10th Annual My Ideal School Contest

Congratulations to the winners of the 
MSBA's 10th annual “My Ideal School” contest!

(back L to R) Joseph Indorato from Santander Bank, MSBA CEO Maureen Valente, State Treasurer and MSBA Chair Deborah Goldberg, MSBA Deputy CEO/Executive Director Jack McCarthy, and Pat Packard from Santander Bank, stand with nine of the ten regional winners of the 10th annual "My Ideal School" contest.

The primary goal of the “My Ideal School” contest was to promote discussion among students and teachers as to how thoughtful design and construction of schools in Massachusetts supports student engagement and 21st century learning. This contest was open to all first-grade students currently attending a Massachusetts public school.

This year, we received over 2,500 drawings and selected ten regional winners, including our grand prize winner. We held a special awards ceremony at the Massachusetts State House on Monday, June 6, 2016. Each winner received a special prize graciously donated by Santander Bank and presented by State Treasurer and Chair of the MSBA Board of Directors, Deborah Goldberg. During the ceremony, we also announced our grand prize winner, Marlee Thrasher of Somerville. Marlee's winning artwork will be featured on the cover of the MSBA’s next annual report. 

We would like to thank all the students who submitted drawings this year; they were creative and thoughtful and we enjoyed looking at each one. We would also like to thank the teachers and school administrators who encouraged participation and helped make this year's contest another success!

And the winners are...
Riley Cormier
Midland Street School, Worcester
Savannah Glenn
Newton School, Greenfield
Aashrita Joga
South Elementary School, Stoughton
Elise Kido Soule
Teaticket Elementary School, Falmouth
Alanie Manzano
Aborn Elementary School, Lynn
William Nguyen
Leicester Primary School, Leicester
Alexis Panetti
Allendale Elementary School, Pittsfield
Kendall Smith
Carver Elementary School, Carver
Marlee Thrasher
East Somerville Community School, Somerville
*Grand Prize Winner
  Maleah Woods
Edgar B. Davis K-8 School, Brockton




My Ideal School Contest, 2016