Who's representing Marana?

Name: Alexis Hayes
Age: 16
Incoming grade: 11
What book are you reading: "Mr. Popular And I"
If you can meet one person, who would it be? Christina Aguilera
What do you want to be when you grow up? Teacher
What do you love most about Marana? The people. They're so nice. 

Name: Malachi J. Brewster
Age: 16
Incoming grade: 11
What book are you reading: "A Farewell to Arms"
If you can meet one person, who would it be? Nelson Mandela
What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be in the Marines marching band. 
What do you love most about Marana? The supporting community and the arts programs. 

Name: Evanna Rouhani
Age: 16
Incoming grade: 12
What book are you reading: "Grapes of Wrath" and "Les Miserables"
If you can meet one person, who would it be? Julie Andrews
What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to work in social services or family therapy, or anything that I can help to build strong family units.
What do you love most about Marana? I love the environment of love and mutual support that surrounds the Marana community. 

Name: Tyler Godowski
Age: 16
Incoming grade: 12
What book are you reading: "The Mountain"
If you can meet one person, who would it be? Mozart
What do you want to be when you grow up? Writer
What do you love most about Marana? The community love

Name: Iliana Vasquez
Age: 15
Incoming grade: 11
What book are you reading: Nothing at the moment
If you can meet one person, who would it be? Albert Einstein
What do you want to be when you grow up? Surgeon or economist
What do you love most about Marana? How kind everyone is

Name: William Z. Klein
Age: 16
Incoming grade: 11
What book are you reading: "The Hobbit"
If you can meet one person, who would it be? NIkola Tesla
What do you want to be when you grow up? Photographer/writer
What do you love most about Marana? The community

Name: Angie Muscoreil
Age: 15
Incoming grade: 11
What book are you reading: "Me, Earl and the Dying Girl"
If you can meet one person, who would it be? Barack and Michelle Obama
What do you want to be when you grow up? Something to do with music
What do you love most about Marana? The sense of community

Name: Cody Smith
Age: 15
Incoming grade: 10
What book are you reading: "Harry Potter"
If you can meet one person, who would it be? Payton Manning
What do you want to be when you grow up? NFL player
What do you love most about Marana? The music programs

Name: Katie Nixon
Age: 15
Incoming grade: 10
What book are you reading: "Me Before You"
If you can meet one person, who would it be? Audrey Hepburn
What do you want to be when you grow up? Neo Natal Surgeon
What do you love most about Marana? The community and love that they spread

Name: Jonathan Emmerick
Age: 16
Incoming grade: 12
What book are you reading: "An Abundance of Katherines"
If you can meet one person, who would it be? Harriet Tubman
What do you want to be when you grow up? I am interested in singing, fashion, acting, and theatre. 
What do you love most about Marana? I love the diversity and acceptance. 

Name: Hannah Stock
Age: 16
Incoming grade: 11
What book are you reading: "It's Kind of a Funny Story"
If you can meet one person, who would it be? N/A
What do you want to be when you grow up? Pediatric oncology nurse with eccentric hobbies
What do you love most about Marana? The opportunities

Name: Jose Gonzalez
Age: 17
Incoming grade: 12
What book are you reading: "The Martian"
If you can meet one person, who would it be? Elvis Presley
What do you want to be when you grow up? Comedian or computer engineer
What do you love most about Marana? How close everyone is. 

Name: Emma Winters
Age: 16
Incoming grade: 11
What book are you reading: I really like reading the back of the Chipotle cups
If you can meet one person, who would it be? Adele, for sure
What do you want to be when you grow up? I'm not sure yet, but I'm figuring it out
What do you love most about Marana? How connected we are as a community

Name: Mariano Hinojos
Age: 17
Incoming grade: 12
What book are you reading: "Holes"
If you can meet one person, who would it be? Toby Mac
What do you want to be when you grow up? Game tester
What do you love most about Marana? The music programs

Name: Dimon Sanders
Age: 16
Incoming grade: 11
What book are you reading: "Thirteen Reasons Why"
If you can meet one person, who would it be? Misty Copeland
What do you want to be when you grow up? Pediatric nurse
What do you love most about Marana? The arts programs

