Among 200 entries at the February competition, Genesis received $125 for winning first place, $125 for her school and an additional $600 check for the school from “What's Right With Our Schools,” a group that recognizes positive things going on in school districts.
Franks was recognized at the Governor's Mansion with the other top winners, said Leonard Franks, Genesis' father.
“We've got some people that have expressed interest, and we've reached out, and so we're hoping that we can get a little more exposure and see what comes around, take it to another level,” he said.
Leonard Franks said teachers, principals and school officers can't be everywhere, especially when there is a large student body.
“Now we can employ the kids to be more eyes on the building,” he said. “You have 400 kids, possibly 300, that can report incidents taking place, and then you get that quick notification.”