Winners Announced for Student Video Contest

For release: April 5, 2019
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(Austin) ― Six schools have been selected as winners of the biennial Student Video Contest sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). The videos illustrate the value of public education and emphasize the many positive aspects of Texas public schools.

The contest was open to all Texas elementary and secondary public school students, and winners were selected in three categories: elementary school, middle/junior high school, and high school. First-place prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the following school districts later this spring for use in the students’ classroom or campus:

  • Zavala Elementary School, Harlingen CISD
  • Valley View Junior High School, Valley View ISD (Hidalgo County) 
  • Seguin High School, Seguin ISD

A second-place prize of $2,500 will be presented to the following:

  • Taft Elementary School, Port Neches-Groves ISD
  • Coppell Middle School North, Coppell ISD
  • Belton New Tech High School, Belton ISD

“We appreciate the creativity and enthusiasm displayed by students across the state for the great things going on in their public schools. The video entries demonstrate why local schools deserve the support of their communities and appropriate funding from the state,” said Jim de Garavilla, TASB president. “The students featured in the videos do a fantastic job showcasing the benefits of attending Texas public schools and stand as an example of why all Texans should be proud to stand up for their public schools,” he said.

In addition, a People’s Choice in each of the three categories was chosen based on the videos most viewed from start to finish by visitors watching in the online gallery. These winners receive no monetary prize but may be included among the videos displayed statewide at various TASB events:

  • Zavala Elementary, Harlingen CISD
  • Park Crest Middle School, Pflugerville ISD
  • Friendswood High School, Friendswood ISD

Students were asked to tell what makes their school exceptional, what makes the school a special place, how their school is making a difference in students’ lives and future success, and what makes Texas public schools the best choice. All entries can be viewed on the TASB website.

TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local Texas school boards. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 5.3 million public school students.