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Louise Pocock
Adriana Romero
Felisha Romero
Santiago Martinez
Amber Madrid
Sara Trujillo
La Plaza Telecommunity is pleased to announce the winners of the Fourth Annual Computer Essay Contest. They are:
Santiago Martinez, 6th grade - Taos Middle School
Amber Madrid, 7th grade - Penasco Middle School
Sara Trujillo, 8th grade - Taos Pueblo Day School
Adriana Romero, 8th grade - Questa Middle School
Louise Pocock, 11th grade - Penasco High School
Felisha Romero, 11th grade - Questa High School
The winners were recognized at the Taos County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Party where family and friends joined La Plaza staff and other community members to honor the winners on Thursday, December 20th. Judith Pepper, La Plaza Executive Director congratulated the winners and introduced Pete Warner, La Plaza Board of Directors President and Nancy Montano, Essay Contest Coordinator. Pete and Nancy presented the winners and their parents to the standing room only crowd. Each winner was presented with a certificate and received a computer, assorted software and printer for writing the winning essays. La Plaza also is providing each of them with an Internet access and email account for one year.

This year's essay theme was "Think Globally, Act Locally to Promote Tolerance." Essays submitted were read and scored by a panel of judges made up of community members from Taos County. The panel included Joleen Montoya, Sharon Tavanier, Helen Lopez, Pam Romero, Gary Maitland and Tetsuro Namba. Each essay was judged on the following: Content, Clarity and Creativity. The scores were totaled and the six students with the highest total points was declared the winners. The contest was open to all Taos County students including those in private schools and children who are home schooled.

La Plaza would like to thank all Taos County students that submitted an essay. We only wish we had more computers to give away. La Plaza gratefully acknowledges the support of the following businesses and community members who made contributions to help provide the computers and printers for this year’s contest. Centinel Bank, Linda Moscarella, Taos Business Alliance, Comcast Cable and Ira Schwartz.

In keeping with our mission of providing access to computer and Internet technology, La Plaza is accepting donations for next year's contest so that we can give away more computers to the deserving youth of Taos County. Local businesses, organizations and individuals interested in donating can contact Nancy Montano at 758-1836. You can help us continue to help Taos youth by becoming a sponsor in next year's event. Your name and/or your company's name will be displayed on all public service announcements announcing the contest. You will also be featured on the La Plaza Web Site as a contributor to the 2002 Computer Essay Contest. You can contribute at the following level(s):
  • 1 Gigabyte -     $25
  • 10 Gigabytes - $100
  • 25 Gigabytes - $250
  • 50 Gigabytes - $500

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