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Students awarded $300 in SSJID poster contest
The first through fifth grade winners of the SSJID’s poster contest display their artwork at the irrigation district’s headquarters on Highway 120. From left, Payden Schmelebeck, fourth grade from Neil Hafley School; Aiko Jones, fifth grade, New Haven; Janette Hall, fourth grade, Sequoia School; Betsy Virreeta, second grade, Brock Elliott School, Juan Carmona, third grade, Great Valley School; and Miranda Miller, second grade, Brock Elliott School. - photo by GLENN KAHL
Six elementary school students were awarded a collective $300 for their efforts in the South San Joaquin Irrigation District’s Poster Contest.

Payden Schmelebeck, a fourth grader from Neil Hafley School, was the grand prize winner.  She received $75 for a first place art work representing the SSJID district operations and a $100 savings bond for being named grand prize winner.

Payden’s art work is being used to create refrigerator magnets that will be given out at the 100th anniversary open house on May 27 at the district office on East Highway 120.

Other area students received monetary awards of $75, $50 and $25 for finishing in first, second and third places in their grade levels.

Aiko Jones, fifth grader at New Haven School was a second place winner; Janette Hall, fourth grader at Sequoia School, third place; Betsy Virreeta, second grader at Brock Elliott School, second place; Juan Carmona, third grader at Great Valley School, first place; and Miranda Miller, second grader at Brock Elliott School, third place.

Some 165 entries to the poster contest came from Escalon, Manteca and Ripon schools.  The art work will be on display at the open house on May 27.  There will be a formal program at 5 p.m. with local dignitaries and the open house will be from 4 to 7.