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Southern Arizona Autism Association


The Southern Arizona Autism Association is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization providing autism awareness in Santa Cruz County. They advocate for families and children living with autism. Their main goal is to provide awareness throughout Santa Cruz County through education and training. The organization formed in 2013. They currently serve 200 families throughout Southern Arizona and Sonora Mexico. They offer an array of programs including a support group for parents of children and young adults with special needs. The programs they offer ... Read More »

People that “echo”- Michelle Rene Jacquez

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This month’s people that “echo” in Santa Cruz County choice is an individual who has dedicated herself to advocating for children and adults with autism. Michelle Rene Jacquez is president of the Southern Arizona Autism Association. She was born in Tucson, Arizona but raised in Nogales, Arizona. She is currently a parent leader for the Raising Special Kids Organization, and head of the Special Olympics AZ Adults Association. “I am blessed. I have a child with high-functioning autism who has taught me a lot about ... Read More »

1st Edition of the “TARDES DE VERACRUZ”


The General Consulate of Mexico, the Arts and Cultural Committee of Nogales, Arizona, Bowman Senior Residences, Nogales Community Development, Boys and Girls Club of Santa Cruz County and Kory Mercantile, hosted a successful first edition of the “Evenings of Veracruz “At Bowman Senior Residences. Since April 24th, an enthusiastic group of 10 members of the community took danzón classes, which ... Read More »

2nd Annual Pharm Camp


Santa Cruz County School Superintendent, Alfredo Velásquez and the Healthy Students Grant sponsored the second annual Pharm Camp for county 7th and 8th grade students who want to pursue a career in the fields of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. This camp was held June 19th through the 22nd, and was housed at the Santa Cruz County Provisional Community College. The ... Read More »

Jump Back 2 School Planning Committee

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The Jump Back 2 School Committee met Wednesday, June 21st to continue with their planning of their back to school event. According to the National Federation Survey (2010), the cost to prepare a child for their first day of school is $422.00 dollars. Not every family can afford such an expense, especially if they have more than one child. As ... Read More »

4th Annual Public Safety Officer Awards


The Rotary Club of Nogales hosted their 4th Annual Public Safety Officers Awards Dinner on Friday, June 9th, 2017 at the Quality Hotel Americana. The event recognized 15 public safety officers within Santa Cruz County for their service. Family, friends, and colleagues attended the event to show their support to the officers recognized for dedication and hard work in the ... Read More »

University of Arizona South


The University of Arizona South held its graduation ceremony along with Cochise College on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. at the James C. Clark Auditorium at Nogales High School.  Family, friends, and school personnel were all in attendance to support the graduates. U of A Graduates: Monica Navarro Ian Danielson Jenniffer Estrada Ivonne Flores Margarita Gonzalez Brigitte Curiel Juan ... Read More »

Rio Rico High School Class of 2017


Rio Rico High School Class of 2017 held their graduation ceremony, on Thursday, May 25th, at 7:00 pm. The Rio Rico Marching Hawks Band played, while the graduates came down the stairways in their customized graduation caps. From every angle of the stadium, friends, school faculty, and family were able to see the graduates walking down the stair in their ... Read More »

James Quijada Receives AIA Scholar Activity Award

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Rio Rico High School JROTC Senior, James Quijada, received the AIA Dr. Voie Stuart Chase Coy 2016-2017 Scholar-Activity of the Year Award for the 6A Conference. The Dr. Voie Stuart Chase Coy 2016-2017 Scholar-Activity/Athlete of the Year Award is given each year to students whose academic accomplishments are a positive model for others, who possess high levels of integrity and ... Read More »

Teacher of the Year Kickoff Breakfast


On Thursday April 20, 2017 Santa Cruz County School Superintendent Alfredo I. Velásquez hosted their Annual Teacher of the Year Kickoff Breakfast at the Americana/Quality Inn Patio. This extra ordinary breakfast, was planned by Special Events Coordinator, Patricia Barraza and is done as a token of appreciation to all Sponsors, Donors and all those who so kindly supported last year’s ... Read More »

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