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Dr. Chad Wilson, superintendent of schools, Apache Junction Unified School District No. 43

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Twenty-five students were recognized for completing the Central Arizona College nursing program during the school’s May 11 pinning ceremony. (Special to the Independent/Central Arizona College)

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(Courtesy of Apache Junction Unified School District)

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Dave Balogh, second from left, director of the Apache Junction High School’s band program, on Feb. 25 introduced some of the residents at Montesa at Gold Canyon who have been helping to raise money for the band inside their classroom. The Montesa residents are, from left, JoAnn Ochs, Julie Shangle and Marian Williamson. They were joined by Mike Weaver, right, a member of the Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board. (Independent Newspapers/Wendy Miller)

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Members of the Apache Junction High School wind ensemble were enthusiastic in their appreciation for fundraising efforts on their behalf by residents of Montesa at Gold Canyon. The fundraisers — which have totaled more than $4,000 over the past two years — are the brainchild of JoAnn Ochs, front row standing, second from right. She is helped by fellow Montesa residents Marian Williamson, second from left; and Julie Shangle, right. Mike Weaver, left, a member of the Apache Junction Unified School District Governing Board, brought the ladies’ efforts to the attention of the school district at the governing board’s Feb. 23 meeting. (Independent Newspapers/Wendy Miller)

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