Ánimo Voices

Writing & Art Competition 2021

About the Competition

The Ánimo Voices Writing and Art Competition has become an annual tradition to motivate, recognize, and celebrate Green Dot's strong student voices with exciting prizes, publication, and scholarships. This year’s prompt invited our students to express the reality of the challenges they or others face and/or how they or others find hope through difficult times. 

Every school in our network was invited to select their top two student entries for the first round of prizes. A panel of judges including teachers, literacy specialists, home office volunteers and Green Dot Ambassadors, reviewed the top entries for each school and selected the winners for the first, second, and third place prizes.

All school site winners and Green Dot finalists will be honored at a virtual Ánimo Voices celebration event on May 20, 2021 and prizes will be sent to their homes during this time of school closures. Their work will also be compiled in a paperback publication and all participants will receive multiple copies. The prizes, scholarships, and publication were made possible through the vision and generosity of three Green Dot Ambassadors: Dan, Amanda, and Linda Keston, together with Rob and Jane Ettinger. We are grateful for their continuing dedication to writing and creative expression at Green Dot schools.

This year’s student entries reflect their incredible resilience and the range of experience and assets they draw from when facing significant and complex challenges, particularly during a year in which we grappled with both the pandemic and the continuous epidemic of racially motivated violence. We also celebrate their teachers who encourage students to develop their unique voices, write authentically for an audience and purpose, and foster their development along the way.

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2021 Ánimo Voices Winners

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

First Place

Writing: ‘Ringtone’ by Akira Alamin

Read the piece that won first place from all of our California middle schools by Akira Alamin, a student at Ánimo Westside Charter Middle School.

Writing: ‘No Soy de Aquí, Ni Soy de Allá’ by Tommy Ayala

Read the piece that tied first place from all of our California high schools by Tommy Ayala, a student at Ánimo Leadership Charter High School.

Writing: ‘Mother.’ by Keiry Valle

Read the piece that tied first place from all of our California high schools by Keiry Valle, a student at Alain LeRoy Locke College Preparatory Academy.

Art: ‘The Library of Life’ by Andy Alcazar

View the art that won first place from all of our California schools by Andy Alcazar, a student at Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School.

Second Place

Writing: ‘Advice for Online School’ by Samantha Rodriguez

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

Art: ‘Release’ by Marylou Flores

View the art that won second place from all of our California schools by Marylou Flores, a student at Ánimo Inglewood Charter High School.

Third Place

Writing: ‘Empty Hope’ by Joshua Camacho

Read the piece that won third place from all of our California middle schools by Joshua Camacho, a student at Ánimo Florence-Firestone Charter Middle School.

Writing: ‘The Sirens’ by Britney Muñoz-Arriaza

Read the piece that won third place from all of our California high schools by Britney Muñoz-Arriaza, a student at Ánimo South Los Angeles Charter High School.

Art: ‘We Are Our Own Superhero’ by Wendy Cornejo

View the art that won third place from all of our California schools by Wendy Cornejo, a student at Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School.

School Site Winners for the Ánimo Voices Writing and Art Competition

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