Arizona’s first special hockey team laces up the skates

One Step Beyond, Inc. provides its members with the chance to take the ice in full gear and be a part of the team

AZ Ice Peoria welcomes the One Step Bobcats, Arizona’s first ever special hockey team. One Step Beyond, Inc. partnered up with the Arizona Bobcats and AZ Ice to give its members the opportunity to become a part of the hockey community. OSBI aims to empower individuals with intellectual disabilities by helping them participate in a number of programs, now including hockey. One Step Bobcats has 28 participants taking the ice every Tuesday and Thursday morning. Participants suit up in full gear donated entirely by the Arizona hockey community, including the Bobcats and the Arizona Coyotes. In February, One Step Bobcats will participate in its first tournament in Colorado.

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Social Subgroups Affect Graduation Rates in AZ

Facebook: Although the impact is ever-so-slight for some, high school graduation rates appear to vary between the subgroups in the state of Arizona. According to the Arizona Department of Education and these statistics, education equality is in place at the moment.

Tweet: Education inequality may be an issue in Arizona according to the 2014 graduation rates collected by the Arizona Department of Education.arizona-high-school-graduation-rates-for-2014-graph (1).jpegInfographic by Moriah Hernandez

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Must See Spots in Scottsdale

Facebook: Whether you’re a local or a tourist, Scottsdale may not be on your list of places to visit in Arizona but it should be. Scottsdale features Fashion Square, Old Town and the Art District among other places to entertain a variety of people with varying interests. Visit some of these locations on your next visit to Scottsdale!

Twitter: Scottsdale offers plenty to keep tourists and locals alike busy. So next time you’re in Scottsdale, be sure to visit some of these places!

High School Hockey in the Arizona Desert

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photo by Moriah Hernandez

Even with only the Arizona Coyotes to look up to, the interest and development of youth hockey continues to expand in the state. With various competing ice skating rinks in the state, there are quite a few youth hockey organizations. But what some may not know is that Arizona also features a handful of high schools with hockey teams as well. Hockey is not the average high school sport, particularly in the desert, but that hasn’t stopped teams from competing. Jordan Nash-Boulden is a senior at Cactus Shadows High School and the team’s star goalie. She is the only girl on the team and helped the boys to become the 2015-2016 D3 High School State Champions. Nash-Boulden has already witnessed a change in the community support for her high school team over the last couple years.

“It was cool to win the state championship. We had a bunch of people come out to the games. There were people chanting players’ names in the stands,” Nash-Boulden said. “This is what high school sports are supposed to be like. They’re supposed to want to come out and support. This year we got a lot of that.”

If I were to do a story featuring Nash-Boulden, I would focus on the unusual nature of the high school hockey teams in Arizona. I would tell the story through text and in-depth interviews about how hockey is growing on the West coast. It would be centered on the high school opportunity to play a sport originally thought to be unsuitable for regions like Arizona. Photographs would be a nice touch to break up the text, if possible. An infographic would serve the same purpose as well as incorporating some facts about high school hockey and potentially some comparisons with that going on the East coast. Interviews with coaches, athletic directors at local high school, and multiple players would offer insight into the story.


Scottsdale Artwalk Attracts More Visitors for Local Galleries

Andrea Zakrzewski, co-owner of Gallery Andrea, has worked as an artist for 13 years now. She owns the gallery on Main Street in Scottsdale with her mother. The mother-daughter duo opens their doors every Thursday evening for the Artwalk. The Artwalk began in 1975, marking this season as the 41st anniversary of the “America’s original Artwalk.” Every Thursday from October to July, artists open their doors and welcome visitors to interact more with the artists themselves and their work.

Lady Gaga Empowers Survivors with Oscar Performance

I am your host Moriah Hernandez, and you’re listening to Let’s Get Real With Pop Culture. This podcast series covers social issues that are popping up in the celebrity spotlight from sexual assault in hit songs to the victim-blaming of recording artists. In this first installment, we discuss Lady Gaga’s nomination and performance of “Til It Happens to You” at Sunday’s Academy Awards.Gaga’s song tells survivors that it was not there fault. I spoke with Kat Chapman, a member of the ASU chapter of I Am That Girl, on the importance of the performance and the message behind the song. We discuss the awareness that this emotionally charged song is raising about the issue of sexual assault, specifically that occurring on college campuses.

Photo by Moriah Hernandez