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Pittsburgh Penguins Announce Student Winners for Stanley Cup Playoffs Art & Essay Contests

by Staff Writer / Pittsburgh Penguins
The Pittsburgh Penguins encouraged students throughout Allegheny County and the City of Pittsburgh to challenge their creativity and show their support by entering the team’s Stanley Cup Playoffs Art & Essay Contest encompassing Grades 1 through 12.  The contest is a continuation of the team’s commitment to educational programs for local youth.

Laura Poliziani's Winning Artwork
Students were asked to celebrate the Penguins’ playoff run by participating in educational contests which focused on the importance of teamwork; not only on the ice, but also in the classroom, within families and at the workplace.

Laura Poliziani, a fifth grade student at Aiken Elementary School in Greentree, excelled as the overall elementary school artwork winner.  Ryan Zalla, an eighth grader from Fort Couch Middle School in Upper St. Clair and Lloyd Carmack, a tenth grader from North Allegheny Intermediate High School were honored for their winning essays.

Elementary school students created artwork which emphasized team members working together to achieve success.  The exercise prompted students to identify situations in their everyday lives to show how working together is important.

Middle school students encompassing grades six through eight submitted essays titled “The Importance of Teamwork to a Winning Future” and high school students in grades nine through 12 submitted essays titled “Why Teamwork is Important to Me.”  

Each school judged their students’ entries and submitted one entry for each grade level.  One winner for each grade level was selected by the Penguins organization and overall winners were named for the elementary, middle and high school categories.

Contest winners for each grade level will receive a gift certificate for Dick’s Sporting Goods.  In addition, the three overall winners will each receive two tickets to a Penguins 2009-2010 regular season home game.

View Artwork from Grades 1-5
View Essays from Grades 6-8
View Essays from Grades 9-12

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