Take Care of Texas announces video contest winners

Release Date
Wed, February 15 2017
David Garza, 12th grader, Robert E. Lee High School, San Antonio, and Emma Rose Gill, 7th grader, Soaring Eagle Academy, Nolanville
Brian McGovern

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s Take Care of Texas program announces the winners of its 6th through 12th grade video contest. Students throughout the state submitted 30-second videos showing how Texans can help keep the air and water clean, conserve water and energy, or reduce waste.

A panel of judges narrowed 265 entries down to 12 finalists. Members of the public then voted on those 12, and the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place standings were decided by TCEQ commissioners, executive staff, and representatives from the contest partner, Waste Management of Texas, Inc.

9th through 12th Grade

6th through 8th Grade

1st Place: $2,500 Scholarship
David Garza, 12th grader from Robert E. Lee High School, San Antonio
1st Place: GoPro HERO4 Black Package
Emma Rose Gill, 7th grader from Soaring Eagle Academy, Nolanville
2nd Place: $1,500 Scholarship
Katy Zimmerman, 12th grader from Coronado High School, Lubbock
2nd Place: GoPro HERO4 Silver Package
Alejandra Espinoza, 8th grader from Armando Chapa Middle School, Kyle
3rd Place: $500 Scholarship
Katherine Faulkner, 10th grader from Paschal High School, Fort Worth
3rd Place: GoPro HERO + LCD Package
Halie Barta, 7th grader from Bandera Middle School, Bandera

Members of the press may contact Brian McGovern for a copy of the videos.

On May 17, the TCEQ commissioners and a representative from WMTX will present prizes to the first place winners as part of the TCEQ’s Environmental Trade Fair and Conference in Austin. WMTX has agreed to continue to partner with Take Care of Texas on video contests for the next three years.

Take Care of Texas is a statewide campaign from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality that provides helpful information on Texas’ successes in environmental protection and encourages all Texans to help keep our air and water clean, conserve water and energy, and reduce waste.

View the videos at TakeCareOfTexas.org/video-contest-winners.

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