Keller shines in state essay contests

Keller Elementary students won six awards in Grand Canyon State Games writing contests.

 — By Brian Hay, Title I school improvement specialist

The results of the 2014 Grand Canyon State Games essay contests were announced Tuesday, and Keller Elementary won six awards.

Award winners

In sixth grade, Kyra Hines earned honorable mention in the English Essay Contest. Keller students swept the Spanish Essay Contest, winning all three medals and two honorable mentions.

Katia Ramos won gold; Bonfilio Alverez, silver; and Michelle Alexandra; bronze. Jazmin Ruelas and Karla Lazcano earned honorable mentions.

All the Spanish Essay Contest winners participate in Keller Elementary's Dual Language Program. Keller, as a whole, also placed third statewide for the most entries among schools with enrollments of more than 400 students.

About Keller's Dual Language Program

Keller's Dual Language Program brings non-English speakers and English speakers together — to speak, read and write in two languages, English and Spanish.

Research shows that a child can transfer the knowledge and skills required in one language to the other and that learning two languages enhances a child's educational and cognitive development. Program goals:

  • achievement of high academic standards in both languages
  • development of bilingualism and biliteracy
  • development of high levels of self-competence
  • development of positive cross-cultural attitudes


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