CLIPPERT ACADEMY BOASTS A THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE DESIGN WINNER FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW

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According to Kim Gonzalez, the Principal of the Clippert Academy.”It was such a great surprise. We are all so happy and just so proud of.”.Emirene Munoz, the 8th grade student at Clippert who is the grand prize winner with the design she created for the ‘Elephante’ balloon. The colorful, decorated, 25-foot pachyderm will float above this year’s 82nd America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It is the second grand prize winning design by a Clippert student in the past two years.

But there’s more. Along with Emirene’s winning balloon, Julissa Madrigal, a 7th grader from Earhart Middle School, will be in the parade, proudly perched on the ‘Our Aquarium’ float, which she designed. Julissa is the grand prize winner in that division. Her fanciful float will feature a peaceful underwater world that contains scuba divers, sightseers and killer whales. Both youngsters submitted their designs for the 17th annual Skillman Foundation Float and Balloon Design Contest.

“Although our community is suffering a great deal of pain economically, America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Thanksgiving season is a time when we can come together and celebrate the good things we have,’ said Carol Goss, president & CEO of The Skillman Foundation.

Surrounded by their family, friends, and teachers, the winners and their designs were officially presented to the public at a press conference held at The Parade Studio. Their creations will serve as a symbol of the talents of DPS students that will be seen by billions of people around the world.

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