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FARMINGTON — Two Mesa Alta Junior High School teachers have received a $2,000 grant as part of Voya Financial’s Unsung Heroes competition.

The program awards grants to teachers in kindergarten through 12th grades for "innovative teaching methods, creative educational projects and their ability to positively influence the children they teach," according to a press release from the company.

Bloomfield teachers Dannette Lopez and Kelsey Hatch were among 100 winners nationwide. They were chosen from more than 1,350 applicants and will compete for three top prizes, an additional $5,000, $10,000 or $25,000.

They developed a science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, program to help students with communicating, critical thinking and problem-solving.

Students will build a boat out of cardboard, tape and plastic that can hold two people and be launched and paddled cross a pool.

The Unsung Heroes program, now in its 20th year, has awarded nearly $5 million to more than 2,000 educators in the country, the release states.

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