Ánimo Voices Winners

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Green Dot Student Writing and Art Competition Awards Scholarship to Winners!

Our first Ánimo Voices Writing and Art Competition invited students to write about innovators, upstanders, visionaries, or rebels that have made a difference in their local or broader communities. Check out this year’s winners!

The first, second and third place winners are finalists from across Green Dot California.

First Place

High School

Writing: ‘An Instructor To Bad Influences’ by Daniel Guerrero

Read the poem that won first place from all of our California high schools by Daniel Guerrero, a student at Ánimo Watts College Preparatory Academy.

Art: ‘La Madre Fuerte’ by Kevin Aleman

See the art piece that won first place from all of our California high schools by Kevin Aleman, a student at Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School.

Middle School

Writing: ‘The Gangsta Gardener’ by Nyla Skinner

Read the two-voice poem that won first place from all of our California middle schools by Nyla Skinner, a student at Ánimo Phillis Wheatley Charter Middle School.

Second Place

High School

Writing: ‘Untitled’ by Noel Chavez Campos

Read the piece that won second place from all of our California high schools by Noel Chavez Campos, a student at Ánimo Inglewood Charter High School.

Art: ‘Showing Your True Colors’ by Jose Ramirez

See the art piece that won second place from all of our California high schools by Jose Ramirez, a student at Ánimo Ralph Bunche Charter High School.

Middle School

Writing: ‘The Man Who Dreams Big’ by Manuel Argueta

Read the piece that won second place from all of our California middle schools by Manuel Argueta, a student at Ánimo Jefferson Charter Middle School.

Third Place

High School

Writing: ‘Never Stop’ by Adrian Santana

Read the poem that won third place from all of our California high schools by Adrian Santana, a student at Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School.

Art: ‘Through the Cracks We Bloom’ by Jocelyn Orozco

See the art piece that won third place from all of our California high schools by Jocelyn Orozco, a student at Ánimo Watts College Preparatory Academy.

Middle School

Writing: ‘Carlos Segovia’ by Isabel Jamileh Menéndez

Read the piece that won third place from all of our California middle schools by Isabel Menéndez, a student at Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School.

School Site Winners for the Ánimo Voices Writing and Art Competition

The following entries are the top two chosen from each school.

Art: ‘Untitled Mosiac’ by Ashley Montano-Gomez

‘Untitled Mosiac’ is an art piece by Ashley Montano-Gomez, a student at Ánimo Watts Charter High School, who participated in our first Ánimo Voices Writing and Art Competition.

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Art: ‘Portrait of Francisco Rodriguez Mancilla’ by Jennifer Rodriguez Pelayo

‘Portrait of Francisco Rodriguez Mancilla’ is an art piece by Jennifer Rodriguez Pelayo, a student at Ánimo Pat Brown Charter High School, who participated in our first Ánimo Voices Writing and Art Competition.

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Art: ‘My Father’s Hands’ by Diana Gutierrez

‘My Father’s Hands’ is an art piece by Diana Gutierrez, a student at Ánimo Ralph Bunche Charter High School, who participated in our first Ánimo Voices Writing & Art Competition.

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Art: ‘Desmond Doss’ by Tania Avalos

‘Untitled’ is an art piece by Tania Avalos, a tenth grader at Ánimo Inglewood Charter High School, who participated in our first Ánimo Voices Writing and Art Competition.

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‘The Upstander’ by Tommy Ayala

‘Upstander’ is a submission from Tommy Ayala, a freshman at Ánimo Leadership Charter High School, who participated in our first Ánimo Voices Competition.

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‘The World’s Most Phenomenal Teacher’ by Tayana Felder

‘The World’s Most Phenomenal Teacher’ is a submission from Tayana Flder, a freshman at Ánimo South Los Angeles Charter High School, who participated in our first Ánimo Voices Competition.

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‘Untitled’ by Sierra Moore

‘Untitled’ is a poem by Sierra Moore, a freshman at Ánimo City of Champions Charter High School, who participated in our first Ánimo Voices Competition.

