Take Care of Texas announces art contest winners

Release Date
Mon, April 3 2017
Grand Prize winner: Delilah Saenz of Driscoll Elementary
Brian McGovern

For the second year in a row, one of Frank Barrera's students at Driscoll Elementary has won the grand prize in the Take Care of Texas Kindergarten through 5th grade art contest. Fourth grader Delilah Saenz' colorful, detailed drawing of a wooden sign with the program's slogan triumphed over 3,275 other entries statewide. 

"Even though they're in elementary school, I still have high expectations for all of my students," Barrera says. "I am very excited that she won."

Students submit artwork showing how they help keep the air and water clean, conserve water and energy, and reduce waste. Take Care of Texas is a statewide campaign from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality that provides helpful information on the state's successes in environmental protection. 

The winning art pieces are showcased on TakeCareOfTexas.org.

Winning students:

Grand Prize Winner
Region 14 – Corpus Christi
Delilah Saenz, 4th Grade
Driscoll Elementary, Driscoll

Region 1 – Amarillo
Alejandra Mendoza, 3rd Grade
Sunray Elementary, Sunray

Region 2 – Lubbock
Zoe Rae Rodriguez, 3rd Grade
Legacy Elementary, Lubbock

Region 3 – Abilene
Jaclyn Navarro, 5th Grade
Shive Elementary, Vernon

Region 4 – Dallas/FW
Serene Nijem, 5th Grade
The Olive Tree Montessori Academy, Fort Worth

Region 5 – Tyler
Addison Soape, 4th Grade
Hudson PEP Elementary, Longview

Region 6 – El Paso
Adan Noya III, 4th Grade
Douglass Elementary, El Paso

Region 7 – Midland
Tatiana Martinez, 2nd Grade
Fannin Elementary, Midland

Region 8 – San Angelo
Christina Harris, 5th Grade
Wall Elementary, Wall

Region 9 – Waco
Bradyn Lack, 4th Grade
Buffalo Lower Junior High, Buffalo

Region 10 – Beaumont
Anthony Rodriguez, 5th Grade
West Orange-Stark Elementary, Orange

Region 11 – Austin
Naithruv Kashyap, 4th Grade
Laurel Mountain Elementary, Austin

Region 12 – Houston
Aaron Lopez, 5th Grade
Shadow Oaks Elementary, Houston

Region 13 – San Antonio
Genesis Reyes, 5th Grade
Athlos Leadership Academy-Premier, San Antonio

Region 15 – Harlingen
Marlee Garza, 3rd Grade
Stuart Place Elementary, Harlingen

Region 16 – Laredo
Leslie Gonzalez, 3rd Grade
Nye Elementary, Laredo

Saenz will receive a new laptop computer at the Texas Environmental Excellence Awards banquet during the Environmental Trade Fair in Austin on May 17. 

Barrera, along with the 15 regional winners, will each receive a Samsung tablet. 

Take Care of Texas thanks its partner Samsung Austin Semiconductor for providing prizes for this year's art contest. 

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