Three Fresno Unified high schools were top winners in a countywide texting contest held by Cherry Avenue Auction this month.
Fresno High took first place and will get $8,000. Roosevelt High was second and will get $3,000 and Hoover High came in third and will get $1,000.
A total of 52 high schools in 19 Fresno County school districts were included in the contest, and more than 8,000 people participated by texting a vote for their favorite Fresno County high school. The contest ran from April 1-15.
"It was an amazingly close contest with Fresno and Roosevelt neck-in-neck for the top spot, and in the end, Fresno won by just 12 votes," Neil Burson, co-owner of Cherry Avenue Auction, said in a written statement. Cherry Avenue Auction is a longtime flea market in southeast Fresno.
"I'm so pleased that the community got so involved in helping these schools get the money, and I'm happy to give it to them since I know that there are so many school programs and projects that could use funding," Burson said.
Roosevelt High Principal Bryan Wells said the $3,000 prize will help campus activities, such as the book club, Young Hmong Scholars, the Youth Leadership Institute and the Bass Fishing Club. Each club will get $80, he said.
In addition, the freshman, sophomore and junior classes at Roosevelt will each get $650, Wells said. "Every dime of it is allocated for students."
Fresno High Principal John Forbes said in a statement that the $8,000 prize will be used for arts, athletics and activities.