Name: Mauro Grijalva
Age: 17
Incoming grade: 12
What book are you reading: "Breakfast at TIffany's"
If you can meet one person, who would it be? Louis Armstrong and Audrey Hepburn
What do you want to be when you grow up? Doctor and artist
What do you love most about Marana? The music programs

Name: Arianna Nuno
Age: 16
Incoming grade: 11
What book are you reading: N/A
If you can meet one person, who would it be? Barbra Streisand
What do you want to be when you grow up? Singer/Actress
What do you love most about Marana? How great of a community it is

Name: Nick Victoratos
Age: 14
Incoming grade: 10
What book are you reading: "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare
If you can meet one person, who would it be? Beethoven
What do you want to be when you grow up? I would like to be a choir director
What do you love most about Marana? The schools and Marana's career and technical programs and arts programs. 

Name: Taylor Nixon
Age: 17
Incoming grade: 12
What book are you reading: "Life of Pi"
If you can meet one person, who would it be? Tom Hanks
What do you want to be when you grow up? Elementary school teacher
What do you love most about Marana? How we all support one another

Name: Moises Hernandez
Age: 16
Incoming grade: 11
What book are you reading: A big fat SAT practice book
If you can meet one person, who would it be? Bill Nye
What do you want to be when you grow up? An actor. Or maybe a computer hardware engineer
What do you love most about Marana? The teachers

Name: Iona Isachsen
Age: 15
Incoming grade: 11
What book are you reading: "Memory Keepers Daughter"
If you can meet one person, who would it be? My grandfather, Yngvar Isachsen
What do you want to be when you grow up? Biomedical engineer
What do you love most about Marana? Everyone is incredibly friendly and you never feel unsafe

Name: Madison Miller
Age: 18
Incoming grade: freshman in college
What book are you reading: The original Grimm Fairytales
If you can meet one person, who would it be? I really want to meet President Obama, but if it's allowed to be someone that's gone, I'd choose MLK.
What do you want to be when you grow up? My dream is to be a foreign service officer for the United States, but I want to first be a pediatric physical therapist. 
What do you love most about Marana? I love that they want to see you do well. I know that no matter where I am in the future, I have my whole town behind me. 

Name: Alexis Gibbs
Age: 16
Incoming grade: 12
What book are you reading: "Looking For Alaska"
If you can meet one person, who would it be? Lea Michele
What do you want to be when you grow up? Actress
What do you love most about Marana? Very welcoming to everyone

 

Program Spotlight: Marana Citizens Forum gives a voice to community members

An actively engaged community is a strong community for children to feel supported to succeed in school and life.  Established by Town Council in 2011, the Marana Citizens' Forum is a new model for civic participation. The forum includes up to 32 delegates from throughout the community, including representatives from Marana Unified School District, Marana Health Center, Arizona Youth Partnership, Marana Chamber of Commerce, and Northwest Fire District. 

The Marana Citizens' Forum replaces the typical commission format that used to focus on single topics, such as police or parks and recreation. Instead, the Marana Citizens' Forum delegates bring their unique viewpoints and expertise to the discussion to develop recommendations for broad town-wide issues. When completed, the group presents its recommendations to Town Council for adoption and staff action. 

The forum was inspired by the highly successful Arizona Town Hall program, which has created statewide groups that guide Arizona's civic, political, business, and community leadership for more than 50 years. 

The Marana Citizens' Forum goals are to:

  • Increase the number of informed and engaged citizens
  • Develop feasible action plans for recommendation to Town Council on important issues
  • Connect ideas and action plans to the Towns' planning documents (Strategic Plan, General Plan, Economic Development Strategic Plan)
  • Establish and maintain a positive feedback loop between the Marana Citizens' Forum and Town Council
  • Promote civic dialogue in order to implement community action plans from Marana Citizens' Forum recommendations
  • Provide Town staff with direction on various projects based on citizen input and engagement

Over the past two years, the Marana Citizens' Forum has presented recommendations for business retention, development services process efficiency, marketing and communications, zipcode issues, and citizen engagement in the strategic planning process. 

