Sunray student earns statewide art contest honor
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Source: TCEQ

A High Plains round of applause goes to Alejandra Mendoza.

The Moore County third-grader at Sunray Elementary School is one of 16 winners of a contest that had entries from more than 3,200 students in kindergarten through fifth grade across Texas.

Mendoza is the Region I winner in the Take Care of Texas art contest, which is sponsored by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Students were tasked with creating artwork to express how they conserve water, save energy, reduce waste and keep air and water clean.

Mendoza's artwork features a girl lassoing trees in the Texas Panhandle, which tops a state filled with depictions of cycling and walking instead of driving, along with planting flowers, recycling, wildlife conservation and anti-litter signs all on an American flag background. "Take care of Texas. It's the only one we've got," is written across the top of the picture.

To see other regional winners' artwork, click here.


Mike Smith is a digital content producer for Panhandle PBS. Contact him at, on Twitter at @newsmithm and on Facebook.