Brownsville Student Wins Don’t Mess With Texas Contest

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Like most kids in the Rio Grande Valley, sixth grader Juan Cepeda likes going to the beach but he hates the littering. 

His detest for littering inspired him to create a drawing  that will appear in the  2018 Don’t mess with Texas Calendar.

“I made a [drawing of the] beach and people picking up the trash from the beach,” Juan told News Center 23. 

Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Department of Transportation announced 13 winners for this year’s Don’t mess with Texas School Art Contest. 

Entries came from 136 communities across the state, and the winning designs will appear in calendar. 

More than 4,300 students competed, twelve of the winning designs will be assigned to a month.

Juan said it took him one week to complete his drawing, adding that he’s been drawing since he was little. 

He is a student at Lucio Middle School in Brownsville and is the only student from the Rio Grande Valley who was selected by the organization. 

Juan said he feels good about winning, and did not expect to win. 

The beach he depicted is South Padre Island, a popular tourist location in the United States. During spring break, the island tourists flock to the beach, often leaving trash.

Volunteers organize several beach-cleanups thought the year, including after spring break.

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