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District celebrates Constitution contest winners

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  • Erin Dunsey/Peoria Unified School District

From Left To Right: Peoria City Council Youth Liaisons Kaitlyn Edwards From Liberty High School, Sam Owen From Ironwood High School, Mayor Cathy Carlat, Centennial High School Grand Prize Winner Alexa Hart. Photo Courtesy City Of Peoria

The Peoria Unified School District recognizes a number of top achievers in the 16th Annual City of Peoria Celebrate the Constitution Contest. Centennial High senior Alexa Hart won the grand prize of a $1,500 college scholarship for her award-winning essay.

Many Peoria Unified students were recognized for their winning entries at the Peoria City Council meeting on Dec. 6, including: kindergarten students Phoenix Wright of Sunset Heights Elementary who took first place, and Peyton DeFriez of Frontier Elementary who took third place for their posters depicting, “What does freedom mean to me?

Students from Oakwood Elementary took the top two places in the first-through second-grade division: first-grader Isaac Jayme took first place and second-grader Milana Adendorff earned second place, and third place went to Clover Wright, in second-grade at Sunset Heights Elementary. In the third- and fourth-grade division Apache Elementary fourth-grader Sophia Torres won first place, fourth-grader Tuscan Zahn of Parkridge Elementary placed second, Robert Beelman in fourth-grade at Apache Elementary, took third place. All first- through fourth-grade participants won for their poster illustrating two freedoms granted by the Bill of Rights.

In the fifth-through sixth-grade division, sixth-grader Madeleine Griefer of Sun Valley Elementary received first place for her award-winning essay. Fifth-grader Akasha Prpich of Desert Harbor Elementary earned second place and fifth-grader Mallory Forsberg of Oakwood Elementary won third place. Eighth-grade student Catherine Croteau from Oakwood Elementary took first place in the seventh- through eighth-grade division; Michael Robbins of Coyote Hills Elementary took second and Mehrail Lawendy of Alta Loma Elementary placed third. Fifth- through eighth-grade students won for their essays answering the question, “Why is the U.S. Constitution important to the success of America?”

In the ninth-through tenth-grade division, Centennial High celebrates two winners for their essays. Tenth-graders Max Kelchner earned first place and Anthony Gutierrez received second place; Sunrise Mountain ninth-grade student Gage Zahn achieved third place. Sunrise Mountain High eleventh-grade student Isabel Anchondo received the first prize in the eleventh-through twelfth-grade division, Centennial High twelfth-grade student Emily Bell placed second and Farhat Ali, in eleventh-grade at Peoria High earned third place. All essayists answered the question, “How is a representative democracy and constitutional republic outlined in the Constitution?”

More than 150 posters and essays were submitted. Contest winners received $25-$200 gift card.