The Pinal County Juvenile Court Community Advisory Board (CAB) hosted the Annual Character Counts Essay Contest Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, May 9th at the Pinal County Superior Courthouse in Florence.
Students, family members, school personnel and court staff were in attendance during the ceremony with the Honorable Daniel Washburn as the guest speaker.
Over 3,400 students participated in the countywide contest. Every student who entered an essay received a certificate and gift from the Community Advisory Board (CAB). The CAB volunteers have funded the contest for the past 12 years.
Since the essay contest started, over 28,000 submissions have been accepted from students in Pinal County (grades K-12).
Winners were chosen based on their essays about one of the six pillars of character: responsibility, citizenship, respect, fairness, caring and trustworthiness.
Division 1 (K-2)
- 1st Place: Giana Piccirillo Magma Ranch K-8/San Tan Valley
- 2nd Place: Ashlyn Pilkington Red Rock Elementary/Red Rock
- 3rd Place: Jacqueline Chacon Magma Ranch K-8/San Tan Valley
- Honorable Mention Kaiden Hurley Ranch Elementary/San Tan Valley
Division 2 (3-5)
- 1st Place: Viviana Ramos Yanes Mesquite Elementary/Casa Grande
- 2nd Place: Katelin Kazmierczak Circle Cross Ranch K-8/San Tan Valley
- 3rd Place: Eden Smith Florence K – 8 School /Florence
- Honorable Mention Siennah Rios Magma Ranch K-8/San Tan Valley
Division 3 (6-8)
- 1st Place: Elizabeth Cook Cactus Middle School/Casa Grande
- 2nd Place: Audrey Solomon St. Anthony of Padua Catholic/Casa Grande
- 3rd Place: Hannah Parker Walker Butte Leadership School/San Tan Valley
- Honorable Mention Kylie Kastl St. Anthony of Padua Catholic/Casa Grande
Division 4 (9-12)
- 1st Place: Caitlyn DeArman Florence High School/ Florence
- 2rd Place: Dalton Baker Florence High School/ Florence
- 3rd Place: Emma O’Shea Florence High School/ Florence
- Honorable Mention Fernando Ramirez Maricopa High School/Maricopa