14th Annual My Ideal School Contest

Congratulations to the winners of the 
MSBA's 14th annual "My Ideal School" contest!



(back L to R) MSBA Deputy CEO/Executive Director Jack McCarthy, Kim Gainesboro from M&T Bank, State Treasurer and MSBA Chair Deborah Goldberg, MSBA CEO James A. MacDonald, and Grace Lee from M&T Bank stand with the ten regional winners of the 14th annual "My Ideal School" contest.

The primary goal of the "My Ideal School" contest is to promote discussion among students and teachers as to how thoughtful design and construction of schools in Massachusetts supports student engagement and 21st century learning. This contest was open to all first-grade students currently attending a Massachusetts public school.

This year, we received over 2,500 drawings and selected ten regional winners, including our grand prize winner. We held a special awards ceremony at the Massachusetts State House, Wednesday, June 7, 2023. Each winner received a special prize graciously donated by M&T Bank and presented by State Treasurer and Chair of the MSBA Board of Directors, Deborah Goldberg. During the ceremony, we also announced our grand prize winner, whose artwork will be featured on the cover of the MSBA’s next annual report. 

We would like to thank all the students who submitted drawings this year; they were creative and thoughtful and we enjoyed looking at each one. We would also like to thank the teachers and school administrators who encouraged participation and helped make this year's contest another success!

And the winners are...

1_Student 2_Student 3_Student    
Brooks Kuhn
Wildwood Elementary School, Amherst
Mia Ewing
Richer Elementary School, Marlborough

Riddhima Walavalkar
Hastings Elementary School, Westborough
*Grand Prize Winner

4_Student 5_Student 6_Student    
Triona Taka
Stanley School, Swampscott
Selah Bridge
West Somerville Neighborhood School, Somerville
Theo Chang
John Ward School, Newton
7_Student 8_Student 9_Student    
Sophia Garvey Archie T. Morrison Elementary School, Braintree Matahquhs Vanderhoop
West Tisbury School, West Tisbury
Lucas Diogo
Gardner Elementary School, Swansea
Alaya Cardoza
Mullen Hall Elementary School,