arizonans named Dorrance Scholars.

All of the students have demonstrated financial need and are the first in their families to attend college. Each scholar will receive a package worth more than $80,000 over four years to attend one of the Arizona’s three state universities. Torres and Lopez will attend the University of Arizona, while Hays will go to Northern Arizona University.

The Dorrance program supports a pre-college summer transition program, a summer conservation experience on the Colorado Plateau, international travel, cultural enrichment opportunities, an innovative entrepreneurship experience, and mentoring and tutoring.

Rotary club rewards 10 with scholarships

Casas Adobes Rotary Club presented $28,500 in scholarships to 10 high school seniors at its 24th- annual eighth-grade honors program Wednesday.

The seniors were previously honored by the rotary club when they were eighth-graders. Scholarship winners were chosen based on leadership, community involvement and character as well as scholastics.

Craig Simmons of Ironwood Ridge High School received the Michael J. Harris Memorial Scholarship for $5,000.

The Raymond and Margaret Vicker Scholarships, for $3,000 each, went to Madeline Dunlap and Brent Wilson of Canyon Del Oro High School; Colin Eischeid of Ironwood Ridge; Tyler Parker of Marana High; and Nikolina Vojvodic of Flowing Wells High School.

Benjamin Weaver of Marana received the $2,500 John Westover Memorial Scholarship. Scholarships of $2,000 went to Luis Esquier of Amphitheater High — Fran and Ivan Russell Scholarship; Cassidy Martin of CDO — Grace Ciotti Memorial; and John Lazzeroni Jr. of Green Fields Country Day School — Military Education Support Scholarship.

In addition to the scholarship winners, 168 honorees from 15 middle schools north and northwest of Tucson were recognized.

The event is the result of the club’s annual “Legacy for Learning” efforts, which focuses on helping youths and youth groups.

Among the ongoing efforts are the distribution of more than 2,000 dictionaries to third-graders and sponsorship of the Amphitheater summer basketball program.

Foothills’ Borrego wins int’l DECA title

A Catalina Foothills High School senior placed first in an event at the 2014 DECA International Career Development Conference.

Dominique Borrego, who also serves as the DECA chapter vice president, placed first in apparel branding and in the top 20 overall in the Apparel and Accessories Event.

She advanced to international competition last week in Atlanta by placing at the Arizona DECA event. DECA is a competitive business and marketing education organization.

Buena’s Squires takes Shakespeare award

A Sierra Vista teen placed as a semifinalist in the 31st annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition Monday.

Rachel Ruby Squires of Buena High School was one of 58 students competing at the Lincoln Center Theater in New York City. She qualified for the national contest after winning a regional competition.

The program is designed to help students develop their speaking and critical thinking skills and their appreciation of literature. Students memorize, interpret and perform monologues and sonnets.

Music education volunteers needed

A local summer program is seeking volunteers to help teach music to low-income children.

Tucson Summer Music is a nonprofit that provides free music education to children ages 5 to 13 from low-income families.

The group provides free 30-minute private music lessons, music theory classes, vocal lessons, and wind and string ensembles. The program operates June through July, ending with a final recital where the students can show off their new talents.

Volunteer applications, which can be found at, are due on May 16.

All lessons are provided at St. Philip’s In The Hills Episcopal Church, 4440 N Campbell Ave. Lessons are scheduled between the teacher and student and can take place any time Monday through Thursday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Wisdom scholarships go to 2 Tucson teens

Two local teens have were awarded $1,000 scholarships from the Pearls of Wisdom Foundation.

Seniors Logan Boyd of Tucson High Magnet School and Pierce Longmire of Ironwood Hills Christian School will use the money to help advance their educational pursuits.

The awards are based on academics, activities and personal statement.

Compiled by reporter Alexis Huicochea. Contact Alexis at or 573-4175. On Twitter @AlexisHuicochea

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