Mul-Chu-Tha Essay Contest Winners

March 17, 2017


Mikhail Sundust

Gila River Indian News


The Tribal Education Department hosted an Essay and Art Contest for GRIC students in elementary through high school. Students focused their art and essays around the Mul-Chu-Tha theme of “Unity, Strength, and Culture.”


First place winners took home a $100 gift card to Harkins Theatres, second place winners received $75 gift cards to UltraStar Multi-tainment Center, and third place winners took home $50 gift cards to Main Event in Chandler. Winners are as follows (first place through third per category):


Essay Contest


Grades 4 and 5 – Meeya Fanholz, Blackwater, 4th Grade; Maudicia Osife, Casa Blanca, 4th Grade; Siawog Urquides, Blackwater, 5th Grade.



Grades 6-8 – Zeara Enos, St. Peter Mission, 7th Grade; Natalie Jose, St. Peter Mission, 8th Grade; Pahe Tsinhnahijinnie, St. Peter Mission, 7th Grade.



Grades 9-12 – Selena Jackson, Coolidge High, 12th Grade; Brigette Smith, Coolidge High, 12th Grade; Charisma Quiroz, Coolidge High, 12th Grade.



Art Contest

Grades 4 and 5 – Raquel Manuel, Casa Blanca, 4th Grade; Francis Histia, Sacaton Elementary, 4th Grade; Augustin Medina, Casa Blanca, 4th Grade.



Grades 6-8 – Adrian Valenzuela, Sacaton Middle, 8th Grade; Azaria Enos, Sacaton Middle, 6th Grade; Cyndi Lopez, Sacaton Middle, 6th Grade.



Grades 9-12 – Ellayna Plingyowma, Coolidge High, 12th Grade; Suzette Tsosie, Coolidge High, 11th Grade; no third place.