We received entries from nearly 800 high school seniors! A special "thank you" goes to all participants in the Don't mess with Texas® Scholarship.
Sponsored by Forestar and in partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful, the 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.
Below are the 2014 winners.
$3,000 Prize Winner
Caroline Carr, Trinity High School, Euless, TX
Caroline worked with the city of Bedford's public works department to design interactive signs to be installed at parks with creeks. The signs feature the slogans "Keep Our Creeks Clean" and "Only Rain Down the Drain" and include a scannable QR code. The code takes people to a webpage Carr created in collaboration with the city's information technology department. 10 signs have been installed.
$1,000 Place Winner
Krystal Johnson, Lamar High School, Arlington, TX
Krystal directed, filmed and produced a public service announcement concerning the littering problem at her high school and in her city. She and other students painted posters to display around their high school campus and enlisted students from other schools to hang them up on their campuses. She also worked with her church’s youth group to conduct monthly "Trashenger Hunts" to collect trash in Arlington's parks and public spaces.
$1,000 Place Winner
Sonia Campos, Dr. Ralph H. Poteet High School, Mesquite, TX
As an intern for Keep Mesquite Beautiful and president of the organization's Youth Environmental Leaders (YEL), Sonia ensures that youth in her community stay engaged in the fight against littering. YEL distributes an average of 500 seeded bracelets to the youth at Mesquite's annual Christmas in the Park event and assists with events such as Trash Bash and the Great American Cleanup. YEL also serves as host for Mesquite Recycles Day and the community's Recycling Fashion Show.