Ánimo Voices

WRITING, ART, & SPOKEN WORD COMPETITION 2024

About the Competition

The Ánimo Voices Student Writing and Art Competition was first launched during the 2017-18 academic year and, since then, has become an annual tradition to motivate, recognize, and celebrate Green Dot's strong student voices with exciting prizes, publication, and scholarships. For the 2023-24 academic year, we invited students to respond to the open prompt: “Identity.”

This is the third year that our competition has included a Spoken Word Competition in addition to the Writing and Art competitions. All three branches of the Ánimo Voices Competition focused on the same open-ended prompt.

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 finalists and Green Dot winners will be honored at the main branch of the Los Angeles Public Library in Downtown Los Angeles for an Ánimo Voices celebration event on Thursday, May 16, 2024. Their work will also be compiled in a paperback publication and all finalists 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. Last year Green Dot Ambassador Caroline Kelly joined our donor support team and this year the Mary and Kathleen Harriman Foundation and Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation joined in. We are grateful for their continuing dedication to writing and creative expression at Green Dot schools.

This year’s entries reflect the wide array of our students’ experiences, passions, and aspirations. We also celebrate their teachers who encourage students to develop their unique voices to express themselves authentically for an audience and purpose, as well as foster their development along the way.

2024 Ánimo Voices Winners

Identity is a multi-faceted and deeply personal concept that shapes who we are as individuals and how we perceive ourselves in the world. For this year’s Animo Voices, we invite you to explore the theme of identity in all its complexity, diversity, and fluidity.

 

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

First Place

Picture of the winner Isabel Lopez

Writing: ‘I Am This, Yet So Much More’ by Isabel Lopez

Read the piece that won first place from all of our California Middle schools by Isabel Lopez, a student at Ánimo Jefferson Charter Middle School.

First Place High School Winner of Writing Competition

Writing: ‘¿Y dónde están tus botas?’ by JAREK ORTA

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

Winnter of Art Competition First Place

Art: ‘Port Una Mejor Vida (For A Better Life)’ by Leonel Jaimez

See the piece that won first place from all of our California high schools by Leonel Jaimez, a student at Ánimo Leadership Charter High School.

1st place spoken words Kimberly Silva Tecum

Spoken word: ‘I Have Myself’ by Kimberly Silva Tecum

Read the spoken word that won first place from all of our California high schools by Kimberly Silva Tecum, a student at Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School.

Second Place

Second place winner Middle School

Writing: ‘Romantic Secret’ by Jayden Lemus

Read the piece that won second place from all of our California middle schools by Jayden Lemus, a student at Ánimo Florence-Firestone Charter Middle School

2nd Place winner for writing Competition - High School

Writing: ‘Wandering Girl’ by Bianca Franco

Read the piece that won second place from all of our California high schools by Bianca Franco, a student at Ánimo Leadership Charter High School.

Second Place Winner Animo Art Competition

Art: ‘I Am My Cathedral’ by Jessica Miguel Mateo

See the art piece that won second place from all of our California high schools by Jessica Miguel Mateo, a student at Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School.

Spoken word: “I’m Tired of Being the Tail ” by Jay’Onna Moore

Read the spoken word that won second place from all of our California high schools by Jay’Onna Moore, a student at Ánimo Jefferson Charter Middle School.

Third Place

Writing: ‘Mi Lindo Veracruz’ by Guadalupe Cauich

Read the piece that won third place from all of our California middle schools by Guadalupe Cauich, a student at Ánimo James B. Taylor Charter Middle School.

Writing: ‘Letter to my Mother’ by Brianna Castillo

Read the piece that won third place from all of our California high schools by Brianna Castillo, a student at Ánimo Watts Charter High School.

Art: ‘Shattered Heritage’ by Eileen Garcia

See the art piece that won third place from all of our California high schools by Eileen Garcia, a student at Ánimo Ánimo South Los Angeles.

3rd place winner for art competition

Art: ‘Our Shared Horizon’ by Karol and Koral Macias

See the art piece that won third place from all of our California high schools by Karol and Koral Macias, students at Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School.

Spoken word: ‘Age is What Makes You’ by Ana Canales Ruiz

Read the spoken word that won third place from all of our California high schools by Ana Canales Ruiz, a student at Ánimo South Los Angeles Charter high school.

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