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TCEQ announces Take Care of Texas program video contest winners

Feb. 16, 2023 - Congratulations are in order for the winners in the middle school and high school categories

Contact: Laura Lopez

Phone: 512-239-5000

After Hrs: 512-239-5000

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is proud to announce the 2023 Take Care of Texas video contest winners.

Every year, students from across the state grab their video cameras and work to compete in the annual video contest with the goal to produce the most entertaining and compelling content demonstrating how to keep Texas’ air and water clean, reduce waste, and conserve water and energy. This year more than 280 entries were received. From there the initial entries were narrowed down to 12 finalists (6 in high school and 6 in middle school). After members of the public were given the chance to vote and further narrow down the field, TCEQ commissioners, executive staff, and representatives from the contest sponsor, Waste Management of Texas, Inc., reviewed and voted on the final first, second, and third place standings.

The following students were selected as the winners:

High School (9th -12th Grade)

1st Place: $2,500 scholarship

Gabriel Pyenta, Jim Ned High School, Jim Ned C.I.S.D.

2nd Place: $1,500 scholarship

Peyton Braun, Communications Arts High School, Northside I.S.D.

3rd Place: $500 scholarship

Emma Ferry, Burkburnett High School, Burkburnett I.S.D.

Middle School (6th -8th Grade)

1st Place: $800 gift card toward camera equipment

Olivia Kim, Ereckson Middle School, Allen I.S.D.

2nd Place: $600 gift card toward camera equipment

Mickeas Villeda, Ferris Junior High School, Ferris I.S.D.

3rd Place: $400 gift card toward camera equipment

Reese Brown, Jim Ned Middle School, Jim Ned C.I.S.D.

To view the winning videos or learn more about the contest, visit the Take Care of Texas video contest page.

Each of the first-place winners will be invited to a banquet as part of the Environmental Trade Fair and Conference, in Austin, Texas, in May to be recognized.

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.