High school seniors recognized for work promoting a litter-free community
AUSTIN — Paying for college just got a little easier for Sonia Campos (Dr. Ralph H. Poteet High School, Mesquite), Caroline Carr (Trinity High School, Euless) and Krystal Johnson (Lamar High School, Arlington). That’s because they just won scholarships for their work promoting a litter-free community. It’s all part of the Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Don’t mess with Texas Scholarship.
Campos, Carr and Johnson were three of nearly 800 Texas high school seniors who applied for this year’s Don’t mess with Texas scholarships. Applications were judged based on student essays detailing creative solutions to litter problems.
“Winners of the Don’t Mess with Texas scholarship exemplify not only hard work in the classroom but a commitment to litter prevention in their communities,” said Margo Richards, Travel Information Division Director at TxDOT.
The three scholarship recipients were recognized for the following:
· Carr worked with the city of Bedford’s public works department to design and install 10 interactive signs at community parks with creeks, asking people to help keep the creeks clean.
· Campos ensures youth in her community stay engaged in the fight against littering as an intern for Keep Mesquite Beautiful and president of the organization’s Youth Environmental Leaders.
· Johnson directed, filmed and produced a public service announcement concerning the littering problem at her high school and in her city and worked with her church’s youth group to conduct monthly “Trashenger Hunts” to collect trash in Arlington’s public spaces.
“Texans ages 16 to 34 are those who are most likely to litter, so it’s important that we reach them while they are young to teach them how to prevent litter in their schools and hometowns,” said Cathie Gail, Executive Director, Keep Texas Beautiful. “Caroline, Sonia and Krystal are leading the charge in their communities to keep our state litter-free and beautiful, so we wanted to recognize their efforts with these scholarships.”
The 11th annual Don’t mess with Texas Scholarship recognizes the achievements of high school seniors who have taken leadership roles to prevent litter in their schools and/or communities and build awareness of the Don’t mess with Texas initiative. The scholarship contest, sponsored by real estate and oil and gas company Forestar and in partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful, accepted applications from high school seniors currently attending public, private or home school and planning to pursue a two- or four-year degree at an accredited Texas university or college next year.
The contest awards one $3,000 scholarship and two $1,000 scholarships. Carr was selected for the $3,000 scholarship. Campos and Johnson will each receive a $1,000 scholarship.
Information can be found at www.dontmesswithtexas.org.
Keep Texas Beautiful
Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB), a statewide grassroots environmental and community improvement organization and affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, strives to educate and engage Texans to take responsibility for improving their community environment. KTB and its more than 360 affiliates work with government, businesses, civic groups and volunteers to ensure that every Texans has the opportunity to take individual responsibility for making Texas the cleanest, most beautiful state in the nation. For more information about KTB, visit www.ktb.org, follow us on Twitter at @keeptxbeautiful and like us on Facebook at @keeptxbeautiful.
Texas Department of Transportation
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