BASIS Scottsdale names Paradise Valley student valedictorian

Eric Frankel, a resident of Paradise Valley, has been named valedictorian for the BASIS Scottsdale charter school. The 2018 graduate is a National Merit Scholarship winner who will attend Stanford University. He currently works in a research lab at TGen, according to a release. In its latest school rankings, U.S. News and World Report named […]

Local karate school searching for former students, families

Mike Wall, owner of Paradise Valley School of Karate is reaching out to the community to invite former students and families to a celebrate 35 years of business. Mr. Wall has spent the last nearly four decades serving the greater Phoenix community through martial arts education. He has taught the values of discipline, perseverance, respect, self-worth and self-defense to hundreds of students from the ages of four to over 50. For 35 years, Paradise Valley School of Karate has been dedicated to helping its students feel safer and stronger.

BedBrock Developers respond to changing luxury home trends

The custom home building industry has experienced a significant shift in interior design style in the past two years. “Out with the old and in with the new” – modern that is. BedBrock Developers, a renowned Paradise Valley luxury custom home builder for the past 21 years, has embraced the trend and is currently building 10 modern luxury custom homes in Paradise Valley including Kachina Estates, an enclave of four homes on the former Kachina Country Day School site designed by local architecture firm, Drewett Works and represented by The Reeves Group.

PCDS student qualifies, enters state free throw championship

Paradise Valley resident and third grader at Phoenix Country Day School Logan Rose, 9, had a big weekend Jan. 30-31. After winning the local Elks Club Free Throw Shooting contest two weeks ago in north Phoenix by making 22 out of 25 shots in the Boys 8-9 year old division, Logan captured the Western Regional Championship this past weekend in Wickenburg, according to a press release. By making 21 of of 25 shots Logan moves onto the “final four” shooters in the state championship in Apache Junction Feb. 13, where he will take on the winners from Arizona’s north, south and eastern regions. A victory there would propel him into the national regional contest in Las Vegas with the finals taking place in Chicago.

Bridge-Gadd named Gatorade Football Player of the Year

Daniel Bridge-Gadd, senior quarterback at Paradise Valley High School, has been named Arizona Football Gatorade Player of the Year. The stats for Bridge-Gadd’s season include: 251 of 374 passes completed, 64 touchdowns (47 passing, 17 rushing) and 4,268 passing yards, according to a press release. The 6-foot-3-inch, 205-pound senior lead his team on an unprecedented run that saw their only loss of the season coming in a tough-fought Division III State Championship game. Additionally, he has maintained a 3.13 grade point average.

PVSchools participates in Hour of Code

During Computer Science Week, Dec. 7-13, more than 10,000 students in the Paradise Valley Unified School District are to participate in the Hour of Code. The Hour of Code is a one hour introduction to computer science designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics of coding. The Hour of Code is organized by, a public 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science by making it available in more schools and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of various ethnic backgrounds, according to a press release.