Young videographers encouraged to enter Texas Commission on Environmental Quality scholarship contest

From left: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Executive Director Toby Baker, Alexis Wragg from the Talkington School for Young Women Leaders (grand prize winner in the grade 6-8 age category), former TCEQ Chairman Bryan W. Shaw, Shelby Doroshow from Royse City High School (grand prize winner in the grade 9-12  age category), Don Smith, area vice president at Waste Management of Texas Inc., and TCEQ Chairman Jon Niermann

From left: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Executive Director Toby Baker, Alexis Wragg from the Talkington School for Young Women Leaders (grand prize winner in the grade 6-8 age category), former TCEQ Chairman Bryan W. Shaw, Shelby Doroshow from Royse City High School (grand prize winner in the grade 9-12 age category), Don Smith, area vice president at Waste Management of Texas Inc., and TCEQ Chairman Jon Niermann

Texas students can create a video about how they care for the environment for a chance to win up to $2,500 in scholarships.

The annual competition is held by Take Care of Texas, a statewide campaign from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. It is open to students throughout Texas in grades 6-12, whether they attend a public school, private school or are home-schooled, a press release said.

Videos should be 30 seconds long and portray positive ways Texans can help keep air and water clean, conserve energy or reduce waste. Videos should include the slogan “Take Care of Texas. It’s the only one we’ve got.”

Three high school students will win scholarships from $500 to $2,500, and three middle-school students will win GoPro camera packages from Waste Management of Texas Inc., the release said.

The contest deadline is Dec. 14, and the public will have the opportunity to pick their favorite videos Jan. 10-24.

After the public narrows down the entries, a panel of TCEQ staff and representatives from the sponsor will choose the first, second, and third place winners from each of the grade groups. Winners will be announced Feb. 28, according to the release.

Check out last year’s winners here.