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GOODYEAR ARTISTS Ryan Williams, left, Debra Goley and Kim Wagner-Hemmes stand with Goley’s painting titled “Field of Dreams” April 4 at the Catitude Gallery & Studio in Avondale. The artists are three of four who entered and won a Call to Artist competition in December. Their winning entries have been printed on banners that hang from city light poles.

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Change of art

Goodyear replaces banners on lightpoles

with locals’ work by Kourtney Balsan special to the View

Out with the old and in with the new; Goodyear has replaced the banners featured on its light poles.

Spring training is over and that means the banners with logos of the Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds baseball teams are no longer needed. Instead, Goodyear is displaying art from local artists. “Along with celebrating our local artists, the banners will be hung on 168 light poles, which communicates to motorists the commitment Goodyear has to the arts. This program demonstrates how art can really define the character of a community,” said Guylene

(See Art on Page 3)


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MILLENNIUM HIGH SCHOOL senior Isaac Charcos, front, and junior Ryan Chou work a math problem on a white board Feb. 24 at the Goodyear school. Charcos and Chou got perfect scores on the math portion of the ACT and SAT, respectively.

Striving for perfection Millennium students continue to ace math tests

by Emily Toepfer assistant editor

Millennium High School might have to start a new club soon — the Perfect Math Score Club. The two latest inductees would be senior Isaac Charcos, 17, and junior Ryan Chou, 16, who recently earned perfect scores on the math portion of the ACT and SAT, respectively. It’s become a yearly trend at the Goodyear campus to have at least one student earn a perfect math score on a standardized test, something math teacher Mel Artz attributes to the school’s International Baccalaureate program. “It’s a very rigorous program that really

last few years, said he can usually sense if a student will do well on the ACT and SAT tests.

When it came time to check his scores for the actual test, a camera captured his reaction. “My friend recorded me in math class dancing around the room, because I was so excited,” Ryan said.

University, and his SAT scores qualify him for a full tuition scholarship all four years as long as his GPA stays in a certain range, he said.

He plans to attend Brigham Young

takes them into a lot of different mathematics, and they have to learn how to manipulate problems and work with problems,” he said. Artz, who has taught both teens for the

“Sometimes math can be difficult for students and they want an algorithm or to see step by step, how does it work? These students are usually beyond that, and they’re really critical thinkers,” he said. For the SAT, a perfect score on each of the three subjects is 800, for a total of 2,400. On the ACT, which has four parts, a perfect rating in each category is 36 and the final score is an average of all the sections. Ryan took two practice SAT tests and got a perfect math score on one and missed it by one question on the other, he said.

Isaac, who plans to study aerospace engineering at either Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology or the California Institute of Technology, said teachers at Millennium do a good job making sure students understand the concepts they’ll need for the tests. “I think I was pretty confident that I could do well, because the teachers do pretty well in preparing us for math in general,” Isaac said. While math is required for students in high school, Ryan is usually working on problems in his spare time, too, he said. “There’s always some big math question

I’ve been pondering,” he said. “One thing that I do is I try to find easier ways to do things, which sometimes is harder at the beginning but then once you figure it out, you can do things a lot faster and more easily.” “There’s definitely a satisfaction of

working through a problem and being able to solve it using your repertoire of math skills you’ve accumulated over the years,” Isaac added.

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