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CAVIAT recruiting for fall semester

Next year's high school juniors and seniors are invited to sign up for CAVIAT Central Programs to learn a trade and earn credit at Coconino Community College.

The Coconino Association for Vocations, Industry and Technology allows juniors and seniors from Flagstaff and Coconino high schools to split their day with their high school and CCC. Students can enroll in courses in alternative energy technology, business administration, computer gaming technology, law enforcement, nursing assistant and health careers. CAVIAT pays all tuition, books and fees and Flagstaff Unified School District provides busing. A student can earn as many as 48 college credit hours in the two-year program.

Students and parents who wish to learn more about this opportunity are encouraged to attend one of four planned informational nights:

-- Coconino High School: Tuesday, Feb. 7, 6 to 8 p.m. in the mini auditorium

-- Flagstaff High School: Wednesday, Feb. 8, 6 to 8 p.m. in the mini auditorium

-- Coconino Community College Fourth Street Campus: March 6 and 7, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in room C-1.

These events will be rescheduled if any of these dates are declared an FUSD snow day.

Preregistration closes March 9. Ask your high school CAVIAT career counselor for registration details.

Winners emerge in spelling bees

The PEAK School is sending fourth-grader Ryleigh Etsitty to the Coconino County Spelling Bee this month. Fourth-grader Aaron Dickinson is the second-place finisher and alternate. Third-grader Jordan Barriga took third place.

For the Flagstaff Home Educators, sixth-grader Mel Slusher will represent at the county bee. Eighth-grader Emma Rooker was the second-place finisher.

Has your school held its spelling bee? Email hdavis@azdailysun.com to get your winners some recognition.

CocoNuts hold another tourney

Coconino High School's CocoNuts robotics team played host to a FIRST Tech Challenge tournament on Jan. 19.

The event drew 21 high school teams, including three from Flagstaff: the Bot Heads from Ponderosa High and the MiniNuts and PeaNuts, teams in the CocoNuts family. Other teams came from the Phoenix area, Tucson, Folsom, Calif., and Durango, Colo.

The top winners were the winning alliance of Highland, St. Gregory College Prep and Willow Canyon high schools, and the Inspire Award-winning Valley Christian. These teams will go on to the World Championships in April in St. Louis.

Former Flagstaff Unified School District Superintendent Kevin Brown was given the outstanding volunteer award.

Honor roll

-- Kimberly Allan, a student at Minnesota State University-Mankato, made the high honor list for fall 2011 with a straight-A average.

-- Coconino Community College student Shantel Coolie has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the Northern Arizona Native-American Foundation. She is a 2011 graduate of Flagstaff High School and a certified nurse assistant. She is enrolled in the CCC to NAU program and plans to become a nurse.

To add your news to our Classroom Briefs, contact education reporter Hillary Davis at hdavis@azdailysun.com.

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