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Mesa schools semi-finalists in Bookmans contest

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Posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 2:15 pm

Two schools in the Mesa Public Schools district are among the 10 semifinalists in a statewide competition sponsored by Bookmans, giving them a chance to win thousands of dollars.

The two schools, Dobson High School and Irving Elementary School, made the cut in the 2014 Bookmans School Challenge. Now in its third year, the competition has schools from across the state send information to the company outlining what they do well and the areas they could use help in, according to the competition’s website.

The original round of entrants is then whittled down to the top 10, who each create a short video with a proposal of what they want to do for their school. The final three are picked via an online vote via Facebook and a committee, and those last three schools will eventually host Bookmans representatives in person. Those representatives select the school that will receive the $15,000 grand prize, and each of the remaining finalists receives $3,000.

Dobson science teacher Jesse Roth said he opted to enter his school because of the potential to win the funds that could give the school a bit of a boost in several areas.

“Dobson is in a really unique position right now; we haven’t received a lot of money for upgrades,” he said.

The next step for Roth and the school is to create a video outlining why that school should advance to the final round. Making it to that round of competition, he said, would go a long way to continue Dobson’s efforts to move away from its recent “little slump.”

“We really are on the upswing and we’re doing some great things at Dobson,” he said.

Bookmans will post two videos a day on its website,, as well as its Twitter and Facebook pages, beginning Feb. 10. Voting begins Feb. 17 and concludes Feb. 23, and Bookmans will announce the finalists on Feb. 24. The company will announce the grand prize winner on March 3.

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