Peoria district students get patriotic in speech contest

Allie Black and Franz Mascunana, from Oakwood Elementary and Parkridge Elementary, respectively, both earned 1st place honors in the Patriotic Speech Contest in Peoria. [Submitted photo]

Four students emerged as first place winners in the Peoria Unified School District’s 32nd Annual Patriotic Speech Contest.

For the contest, fifth- and sixth-grade students delivered a two-to-three minute persuasive speech on one of several topics patriotic in nature based on a prompt. Seventh- and eighth-graders prepared a three-to-five minute persuasive speech on patriotism, and interpreted famous quotes as the inspiration for their speech.

Parents and community members can watch all Patriotic Speech Contest contestants on the district’s YouTube Channel at the end of March, at youtube.com/pusdofficialchannel .

The top Patriotic Speech Contest winners from Area 1 elementary schools, in the 7th/8th grade division:

• 1st place: Franz Mascunana from Parkridge Elementary School

• 2nd place: Colleen Corcoran from Frontier Elementary School

• 3rd place: Ava Nicholas from Lake Pleasant Elementary School

• 4th place: Jacqueline Martinez from Pioneer Elementary School

• 5th place: Allyson Reichling from Coyote Hills Elementary

School The top Patriotic Speech Contest winners from Area 1 elementary schools, in the 5th/6th grade division:

• 1st place: Allie Black from Oakwood Elementary School

• 2nd place: Caden Hammond from Frontier Elementary School

• 3rd place: Victoria Mitchell from Vistancia Elementary School

• 4th place: Craig Barrett from Oasis Elementary School

• 5th place: Marydith Sundkamp from Apache Elementary School

The top Patriotic Speech Contest winners from Area 2 elementary schools, in the 7th/8th grade division:

• 1st place: Frank Beard from Country Meadows Elementary School

• 2nd place: Erica Maglalang from Sahuaro Ranch Elementary School

• 3rd place: Leah Bucher from Santa Fe Elementary School

• 4th place: Hanine Akram from Alta Loma Elementary School

• 5th place: Victoria Ordonez from Desert Palms Elementary

School The top Patriotic Speech Contest winners from Area 2 elementary schools, in the 5th/6th grade division:

• 1st place: Jeovanni James from Sahuaro Ranch Elementary School

• 2nd place: Seth Bucher from Santa Fe Elementary School

• 3rd place: Yailene Zepeda from Desert Valley Elementary School

• 4th place: Savannah Dignard from Desert Palms Elementary School

• 5th place: Florencetine Wright from Sun Valley Elementary School

Peoria Unified, located in the Northwest 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 94 percent high school graduation rate.

 

IF YOU GO

What: PUSD governing board meeting

When: 6 p.m. Thursday, April 11

Where: District Administration Center, 6330 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale

More Information: 623-486-6000



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