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Making the Grade—Five Fabulous Valley Teachers

From early-morning prep sessions to after-school tutoring, these five fabulous Valley teachers have devoted their lives to inspiring students to reach the unreachable. Here are their stories.

Sister Joanie Nuckols, B.V.M. Xavier College Preparatory


AFM Tête à Tête: Stroke of Genius

If you’ve traveled to Flagstaff in recent years, there’s a good chance you are already familiar with Joe Sorren. The Northern Arizona University graduate and Flagstaff-based artist is responsible for the well-known, much-loved outdoor mural in the town’s Heritage Square. Outside of Arizona, Sorren’s paintings have been shown in New York and California and have graced the pages of such illustrious publications as Time, The New Yorker and Rolling Stone. Read on as the artist talks about life in Northern Arizona and where we can see his work in the coming months.


Local Dentist Makes a Difference in Nicaragua

An inspiring mission, with one inspiring cause... to get less fortunate people out of pain. Dr. Bradley A. Briggs, D.D.S. of Briggs Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Scottsdale and Arizona Foothills' "Best Dentist in the Valley" has recently traveled to Nicaragua to offer dental care to remote cities with limited quality equipment, and quality dentists. Arizona Foothills had the pleasure to interview Dr. Briggs and get the inside scoop on his moving trip to Central America.

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The Princess Program & Dolce Salon Give Foster Girls a Prom

Every girl remembers their prom night; picking out the perfect dress, getting their hair done in an up-do, having their makeup done like a movie star, going out to a lavish dinner and feeling butterflies when their date walked them into the extravagantly decorated dance room. But not every girl is able to feel like a princess for a night, especially when they don’t even have a family or friend to love them.


The National Kidney Foundation of Arizona

Two is better than one; this is the case with almost everything, certainly kidneys. But having two stellar employees retire simultaneously seems to be the exception. The National Kidney Foundation of Arizona is honoring the unparalleled commitment of Mary Ann Messina and Ruthann Elms, who have dedicated years of their lives fighting against chronic kidney disease.


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