Tex Elects

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2012 Tex Elects Winners Announced!

TexElects is contest that invites Texas middle and high school students to design and create messages about the importance of voting.

Tex Elects against a pollbooth

Essay Contest – High School

1st Place – Grace, Collegiate High School, Corpus Christi (Sonia Noyola)
2nd Place – Shelly Jetonne, Rouse High School, Leander (Kel Lemons)
3rd Place – Devin Moreno, Collegiate High School, Corpus Christi (Sonia Noyola)

Essay Contest – Middle School

1st Place – Sarah Trippy, Hobby Middle School, San Antonio (Julia Salazar)
2nd Place – Hattie Lindell, Fulmore Middle School, Austin (Cindy St. John)
3rd Place – Marcelle Downing Blaisdell, Fulmore Middle School, Austin (Cindy St. John)

Public Service Announcement Contest – High School

1st Place – Angelica Rodriguez, Shannon Tyree, and Verenice Carlos, Collegiate High School, Corpus Christi (Sonia Noyola)
2nd Place – Haley Carillo, Gissel Gardea, Grace, Collegiate High School, Corpus Christi (Sonia Noyola)
3rd Place – Shikyra Jack and Jerome Manson, Alief Hastings High School (Patrice Gray)

Public Service Announcement Contest – Middle School

1st Place – Gracilyn Rang, Fulmore Middle School, Austin (Cindy St. John)
2nd Place – Radian Davishines, Riley Meacham and Manuel Rojas, Fulmore Middle School, Austin (Cindy St. John)

Poster Contest – High School

1st Place – Jake Walsh, Roosevelt High School, San Antonio (Paola Pino-Queipo)
2nd Place – Jesus de la Cruz, William B. Travis High School, Austin (Leslie Conly)  
3rd Place – Antonio Galvan, William B. Travis High School, Austin (Leslie Conly)

Poster Contest – Middle School

1st Place – Alec Bennett, Fulmore Middle School, Austin (Cindy St. John)
2nd Place – Ginger, Fulmore Middle School, Austin (Cindy St. John)
3rd Place – Phillip Smith, Emma Ousley Junior High School, Arlington (Kevin Nute)

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TexElects is a contest that invites Texas middle and high school students to design and create messages about the importance of voting. 

School monetary awards in each category for Middle and High School:

First Place - $250
Second Place - $150
Third Place - $50

Monetary prizes are awarded to the school of the winning entry. Suggestions for using award money include rewarding students with a party, purchasing supplies, books, equipment, or financing a class field trip. Student prizes may include t-shirts, gift certificates, or merchandise donated from sponsors.

Winning entries will also be shared with student media, newspapers, and campus voter education organizations for the purpose of encouraging citizens to turn out on Election Day. 

Ways to take advantage of the TexElects contest:

  • Post a flyer. Distribute postcards in class.  Like us on Facebook

  • Hold a school-wide competition.  There's no limit on the number of entries from each school

  • Incorporate TexElects as a part of your election year lesson

  • Provide extra credit to participating students

  • Display your Tex Elects projects on closed circuit campus TVs, school walls, and in the school paper

  • Include Tex Elects as a part of a school-wide get-out-the-vote campaign

Tex Elects provides an opportunity to incorporate Get Out The Vote Activities into your coverage of the Election. Tex Elects is an active and creative learning activity with options for writing, drawing, filming, and editing.  Entries are due Friday, October 12th at midnight.

Tex Elects is an initiative of the Annette Strauss Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. It is funded by contributions to the Annette Strauss Institute. The Annette Strauss Institute initiates applied research and outreach programs to create more voters and better citizens. The Institute is especially interested in energizing and involving young citizens in the classroom, the community, and the voting booth.

For additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us at 512/471-1959.