Past Tex Elects Winners

2018 Contest

A cash award of $300.00 was awarded to each school with a first place winner.

Creative Writing – High School

1st Place –

  Javier Campos (teacher: Sonia Noyola) at North Side High School, Houston ISD

Artist statement: While I was creating my work, I envisioned the power of voting and how powerful it can be, just like magic. I decided to write a poem about a wizard who was going to learn how to use his power for the first time. To me, this also refers to people who go out and vote for the first time. My poem contains many metaphors that compare magic to voting. In the beginning of my poem, I make a comparison of how voting is a “magical spot”. This spot forces people to “listen”, which refers to candidates who understand how powerful your vote can be. I go on further in the poem to show how candidates may try to bribe you, with speeches, just to get that magical vote. Towards the middle of my poem I wrote, “My spell creates the color blue My spell creates the color red My spell creates the color green.” This line refers to a vote and depending on which “spell” you use or who you vote for will put you with a particular political group. At the very end of the poem I wrote “You’ve read what each spell does wondering Which one will be best for you? You smile and decide, I chose you.” I wrote this to include the audience and make them feel as if someone was talking to them and as if they were the ones learning about the “Magic” the whole time giving them their choice to choose. This poem will inspire many people in the upcoming election to understand the power of voting in a extremely fun way of comparing voting to magic, making everyone feel as if they are a powerful wizard this 2018.

Poster – High School

1st Place –

 Olivia Boozer (teacher: Jessica McKinney) at Oak Ridge High School, Conroe ISD

Artist statement: For this project, multiple medias of art, such as acrylic paint, graphite pencil, and charcoal were used to create a piece highlighting the beauty of minority groups while also drawing attention to current issues within society. Minorities and young voters often make up a lower percentage in government participation; however, all groups within society must contribute to the democratic process, which includes the right to vote. In displaying a combination of the beauty and strength of African American women, just one minority within the United States, and the issues commonly faced in society such as discrimination and unequal opportunity, I intend to inspire an increase in election participation. In presenting these issues, I hope to promote a desire to contribute to the election of leaders who prove able to create change within the nation. By increasing voter participation, all populations gain a say in what laws are passed and how they benefit the entirety of the American people. Ultimately this piece serves to promote the strength of African American women, along with minority groups as a whole, while highlighting the ability to accomplish necessary areas of change through greater participation in all democratic processes.

2012 Contest

Essay Contest – High School

1st Place – Grace Baker, Collegiate High School, Corpus Christi (Sonia Noyola)
2nd Place – Shelly Spencer, 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

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 Baker, 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, 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 Sajbel, Fulmore Middle School, Austin (Cindy St. John)
3rd Place – Phillip Smith, Emma Ousley Junior High School, Arlington (Kevin Nute)

2008 Contest

Poster Contest - High School

1st Place - Price Ferhill McCallum High School, Austin (Jim Furgeson)
2nd Place - Hannah Howard Roosevelt High School, San Antonio (Paola Pino)
2nd Place - Natalie C. Houchins McCallum High School, Austin (Jim Furgeson)
3rd Place - Juan Garcia Barbara Jordan High School, Houston (Reginald Thomas)

Poster Contest - Middle School

1st Place - Nick Curry Hallsville Middle School, Hallsville (Wendy King)
2nd Place - Denise Salas Moore Magnet School, Tyler (Daniel S. Killian)
3rd Place - Bruno Balderaz Morton Ranch Junior High School, Katy (Emily Harris)

Poster Contest Rubric

Public Service Announcement Contest - High School

1st Place - Jefferson Ellinger, Joel Pearson and Austin Wise, McCallum High School, Austin (Jim Furgeson)
2nd Place - James Parker, McCallum High School, Austin (Jim Furgeson)
3rd Place - Dylan Betnar, Nicole Prete, McCallum High School, Austin (Jim Furgeson)

Public Service Announcement Contest - Middle School

1st Place - Maen Elaiwat, Matthew Kirchner Covington Middle School, Austin (Sean Piper)
2nd Place - AIMS 5th & 6th Grade Class, AIMS, Fairfield (Rachel Bossier)
3rd Place - Madison Goldston, Belton Middle School, Belton (Allison Starling)

PSA Contest Rubric

Essay Contest - High School

1st - Kyle Obermann, McCallum High School, Austin (Jim Furgeson
2nd - Zoey Lichtenheld, McCallum High School, Austin (Jim Furgeson)
3rd - Jessica Sanders, Hawkins High School, Hawkins, (Jeri Holcomb)

Essay Contest - Middle School

1st - Marcel Carter, Clint Small Middle School, Austin (Stella Flores)
2nd - Conner Wilkinson, United Day School, Laredo (Deedee Hrncir)
3rd - Alexa Villareal, United Day School, Laredo (Deedee Hrncir)

Essay Contest Rubric