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Beaumont 2020 finalists honored

Chair Judge Randy Shelton and Coordinator Jes Prince honor their National and School finalists.


2020 National Ambassadors for Houston/Harris County

We are pleased to announce the 2020 National Ambassadors for the Houston/Harris County Do the Write Thing Challenge:

Madison Osazuwa of O’Donnell Middle School in Alief ISD

Zane Ziad of Macario Garcia Middle School in Fort Bend ISD

The reading and judging of the writings submitted by the 14,005 students in 61 Houston-Harris County and surrounding area school districts who participated in the 2020 Do the Write Thing Challenge was an enormous undertaking.

The Challenge would not be possible without the assistance and support of the dozens of Community and VIP Readers who made sure that every student who submitted an eligible essay was considered.


San Antonio finalists featured on News4SA

436th Juvenile District Court Judge Lisa Jarrett and finalist Danica Soto
436th Juvenile District Court Judge Lisa Jarrett and finalist Danica Soto

WOAI News4SA Trouble Shooter Emily Baucum featured a fantastic story on the Do The Write Thing San Antonio finalists.

With strength that belies here age, Danica Soto reads a chapter from her painful past.

“My past is something I don’t talk about because of all the people I lost, and because it hurts too much,” Soto reads aloud her essay. “I didn’t want to look weak, so I didn’t do anything or tell anyone about it. Instead, I started balling it up all inside me and I couldn’t handle it anymore, so I started cutting myself.”

Her essay is one of more than 2,000 written by middle school students across San Antonio about all the ways violence impacts lives.

It’s part of Do The Write Thing, an essay contest through the National Campaign to Stop Violence.

More than 25 schools in eight local districts participate. The program’s anti-violence message is integrated into the curriculum so each student learns ways they can stop violence among their family and friends.

The program’s led locally by 57th Civil District Court Judge Antonia Arteaga.

“In my everyday life as a judge, I deal with children. It’s usually families in crisis. And when I interview children, I see the pain. I see the despair,” Judge Arteaga says.

She’s assisted by 436th Juvenile District Court Judge Lisa Jarrett.

“With this pandemic, we’re having more violence come out,” Judge Jarrett says. “I’ve seen a trading from graffiti cases, where they’ve put down their spray can and they’re picking up a gun. And that’s disturbing.”

The essay contest’s six finalists participated in a Zoom call last week. The judges consider them ambassadors in their schools and neighborhoods.

On that call, Soto learned she was one of the top two winners. And a few hours later, Judge Jarrett was at her door, rewarding her with a new tool to keep sharing her powerful story. READ MORE

Here are some photos taken from this day.


San Antonio in DC!

Photos from the San Antonio challenge site group in DC. SEE MORE PHOTOS

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Austin DC photos- Recognition Week 2019


Houston/Harris County at National Recognition Week in Washington DC 2019

St. Martha Catholic School’s Ethan Shaw and Deepwater Junior High’s Evelyn Flores along with other Houston and Harris County middle school students had a wonderful trip in Washington DC for the national Do the Write Thing program.

The trip was even featured in the Washington Post.


El Paso recognition ceremony 2019

For the 2018-19 Do the Write Thing Texas Challenge, the El Paso school districts had 44 finalists and two ambassadors. Congratulations to all!


San Antonio in DC 2019

The San Antonio DTWTX essay writers were getting to explore Washington, DC thanks to the Challenge!

The 2019 San Antonio National Ambassadors were seventh grader Gabriel Orgas and eight grader Emma Zepeda both of Garner Middle School.


San Antonio event photos


2019 San Antonio National Ambassadors

Gabriel Orgas
Garner Middle School 7th Grade

and

Emma Zepeda
Garner Middle School 8 th Grade