PEORIA, Ariz. - Centennial High School's Media Productions teacher, Ken Keene, and five of his Peoria Student Broadcasting Network (PSBN) students recently became the winners of the NewTek Smartcar HD mobile production vehicle contest.
The grand prize includes a 2010 Smartcar equipped with high-tech equipment the students plan to use to cover district sporting events. Keene and his PSBN students have planned a special reveal of the vehicle at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12 at Centennial High School.
The five seniors, Tim Litwiller, Yuriy Isparyan, Malik Farria, Jorge Flores and Isaac Keene, submitted an essay that qualified them as one of 10 finalists in December. They then submitted a video sharing why their school is the best. That video ultimately won the national contest.
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The Peoria Unified School District, located in the West Valley, serves more than 36,000 students in 32 elementary schools, seven high schools and one non-traditional high school. With ongoing open enrollment, the district boasts a 94 percent high school graduation rate. Peoria Unified is one of the largest unified school district's in Arizona and prides itself on excelling schools, award-winning teachers, high AIMS test scores, specialized signature programs and championship sports programs. For more information, visit the district's website, www.peoriaud.k12.az.us.