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Peoria students excel in regional MESA day


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  • Erin Dunsey/Peoria Unified School District

Students in the Peoria Unified School District’s High School and Junior Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) program recently participated in the Central Regional MESA Day.

Both Peoria High and the Peoria Junior MESA Programs entered at least one team in all eight events in this competition. The event was held on Saturday, Feb. 22 at Arizona State University.

Students who participated in the competition will go on to represent the district at the Arizona State MESA Day at the Arizona State University on Saturday, April 12.The Peoria High and Peoria Junior MESA Programs were the only programs to place one team in all eight events.

The students who participate in The Peoria High and Peoria Junior MESA Programs meet at Peoria High School to work with advisors Jeffrey Sears and David Hill at least once per week, focusing on science-related design projects.

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.