Take Care of Texas announces art contest winners

Release Date
Fri, April 1 2016
Grand Prize: Gabriella Almaguer, Driscoll Elementary, Corpus Christi
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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s Take Care of Texas program is proud to announce the winners of its 2nd annual kindergarten through 5th grade art contest. Students throughout the state submitted artwork showing how they help keep the air and water clean, conserve water and energy, and reduce waste.

Gabriella Almaguer, a 4th grader from Driscoll Elementary School, Corpus Christi, wins the grand prize for her drawing. She will receive a new laptop computer at the Texas Environmental Excellence Awards banquet during the Environmental Trade Fair in Austin on May 4. This year, TCOT received 3,991 entries – an increase of 1,355 over last year.

Each of the TCEQ’s regional office areas also selects a winner who will receive a Samsung tablet. Additionally, the teacher of the grand prize winner will receive a Samsung tablet: Frank Barerra, who teaches 4th grade at Driscoll Elementary School in Corpus Christi.

The winning art pieces are showcased on TakeCareOfTexas.org.

Winning students:

Grand Prize Winner
Region 14 – Corpus Christi
Gabriella Almaguer, 4th Grade
Driscoll Elementary, Corpus Christi

Region 1 – Amarillo
Abigail McMillen, 2nd Grade
Woodlands Elementary, Amarillo

Region 2 – Lubbock
Liliana Hale, 4th Grade
Ramirez Elementary, Lubbock

Region 3 – Abilene
Jaclyn Navarro, 4th Grade
Shive Elementary, Vernon

Region 4 – Dallas/FW
Jonah Carter, 5th Grade
Minshew Elementary, McKinney

Region 5 – Tyler
Emma Henard, 5th Grade
Red Lick Middle School, Texarkana

Region 6 – El Paso
Rafa Suarez, 5th Grade
Lundy Elementary, El Paso

Region 7 – Midland
Kaeli Woodall, 5th Grade
Forsan Elementary, Forsan

Region 8 – San Angelo
Cora Swope, 5th Grade
Wall Elementary, Wall

Region 9 – Waco
Eliana Barbur, 5th Grade
Montessori Christian Academy, Waco

Region 10 – Beaumont
Lily Martin, 4th Grade
S.W. Carter Elementary, Shelbyville

Region 11 – Austin
Madison Byrd, 4th Grade
Texas Preparatory, San Marcos

Region 12 – Houston
Valeria Dumitrascu, 4th Grade
Ray and Jamie Wolman Elementary, Katy

Region 13 – San Antonio
Jace Banda, 1st Grade
Bonnie Ellison Elementary, San Antonio

Region 15 – Harlingen
Sandy Salinas, 5th Grade
Castaneda Elementary, McAllen

Region 16 – Laredo
Alicia Chavez, 3rd Grade
Encinal Elementary, Encinal

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