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‘Dear Steve’ by Gift Igben

‘Dear Steve’ is a submission by Gift Igben, a freshman at Ánimo City of Champions Charter High School, who participated in our first Ánimo Voices Competition.

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‘Banksy’ by Beatrice Caballero

‘Banksy’ is a submission by Beatrice Caballero, a freshman at Ánimo College Preparatory Academy, who participated in our first Ánimo Voices Competition.

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‘Adolescent Activist ‘ by Yesica Rosales

‘Adolescent Activist’ is a submission by Yesica Rosales, a senior at Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School, who participated in our first Ánimo Voices Competition.

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‘Children, Teens and Students’ by Ivonne Segura

‘Children, Teens and Students’ is a poem by Ivonne Segura, a senior at Ánimo Leadership Charter High School, who participated in our first Ánimo Voices Competition.

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‘Eagles Soaring’ by Sabrina Cruz

‘Eagles Soaring’ is a submission by Sabrina Cruz, a sophomore at Ánimo Inglewood Charter High School, who participated in our first Ánimo Voices Competition.

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Middle School Site Winners for the Ánimo Voices Writing and Art Competition

The following entries are the top two chosen from each middle school.

‘Untitled’ by Libni Rojas

‘Untitled’ is an essay by Libni Rojas, an eighth grader at Ánimo Ellen Ochoa Charter Middle School, who participated in our first Ánimo Voices Competition.

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‘Congresswoman: Maxine Waters’ by Lauren Kirkwood

‘Congresswoman: Maxine Waters’ is an essay by Lauren Kirkwood, an eighth grader at Ánimo Western Charter Middle School, who participated in our first Ánimo Voices Competition.

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‘Untitled’ by Esther Ikediuba

‘Untitled’ is a poem by Esther Ikediuba, an eighth grader at Ánimo Phillis Wheatley Charter Middle School, who participated in our first Ánimo Voices Competition.

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‘Untitled’ by Angela Chavez

‘Untitled’ is an essay by Angela Chavez, an eighth grader at Ánimo Ellen Ochoa Charter Middle School, who participated in our first Ánimo Voices Writing and Art Competition.

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‘The Best of Bill Gates’ by Adam Russell

‘The Best of Bill Gates’ is an essay by Adam Russelll, an eighth grader at Ánimo Westside Charter Middle School, who participated in our first Ánimo Voices Competition.

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‘My Personal Hero’ by Vanessa Cisneros

‘My Personal Hero’ is an essay by Vanessa Cisneros, a seventh grader at Ánimo James B. Taylor Charter Middle School, who participated in our first Ánimo Voices Competition.

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‘Untitled’ by Patrick Sandoval

‘Untitled’ is an essay by Patrick Sandoval, a seventh grader at Ánimo James B. Taylor Charter Middle School, who participated in our first Ánimo Voices Competition.

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‘Untitled’ by Jocelyn Urias

‘Untitled’ is an essay by Jocelyn Urias, a seventh grader at Ánimo Florence Firestone Charter Middle School, who participated in our first Ánimo Voices Competition.

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‘Hero’ by Evelyn Chavez

‘Hero’ is an essay by Evelyn Chavez, a seventh grader at Ánimo Florence Firestone Charter Middle School, who participated in our first Ánimo Voices Competition.

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‘Malala Yousafzai’ by Karen Hernandez

‘Malala Yousafzai ‘ is an essay by Karen Hernandez , a sixth grader at Ánimo Westside Charter Middle School, who participated in our first Ánimo Voices Competition.

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‘Emma Watson: The Girl Who Inspires All’ by Alize Benavidez

‘Emma Watson: The Girl Who Inspires All ‘ is a submission by Alize Benavidez, a sixth grader at Ánimo Jefferson Charter Middle School, who participated in our first Ánimo Voices Competition.

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‘Untitled’ by Ashley Luis

‘Untitled’ is a submission by Ashley Luis, a sophomore at Ánimo College Preparatory Academy, who participated in our first Ánimo Voices Competition.

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