Watermill Express Names Winners of Annual “Healthy Habits” Writing Contest in Rio Grande Valley

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Watermill Express Names Winners of Annual “Healthy Habits” Writing Contest in the Rio Grande Valley

RGV Highlights

Dec 21, 2018 – McAllen, TX – Watermill Express announced the winners of its annual writing contest during ceremonies held at select IDEA Public Schools throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Twenty fourth grade winners each received a laptop and printer as prizes for their essay submissions.

This year’s “Superhero” theme challenged children to create a superhero to protect their minds, bodies, and the environment from unhealthy activity by encouraging education, exercising, eating a healthy diet, and protecting the environment. Hundreds of essays were submitted and read by a panel of judges, including Lani Dolifka, Co-Founder, President, and CEO of Watermill Express.

“I’m so proud of all the children that participated in this year’s contest,” said Dolifka. “Their ideas to make the world a better place are inspirational. This is a great event that brings the community together to support our youth and promote excellence. I also want to recognize the amazing teachers and parents who are the real everyday superheroes.”

Winners were selected through a writing initiative sponsored by Watermill Express for all participating IDEA Public Schools in the Rio Grande Valley.

The 2018 Rio Grande Valley “Healthy Habits” writing contest winners are listed below:

IDEA Riverview
“Super Pac Dog”
IDEA Brownsville
“Captain Cathode”
IDEA San Benito
Her mother
IDEA Edinburg
“Team Eagles”
IDEA McAllen
“Secret Agent Resource Girl”
IDEA Brownsville
“Super Brianna”
IDEA North Mission
“Helping Woman”
IDEA San Benito
“Isla Waters”
IDEA Riverview
His dad
IDEA Mission
“Professor Healthy”
IDEA Quest
“Earth Boy”
IDEA Weslaco Pike
“Super Mom”
IDEA Weslaco Pike
“The Real Wonder Woman”
IDEA Riverview
IDEA Donna
“Drug Free Girl”
IDEA Brownsville
“Super Mami”
IDEA San Juan
“Environment Wizard”
IDEA Weslaco
“Anti Pollution Guy”
IDEA Donna
“Helpful Person”
IDEA Alamo

“This year, we have been focusing on helping our students become strong writers in every genre and grow their love for writing,” said Nais Ulloa, ELA Elementary Curriculum Manager for IDEA Public Schools in the Rio Grande Valley. “They had a blast writing about their ‘Healthy Habit’ superheroes! This contest also helped them see just how powerful words on paper can be. It proved that there is an even bigger audience outside of their IDEA team and family. The students enjoyed letting their imagination take over with these stories.”

The first Watermill Express writing contest was held in 2005 in the Rio Grande Valley and has since awarded more than $90,000 in prizes and has logged more than 18,000 participating students.