Take Care of Texas Art Contest Winners Announced

Release Date
Tue, May 5 2015
Grand Prize winner is Pink Elementary School 5th grader Ava White, Frisco
Terry Clawson

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s Take Care of Texas program has announced the winners of its K-5 art contest. Students were asked to submit artwork showing how they help keep the air and water clean, conserve water and energy, and reduce waste.

After receiving more than 2,600 artwork submissions from across the state, Ava White, a 5th grader from Pink Elementary School, Frisco, was awarded the grand prize. TCEQ Chairman Bryan W. Shaw Ph.D. P.E., Commissioners Toby Baker and Zak Covar, Region 4 Director Tony Walker, and a representative from the contest partner, Samsung Austin Semiconductor will present her with a new Samsung laptop in Austin on May 6.

Winners were also chosen from each of the TCEQ’s regional office areas. Each regional winner received a Samsung tablet for their creative work. Out of the 16 winning schools, one teacher was randomly selected to also win a Samsung tablet. Chelsea Young, a 2nd grade teacher from San Angelo’s McGill Elementary School was the teacher selected.

The winning art pieces will also be showcased on the Take Care of Texas and TCEQ websites, in newsletters, and social media posts.

Winning students (links to their artwork):
Grand Prize Winner
Region 4 - Dallas/Fort Worth
Ava White, 5th Grade
Pink Elementary, Frisco

Region 1 - Amarillo
Isaiah Hill, 3rd Grade
Carver Academy, Amarillo

Region 2 - Lubbock
Jade Cisneros, 5th Grade
Parsons Elementary, Lubbock

Region 3 - Abilene
Jake Caldwell, 4th Grade
Roscoe Elementary, Roscoe

Region 5 - Tyler
John Tullis, 4th Grade
Red Lick Elementary, Texarkana

Region 6 - El Paso
Isaac Joel Gonzalez, 4th Grade
Davenport Elementary, Canutillo

Region 7 - Midland
Laila Aguilar, 5th Grade
Seminole Elementary, Seminole

Region 8 - San Angelo
Alizae Ortiz, 2nd Grade
McGill Elementary, San Angelo

Region 9 - Waco
Karter Partin, 2nd Grade
Whitehurst Elementary, Groesbeck

Region 10 - Beaumont
Santana Ballou, 3rd Grade
Leggett Elementary, Leggett

Region 11 - Austin
Nathan Gass, 5th Grade
Gateway College Prep, Georgetown

Region 12 - Houston
Julie Anne Nicole Nacar, 5th Grade
Hirsch Elementary, Spring

Region 13 - San Antonio
Miakoda Nutt, 5th Grade
Castle Hills Elementary, San Antonio

Region 14 - Corpus Christi
Jennifer Hyekyeong Lee, 5th Grade
Webb Elementary, Corpus Christi

Region 15 - Harlingen
Lily Putegnat, 3rd Grade
Sharp Elementary, Brownsville

Region 16 - Laredo
Rafael Medina, 4th Grade
Zachry Elementary, Laredo

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