West Valley View, Avondale, Arizona, Friday, May 11, 2012
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we’re very happy that he’s here. To have students like that is just a real honor.” Millennium never had a student win the Flinn Scholarship before. “We kind of broke the ice here at Millennium, and there are a lot of people who can win it next year,” Jonathan said. “Hopefully we’ll be seeing a lot more.” His advice for fellow students is to find what they’re passionate about and then pursue it. “Don’t be afraid to mess up here and there,” Jonathan said. “It’s about how you rebound from your failures more than how you failed.” During one of his interviews for the scholarship, Jonathan was asked about one of his failures — getting a B in his international baccalaureate biology class. “Apparently people who get the Flinn usually don’t
get B’s,” he said. “I told them it was a tough class and I didn’t have any regrets, because I did my best and it was my first exposure to a class that was significantly challenging. “I just worked even harder the next semester and learned what I needed to do to be successful in the class.
“I’m definitely not one of the Flinns who has done super amazing things or the best one as far as awards or activities go, but it’s about the passion they see in you.”
His motivation to do well in school was “to be able to go to college and be able to do it in a way that I was proud of and that would set me up for the future,” he said. However, it wasn’t something he set his sights on until junior year.
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work hard so I could set myself up for college and the future,” he said. “I think doing your best is really fun.”
Juniors also achieve in a big way Millennium also had 11 juniors score higher than 30 out of 36 on the ACT standardized test this year. “Our junior class is frightening,” Nelson said.
“Last year I kind of turned my focus to starting to
“They have the lowest number of multiple F’s and the highest number of straight A’s. They’ve been like that for years. “As a class, they’ve just gelled. They’re very spirited and disciplined, excellent attendance and grades. It’s a magic mix with this class.” The college entrance exam has four components — reading, math, science and English. Universities usually look for a score of at least 22, Nelson said. “Once the score hits 29, you’re at 95 percent,” he said. “It’s just unheard of getting those kinds of scores.”
Three students scored a 34 or above: • Craig Gross, 17, scored 35: “I thought it was pretty easy; the science part was the hardest. I had taken it before and I felt like I was going to do better this time.” He’s not sure yet where he wants to attend college,
but is thinking about the University of Arizona. • Abrielle Pesch, 17, scored 35: “I hold myself to a pretty high standard. I don’t want to say I wouldn’t have expected anything less, but it wasn’t like it caught me off guard when I got a good score.” She plans to attend MIT and get into aerospace engineering.
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Storm blamed for home fire near Goodyear
by Brent Whiting staff writer
destroyed Wednesday because of power lines that toppled during a heavy storm that ripped through the Valley.
A Goodyear-area home caught fire and was
The downed lines were blamed for setting fire to the home at Rustler Road and 186th Avenue, between Rainbow Valley Road and the Estrella community of Goodyear. The downed lines also prevented firefighters from
several West Valley agencies from battling the blaze, said Karen Alexander, a spokeswoman for the Buckeye Valley Fire District. For safety reasons, firefighters were unable to attack
the fire until crews from Arizona Public Service Co. arrived to de-energize the lines, Alexander said. By then, the house was destroyed. Nobody was home when firefighters from Goodyear,
Avondale and the Buckeye Valley Fire District responded to the fire, Alexander said. In the meantime, APS reported that more than 13,000 customers throughout the Valley lost power during the storm that erupted about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
By mid-morning on Thursday, about 150 customers in the Gila Bend and Palo Verde areas remained without power as crews worked to replace toppled lines, said Jenna Shaver, an APS spokeswoman. Gila Bend was left without power because of a
power line that snapped during sustained winds of more than 45 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service. Wind gusts as high as 60 mph were reported in the area. Wind gusts and blowing debris were reported throughout the West Valley, but no significant damage was reported in other places, including Avondale and Goodyear, officials said.
In the meantime, weather forecasters reported a return to normal weather on Thursday, including sunny skies and temperature highs of 87 to 91 degrees.
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