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Coldspring student wins Don’t Mess with Texas Scholarship
San Jacinto News- Times
COLDSPRING, Texas—A Coldspring High School student won a statewide scholarship contest for fi ghting litter in his community. Logan Caraballo is the winner of a $1,000 Don’t Mess with Texas scholarship, sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company. The Texas Department of Transportation (Tx- DOT) opened the annual contest in March, and more than 400 high school seniors from across the state submitted essays for this year’s program. “There were many qualifi ed applicants this year,” said Doris Howdeshell, Travel Information Division director for TxDOT. “We are very impressed with the work that these students have done to prevent litter in their schools and communities.” Caraballo started a car cleanout day at his high school so that students could properly dispose of the trash in their vehicles. “People let the trash in their cars build up and then dump it in parking lots,” Caraballo said. “I wanted to start a grassroots project that would change that.” Caraballo plans to attend The University of Texas at Austin and major in radiotelevision- fi lm. He wants to continue his environmental efforts on the university’s campus. “I really want to start a car cleanup day at college,” Caraballo said. “Just about everyone in college drives, so a cleanup day would prevent a lot of litter from hitting the ground.” The Dow Chemical Company partnered with Keep Texas Beautiful to sponsor this year’s scholarship program, offering three scholarships for a total of $5,000. Other winners include Alexander Jones of Clear Lake, and Claire Cook from Atlanta. Dow Texas Operations Site Director and Vice President Gary Hockstra congratulated the winners. “It’s great to see young people like these coming up with creative ideas about litter prevention to help our communities and our world be more sustainable for the long term,” said Hockstra. “Everyone who sent in an entry should be very proud of his or her accomplishments, and I wish them every success in their future educational and environmental endeavors.” Don’t Mess with Texas scholarships are open to high school seniors planning to pursue a two- or four-year degree at a Texas university or college. This is the seventh year that the Texas Department of Transportation rewarded high school seniors who work to improve litter conditions in their area. Research shows that young Texans are the most likely to litter, and the scholarship is designed to raise awareness among this group. About Don’t Mess with Texas Don’t Mess with Texas has been educating Texans about litter prevention since 1986. TxDOT’s litter prevention program includes Adopt-a- Highway and a grassroots partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful. Don’t Mess with Texas activities also include a spring “Trash-Off,” community outreach, a student litter prevention contest, a corporate partner program, and a new photo album where Texans can share their iconic Texas images. For more information, visit www. dontmesswithtexas.org. Tx- DOT’s goals are to reduce congestion, enhance safety, expand economic opportunity, improve air quality, and increase the value of transportation assets. For more information, visit www. txdot.gov.