Hopper Middle School Students Sweep Trash Bash T-shirt Art Contest

Cypress, TX (March 3, 2016) Students from Hopper Middle School swept the top three honors in the 2016 River, Lakes, Bays ‘N Bayous Trash Bash T-shirt Art Contest, founded by the Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC) and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

The contest, held for the past three years, allows students in grades 1-8 to submit a design illustrating the effects of litter on area waterways. The first place winner’s design is featured on the front of the t-shirts given to thousands of volunteers participating in the largest, single-day waterway cleanup in Texas each spring.

The following Hopper eighth-grade students placed in the contest:

  • Khalia Gillette used Sharpies and watercolors to create her first-place bayou cleanup scene;
  • Alessandra Garcia used colored pencils to create her second-place lake cleanup scene; and
  • Zachary Roshong used colored pencils to create his third-place river cleanup scene.

The Hopper students will receive cash prizes, framed artwork, and a certificate. All winning students will be honored at the White Oak Bayou Upper Trash Bash site, Bang Elementary School (8900 Rio Grande Dr.) at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 2.

“I am extremely honored to be the teacher of three art students who are proudly representing Hopper Middle School in the 2016 River, Lakes, Bays ‘N Bayous Trash Bash T-shirt Art Contest,” said Dawn LaGrou, Hopper art teacher. “All three of the artists have been a part of the art program at Hopper for three years. They are currently in our Art 1 program and continue to amaze me with their skills and dedication to their talents. Khaila Le, Alessandra Garcia and Zachary Roshong are definitely three reasons I enjoy work each and every day.”

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Khalia Gillete’s first place design, Alessandra Garcia’s second place design, and Zachary Roshong’s third place design

Founded in 1994 by the HGAC and TCEQ with seven sites and 3,000 volunteers, Trash Bash has grown to 15 sites across the Galveston Bay Watershed with an average of 4,500 volunteers annually. Since 1994, more than 98,000 volunteers have collected nearly 2,100 tons of trash and more than 9,600 tires while cleaning more than 1,100 miles of shoreline.

In 2015, 4,384 volunteers, half under the age of 18, cleaned 162 miles of shoreline, collected 37.4 tons of trash and recycled 1.3 tons of collected materials at the 15 cleanup sites.

For more information, visit www.TrashBash.org.

Courtesy of the District