Students in the Peoria Unified School District’s High School and Junior Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) program participated in the Central State MESA Day on April 23 at Arizona State University. Peoria High MESA was the state champion, making this the fifth time they have won the state championship. Students in the Peoria Junior MESA program took home a third place win.
Peoria High has won twelve State MESA Day Championships in its 24 years of the program and brought home a first, second or third place team trophy 22 of the 24 years. Peoria Junior MESA Program has won four State MESA Day Championships and brought home a first, second or third place team trophy eight out of eleven years.
The MESA program, sponsored by Arizona State University and the University of Arizona, was designed to inspire under-represented minority students to achieve in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and focus students’ attention on future career opportunities in the engineering field.
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.
A grant from the Peoria Education Foundation has helped the program grow and allowed them to compete on a regular basis.
The Peoria Unified School District serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment and unique educational opportunities, the district boasts a 95 percent high school graduation rate. Peoria Unified prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs.