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Goodyear pupil among 24 finalists to compete in Arizona Grammar Bowl

By Rachel Trott staff writer

Twenty-four Arizona pupils are honing their knowledge of clauses, gerunds and complex sentences in preparation for the 2012 Arizona Grammar Bowl Saturday. Among them is Julie Pham, an eighth- grader at Verrado Middle School. Julie, 13, started her journey to the state competition in January when she scored more than 90 percent on 20 grammar questions in the preliminary round.

proceeded to regionals, where she finished

She then

among the top 90 contestants. Finally, Julie

either right or wrong with both.” Julie also plays competitive

volleyball, which has helped her work through her nervousness before participating in competitions, she said.

Arizona Grammar Bowl Julie’s mother, Ann, has been busy helping her daughter prepare for the big competition.

Grammar Bowl is free and open to the public and will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Grand Canyon University Arena, 3300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix.

earned a spot at the Arizona Grammar Bowl by placing among the top 24 contestants at the semi-finals held at the state Capitol.

Gift of grammar

Practicing for a grammar competition can be difficult because the sentences given during the rounds will always be different, Julie said.

She is preparing for the competition by using the English Grammar Usage Mechanics Proficiency Progam, a computer program designed to teach grammar.

The 2012 Arizona

While she may have the gift of grammar, Julie said her favorite subject in school is mathematics.

“I’m good at functional things like grammar and math,” she said. “I think the subjects are related because you’re

very motivating for the kids, definitely a confidence booster.” The 2012 Arizona Grammar Bowl is free and open to the public and will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Grand Canyon University Arena, 3300 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix. Prizes for the state grammar competition include gift cards and T-shirts, as well as iPads to the top eight contestants and a $5,000 scholarship to any college to the top four contestants. The winner will receive a trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the National Grammar Bowl. For information, visit www.

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County starts repaving projects

by Brent Whiting staff writer

Maricopa County officials have launched a $7 million roadway-rehabilitation project that includes more than 13.5 miles in the far West Valley. The work includes more than 9.8 miles of the Salome Highway between Old U.S. 80 and Wintersburg Road, said Roberta Crowe, a spokeswoman for the Maricopa County Department of Transportation. It also includes nearly 3.8 miles of

Wintersburg Road north from the Salome Highway to the Thomas Road alignment north of Interstate 10, Crowe said. Similar projects also are planned in the Sun City, New River and Desert Hills areas, she added. All of the work is expected to be completed in July. Max Wilson, chairman of the county Board of Supervisors, said the project “will extend the service life of these roadways for decades.” Wilson, a Litchfield Park resident who

represents District 4, which encompasses much of the West Valley, said the rubberized- asphalt project also “makes good use of thousands of old, discarded tires that would otherwise pollute our landfills.”

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The project will include the reconstruction of the top 2 inches of pavement and the installation of an asphalt rubber overlay, officials said. The new roadway surface smoothness not only decreases roadway noise but can also reduce normal vehicle wear and tear, according to county officials. A newly developed thermoplastic roadway striping will replace the standard flat surface painting process, thus providing a brighter and longer lasting reflective image, officials said.

Construction hours will be 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, weather permitting, officials said. Some evening and weekend work may be required, they said. Minor traffic lane restrictions are anticipated.

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“I feel great. I’m so glad that she’s made it into the finals and we’re just going to keep our fingers crossed and hopefully she’ll make it into the top 10 at least,” she said. “It’s a great competition. It’s

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JULIE PHAM, 13, OF GOODYEAR studies for the Arizona Grammar Bowl. Julie earned a spot at the state competition by placing among the top 24 contestants at the semi-finals held at the state Capitol.


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