A fifth-grade student in Jessica Miller's class at Pat Diskin Elementary School will be recognized as the winner of the 2019 Mojave Max Emergence Contest on Thursday, April 11 at 1 p.m. at the school, located at 4220 Ravenwood Drive in Las Vegas. The winner and classmates will enjoy a visit from the Mojave Max mascot and team, where the students will receive T-shirts, Olympic-style medals and a Mojave Max Emergence Contest trophy for the school. Media are invited to attend.
This event congratulates the student who most closely estimated when Mojave Max would emerge from his burrow, which happened at 1:28 pm on Saturday, March 30. More than 7,100 students entered the Mojave Max Emergence Contest this year.
"This is the 20th year that we've had this contest, and a whole generation of Southern Nevadans has grown up on Mojave Max," said County Commissioner Michael Naft, in whose district Pat Diskin is located. "I want to congratulate the winner. I hope that the students at Diskin Elementary and everyone who entered the contest have a greater appreciation for protecting our desert environment."
The winner's entire class will be rewarded with a May 2 field trip and pizza party at Springs Preserve, where they'll meet the live Mojave Max tortoise. At that time, the winner will receive the complete package of prizes, including a Springs Preserve year-long family membership, an "America the Beautiful" year-long pass to all National Parks and Federal Recreation areas, a backpack filled with outdoor goodies and a laptop computer. The winner's teacher will also receive a laptop computer.
The Mojave Max Education Program is sponsored by a partnership between Clark County, Springs Preserve, Get Outdoors Nevada, and the Clark County School District.
Questions about the live Mojave Max tortoise should be directed to Dawn Barraclough with the Las Vegas Springs Preserve at (702) 822-7733. For more information about the Mojave Max Emergence Contest, please visit www.MojaveMax.com.