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Named to ASU honor roll

Hillari Hardt, daughter of Chuck and Shirley Hardt, made the Arizona State University (Mary Lou Fulton College of Education) Dean's List for the fall semester with a GPA of 4.1. Hillari plans to do her student teaching at Payson Elementary School with Mr. Haught in the fall. Hillari is a 2004 graduate of Payson High School.

Parents advised to be alert to state school scam

State schools chief Tom Horne is alerting parents to beware of a potential scam involving businesses that claim to have private student information and use that information for high-pressure sales tactics.

My office has received several complaints about business representatives claiming to either work for the Department of Education or who claim to possess private student-level data that is legally protected under federal law.They are using this information to pressure parents into buying educational software and other materials," Horne said.

Under no circumstances, except the rare instance of a court order, does the department release such data and the state Department of Education does not endorse any commercial products or services.Anyone who encounters someone using that type of sales ploy should report the matter to the Arizona Attorney General Consumer Fraud Division immediately," he added.

he Consumer Information and Complaints office may be contacted at: 602-542-5763, 520-628-6504, or 800-352-8431.

Choral society auditions

The Payson Choral Society is accepting applications for scholarships. Applications are available at the Middle School and High School music departments and from music/voice teachers in Payson and Pine. They must be postmarked no later than Monday, March 18 or the application will not be accepted.

Auditions will be held on Saturday, April 5, at the Payson United Methodist Church - 414 N. Easy Street. Times: 10 a.m. for Middle School students, grades 6 -- 8 and 11 a.m. for High School students, grades 9 -- 12. Two levels of scholarships will be awarded -- Level one -$500 is for students in grades 6 -- 8, Level two - $1,000 is for students in grades 9 through 12. Winners must sing a solo of their audition selection at the Payson Choral Society's Spring concert.

Audition Theme: "Broadway" - Applicants will select and provide their own music for the audition. A copy of your music in your key must accompany your application. Applications are available at the Payson Middle School and Payson High School offices, or for further information or to request an application, contact John Landino at (928-468-6684) or Daria Mason at: damson@pusd.com

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