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State’s Youngest Creative Talents Showcase Art in 2016 Litter-Prevention Calendar

May 18, 2015

TxDOT, Keep Texas Beautiful announce winners of Don’t mess with Texas® Elementary School Art Contest

AUSTIN – More than 8,228 elementary school students from across the state showed off their artistic talent in an effort to keep Texas highways litter-free by entering the Don’t mess with Texas® Elementary School Art Contest. Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) selected 13 winning entries to appear in the 2016 Don’t mess with Texas Calendar.

TxDOT and Keep Texas Beautiful organize the contest as a way to motivate young Texans to help keep the state beautiful by not littering and by encouraging others to protect Texas roadways and its environment from unsightly trash. The contest was open to Texas elementary school students enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade and sponsored by H-E-B and Central Market. Students submitted their best designs that promoted the Don’t mess with Texas® or Keep Texas Beautiful litter prevention slogans.

“It’s incredible how much we can learn from the thought and creativity of these students,” said De J. Lozada, Travel Information Division Director at TxDOT. “We’re proud that this contest calendar highlights the talent of these bright young Texans while encouraging us all to do our part to ensure that our beautiful state also continues to shine.”

Students selected to have their artwork featured in the calendar include:

  • Third-grader Juan Miguel Lozano who is home-schooled in Plano, whose artwork will be featured as the calendar cover.
  • Kindergartener Caroline Zhang of Lakeside Elementary in Coppell.
  • Kindergartener Pearce Choi of Las Colinas Elementary in Irving.
  • First-grader Camille Symmank of Elkhart Elementary in Elkhart.
  • First-grader Santiago Lozano, who is home-schooled in Plano.
  • Second-grader Yunsol Baek of La Villita Elementary in Irving.
  • Second-grader Aditi Vikram of Dallas Art Studio School in Dallas.
  • Third-grader Anne Christiono of Cornerstone Elementary in Sugar Land.
  • Third-grader Bryan Garcia of Sneed Elementary in Houston.
  • Fourth-grader Jessica Chai of Roosevelt Alexander Elementary School in Katy.
  • Fourth-grader Audrey He of Mathews Elementary in Plano.
  • Fifth-grader Vivian Wang of Cornerstone Elementary in Sugar Land.
  • Fifth-grader Annabelle Du of James E. Williams Elementary School in Katy.

Each of the 13 winning designs will be featured in the 2016 Don’t mess with Texas® Calendar.

Third-grader Lozano’s artwork was chosen from among the 13 winning entries to be featured on the calendar cover. Each winner will receive an iDeaUSA 8 tablet donated by H-E-B and Central Market.

“I am always amazed at the artistic talent demonstrated by some of our state’s youngest residents,” said Cathie Gail, executive director of Keep Texas Beautiful. “We had a tough time narrowing the entries down to just 13 winning designs. Their hard work on these beautiful entries helps us remind all Texans about the importance of putting litter where it belongs—in a trash can—and not along our roadsides.”

All student winners will be showcased on the Don’t mess with Texas® and Keep Texas Beautiful websites and at the 2015 Keep Texas Beautiful annual conference in June. Teachers representing students who produce the top 13 designs will win a $100 H-E-B and Central Market gift card.

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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, follow us on Twitter at @keeptxbeautiful and like us on Facebook at @keeptxbeautiful.

Texas Department of Transportation
The Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining 80,000 miles of road and for supporting aviation, rail, and public transportation across the state. TxDOT and its 11,000 employees are committed to working with others to provide safe and reliable transportation solutions for Texas by maintaining a safe system, addressing congestion, connecting Texas communities, and being a Best in Class state agency. Find out more at Fan us on Facebook,; and follow us on Twitter, Don’t mess with Texas® is a registered trademark owned by the Texas Department of Transportation. For more information visit

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