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Neat Streets Miami Announces Winners of 12th Annual "Clean Up & Green Up" Student Poster and Video Contest

MIAMI (May 04, 2016)

Praising the next generation for its support of cleaning and greening Miami-Dade County, Neat Streets Miami and the Board of County Commissioners recognized fourteen local student artists on May 3, for their creative contributions to the 12th annual “Clean Up & Green Up”poster and video contest. The winners below were selected from more than 2,500 entries.



1st Place

Valeria S. Hernandez, 2nd Grade - Doral Academy Elementary School

Teacher: Ms. Anastasia Rodriguez

Miami-Dade County District 12 Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz

2nd Place

Kristin Bush, 3rd Grade - South Hialeah Elementary School

Teacher: Ms. Ileana Bello

Miami-Dade County District 6 Commissioner Rebecca Sosa

3rd Place

Malina Ho, 2nd Grade - Avocado Elementary School

Teacher: Ms. Diana Contreras

Miami-Dade County District 8 Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava



1st Place

Amanda Perez, 8th Grade - Renaissance Middle Charter School

Teacher: Ms. Katia Jimenez

Miami-Dade County District 12 Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz

2nd Place

Andrew Jones, 7th Grade - South Miami Middle Community School

Teacher: Ms. Juliet Chambers

Miami-Dade County District 7 Commissioner Xavier Suarez

3rd Place

Rolando Aballi, 6th Grade - Shenandoah Park

Teacher: Ms. Adina Diaz

Miami-Dade County District 5 Commissioner Bruno Barriero



1st Place

Stephanie Vasquez, 12th Grade - Hialeah Senior High School

Teacher: Ms. Arlete Romero-Mena

Miami-Dade County District 13 Commissioner Esteban Bovo, Jr.

2nd Place

Ashley Gonzalez, 9th Grade - Somerset Silver Palms Senior High School

Teacher: Ms. Victoria Martino

Miami-Dade County District 8 Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava

3rd Place

Austin Sanchez, 11th Grade - Coral Reef High School

Teacher: Ms. Jennifer Brophy

Miami-Dade County District 9 Commissioner Dennis C. Moss



Title of Entry: “My Park”

Created by: West Wind Lakes Park students Raul Febre, Araberto Morales, Guillermo Moran, Luis Perez, David Suarez, Sebastian Suarez, and Ashley Vieites

Teacher: Courtney De Stefano

Miami-Dade County District 11 Commissioner Juan C. Zapata


“I’m glad to see that we’re getting young residents involved in important environmental issues,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. “Instilling a commitment to keeping our community neat and clean early on will create a better Miami-Dade County for this generation and future generations of Miamians.”

“Through the poster and video contest, we have been engaging students in the benefits of maintaining and beautifying our parks, beaches, and roadways, for 12 years,” said Miami-Dade County District 9 Commissioner and Neat Streets Miami Chairman Dennis C. Moss.  “Over that time, the Clean Up and Green Up contest has helped educate more than 14,000 students on the value of aesthetics and environmental stewardship to creating a world-class community like Miami-Dade.”

“The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is a proud sponsor of the Clean Up and Green Up contest because we understand the strong connection between beautiful and clean gateways and tourism.” said William Talbert, III, GMCVB President and CEO and sponsor of the 1st place winner and teacher prizes.  “We are proud to be a part of the next generation’s commitment to our community.”

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-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.

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

Miami-Dade Parks is a world-class parks system supported by the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness, and Conservation and Stewardship.