Champions for Health

Congratulations to the 2017-18 healthy communities photo contest winners

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We want to send a big thank you to everyone who told us their story through our I Am Here photo contest and helped make it a success!

The grade level winning classrooms will receive $1000 awards for health and wellness projects at their schools. At the 2018 Champions for Health Youth Summit and I Am Here Awards on March 6, the students will give “Shark Tank” style presentations in hopes of winning an additional $1500 grand prize.

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2017-2018 Photo Contest Grade Level Winners

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3rd Grade
Red Bridge Elementary, Center School District
Teachers: Cayetana Maristela and Devon Strahm
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4th Grade
Westview Elementary, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District
Teacher: Corinne Drummond
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5th Grade
M.E. Pearson Elementary, Kansas City Kansas Public Schools
Teacher:
Jolynna Addink
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6th Grade
Academy for Integrated Arts, Kansas City Missouri Charter
Teacher: Asha Moore
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7th Grade
Northeast Middle School, Kansas City Public Schools
Teacher: Christina Dismang
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8th Grade
Wheatridge Middle School, Gardner Edgerton School District
Teacher: Maryann Hebda
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Through the contest, teachers helped students think critically about how their surroundings – walking trails or broken sidewalks, safe playgrounds or blighted lots, schoolyard gardens or fast food restaurants – impact their health. Hundreds of students were involved in the contest and submitted captioned photos illustrating how their communities help and hinder healthy habits.

The pitch contest and awards ceremony will take place during KC Healthy Kids’ Champions for Health youth summit. At this all-day conference, 200 students who participated in the contest will learn to speak out for healthier food in schools, walkable communities, urban farms and gardens and more.

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Honorable Mentions

These classrooms received $100 awards for health and wellness projects at their schools and they are invited to attend the youth summit.

Bonner Springs/Edwardsville Unified School District

  • Bonner Springs Elementary, 5th Grade, Tammy Dooley and Beau Bragg
  • Y Club at Bonner Springs Elementary, 3rd-5th Grade, Taylor Neff

Center School District

  • Indian Creek Elementary, 4th Grade, Cayetana Maristela

Gardner Edgerton School District

  • Edgerton Elementary, 4th Grade, Crysta Baier

Hickman Mills C-1 School District

  • Dobbs Elementary School, 6th Grade, Sharon Ford-Parker

Kansas City Kansas Public Schools

  • Noble Prentis Elementary, 3rd Grade, Crystal Mason
  • Noble Prentis Elementary, 3rd Grade, Crystal Mason
  • Noble Prentis Elementary, 4th Grade, Crystal Mason
  • Noble Prentis Elementary, 5th Grade, Crystal Mason
  • Noble Prentis Elementary, 5th Grade, Crystal Mason

Kansas City Public Schools

  • Longfellow Elementary, 5th Grade, Imani Malaika Mehta
  • Banneker Elementary, 6th Grade, Carri King
  • Faxon Elementary, 6th Grade, Teri Campos

Liberty Public Schools

  • EPiC Elementary, 3rd Grade, Claudia Howerton and Megan Thompson

Private Schools

  • Summit Christian Academy, 5th Grade, Ashlee Smith
  • Summit Christian Academy, 5th Grade, Ashley Kates
  • Summit Christian Academy, 5th Grade, Michelle Bacon
  • Hope Lutheran School, 8th Grade, Cynthia Bird
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