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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Education and schools roundup

Alexa Salas, Raymond S. Kellis High School student body president gives the student address at graduation May 16. This is a screen shot from the live-streaming video from the ceremony.

Can’t make it to a high school graduation because your son or daughter is graduating the same time as a niece or nephew? Or maybe it’s too expensive for all the relatives from the other side of the country. You could have someone send pictures taken from faraway seats. Or you could be on the phone with a family member who gives you the play-by-play. “They’re walking to their seats. They’re sitting down. Um, I can’t tell where (name of student) is because they are all wearing the same thing.”


What if you could watch it on live video with close-ups and multi-camera coverage? Peoria Unified School District is live-streaming seven high school graduation ceremonies. The videos will be available on the district’s YouTube channel after May 24 to share with relatives who missed the live stream. Find the graduation schedule for Peoria here.

You could view it on your smart phone at the ceremony for the close-ups and leave your own video camera at home. Also, like a DVR, you can go back in time a few minutes to see something again on the video and then switch back to the live feed. Peoria Cox Cable Channel 99 will broadcast the high school graduations throughout the summer.


The 2013 Flinn Scholarships have been awarded to 20 Arizona seniors who will attend an Arizona public university next Fall. Sponsored by the Flinn Foundation,  the scholarship includes tuition, room and board, international study-related travel, personal mentoring by university faculty and other benefits.

The requirements are, as one would expect, quite demanding: high scores on the SAT and ACT, good grades, extracurricular activities, etc. This year 653 high school seniors applied for 20 spots. Find all the Flinn Scholar information here.

Here are the 2013 Flinn Scholars:

  • Sarah Bosch, Flagstaff High School, Flagstaff
  • Meera Doshi, McClintock High School, Tempe
  • Spencer Elliott, Mountain Pointe High School, Phoenix
  • Elizabeth Hannah. Sunnyslope High School, Phoenix
  • Luis Hernandez, Vista Grande High School, Casa Grande
  • Alden Hill, BASIS Tucson North, Tucson
  • Rohan Murty, Desert Vista High School, Phoenix
  • MeiLin Ossanna, University High School, Tucson
  • Savannah Pearson, Hamilton High School, Chandler
  • Steven Reed, Cactus High School, Glendale
  • Julianna Renzi, Prescott High School, Prescott
  • Jacob Rockland, Canyon del Oro High School, Oro Valley
  • Swaroon Sridhar, Mountain Pointe High School, Phoenix
  • Sanjay Srinivasan, Hamilton High School, Chandler
  • Jakub Stechly, Hamilton High School, Chandler
  • Samantha-Su Taylor, Bioscience High School, Phoenix
  • Cooper Temple, Prescott High School, Prescott
  • Suhitha Veeravelli, Desert Vista High School, Phoenix
  • Ethan Wilson, University High School, Tucson
  • Augustus Woodrow-Tomizuka, Sonoran Science Academy, Tucson


Red Means Stop Traffic Safety Alliance , an organization whose mission is to prevent death and injury due to traffic accidents, is offering a scholarship to benefit families who cannot afford driving school for their teen drivers. The scholarship provides driver training through DrivingMBA in Scottsdale and Chandler.

During the spring of 2013, Red Means Stop awarded scholarships to nine students. Applications will be accepted during the summer for the next round of scholarships.

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Daniel Friedman

Daniel Friedman is a staff writer and photographer for RAISING ARIZONA KIDS magazine.

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