MALAKOFF — Malakoff Middle School students in Malakoff ISD received $5,000 as first-place winners of the “Texas Public Schools Rock!” student video contest, middle/junior high school category. More than 100 videos were entered in the contest, sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). TASB Vice-President Andra Self of Lufkin ISD made the presentation to campus representatives at a recent school board meeting.
“With so many excellent entries, the final choices were extremely difficult. We are thrilled that students from all over the state showcased their creativity and enthusiasm for the great things going on in their schools. These winning entries help explain why public schools deserve the support of their communities and appropriate funding from the state,” said Viola Garcia, TASB president. “Our students’ voices underscore why all Texans should be proud of their public schools,” she said.
The contest was open to all Texas elementary and secondary public school students, and winners were selected in three categories: elementary school, middle/junior high school, and high school. Prizes were awarded for use in the students’ classroom or campus.
A Class Favorite in each of the three categories also was chosen based on the videos most viewed by visitors to TASB’s Web Site. These winners received no monetary prize but may be included among the videos displayed statewide at various TASB events.
In this first-ever contest sponsored by TASB, students were asked to tell what makes their schools exceptional, highlight excellent programs, or explain how funding cuts of the last legislative session affected their schools. The students’ work helps illustrate the value of public education and emphasizes the many positive aspects of Texas public schools. All entries can be viewed on the TASB Web Site.
TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local school districts. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 5 million students.