Ánimo Voices

Writing & Art Competition 2022

About the Competition

The Ánimo Voices 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. To celebrate Ánimo Voices’ fifth year anniversary, students were invited to respond to the open prompt: “I’ve Got Something to Say.”

For the first time, we were able to expand our competition to include a Spoken Word Competition in addition to the Writing Competition and the Art Competition. All three branches of the Animo 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 a closed, in-person Ánimo Voices celebration event on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. 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. 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.

2022 Ánimo Voices Winners

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

First Place

Writing: ‘Perspectives’ by Kymberly Lezama

Read the piece that won first place from all of our California middle schools by Kymberly Lezama, a student at Ánimo Florence Firestone Charter Middle School.

Writing: ‘Mi Papa’ by Eswin Garrido Diaz

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

Art: ‘Corrupt Influence’ by Wendy Cornejo

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

Spoken Word: ‘Untitled’ by Briseis Perez

Read the spoken word piece that won first place from all of our California high schools by Briseis Perez, a student at Ánimo Westside Charter Middle School.

Second Place

Writing: ‘I’m From’ by Peter Andara-Jacquez

Read the piece that won second place from all of our California middle schools by Peter Andara-Jacquez, a student at Ánimo Legacy Charter Middle School.

Writing: ‘The People of Our Countries’ by Emily Rodriguez-Ibanez

Read the piece that won second place from all of our California high schools by Emily Rodriguez-Ibanez, a student at Ánimo Pat Brown Charter High School.

Art: ‘A Safe Trip Home’ by Natalie Duron

View the art that won second place from all of our California schools by Natalie Duron, a student at Animo Ralph Bunche Charter High School

Spoken Word: ‘Dear Little Girl’ by Myla Jones

Read the spoken word piece that won second place from all of our California high schools by Myla Jones, a student at Ánimo South Los Angeles Charter High School.

Third Place

Writing: ‘Human’ by Oliver Ramirez

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

Writing: ‘Journey to the Mainland’ by Tatiana Williams

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

Art: ‘The Healing Process’ by Alexandra Aguilar

View the art that won third place from all of our California schools by Alexandra Aguilar, a student at Animo Jackie Robinson Charter High School

Spoken Word: ‘See Me Mom’ by Mabrissa Zuniga

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

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