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News Release

June 14, 2006

CONTACT: Rick Rhay
Parks and Recreation Department

Mayor Flickinger presents Mayor’s trophies to
Palm Middle School students

Moreno Valley Mayor, Bonnie Flickinger, appeared at Palm Middle School to present the annual “Mayor’s Trophy” for Middle School Sports. The award is normally given each June to the two schools whose student-athletes take top honors in the City of Moreno Valley Department of Parks and Recreation’s Middle School Sports Program.

This year though, the two trophies, one for boys and one for girls, both found a home at the same school. “We haven’t had the one school win both trophies since Palm did it in 1999,” said Recreation Supervisor, Rick Rhay. “It’s a great honor for the school,” he said.

Athletes compete against other middle school teams in six different sports throughout the year. “We give championship awards for each sport during the year,” Rhay said, “but the Mayor’s trophy goes to the school that performs consistently the best over all sports.”

Scoring for the Mayor’s trophy gives a school five points for a first place finish, three for second place, and so on. The Mayor’s Trophy goes to the school whose point total is the highest at the end of the school year.

Annually over 500 student-athletes participate in the Middle School Sports Program, which is jointly run by the City of Moreno Valley and the Moreno Valley Unified School District. Participants must maintain a 2.0 or higher grade point average. Teams are coached by volunteer parents and teachers, with support from city staff.

This is only the second time a school has won both the boys’ trophy and the girls’ trophy in the same year.