Students in the Peoria Unified School District’s High School and Junior Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement program participated in the Central State MESA Day on April 12 at Arizona State University. Peoria High MESA was the state champion, making this their fourth consecutive year as State Champions. Students in the Peoria Junior MESA program were state runners up.
Peoria High has won eleven State MESA Day Championships in its 22 years of the program and has brought home a first-, second- or third-place team trophy 20 of the 22 years. The Peoria Junior MESA program took second place, competing against 30 elementary and junior high schools from around the state. They have won four State MESA Day Championships and two runners-up awards in the nine years of the program.
The students who participate in the Peoria High MESA program meet at Peoria High School to work with advisors Jeffrey Sears and David Hill daily, focusing on science-related design projects. Students in the Peoria Junior MESA programs meet weekly.
The MESA program, sponsored by Arizona State University and the University of Arizona, was designed to inspire students to achieve in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and to focus students’ attention on future career opportunities in the engineering field. It focuses on under-represented minorities.
For a full list of winners, click here.
The Peoria Unified School District, located in the West Valley, serves more than 36,000 students in 32 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and alternative educational opportunities, the district boasts a 94 percent high school graduation rate.
Peoria Unified is one of the largest unified school districts in Arizona and prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high AIMS test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. For more information, visit the district’s website, www.peoriaud.k12.az.us.
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