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PED turns to crafty students for its new logo

Shelby PereaALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The state Public Education Department is looking for crafty students to give the department a new look.

Secretary Karen Trujillo announced an art contest for students – pre-kindergarten to 12th grade – to design a new PED logo.

Schools will submit their top piece of artwork to the education department.

The winning design will be featured online and on PED materials. All the submissions will be displayed at the Santa Fe headquarters.

YOUNG SCIENTIST PUBLISHED: Ksenia Sevostianov is only in eighth grade, but she is already published in a reputable journal for her research on bone cancer.

The Sierra Middle School student studied the makeup of bone cancer cells, and her project, “Play ‘Spot the Difference’ to Fight Cancer,” was published in the December volume of the New Mexico Journal of Science.

The young scientist was one of the 2018 New Mexico Junior Academy of Science competition winners and has a slew of first-place science fair awards under her belt.

APS WATER: Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education member Barbara Petersen was admittedly angry last week. At a meeting, she talked passionately about the district’s failed mill levy and bond election, and expressed concern that the results would perpetuate inequity.

And Petersen claimed the lack of funds would mean “children at Whittier and Hawthorne (elementary schools) are going to keep drinking brown water because that’s what comes out of their pipes.”

She was emphasizing that some schools have the community support to raise funds for things – say, a filtered water system – and others don’t.

While APS Chief Operations Officer Scott Elder said the district will undoubtedly see impacts from the failed election, he also clarified that brown water isn’t one of them.

“Nobody’s drinking brown water,” he said. “Because that’s a life, health and safety issue.”

He said pipe projects and making sure kids have clean water is a top priority for the district.

Shelby Perea: sperea@abqjournal.com

 

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