Marisela Romero’s eighth grade class celebrate their win

The eighth-grade class at Elkhorn Village School in West Sacramento won first prize in a districtwide contest, beating nearly 200 other submissions.

Marisela Romero’s eighth-grade class at Elkhorn Village School have been named the student winners of the “Think Green” energy campaign sponsored by Beutler Air Conditioning and Plumbing in partnership with the West Sacramento Educational Foundation. The class took home $500 for their winnings.

Four special honorable mentions were given to individual students for their ideas and artwork.

Beutler Air Conditioning and West Sacramento Education Foundation paired up and challenged students in the Washington Unified School District to come up with a plan to help save energy and the planet. In a drawing, model or essay, students had to explain how their plan would impact their community and save energy, and how the idea would be put into place.

The contest was open to kindergarten through eighth-grade classes within the Washington Unified School District. Submissions were to be turned in no later than February 15, 2013, and winners were to be announced March 2013.

After deliberation, the winners of the contest were selected by Beutler’s general manager, Jim Anderberg, West Sacramento Education Foundation president, Barry Kalar, and Washington Unified School District School Board member, Lori Lackey. The projects were judged on the following criteria: creativity, sustainability, impact, functionality, topic-specificity and total class participation.

Westfield Elementary School’s first-grade class took second place and a $300 cash prize, and Westfield Elementary School’s second-grade class won third place and a $200 cash prize. Beutler will be donating $1,000 to the West Sacramento Educational Foundation, matching the contest earnings.

All the awards and recognitions will be presented during a Washington Unified School District School Board meeting this month.