Students in third- through twelfth-grade were challenged to develop a visual image, photo or video that best represented the theme: “Don’t Be Mean Behind the Screen.”
The winners are:
- In the third- through fifth-grade category, Raeli Smith, fourth-grader at Alta Loma Elementary School. Smith was a winner in the contest last year.
- In the sixth- through eighth-grade category, Hailey Miller, sixth-grader at Coyote Hills Elementary School
- In the ninth- through twelfth-grade category, Katia Palomares, tenth-grader at Raymond S. Kellis High School
More than 125 pieces of art were collected in the spring and judged by a panel of Peoria Police Department personnel.
Winners were revealed at the Peoria Arts & Cultural Festival on April 11 by Peoria Police Chief Roy Minter, Peoria Unified K-12 Academic Administrator Steve Savoy and Peoria School Resource Officer David Fernandez.
Each winner received a $50 Visa gift card, sponsored by the Peoria Police Officers Association.
School Resource Officers at Peoria Unified high schools held a separate contest for their favorite artwork among the high school category. The winner of their contest is:
- Kati Kost, a twelfth-grader at Centennial High School
Kost received a plaque from Peoria Police Department for her winning art piece.
All four students will also be recognized at the April 23 Governing Board Meeting for their winning artwork.
The district supports anti-bullying efforts by being in constant communication with school site administration, conducting student lessons and hosting parent groups. Peoria Unified has zero tolerance for bullying and remains vigilant in ensuring student safety.
Artwork for this year’s contest will be used in anti-bullying communication for the 2015-16 school year.
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 and alternative educational opportunities, 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. For more information, visit the District’s website, www.peoriaud.k12.az.us.
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