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56 June 4 - 17, 2011 Local teens sing for FOX 10 PCH benefit

The fi rst annual FOX 10 Dance Day benefi ting Phoenix Children’s Hospital will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat., July 30 at Arena in Glendale.

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LOCAL TALENT: Phoenix dancer Kendall Glover joins Gilbert teen sisters “Jonnie & Brookie” onstage for the Fox 10 Dance Day benefit.

The family-friendly fundraising event is hosted by FOX 10-TV and MIX 96.9 radio, and features singing teen sisters and Disney Radio’s “Next Big Thing” Jonnie & Brookie of Gilbert, 11-year-old Phoenix dancer Kendall Glover and numerous other local celebrities and entertainers. Individuals and teams are encouraged to register in advance to raise pledges at www.fox10danceday. com. Participants can also join the celebrity teams or make a donation to another dancer or team. Entertainment is scheduled throughout the day. Audience tickets are also available for those who just want to watch the entertainment. Arena is located at 9400 W. Maryland Ave. in Glendale. For more information, visit

Youth Chronicles

Jerrett Jensen, a student at Aspire Kids Sports Center, recently earned enough points to be ranked third in the U.S. on the double-mini trampoline. Jerrett is coached by Aspire’s Jon Black, who was the National Power Tumbling Champion in 2000, a USA National Team member from 2000-2002, a World Championship Team alternate in 2001 and was ranked in the U.S. Top 10 for Power Tumbling. Black was also a Jr. World Team coach for the double-mini trampoline in 2009.

Akhila Narla, daughter of Aru and Suba Narla of Chandler, is among 135 students from across the country named a Newman Civic Fellow for 2011 by Campus Compact. The Newman Civic Fellows Awards recognize inspiring college student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country and the world. Akhila, a junior in Arts and Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, works with disadvantaged rural Ugandan youth to generate income from recycled paper bead jewelry.

Jai Johnson and Jordyn Moody of Hamilton High School in Chandler signed national letters of intent to join athletic teams in the upcoming school year at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, CO. Jai will play football

and Jordyn will play women’s volleyball. Mesa State College is home to 22 NCAA Division II sports teams.

Tyler Miller and Stacy Chilcott of Chandler are on the Spring 2011 Dean’s List at the University of Montana Western in Dillon, MT. To make the Dean’s List, students must achieve a 3.33 grade point average or better.

Matthew Mozden of Gilbert will receive four years of full tuition, fees and more as a President’s Scholar at Southern Methodist University in University Park, TX, where he plans to enter in fall 2011 and major in mechanical engineering. Matthew recently graduated from the International Baccalaureate program at Chandler High School.

Julia Peairs of Chandler is on the Dean’s List at William Woods University, an independent liberal arts institution in Fulton, MO for academic accomplishments during the 2011 spring term. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must be full time and have achieved a minimum 3.6 semester and cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale.


Summer reading programs in progress

Readers of all ages earn free prizes through July 30 with Chandler Library’s summer reading programs sponsored by Friends of the Chandler Public Library. “Read, Play, Win!” rewards children for reading with free prizes. Kids who sign up for the program receive a voucher for a ticket to a Arizona Diamondback’s game. To participate, pick up a game board at any Chandler Public Library, read and claim prizes.

“You Feed Your Mind and We Feed Your Body!” is a reading program for those ages 12 to 18. For every four hours of reading, teens get a prize and an entry into the weekly drawings. When they have read 16 hours, they receive an invitation to one of the Chipotle Wrap parties, and they can enter into the grand prize drawing, which includes a laptop with Microsoft Offi ce; Nintendo 3DS; Microsoft X-Box Kinect Bundle or a $250 Visa gift card.

Adults can get into the action, too, by reading fi ve books before the July 30 deadline, which earns them a chance to win an eBook reader. Chandler Public Library branches include: Hamilton at 3700 S. Arizona Ave., Basha at 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., Downtown Branch at 22 S. Delaware St. and Sunset at 4930 W. Ray Rd.

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