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DWMS announced as one of four grand prize winners in the nation
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Maricopa, AZ -- After writing and producing a video on Maricopa’s air-quality problems that was submitted to Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow contest, 35 seventh- and eighth-grade students from Desert Wind Middle School (DWMS) were one of the four grand prize winners who received a $100,000 technology package, along with a trip to Washington, D.C. This is in addition to the initial $70,000 won as being one of the top 12 national finalists – out of 1,400 schools nationwide.
“It was great to even be a chosen applicant out of the over 1,000 schools that submitted entries, but to have made it as a top-12 finalist and now a grand prize winner -- it’s a HUGE accomplishment for our students, school, and community,” said Michael Russoniello, the science teacher at DWMS who originally submitted the video and grant request.
As a grand prize winner, DWMS will be receiving the $100,000 technology package and an invite for four representatives to join Samsung at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., which will honor the grand prize winners.
“This is an incredible accomplishment for our students and teachers at Desert Wind, and also a point of pride for our school district,” said Dr. Ember Conley, Deputy Superintendent of MUSD. “This grant will not only benefit our students' education for years to come, but it will put a spotlight on the education and opportunity available in Maricopa, with Desert Wind now being chosen as one of the top four schools in the nation.”
For more information on Desert Wind Middle School, visit www.maricopausd.org/DWMS or call (520) 568-7110. For more information on the Maricopa Unified School District, visit www.maricopausd.org or call (520) 568-5100.
ABOUT SAMSUMG SOLVE FOR TOMORROW:
Samsung is dedicated to helping children share the wonder of life, learning, and the planet. Through the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest they will give away more than $1,000,000 worth of technology to schools around the country.
Samsung and its partners called on public school teachers to raise student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math by inviting them to answer the challenge, "Show how science or math can help the environment in your community." More than 1,500 application essays came from teachers and students across the country. The top 25 were chosen and sent video production kits containing a Samsung laptop, camcorder, and software from Adobe. Twelve finalists have been selected and are featured on https://pages.samsung.com/us/sft/video/index.jsp#top.