Arizona history has long been part of the curriculum for Rim Country fourth-grade students. However, this year it was especially exciting because Arizona was preparing to celebrate 100 years of statehood.
Special events were featured throughout the state, with much publicity about the “copper chopper,” the pennies for the Capitol dome project, etc. Arizona’s Centennial provided a great opportunity for fourth-graders at Julia Randall Elementary to share what they are learning about their state as they participated in a Centennial Poster Contest held by the Rim Country Museum.
The contest topic was “Celebrating Arizona.”
Students were encouraged to make their posters colorful and to be creative. Posters submitted demonstrated that the JRE fourth-grade students have learned much about Arizona’s state symbols, including the state seal featuring the Five Cs (cattle, citrus, cotton, copper and climate) that historically drove our early economy. Some entries focused on the beauty of Arizona, while others celebrated the state flag.
With so many excellent entries, it was a difficult task for the Exhibits Committee of the museum to select the three winning posters. When the results were finalized, the following winners were announced:
• 1st Place — Kate Snyder in Mrs. Alvarez’s class
• 2nd Place — Anastasiya Peters in Mrs. Lien’s class
• 3rd Place — Dalton Harold in Mrs. Brooks’ class
Their posters are on display in the gift shop of the Rim Country Museum.
The Payson Roundup sponsored the prizes for the poster contest. The winning students received gift certificates for the Museum Gift Shop. Patti Naughton, wife of Roundup publisher John Naughton, and a member of the Northern Gila County Historical Society board and the Centennial exhibit committee, presented the winners with their certificates Tuesday, Feb. 14, the day Arizona officially celebrated 100 years as a state.