J.O. Combs Unified School District – Honors Anti-Drug Poster Contest Finalists

J.O. Combs Unified School District – Honors Anti-Drug Poster Contest Finalists

The Pinal County Attorney’s Office sponsored its 2014 Anti-Drug Poster Contest and invited sixth graders to participate.  (the story on this at the bottom of this post)  J.O. Combs Unified School District Superintendent Gayle A. Blanchard, Ed.D honored the following three finalists and one semi-finalist in her Superintendent’s Update, dated November 13, 2013.

Dr. Gayle Blanchard, Superintendent, J.O. Combs Unified School District

Dr. Gayle Blanchard, Superintendent, J.O. Combs Unified School District

Finalists in the 2014 Pinal County Attorney’s Office Anti-Drug Poster Contest:

Joshua Hollar – 6th Grade student at Ranch Elementary
Chase Bulmahn – 6th Grade student at Combs Traditional Academy
Melody Borjon – 6th Grade student at Simonton Elementary

Semi-Finalist
Tanner Leitz – 6th Grade student at Combs Traditional Academy

Congratulations to J.O. Combs, the Pinal County Attorney’s Office, and especially the hard work, artistic talent and anti-drug message of the participants!

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Pinal County Attorney begins 2014 Anti-Drug Poster Contest

Date: 8/15/2013

Pinal County Attorney begins 2014 Anti-Drug Poster Contest

FLORENCE – Pinal County Attorney’s Lando Voyles proudly announces the kickoff of the 23rd Annual Pinal County Attorney’s Office 2014 Anti-Drug Poster Contest.

The 2014 Anti-Drug Poster Contest is designed to educate and engage Pinal’s youth on the importance of remaining drug free now and throughout their lives and is open to all 6th Grade students in Pinal County.

Of the top 60 submissions, which will receive name recognition on the calendar, six judges will determine the top nine and those nine students will be treated to a pizza party with County Attorney Voyles! From the top nine chosen, judges will then decide the grand prize winner, T-shirt winner and bookmark winner.

What prizes are at stake? The Pinal County Attorney’s Office will provide the Grand Prize winner’s class with a field trip!! Another student’s poster will be printed on T-shirts and another student’s put on Bookmarks, both of which will be given to each participating student and distributed throughout Pinal County! Finally, along with the Grand Prize, the T-Shirt, and the Bookmark Winners’ Posters will be an additional 6 posters chosen to be recognized all year as they will be featured on the 2014 Pinal County Attorney’s Office Anti-Drug Calendar!!

Principals should have received general information on the contest in the mail this week or last and additional information regarding the contest will be sent to Pinal schools in the coming weeks. Sixth grade teachers already aware of the contest and who are interested in participating are encouraged to contact the Pinal County Attorney’s Office in order to receive guidelines and the supplies required to participate.

All posters are due to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27. No exceptions.

Pinal County Attorney Voyles said, “Promoting drug prevention and education in a fun and rewarding manner engages our youth. With students working with parents and teachers to complete posters, we hope they take the time to talk with their children about the risks and negative effects of drug use. This poster contest lends itself to many educational opportunities and I proudly continue this 23-year-old tradition in this County.”

For more information on the 2014 Pinal County Attorney’s Anti-Drug Poster Contest, please contact Deborrah Miller at Deborrah.Miller@pinalcountyaz.gov.

Information for this article provided by Sheri Gilbert of the Valley Schools Employee Benefits Trust (VSEBT)

 

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Dr. Elliot Gory, Psychologist J.O. Combs USD received the Keith Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Elliot Gory, Psychologist J.O. Combs USD received the Keith Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award

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IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE:

Dr. Elliot Gory, Psychologist at the J.O. Combs Unified School District received the Keith Perkins Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arizona Association of School Psychologists at their annual conference on October 25, 2013. Dr. Gory has been the lead psychologist on the Preschool Evaluation Team at Combs for the past five years and served in the Tempe Elementary District for 35 years prior to that.

During his career, Dr. Gory has evaluated over 3,000 students. Dr. Gory’s expertise is with preschool children and the low incidence, multiply disabled population. His knowledge of the characteristics of children with blindness, autism and severe intellectual disabilities is a particular strength. Dr. Gory has been an adjunct professor at Northern Arizona University (NAU) for many years. Additionally, he has been a guest presenter in several NAU graduate classes. In the J.O. Combs District, Dr. Gory supervises the school psychologist interns and is a mentor to the district’s other psychologists. J.O. Combs is proud to have Dr. Gory as an integral part of the Special Education Team.

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Dr. Jane Rupard, District Special Education Director, Dr. Elliot Gory, and Brendan Stynes, Early Childhood Program Specialist

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Source:  Press Release forwarded by Sheri Gilbert of the Valley Schools Employee Benefits Trust (VSEBT)

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