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Take Care of Texas announces art contest winners

Monday, April 3, 2017 — Grand Prize winner: Delilah Saenz of Driscoll Elementary
ContactBrian McGovern
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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

Grand Prize Winner

Region 14 - Corpus Christi
Delilah Saenz, 4th Grade
Driscoll Elementary, Driscoll
Delilah's artwork


Regional Winners

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

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

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

Region 4 - Dallas/Ft. Worth
Serene Nijem, 5th Grade
Olive Tree Montessori Academy, Fort Worth
Serene's artwork

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

Region 6 - El Paso
Adan Noya III, 4th Grade
Douglass Elementary, El Paso
Adan's artwork

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

Region 8 - San Angelo
Christina Harris, 5th Grade
Wall Elementary, Wall
Christina's artwork

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

Region 10 – Beaumont
Anthony Rodriguez, 5th Grade
West Orange Stark Elementary, Orange
Anthony's artwork

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

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

Region 13 - San Antonio
Genesis Reyes, 5th Grade
Athlos Premier Academy, San Antonio
Genesis' artwork

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

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

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.