Coronado tops Automall contest

A group of students from Coronado High School took top honors during the 16th annual Valley Automall Holiday Christmas Tree Decorating Contest.

The event was captured by Coronado High School band, which decorated the tree for Findlay Acura. The school collected top prize money of $3,000.

Second-place prize of $2,000 went to the Boulder City High School Student Council for its tree at Mercedes-Benz of Henderson, while third-place winnings of $1,000 went to Cheyenne High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America for its tree at Ford Country.

Findlay Acura General Manager Kevin Hicks applauded the efforts of the Coronado High School band while also praising the overall event.

“I love the Holiday Christmas Tree Decorating Contest,” Hicks said. “So many times, today’s students don’t receive the recognition they deserve, whereas when you see the dedication and the enthusiasm of something like this, it warms your heart.

“The students from Coronado were friendly, they put incredible effort into the final result and I can tell you it was a huge honor to be represented by them. Then, too, I think I can speak for all of the dealerships in the Valley Automall when I say that each and every student along with their advisers represented true spirit, class and enthusiasm and we’re all honored to be part of such a phenomenal event during the holidays.”

In each case, the top three schools were happy to receive the prize money that will be used to help offset budget cuts that have been faced by the Clark County School District.

“This is a big opportunity for the band program at Coronado,” said band booster Ann Petty, who has been working with the program for the past two years. “The $3,000 will go a long way, that’s for sure. We all need funding for instrument repairs and the purchasing of different things that are needed during the year.“

Petty added a quintet from Coronado played Christmas carols at Findlay Acura during the judging.

“We had about 20 students get together for the contest,” she said. “They had a meeting and planned everything out and they made some awesome homemade ornaments.”

“They really put time into their efforts. It was a very dedicated effort and I’m proud to be a part of it.

The band director for Coronado High School is Benjamin Franke, who took the position two years ago, according to Petty.

Other Valley Automall dealerships participating in the Christmas Tree Decorating Contest included Lexus of Henderson, Clark High School Student Council; Findlay Toyota, Sierra Vista High School Student Council; Audi Henderson, Desert Oasis High School DECA; AutoNation Buick GMC, Silverado High School Student Council; BMW of Henderson, Basic High School Student Council; Chapman Chrysler Jeep, Southwest Career and Technical Academy Student Council; Courtesy Imports, Canyon Springs High School Archery Club; Findlay Cadillac, Durango High School Student Council; Findlay Fiat, Southwest Career and Technical Academy HOSA; Findlay Honda Henderson, Rancho High School Student Union; Findlay Lincoln, Veterans Tribute Career and Technical Academy; Findlay Volkswagen, Coronado High School Student Council; Henderson Chevrolet, Centennial High School International Club; Henderson Nissan, Bonanza High School Senior Class Student Council; and Towbin Dodge-Ram, Southwest Career and Technical Academy FCCLA Design Academy.

“I want to thank everyone for participating this year,” veteran automotive executive and Valley Automall manager Al Shirley said. “This was my first year, and I was very impressed with what I saw.”

For information on Findlay Acura, visit or by call 702-982-4100.


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