Mingus programs receive $$$ shot in the arm

From left, Mingus teachers Jason Teague (Art), Eric Banuelos (Agriculture), Tyler Novak (Art), Jeff Neugebauer (Technical Theater), Chad Elmer (Agriculture), Ashly Lawler (Theater), James Ball (Theater) Rick Finley (CADD)

From left, Mingus teachers Jason Teague (Art), Eric Banuelos (Agriculture), Tyler Novak (Art), Jeff Neugebauer (Technical Theater), Chad Elmer (Agriculture), Ashly Lawler (Theater), James Ball (Theater) Rick Finley (CADD)

Sonny Zale, President of Mingus Connection, Mingus Union High School's Foundation, has announced a sizeable gift given by a local family in support of specific programs at Mingus. These funds are managed by the Foundation and will provide for instructor enhancement, supplies, instructional materials, educational support and cost or expenses that would otherwise not be available for these areas: Agriscience, Automotive Technology, Digital Filmmaking, Drafting/Design Technology, Welding Technology, and Fine Arts (Performing and Visual).

Lois Lamer, CEO of Valley Academy for Career and Technology, Dr. Paul Tighe, Superintendent of Mingus, Jennifer Chilton, Principal and Kirk Waddle, Business Manager have expressed their appreciation of the work done by the Mingus Connection board members and also the generous support of its community donors. They will assist the teachers in formulating their proposals to be submitted by Feb. 1.

Mingus Connection, established in 1991, manages other monies involving scholarships and outstanding teacher awards. Some comments made by past recipients of these funds;

"This scholarship allows me the opportunity to succeed in school and focus on my education. I am studying Aerospace Engineering which is challenging and requires a great deal of hard work...because of the scholarship I received research and internship experience my first year." Andrew Hickey 2012

"I am currently coaching club volleyball which brings in some income, but still not nearly enough to support life's everyday needs in college. The scholarship helps me to continue living a healthy lifestyle while in college so that I can get the best grades possible ...." Delaney Scanlan 2013

" This scholarship allowed me to live in a dorm where the majority of students living there were all engineering majors. This was a huge help in aiding me with hard classes and allowing me to get peer advice on homework assignments." Brooke Lindsay 2012

Mingus Connection is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization developed to foster, support and improve educational programs of the high school. There are many ways to donate to the school through the foundation and receive tax benefits. Individuals are encouraged to consult with their tax professionals about these opportunities.

Questions in regards to Mingus Connection may be made by calling 928 634.8507 or writing to P.O. Box 1071, Clarkdale, Arizona 86324.

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