Mesa Invites Local Students to Learn More about Mesa's History

~ Mesa, AZ - The Mesa Historic Preservation Board is encouraging young students to delve into the city's past through a Historical Essay and Visual Arts Contest. The competition, open to all fourth through twelfth graders regardless of their school type, aims to promote an appreciation for Mesa's history while honing students' writing and visual skills. Registration for the contest is currently open and will close on March 15.

The writing contest invites students to submit a historical essay or fictional story on one of three topics: historic athletes in Mesa, places they would like to see in Mesa 50 years from now, or what they would include in a time capsule from Mesa. Meanwhile, the visual arts contest allows students to showcase their talents in video production, sketching, painting, or building a 3D model based on one of three prompts: what makes Mesa important to them, a historic building or sign in Mesa, or a historic person/people of Mesa. All entries must demonstrate the student's research, original thinking, and writing or visual skills.

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Interested participants can submit their entry forms and essays or videos via email at For those entering the visual arts contest, projects should be delivered to the Historic Preservation Office at 55 N. Center St., attention Dawn Dallman. Alternatively, entries can also be mailed to the City of Mesa Historic Preservation Office at P.O. Box 1466.

All entries must be postmarked by March 15th and become property of the Mesa Historic Preservation Board upon submission. They will not be returned.

The essay and visual arts contests will be judged separately and awards will be given to students and teachers in each category based on grade level (K-3, 4-6, and 7-12). Every contestant will receive a certificate of participation.

Cash prizes will also be awarded to first ($100), second ($50), and third ($25) place winners in each category for both students and teachers. The top three essay writers and visual arts creators in each category will be recognized by the Mesa City Council during Historic Preservation Month in May. More information and the entry form can be found on the Historic Preservation Office's webpage.

For further details about the contest or Mesa's Historic Preservation Office, interested individuals can contact Kellie Rorex at 480-644-6711 or Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about Mesa's rich history and showcase your writing or visual skills!

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