KISSIMMEE, Fla., December 6, 2016 – Kissimmee Utility Authority today announced the winners of its 23rd annual student calendar art contest.
Open to Osceola County students in kindergarten through fifth grade, the contest is designed to promote electrical safety among students and their families.
This year, a total of 1,944 entries were received from 33 Osceola County elementary schools, including public, private and charter schools.
A panel of judges met last week and selected 12 entries – one for each calendar month – that will be featured in KUA’s 2017 Calendar of Electrical Safety.
The winners are:
— Bellalago Academy – Noah Fermin, grade 5
— Canoe Creek Charter Academy – Samarah Sobredo, grade 5
— City of Life Christian Academy – Angelina Ikram, grade 3; Valerie Sical, grade 3
— Holy Redeemer Catholic School – Luiza Aranda, grade 3
— Kissimmee Charter Academy – Sophia Cubilla, grade 4 (grand prize winner)
— Mill Creek Elementary School – Jalyanis Figueroa, grade 4; Alanis Rivera, grade 5; Loreinys A. Rivera, grade 3
— Pleasant Hill Elementary School – Isabella Sanson, grade 3
— Poinciana Christian Preparatory School – Aliyah Bonilla, grade 3
— Sunshine State Elite Academy – Keyshliannie Burgos, grade 3
This year marks the second win for Samarah Sobredo who also was a winner in 2015. In addition, winner Angelina Ikram is the sister of Isabella Ikram who won in 2015. Finally, this is first time in contest history that siblings have won in the same year, with Alanis and Loreinys Rivera.
The 12 winning students will have their artwork featured in the 2017 calendar and receive a $150 cash prize. The grand prize winner’s name and artwork will be featured on the calendar cover and affixed to a KUA bucket truck for one year.
The grand prize winner’s school, Kissimmee Charter Academy, will receive $750 in art supplies, and Flora Ridge Elementary will receive $500 in art supplies for submitting the most total entries in the contest.
The calendars will be distributed free of charge, beginning in late December.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 70,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.