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Peoria Unified students create schools of the future


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  • Erin Dunsey/ Peoria Unified School District

Cotton Boll Elementary Future Schools

Students throughout the Peoria Unified School District competed in a Future Schools Competition, an event that was created in order to celebrate the district’s 125th year of educating students.

The competition revealed two winning teams; one elementary and one high school; each to receive a mobile technology lab with 30 laptops. Teams from Cotton Boll Elementary School and Liberty High School took first-place. A complete list of student names for each winning team can be found here.

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A team of students from Cotton Boll Elementary School took first place for K-8 schools in the Peoria Unified School District’s Future Schools Competition, and will receive a mobile technology lab with 30 laptops. Photo courtesy Peoria Unified School District

The friendly, district-wide competition was held at the District Administration Center on February 9-10 and included students in fifth- through twelfth-grades.

Peoria Unified students were asked to write a narrative, create a physical model and give a presentation on what they think a school will look like 125 years from now.

The competition was first introduced to students in the fall and schools began forming teams for the challenge. Competition guidelines included using all recyclable materials in their scale model, incorporating technology, transportation, learning spaces, sustainability and much more.

All of the students’ hard work culminated this week at the competition where the students presented their scale models to the judges and gave a five-minute presentation.

The Cotton Boll winning team includes: Samantha Dorame, Stephanie Delgado, Colin Curtis, Jason Nguyen, Divina Moralego, Melania Mercea, Mindy Nguyen, Joanna Lugo, Joshua Perez, Cassody Gatrost, Junior Hernandez, Isabella Pinacate, Karisa Louangprasert, Jonathan Nash and Nathanial Martinez.

The Liberty High School winning team includes: Nicklaus Brooks, Christopher Harp, Emmanual Diaz Jr., Cullan Whelan, Brandon Cook, Blake Brickel, Nina Cammarata, Justin Hockett, Collin Power, Nathan Rions, Jacob Svorinic, Aileen Tapia and William Benoit.

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Students from Liberty High School took first place for 9-12 schools in the Peoria Unified School District’s Future Schools Competition, and will receive a mobile technology lab with 30 laptops. Photo courtesy Peoria Unified School District

Both winning teams will be recognized at a Board Meeting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 24 at the District Administration Center, 6330 W. Thunderbird Road. Their scale models will be on display at the Peoria Arts and Cultural Festival in downtown Peoria on Saturday, April 11.

The competition is one of many events Peoria Unified is holding throughout the 2014-15 school year in commemoration of the 125th anniversary. The next event, a district-wide Torch Run, will be held March 10-12, 2015.

To view a list of other activities Peoria Unified students and staff have planned to “Celebrate the Legacy,” visit the district’s website at www.peoriaud.k12.az.us.

The Peoria Unified School District, located in the West Valley, serves more than 37,000 students in 34 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment, the district boasts a 95 percent high school graduation rate.

Peoria Unified prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high AIMS test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs.