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.