Congratulations to first place students Jacobo Arango and Sofia Ramirez
Every year, students throughout the state grab their video cameras and head outside to compete in the annual Take Care of Texas Video Contest. The goal is to produce the most entertaining and compelling content demonstrating how to keep Texas’ air and water clean, reduce waste, and conserve water and energy.
More than 200 young filmmakers submitted entries, and two first place winners were chosen: Jacobo Arango, an 11th grade student at Cypress Woods High School in Cypress, took first place in the high school category. First place in the middle school category was 6th grader Sofia Ramirez, who attends the STEM Academy at Nimitz in San Antonio.
Take Care of Texas team members narrowed down more than 200 entries to just 12 finalists from the initial pool. Members of the public then voted on those 12, and the first, second, and third place standings were decided by TCEQ commissioners, executive staff, and representatives from the contest sponsor, Waste Management of Texas, Inc.
“This is one of the most fun days of the year,” said Charles Rivette, Senior Market Area Planner at Waste Management, Inc. “We’re proud and happy to be a part of this student video contest.”
The following students were selected as winners:
9 through 12 Grade
1st Place: $2,500 Scholarship
Jacobo Arango, grade 11, Cypress Woods High School, Cypress
Watch Jacobo’s video
2nd Place: $1,500 Scholarship
Ray Lopez, grade 12, Pebble Hills High School, El Paso
Watch Ray’s video
3rd Place: $500 Scholarship
Leyton Hill, grade 12, Keller High School, Keller
Watch Leyton’s video
6 through 8 Grade
1st Place: GoPro HERO Premium Package
Sofia Ramirez, grade 6, STEM Academy at Nimitz, San Antonio
Watch Sofia’s video
2nd Place: GoPro HERO Deluxe Package
Daphne Hayes, grade 7, Kealing Middle School, Austin
Watch Daphne’s video
3rd Place: GoPro HERO Package
Moises Huante, grade 8, Homeschool, El Paso
Watch Moises’ video
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.