Northwest Firefighters Association Fans the Flames of Marana’s All-America City Efforts

The firefighters of the Marana region are experts in putting out blazes, but in at least one way, they are helping to light a fire.  The Town of Marana is competing to become an All-America City, and the Northwest Fire Fighters Association, I.A.F.F. Local 3572, proudly supports this effort.  By signing on as an All-American Hero sponsor, the Northwest Fire Fighters Association will help send the Marana delegation to Denver to compete for this honor.

The Northwest Fire Fighters Association has long played a crucial role in ensuring public safety in and around Marana.  Dedicated to honoring the traditions of the International Association of Fire Fighters, they provide leadership, representation, and protection to members through unity, support, and education.  Through their affiliation with the Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona, they ensure the safety, welfare, and quality of life of members and the community they serve. 

Beyond providing direct member support, the Northwest Fire Fighters Association is also committed to supporting a number of local causes.  They actively contribute to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the National Fallen Fire Fighters Association, the Flowing Wells Family Resource Center, the Marana Community Food Bank, and now, the campaign to make Marana an All-America City. This kind of support speaks to the investment this organization is making in Marana, not just for today, but for many years to come.

The Northwest Fire Fighters Association is not alone in making this commitment.  A number of local businesses and organizations in this region have joined this effort, and you can, too.  Please consider donating to help send our delegation to Denver next week.  By making Marana an All-America City, Marana can attract new businesses, increase tourism, and strengthen the community’s presence as a welcoming, inclusive Town where anyone can put down roots for life.  

Silver Bell Mine Helps make Marana an All-America City

A wide variety of industries thrive in the Marana region, but few are more closely intertwined with Arizona’s history than the local copper mines.  As one of Arizona’s 5 C’s, copper mining has played an important role in the state and local economy. The Silver Bell Mine, operated by Asarco, has maintained an extensive operation in this area for over 60 years, and in that time, their impact on the community has been tremendous.  In 2015 alone, they employed a workforce of almost 200, pumping over $16 million back into the local economy through their salaries. 

In 1951, Silver Bell Mine opened its first two pits west of Marana.  The El Tiro and Oxide mines have yielded tremendous outputs ever since, while at the same Asarco has doubled their operations to open two more copper extraction sites nearby. 

Pima County is home to a number of mining operations, and together, they all contribute significantly to the local economy.  More than 2,500 Pima County residents work in the mining industry, and an economic impact study from Arizona State University indicates that more than 10,000 jobs are supported indirectly by this sector. 

Marana is deeply grateful to Asarco for their meaningful contributions to our community.  Recently, Asarco has signed on as an All-American Hero sponsor of the Town’s efforts to become an All-America City.  This prestigious title will help boost tourism and attract even more businesses to Marana.   Due to the support of sponsors like Asarco, Marana will send a delegation to Denver in just a few short weeks to compete in the final round of this competition.  Please consider joining Asarco in supporting this effort.

Marana Delegation presents to Town Council on progress

Pictured above: Will Klein, Heidi Barker, Jose Gonzalez, Hannah Stock, Taylor Nixon, Emma Winters, Jonathan Emmerick, Sarah Ross

Pictured above: Will Klein, Heidi Barker, Jose Gonzalez, Hannah Stock, Taylor Nixon, Emma Winters, Jonathan Emmerick, Sarah Ross

On June 7, representatives from the Marana Delegation provided Marana Town Council with an update on their progress in anticipation of next week's competition. Their ten minute entry to the All-America City judges will showcase programs from around the Marana community that support children to succeed in school and life. In addition to the competition, the Marana Delegation will also participate in the National Civic League's cultural and city showcase, which includes performing in a talent show and setting up a booth. 

"We have singers, actors, painters, dancers, slam poets, writers, and construction workers [here tonight]," Marana High School Choir Director Sarah Ross said to the council. "We just love Marana with all of our hearts, and we're so happy to be involved."

The Marana Delegation has been working throughout the month leading up to the competition, spending hours constructing their presentation set pieces, rehearsing their lines, and practicing songs. 

