15th Annual My Ideal School Contest

Congratulations to the winners of the 
MSBA's 15th annual "My Ideal School" contest!



(back L to R) MSBA CEO James A. MacDonald, MSBA Deputy CEO/Executive Director Mary Pichetti, State Treasurer and MSBA Chair Deborah Goldberg, Kim Gainesboro from M&T Bank, Martin Bellovoda from M&T Bank, and Grace Lee from M&T Bank stand with the ten regional winners of the 15th annual "My Ideal School" contest.

The primary goal of the "My Ideal School" contest is 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 submissions from across the Commonwealth, selecting ten regional winners, including our grand prize winner. We held a special awards ceremony at the Massachusetts State House, Wednesday, June 12, 2024. Each winner received a special prize graciously donated by M&T 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, whose 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...

1_Student 4_Student 9_Student    
Alayna Lonergan
East Taunton Elementary School, East Taunton
*Grand Prize Winner
Comprehensive Grammer School, Methuen
Mullen Hall School, Falmouth
5_Student 6_Student 10_Student    
Hope Desrosiers
Comprehensive Grammer School, Methuen
Jeremy Estrada
Arlington Elementary School, Lawrence
Egremont Elementary School, Pittsfield
3_Student 7_Student 2_Student    
Joseph Campbell Elementary School, Dracut
Orit Kehat
Lilja Elementary School, Natick
Egremont Elementary School, Pittsfield
Serena Savage
Flaherty Elementary School, Braintree