TCEQ announces Take Care of Texas Video Contest winners

Release Date
Mon, February 24 2020
Congratulations to first place students from McKinney and Laredo
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TCEQ’s Take Care of Texas video contest grows more competitive each year, as it has once again received the most entries in the contest’s history. This year the six finalists’ videos beat 579 other entries.

Taking the top prize in the high school category is Ethan Weldon, a 12th grader at McKinney Boyd High School, in McKinney. First place among middle schoolers is 7th grader Alondra Paez, who attends Trautmann Middle School, in Laredo.

The increasing number of entries each year indicates students’ growing interest in demonstrating how to help keep the air and water clean, conserve water and energy, and reduce waste.

Take Care of Texas team members worked diligently to qualify and pick just 12 finalists from the initial pool of 585. Members of the public voted on the 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.

The following students were selected as winners:

9th through 12th Grade

6th through 8th Grade

1st Place: Ethan Weldon
Grade 12 McKinney Boyd High School, McKinney
$2,500 Scholarship

1st Place: Alondra Paez
Grade 7, Trautmann Middle School, Laredo
GoPro HERO8 Black Premium Package

2nd Place: Rachel Lewis
Grade 10, Fairfield High School, Fairfield
$1,500 Scholarship

2nd Place: Nicole Rodriguez
Grade 7, Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School, Dallas
GoPro HERO8 Black Deluxe Package

3rd Place: Emma Lowe
Grade 11, Vanguard College Preparatory School, Waco
$500 Scholarship

3rd Place: McKinley Meece
Grade 8, Highland Park Middle School, Dallas
GoPro HERO8 Black Package

View all of the winning videos here.

Prizes generously donated by Waste Management of Texas, Inc. will be presented to winners on May 13, the final day of the TCEQ Environmental Trade Fair.

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