KISSIMMEE, Fla., Oct. 11, 2006 — Kissimmee Utility Authority (KUA) today announced the winners of its 13th annual calendar art contest.
Open to Osceola County students in kindergarten through sixth grade, the contest is designed to educate students and teachers about the dangers of electricity and to help prevent accidental injuries or deaths.
A total of 1,609 entries were received from 28 Osceola County elementary schools, including public, private and charter schools. This marks a 372 percent increase over the number of entries received in 2005.
A panel of judges selected twelve entries – one for each calendar month – that will be featured in KUA’s 2007 Calendar of Electrical Safety. The printed calendars will be distributed free of charge in late December.
The judges included Brandon Arrington, director of programming and theatre, Osceola Center for the Arts; Susan Bliven, senior display account executive, Osceola News-Gazette; Susan Crutchfield, youth project manager, Community Vision; Bill Hansen, editor, El Osceola Star; and Hector Lizasuain, project coordinator, Osceola County Government.
The winners are:
— First United Methodist School – Chris Wilcox, grade 4
— Kissimmee Elementary – Jarynn Lowe, grade 5; Armando Mack, grade 5
— Michigan Avenue Elementary – Thomas Kinsella, grade 4
— Mill Creek Elementary – Austin Salehi, grade 5
— Narcoossee Community – Angel Centeno, grade 1; Caroline Joseph, grade 1
— Pleasant Hill Elementary – Annie Martin, grade 5; Jonathan Oliva, grade 2; Carlos Roman, grade 5
— P.M. Wells Charter Academy – Kiara Martinez, grade 3
— Sunrise Elementary – Jessica Justo, grade 3
Each student who submitted artwork will be honored with a letter of appreciation and an opportunity to win four 2-day/2-park tickets to Universal Studios Florida. The twelve winners will receive $100 cash.
The 1,609 entries will be on display beginning November 20 in the lobby of KUA’s customer service center, located at 1701 W. Carroll Street in Kissimmee.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric, water and telecommunication services to 170,000 residents in five Central Florida counties.
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Chris M. Gent
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