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Tue, Dec 29, 2015

Cool Transit STUFF Calendar Winners

PHOENIX, AZ – As the Valley gets ready to ring in the New Year, more than a dozen local students are celebrating their top honors in the 11th Annual Cool Transit STUFF Art Contest. The winning art will be featured in the 2016 Valley Metro Transit Education calendar.

Third grade students in Maricopa County were asked to design artwork showcasing the theme “Valley Metro: Ride With Me!” There were 629 entries from 39 schools.

Valley Metro is honored to display the winning artwork for Best of Show, Top 12 and four Honorable Mention winners. Charlotte Shi of Chandler Traditional Academy–Independence Campus is the Best of Show winner. She drew a Valley Metro bus zooming through space illustrating that transit can take you anywhere. “I wanted to draw something different,” said Charlotte. “I like space and science so I chose a space theme.”

Transit Education cover

The art contest is an annual program that incorporates the communities Valley Metro serves. The goal is to generate excitement about public transportation and highlight how transit helps to improve air quality and reduce traffic congestion.

The winning artwork is displayed in a calendar that is distributed to the general public. All winning artwork can be viewed in the 2016 calendar.

2016 Cool Transit STUFF Calendar Winners

Best of Show Winner
Charlotte Shi
Chandler Traditional Academy (CTA) – Independence Campus

Hannah Mae Bolden
Madison Simis Elementary School

Elizabeth Blair
Madison Simis Elementary School

Hayden Welborn
Desert Mountain School

John Murphy
St. Theresa Catholic School

Emily Porter
Challenge Charter School

Takoda Crabtree
Encanto Elementary School

Archisha Rajesh
Adams Traditional Academy

Sophia Celaya
SS. Simon & Jude Cathedral School

Rileigh Jackson
Desert Mirage Elementary School

Delaney Smith
Challenge Charter School

Addison Thompson
Desert Mountain School

Ashley Nonthe - Paloma
Mesa Arts Academy

Honorable Mention Winners

Abram Acunin
SS. Simon & Jude Cathedral School

Maria Datin
Cherokee Elementary School

Olivia Trujillo
Encanto Elementary School

McKenna Johnson
Hale Elementary

About Valley Metro: Valley Metro provides eco-friendly public transit options to residents of greater Phoenix and Maricopa County including the planning and operations of a regional bus system and the development and operations of 23 miles of light rail. In Fiscal Year 2015, total ridership for the system was 71 million passengers. Six light rail extensions are planned or are under construction that will create a 66-mile system by 2034. Valley Metro also offers transit options including alternative transportation programs for seniors and people with disabilities, commuter vanpools, online carpool matching, bus trip mapping, bicycle safety and telework assistance. Two Boards of Directors set the policy direction for the agency with the intent of advancing the regional public transit system. Get the latest news by following us on Facebook and Twitter or visiting

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