Stephens Middle Student Designs New Patch for Marion County Sheriff’s Office Deputies

2019-02-06T19:38:26+00:00February 6, 2019|Community, District News, News, School News, Schools, Staff, Students|

Eighth grader Jesus Adrian Valdez Ceja from Stephens Middle School designed the new Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) patch.

Deputies in the MCSO East County Service District will wear the new patch on their uniforms, said Sheriff Jason Myers at a special school assembly recognizing Jesus last Friday.

Marion County Sheriff's Office New Patch Art Contest

Stephens Middle Advanced Art teacher Gladys Jacobsen with Marion County Sheriff’s Office patch contest design winner Jesus Adrian Valdez Ceja.

The design was one of 23 created in teacher Gladys Jacobsen’s Advanced Art class. Students were asked to make a patch design based on the question, “What do you love about your neighborhood?” All the contest entries have been showcased as decals on two MCSO vehicles since November.

“Jesus is not only a very creative and skilled artist, but a hardworking student as well,” Mrs. Jacobsen said. “He comes in after school to work on his projects and is very dedicated to his craft. I am so proud that he has been recognized for his hard work and talent.”

Marion County Sheriff's Office New Patch Art Contest

Marion County Sheriff’s Office patch contest design winner Jesus Adrian Valdez Ceja.

Jesus said he was surprised to win the contest with his artwork featuring evergreen trees, a bright red apple reflecting the area’s orchards, and a compass in the middle. Jesus said along with art, he likes cooking, and hopes to take Career and Technical Education culinary classes in high school next fall.

Marion County Sheriff's Office New Patch Art Contest

Pictured from left: Marion County Sheriff Commander Joe Kast, patch design winner Jesus Adrian Valdez Ceja, Sheriff Jason Myers and Undersheriff Troy Clausen.

Sheriff Myers said there has recently been an addition of 10 new deputies dedicated to the MCSO East Salem Service District, and they will all be wearing the newly designed patch on their uniforms.

“These are exciting times,” Sheriff Myers said. “We have the opportunity to develop some great relationships with the Hayesville and Four Corners communities.”

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