Local students earn grand-prize honors in poster, essay contest


Two local students have received top honors in the Second Annual Contra Costa County Attendance Awareness Campaign poster and essay contest. Walt Disney Elementary third-grader Sabir Seth was the Grand Prize Winner of the Poster Contest, and Diablo Vista Middle School sixth-grader Michelle Chen earned top honors in the Essay Contest.

The theme of this year's campaign, which is a partnership between the Contra Costa County Office of Education, District Attorneys Office, Probation Department, and Juvenile Court, is "Every School Day Counts: Attend today, Achieve for a Lifetime!"

Seth and Chen will be honored at the County Board of Education meeting at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Contra Costa County Office of Education.

Chen will receive $100 for the grand prize in the essay contest and Seth will receive $75 for the grand prize in the poster contest. The top runners-up in each category will receive $20 gift cards.

Local runners-up are:

Poster contest: Grace Song, Kindergarten, Country Club Elementary; Laksh Kamboy, first grade, Coyote Creek Elementary; Suhan Anugu, first, Hidden Hills Elementary; Elena Nguyen, second, Golden View Elementary; Lasya Puppala, second, Golden View Elementary; Sania Bidurukontam, third, Coyote Creek Elementary; Sanvi Gupta, third, Hidden Hills Elementary; Hibah & Trisha, fourth, Rodeo Hills Elementary; Nikitha Bangalore, fourth, Hidden Hills Elementary; and Megha Bidhurakanthu, fifth, Neil Armstrong Elementary.

Essay contest: Macie Calvert, sixth grade, Diablo Vista Middle; Saloni Gupte, sixth, Gale Ranch Middle;Bill Li, sixth, Windemere Ranch Middle; Pujitha Nachuri, sixth, Diablo Vista Middle; Jason Xie, sixth, Windemere Ranch Middle; and Siddharth Gaur, seventh, Diablo Vista Middle.

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