For the third time in four years, the East Valley community has voted the East Valley Institute of Technology as Best Public School.
The Best of Mesa competition sponsored by the East Valley Tribune allows readers to vote on the “best” in numerous categories, from restaurants and museums to recreational areas and schools.
EVIT Multimedia instructor Eric Perez was voted Best High School Teacher for the second year in a row. In a story written by the Tribune, EVIT junior Marina Faccone said that what sets Perez apart from other teachers is the way he engages his students: “He likes to find his students’ talents and brings the best out of them.”
EVIT Welding instructor Leon Zamora and Veterinary Assistant instructor Becky Devine placed second and third in the Best High School Teacher category.
Bistro 13, the restaurant operated by EVIT Culinary Arts students, placed in several categories: second place, Best Breakfast Spot; third place, Best Burgers; and third place, Best Bakery/Dessert. Culinary Arts student Sierra Richards, a senior at Mesa’s Skyline High School, won second place as Best Waitress.
The EVIT Academy of Cosmetic Arts took second place as Best Spa/Nails and third place as Best Hair Salon, and the EVIT Automotive program won second place as Best Auto Shop.
In addition to being named Best Public School, EVIT placed second in three other categories: Best Workplace, Best Customer Service and Best Holistic Services.
EVIT is a public school providing tuition-free career training to high school students who reside in 10 East Valley districts – Mesa, Scottsdale, Chandler, Tempe, Gilbert, Higley, Apache Junction, Queen Creek, J.O. Combs and Fountain Hills. Tuition-based programs for adults are also offered.
Several EVIT programs, including Culinary Arts, Cosmetology and Automotive among others, provide paid services to the public.