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Boys and Girls of Santa Cruz

The Boys and Girls Club opened its doors to the public on May 23, 1993. The club opened mainly with the support of teachers, community members and the 4-H Young America cares program. The club began with 2 part-time employees with the rest being volunteers. The club later expanded to 4 full-time and 9 part-time employees. The current building they ... Read More »

Inspirational Educational Leader Retires-Sue Neilsen

When we think about our local community college in Santa Cruz County, the first thing that comes to mind is Sue Neilsen Director of Cochise College. She has worked with the college for over 12 years. Unfortunately for our community, she will be retiring June 30, 2015. She will be moving to San Francisco to be with family. Ms. Neilsen ... Read More »

Cochise College Santa Cruz Student Coalition

The Santa Cruz Student Coalition from Cochise College is a coalition dedicated to teaching students leadership skills in a fun healthy and productive way. The group members are Jesus Atondo President, Alma Pina Vice-President, Marcos Espinoza  Treasurer, Alexis Grambs Secretary, Vanessa Montoya Historian, Edna Campos Event Organizer, Josue Flores Coalition Representative and 3 volunteers. The student coalition goal is to ... Read More »

Zaskia Villa of Nogales High School is Arizona’s 2015 Poetry Out Loud State Champion

By Arizona Commission on the Arts Photos by Alonso Parra, Lamp Left Media Zaskia Villa, a senior at Nogales High School in Nogales, Arizona, will represent Arizona at the 10th annual Poetry Out Loud National Finals competition in Washington, D.C., in April. Zaskia claimed the title of 2015 Arizona State Champion on Thursday, March 12, at the State Finals competition ... Read More »

“Creating Critical Thinkers Rooted In Spirituality”

Sacred Heart Catholic School is a parish school in Nogales, Arizona that began its Catholic educational history in 1910. It was closed in 1998, and was re-established in 2001.Sacred Heart Catholic School is a hidden gem filled with the most amazing teachers, parents and students. Everyone that becomes a member of Sacred Heart Catholic School becomes a member of the ... Read More »

“One of Our Own”

A Cochise College student Nailea Leon of Rio Rico, Arizona was recently nominated as one of the recipients of the 2015-All Arizona Academic Teams. She will receive a tuition waiver to complete her bachelor’s degree at one of the state’s public universities. She is majoring in journalism and media arts at the Santa Cruz Center. She plans to transfer to ... Read More »

“Creating Educational Opportunities for Future Generations”

The Office of Santa Cruz County Superintendent Alfredo Velásquez recognizes the importance of providing students in Santa Cruz County with a quality education. Therefore, Superintendent Velásquez has launched a new program “Career Readiness and Educational Opportunities” (CREO), which provides job skills and career and college readiness resources to help prepare students for higher education. Education is crucial to one’s career ... Read More »

Student of the Quarter Awards

The Nogales Rotary Club honored seventeen scholars from thirteen different Nogales schools for their exemplary scholarship and citizenship. The students were introduced during the meeting, along with their teacher or school representative. Parents who were able to attend were asked to stand to be recognized also. The requirement for earning the award is not just good grades, the recipient also ... Read More »

Inspiring Future Generation of Educators

Fernando Parra a Nogales native was recently appointed by the school board as the new school superintendent. He will begin the school year by making sure the district provides students with the best academic opportunities. Mr. Parra’s future plans include being a supportive leader that communicates and listens to staff, teachers, and students dealing with many of the everyday challenges ... Read More »

Humble Beginnings

A great educator creates a sense of community and belonging. These are just among the few characteristics that describe Sue Neilsen, Director of Cochise College.  She is an exceptional life-long educator, who has dedicated herself to empowering students all of ages to achieve their dreams. She has worked in the educational field for 43 years. Ms. Neilsen grew up in ... Read More »

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