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Houston area students among statewide winners of art contest

HOUSTON – Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Department of Transportation have selected artwork by two students from Katy to appear in the 2017 Don’t mess with Texas Calendar.

The calendar will include 13 winning designs submitted by students from across the state in the annual contest.

The contest was open to Texas elementary school students enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade and sponsored by H-E-B and Central Market.

"It’s such a pleasure to see the talent demonstrated by some of our state’s youngest artists," said Suzanne Kho, executive director of Keep Texas Beautiful. "It wasn’t easy narrowing the entries down to just 13 winning designs, but we’re excited to share the winning art with all Texans to remind them to put litter where it belongs—in a trash can."

Second-grader Eric Zhang of Roosevelt Alexander Elementary in Katy and fifth-grader Fernanda Nuñez-Flores of Pattison Elementary in Katy were the winners.

The entries by Zhang and Nuñez-Flores were among 6,460 received from elementary schools across the state.

Each winning design will be assigned to a month and placed in the calendar.

"We’re always so inspired by the creativity of students who submit their artwork," said Joan Henderson, Travel Information Director at TxDOT. "We’re proud that this contest motivates young Texans to think about litter and the importance of keeping our state beautiful, and we’re honored to highlight the talent of all of our winners in our 2017 calendar."