"Today we had a six hour rehearsal," said Ross, "the amount of civic engagement they're getting is incredible, and they get to talk about incredible programs."

The Marana Delegation opened up the council meeting with an a capella performance of the National Anthem, before introducing themselves to Town Council. 

Town planner and Marana Delegate Shannon Shula also presented a special map that the delegation will use as they travel to Denver. 

"This interactive mapping software tracks our progress from Marana up to Denver," said Shula, "It's a sixteen hour drive, so we will have a lot of fun on that bus! We plan to make this an academic educational trip, and you can see pictures of us on our route."

The Marana Delegation closed their presentation with a sample of "Haleluyen", a traditional Native-American song that acknowledges and celebrates Marana's Native-American history, and will be showcased at the All-America City competition. 

"The students are incredible representatives of this community," said Town Manager Gilbert Davidson. "I think we have a very good shot of winning this All-America City award."

The Marana Delegation leaves for the All-America City Competition on Wednesday, June 15. The competition is on Saturday, June 18, and the winners are announced on Sunday, June 19. 

Marana Delegation uses Career and Technical skills to prepare for All-America City

The Marana delegation, made up of students from Marana Unified School District students, have been putting their Career and Technical skills to good use while preparing for the All-America City competition. View the gallery below to see them in action. 

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Red Point Development Contributes to Marana's All-America City Efforts

As one of the fastest growing communities in Arizona, Marana’s network of developers is helping to shape this Town both today and for many years into the future.  Red Point Development understands the role they play in Marana’s constantly evolving landscape.  For more than 20 years, they have not only constructed homes and commercial buildings in Marana, but have also helped make this community a beautiful and desirable place to call home.

Red Point completed its earliest project in Marana when it built 42 homes in Continental Ranch in 1994. Today, Continental Ranch is now one of Marana’s core residential neighborhoods.  Nestled among its quiet streets and picturesque homes are outstanding schools, inviting parks, and convenient shops and restaurants.  This development has grown considerably since Red Point’s earliest home construction here, but the communal feeling of neighbors helping neighbors, of camaraderie and community, remains. 

In all its projects, Red Point aims to create “sustainable and timeless communities and projects that are in balance socially, economically and environmentally.”  Creating sustainable communities requires more than simply building homes, though, and Red Point is committed to investing in the intangible factors that knit a neighborhood together.  That’s why they’re sponsoring the Town’s efforts to become an All-America City.  In a few short weeks, a delegation of students from Marana High School will travel to Denver to compete for this prestigious honor.  Red Point Development is supporting this effort through their generous All-American Hero sponsorship. 

The Town of Marana is deeply grateful for Red Point Development’s support.  You, too, can be part of this effort by sponsoring Marana’s delegation to Denver.  Marana embodies the spirit of an All-America City in countless ways, and every one of them starts with you, our residents.  Please consider contributing to this cause.

Hughes Supports Marana's Bid to Become an All-America City

 
 

Hughes Federal Credit Union is much more than just a financial institution that serves Marana.  They’re an essential member of this community who recognizes the importance of investing in the people around them.  That’s why they’re supporting Marana’s efforts to become an All-America City, and the Town of Marana is deeply grateful for their support.

Established in Tucson in 1952, Hughes FCU has made a positive difference in the financial lives of more than 97,000 members.  To Hughes, though, these members aren’t just customers.  They are families who are trusting Hughes with some of their most important resources.  These are the resources their members will use to buy a home, to send their kids to college, to plan for retirement.  At Hughes, every member knows that they can rely on their credit union to manage their assets with care and accountability.

Currently, Hughes manages more than $900 million in assets.  Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, or attends school in Tucson.  The Credit Union is federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration and boasts a BauerFinancial 5-Star Superior rating, as well as A+ Certification by the BBB.

Marana thanks Hughes Federal Credit Union for their contributions. This donation will help send Marana’s delegation to Denver to compete for this award in June.  You too can help support this effort by donating to the Town today.  Marana is a community full of outstanding residents and business owners.  Together, we all make Marana an All-America City.  Please join us in helping us achieve this recognition.