(Miami-Dade County, FL) --
L-R: Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, Contest winner Ana Corina Valencia, Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz, Ana’s mother, Commissioner Jean Monestime, and Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson.
Hundreds of students throughout Miami-Dade County vied to win the 8th Annual Clean Up & Green Up Poster Contest, a competition in which students submit poster artwork asking residents to keep our community beautiful. The winners of this year’s poster contest were recognized at the Tuesday, May 15th County Commission meeting by Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, who chairs the County’s Community Image Advisory Board (CIAB). The CIAB organizes the contest every year, displaying the winning artwork around Miami-Dade. This year, the selected posters were displayed at the Miami-Dade County Youth Fair & Exposition and the Miami-Dade County Public School Board building.
“It’s important to instill a sense of community pride in these youngsters, who really show a love for keeping Miami-Dade clean in their artwork,” said Commissioner Moss. “I’m proud to lend my sponsorship every year and see the creativity in how our students choose to promote a healthy and green environment.”
The winning students all received a congratulatory certificate presented by Miami-Dade Commissioners, as well as gift certificates. The students’ teachers were also rewarded with spa gift certificates provided by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. Special recognition was given to Ms. Maria del Carmen Carrodeguas of Lamar Louise Curry Middle School, who always encourages her students to participate. This was the sixth year in a row one of her students won the contest.
Below is a list of winners in each category:
First Place: Ashley Lopez, South Hialeah Elementary School – District 13, Commissioner Bovo (Teacher: Ileana Bello)
Second Place: Milly Carballo, South Hialeah Elementary School – District 13, Commissioner Bovo (Teacher: Ileana Bello)
Third Place: Ana Corina Valencia, Doral Academy Elementary School – District 12, Commissioner Diaz (Teacher: Bettina Alvarez)
First Place: Nicole Lazo, Ponce de Leon Middle School – District 7, Commissioner Suarez (Teacher: Chris Marsh)
Second Place: Raquel Castillo, Ponce de Leon Middle School - District 7, Commissioner Suarez (Teacher: Chris Marsh)
Third Place: Zachary Dominguez, Lamar Louise Curry Middle School – District 11, Chairman Martinez (Teacher: Maria Carrodeguas)
Winners of the 8th Annual Clean Up & Green Up Poster Contest pose with family, Miami-Dade Commissioners, teachers, and CIAB members.
(Photos by Armando Rodriguez/Miami-Dade County)