KISSIMMEE, Fla., November 22, 2010 – Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) today announced the winners of its 17th annual student calendar art contest.
Open to Osceola County students in kindergarten through fifth grade, the contest is designed to promote electrical safety and help prevent electrical accidents.
This year, a total of 2,138 entries were received from 27 Osceola County elementary schools, including public, private and charter schools. This year marks the largest number of entries ever received in the annual contest.
A panel of judges met last week and selected 12 entries – one for each calendar month – that will be featured in KUA’s 2011 Calendar of Electrical Safety.
The winners are:
— City of Life Christian Academy – Jahaziel Serrano, grade 2
— Flora Ridge Elementary – Fionna Sosa, grade 3, Anastasia Trejo, grade 4
— Kissimmee Charter Academy – Victoria Quezada, grade 5
— Kissimmee Elementary – Nicholas Cruz, grade 4
— Michigan Avenue Elementary – Jaimie Hauser, grade 5 (Grand Prize); Andrew Joaquin, grade 4
— Pleasant Hill Elementary – Nora Louis, grade 2
— Sunrise Elementary – Baily Palmer, grade 2; Jameelah Patel, grade 5
— Trinity Lutheran School – Robert Brea, grade 4
— Westside K-8 – Deema Alharthi, grade 5
This year marks the third consecutive win for Victoria Quezada. In addition, Jaimie Hauser won previously in 2007 and Robert Brea in 2009.
The twelve winning students will have their artwork featured in the 2011 calendar and receive a $100 cash prize. The grand prize winner will have her name and artwork affixed to a KUA bucket truck for one year and be featured on the calendar’s cover.
The grand winner’s school, Michigan Avenue Elementary, will receive $500 in art supplies, and Flora Ridge Elementary will receive $250 in art supplies for submitting the most total entries in the contest.
The calendars will be distributed free of charge, beginning in December.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 64,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Chris M. Gent