KUA Announces Student Art Contest Winners

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., November 9, 12:00 noon – Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) today announced the winners of its 11th annual calendar art contest for third, fourth and fifth grade Osceola county students.

The contest is part of an ongoing effort by the utility to increase awareness of electrical safety. A panel of “celebrity” judges selected twelve entries that will be featured in KUA’s 2005 Calendar of Electrical Safety and on the utility’s website, www.kua.com.

Every year in the U.S., tens of thousands of people are killed or injured from contact with electricity. In fact, one person is electrocuted in the home every 25 hours, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. These types of accidents are also the leading cause of death for children younger than 5, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Research shows that many of these tragedies can be avoided by following simple safety tips in the home. These safety tips are creatively reinforced through the student artwork.

A total of 570 entries were received from 21 Osceola County elementary schools, including public, private and charter schools. The artwork was judged by Osceola County’s 2005 Teacher of the Year Mignon Conway Austin, El Osceola Star editor Bill Hansen, Osceola County School for the Arts assistant principal Jeannette Paul-Rivers and Osceola Center for the Arts executive director Gail Yemington.

The winners are:
— Bellalago Charter Academy – Ileana Coloma, grade 4
— Heartland Christian Academy – Lindsey Lloyd, grade 4
— Kissimmee Charter Elementary – Ashni Persad, grade 5
— Kissimmee Elementary – Alexa Viana Costa, grade 5; Jarynn Lowe, grade 3
— Life Academy – Lynnette Olivo, grade 5
— Mill Creek Elementary – Jodi Hennen, grade 5; Katherine Moya, grade 4; Ashley Ortiz, grade 3; Nathaniel Webb, grade 4
— Ross E. Jeffries Elementary – Elizabeth Weretka, grade 4
— Thacker Avenue Elementary – Fabian Arnau, grade 5

Every student who submitted artwork to KUA will be honored with a letter of appreciation, a copy of the full-color calendar and a chance to win four tickets to the Universal Orlando park of their choice. The twelve winning students will receive a $75 cash prize and have their artwork published in the 2005 calendar.

The 570 entries will be on display beginning November 12 in the lobby of KUA’s customer service center. The printed calendars will be distributed free of charge in late December.

Founded in 1901, KUA is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric, water and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties. Visit www.kua.com for more information.

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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-7777 x 1116
cgent@kua.com