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Updated Aug 15, 2014 - 6:16 am

Phoenix Girl Scouts inducted into National Honor Society

PHOENIX -- It's quite an accomplishment for six girls who are members of Girl Scout Troop 1156 in southeast Phoenix.

Schuyler Shanberger, Kacee Roberts, Erica Bender, Becca Waypa and Anne and Kyla Jacobs have all been inducted into the National Honor Society.

"It was really through school," said Heather Thornton, a spokeswoman for the Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council. "There's a certain level of grade point average that you have to maintain and community service requirements that go into being part of that organization."

She said that leadership skills learned in scouting help the girls do just that.

"We've had a lot of studies in the Girl Scout Research Institute that say the leadership skills and experiences that they gain in the Girl Scout program really help them succeed in school," she explained.

The girls are seventh through 10th-graders, who attend different schools in Ahwatukee.

"They are leaders with a heart for service, so we are very proud of their achievement," said Thornton.

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Years with the company: I started on January 2, 2006.

Education: I was born in San Antonio, Texas, but we moved to Phoenix when I was one-year-old in 1957. I grew up here and graduated from Alhambra High School and attended Phoenix College.

Family: I am married to my wife Rene', who is a librarian in the Washington school district. During free time, I may be found playing basketball in the driveway with my son, Devin. He's also keeping me busy with school, Little League, and playing in chess tournaments around the Valley.

Favorite food: Lots of favorite food, but our favorite restaurant is Fajitas.

Favorite spot in Arizona: The Little America Hotel in Flagstaff.

Favorite news memory: We have to go back to October 15, 1979. I was a country music air personality at KROP Radio in Brawley, California, when we had a 6.7 earthquake. Thankfully, there were no deaths and only minor injuries, but the entire community was pretty freaked out and listening to the station on their transistor radios. I would not want to go through an earthquake again, but it sure was a great night to work in radio and see how it can make a difference in people's lives.

First job: Working as a stringer for 'The Arizona Republic' at high school football games. My first real job was flipping burgers at the old Sandy's Hamburgers at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road. My first radio job was as announcer at KALJ radio in Yuma in 1977.

First concert: Doug Oldham gospel concert in the 1970s at the old East High School in Phoenix.

Favorite sports team: Phoenix Roadrunners minor league hockey. My dad took me to a game when I was in grade school, and I was hooked. I wanted to be a radio hockey play-by-play man. I used to take my cassette recorder and sit up in the rafters of the Coliseum and do play-by-play. It was great later in life to also take my son to Roadrunners games. Too bad the team just folded, I'll miss them. (Going to the Coyotes is fun, but they're not "my" team.)

Outside interests: My family and I are active in our church - Northern Hills Community Church in Phoenix. We enjoy going to movies, sporting events, and like to vacation at the Beach Cottages in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego. And I love to play catch, basketball, football with my son.

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