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For Immediate Release:
May 20, 2015
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Neat Streets Miami announces winners of 11th Annual "Clean Up & Green Up" student poster and video contest

Contest Winners

Photo by Miami-Dade County Photographer Ryan Holloway

(MIAMI, May 20, 2015) — Praising the next generation for its support of cleaning and greening Miami-Dade County, Neat Streets Miami and the Board of County Commissioners recognized nine local student artists on May 19, 2015, for their creative contributions to the 11th annual “Clean Up & Green Up” poster and video contest.  The winners below were selected from more than 1,458 entries that included 1,450 posters and 8 video submissions.


1st Place
Alessandra Nieves, 4th Grade - Palm Springs Elementary
Teacher: Ms. Susan Shone
Miami-Dade County District 13 Commissioner Esteban Bovo, Jr.

2nd Place
Roksana Varteressyan, 5th Grade - Sunny Isles Elementary School
Teacher: Ms. Edna Chueiri
Miami-Dade County District 4 Commissioner Sally A. Heyman

3rd Place
Carlos Segrera, 2nd Grade - Sunset Elementary School
Teacher:  Ms. Diana Millares
Miami-Dade County District 7 Commissioner Xavier Suarez

1st Place
Anabella Larrauri, 8th Grade - Lamar Louise Curry Middle School
Teacher: Ms. Maria Carrodeguas
Miami-Dade County District 11 Commissioner Juan C. Zapata

2nd Place
Angela Gruber, 7th Grade - Miami Lakes Middle School
      Teacher: Ms. Irene Albalat
Miami-Dade County District 13 Commissioner Esteban Bovo, Jr.

3rd Place
Monica Gil, 8th Grade - Shandoah Park After-School
Teacher: Ms. Andina Diaz.
Miami-Dade County District 4 Commissioner Sally A. Heyman

1st Place
Maria Rodriguez, 11th Grade - Miami Sr. High
Teacher: Dr. Hueck
Miami-Dade County District 5 Commissioner Bruno A. Barreiro

2nd Place
Carina Zatarain, 12th Grade - Hialeah-Miami Lakes Sr. High
Teacher:  Mr. Vazquez
Miami-Dade County District 13 Commissioner Esteban Bovo, Jr.

3rd Place
Lorena Fuenmayor, 12th Grade - Alonzo & Tracy Mourning Sr. High
Teacher:  Ms. Darlene Vasano-Jones
Miami-Dade County District 4 Commissioner Sally A. Heyman

Title of Entry: “Hands On”
Created by:  Hialeah Senior High School students Jesus Forteza, Rosangela Guillama, Sachi Hernandez, Lidaimis Izquierdo, Gabriela Mederos, Melany Oms, Jahaziel Perez, Alejandro Quiroz, Valeria A. Rafael, Libnny M. Rodriguez, and Amaury L. Sierra.
Teacher:  Mr. Michael Estopinan
Miami-Dade County District 13 Commissioner Esteban Bovo, Jr.

“I am delighted to see the wonderful posters and video selected for this year’s Clean Up and Green Up contest,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “These students are to be commended for creatively and effectively getting the message across that we all have to be good stewards for our environment and community.  They set a good example for us all.”

“While this is the 11th year for the Clean Up and Green Up contest, we are encouraged by the innovative ways students are illustrating their support of maintenance and beautification,” said Miami-Dade County District 9 Commissioner and Neat Streets Miami Chairman Dennis C. Moss. “Over the last 11 years, we have helped educate more than 10,000 students about the value of Cleaning Up and Greening up our Community.”

“The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) has proudly supported the Clean Up and Green Up contest for 11 years because we know that a beautiful welcoming environment contributes to our visitor experience and keeps tourists coming back year after year,” said William Talbert, III, GMCVB President and CEO and sponsor of the 1st place winner and teacher prizes.

Neat Streets Miami also recognized its sponsors who have been supporting the Clean Up & Green Up contest since its inception: Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; Miami Herald News Media in Education; Miami Marlins; Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department; Miami-Dade County Public Schools; and Miami-Dade County District 9 Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, Chairman Neat Streets Miami.

About Million Trees Miami and Neat Streets Miami
The Million Trees Miami Campaign is a community-wide effort to plant one million trees by 2020 in order to achieve a 30 percent tree canopy cover for Miami-Dade County. Launched by Neat Streets Miami, this campaign promotes a healthy and sustainable urban forest to achieve social, economic and environmental benefits. To find out how to participate in the campaign, visit the Million Trees Miami website.

Neat Streets Miami is a multi-jurisdictional board dedicated to the maintenance and beautification of Miami-Dade’s transportation corridors, gateways and connections.   For more information, visit the Neat Streets Miami website