Two students from Leading Edge Academy and two from Maricopa Unified School District were winners in Pinal County Juvenile Court Community Advisory Board’s annual Character Counts essay contest.

Pinal County Superior Court announced results this week.

Second grader Jesse Scofield of Leading Edge won the K-2 division. Mia Garza of Butterfield Elementary won the 3-5 division. She was followed by Warner Adams of Pima Butte Elementary in second place and Iona Kupu of Leading Edge in third place.

Approximately 2,000 entries were received.

“The fact is, Leading Edge Academy has been a character school since we opened,” Principal Mat Reese said. “It does not surprise me that we had two winners in the Pinal County Character Essay contest. Congratulations to Jesse and Iona on being winners.”