Healthy Habits Contest

Corpus Christi “Healthy Habits” Essay Contest ceremony highlights

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This is a fun little highlight video with interviews and photos from the Corpus Christi “Healthy Habits” Essay Contest ceremony. Thanks again to all those who made the event such a success.

Watermill Express Names Winners of Annual “Healthy Habits” Writing Contest in Laredo

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Watermill Express Names Winners of Annual “Healthy Habits” Writing Contest in Laredo


Fourth Grade Contest Winners from Laredo Independent School District Awarded Computers for Essays Focused on Health and Wellness.

Dec 13, 2018 – Laredo, TX – Watermill Express announced the winners of its annual writing contest during ceremonies held at D.D. Hachar Elementary School in Laredo, TX. Ten 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.

“This is one of my favorite activities of the year and it was an honor attending this year’s ceremony in Laredo,” said Dolifka. “The children were amazing, and it was great meeting the teachers and parents. They are the true superheroes.”

Winners were selected from a district wide writing initiative sponsored by Watermill Express for all participating elementary schools from Laredo Independent School District.

The 2018 Laredo “Healthy Habits” writing contest winners are listed below:

Adriana
D.D. Hachar Elementary
“Fitness Flash”
America
D.D. Hachar Elementary
“Conscience Creator”
Dathan
Farias Elementary
Father
Gianluca
Daiches Elementary
“Mega H2O”
Jasmine
J.A. Kawas Elementary
“Jazzy Flash”
Karen
Don Jose Gallego Elementary
“Creative Carrot”
Kaylie
Santa Maria Elementary
“Milly Express”
Mia
C.M. Macdonell Elementary
“Super Green Gal”
Nataly
H. Ligarde Elementary
“Environmental Girl”
Sofia
C.L. Milton Elementary
“Mindy the Healthy Hero”

“Laredo ISD is extremely grateful for the opportunity that Watermill Express gave to our district in order to showcase our student writing”, said Jessica Orduna-Paredes, ELAR Dean for Laredo ISD. “This writing challenge allowed our students to use their creative thinking to tackle global issues of conservation and living a healthy life every day. Watermill Express’s generous prizes served as a perfect incentive for our students to continue their inquiry and research to become well-rounded global citizens. Thank you, Watermill Express!”

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.

Watermill Express Names Winners of Annual “Healthy Habits” Writing Contest in Corpus Christi

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Watermill Express Names Winners of Annual “Healthy Habits” Writing Contest in Corpus Christi


Fourth Grade Contest Winners from Corpus Christi Independent School District Awarded Computers for Essays Focused on Health and Wellness.

Nov 30, 2018 – Corpus Christi, TX – Watermill Express announced the winners of its annual writing contest during ceremonies held at Windsor Park Athena Elementary in Corpus Christi, TX. Ten 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.

“This is one of my favorite activities of the year because I won a similar contest when I was in fourth grade and it made a difference in my life,” said Dolifka. “Our writing contest has evolved into a community event and it’s great to see so many kids use this opportunity to learn, have fun, and be recognized for their hard work.”

Winners were selected from a district wide writing initiative sponsored by Watermill Express for all participating elementary schools from Corpus Christi Independent School District.

The 2018 Corpus Christi “Healthy Habits” writing contest winners are listed below:

Abbigail
Montclair Elementary
“Jude Ozone”
Amada
Windsor Park Elementary
“Marlia”
Anna
Windsor Park Elementary
“Captain Health”
Anshoul
Windsor Park Elementary
“Nature Man”
Arianna
Montclair Elementary
“Lucy Pollution”
Avery
Windsor Park Elementary
“Geogirl/ ASA- Catherine”
David
Windsor Park Elementary
“Captain Mark”
Emma
Kolda Elementary
“Time Buster”
Emmanuel
Montclair Elementary
“Dental Boy & Toothpaste Girl”
Roslyn
Berlanga Elementary
“Mary – Queen of the Ocean”

“The Watermill Express Healthy Habits Essay Contest provided our students with a dual opportunity for learning about health and wellness, as well as creatively exploring different types of thematic writing”, said Dr. Cynthia Hernandez, Coordinator of Reading Instruction and Library Media Services at Corpus Christi ISD. “We are not only appreciative of this educational opportunity provided by Watermill Express, but also extremely grateful for the generous donation made to our Corpus Christi ISD students! This experience has truly made a positive difference in the lives of our students.”

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.

2018 Essay Contest:

Calling all 4th grade IDEA public school students, Corpus Christi I.S.D students, Laredo I.S.D students!

Texas – Put your writing skills to the test in the Watermill Express 2018 Superhero Essay Contest! Enter to win a brand-new Chrome laptop computer with printer. Your essay could also win your classroom a pizza party!

To enter, submit an original essay in which you create a superhero to protect our minds, bodies and the environment from unhealthy activities. This is your superhero – you create his or her powers! Your superhero can even be you, your mom/dad, a teacher, or anyone important in your life who can help bring about positive change. Don’t forget to name your superhero and be creative!

Let’s get those pencils on paper and put your thinking caps on!

As you begin writing, here are some guidelines and components of the essay that must be included:

  • 300-600 words
  • Written in English
  • How will your superhero protect our minds, bodies, and the environment from unhealthy activity?
  • How will your superhero encourage education, exercising, eating a healthy diet, drinking plenty of water, and taking care of the environment?
  • How will your superhero reduce the world’s plastic water bottle waste? Do some research and give some facts.
  • What superpower will you give your superhero to make the world a better place to live?

Here are some helpful websites for your research:

This contest is exclusively for fourth-grade students from IDEA Public Schools in the Rio Grande Valley, Corpus Christi Independent School District, and Laredo Independent School District. Each submitted essay must be conceived by the entrant and be the sole and original work of that entrant (a teacher, parent or legal guardian can explain the entry rules). Judging criteria includes, but is not limited to, content, grammar, punctuation and originality. Essay winners will receive one (1) Chrome laptop (approximately a $200 retail value) and one (1) printer (approximately a $60 retail value). Classroom pizza party will be awarded as a gift card in the amount of $50 for the primary classroom of winner. Contest prizes are gifts to winners from Watermill Express, LLC. No obligation applies. See www.watermillexpress.com for complete contest details

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Healthy Habits Writing Contest Highlighted by Donna ISD News

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Ten fourth graders from the Donna Independent School District were recognized during a special ceremony recently by Watermill Express and H-E-B.

The children competed in the annual Health Habits Writing Contest and received a laptop and a printer as prizes for their outstanding essay submissions. Their teachers and parents were also rewarded with $100 H-E-B gift cards.

Click here to read the full article on the Donna ISD News website.

Watermill Express & H-E-B Name Winners of 12th Annual “Health Habits” Writing Contest in Rio Grande Valley

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12th Annual Healthy Habits Contest
Fourth Grade Contest Winners from Twenty Six Area Schools Awarded Laptops and Wireless Printers for Essays Focused on Health and Wellness

MCALLEN, Texas – Watermill Express, the nation’s largest drive-up pure drinking water and ice company, announced today the 20 winners of its annual writing contest during ceremonies held at Sam Houston Elementary and Julian S Adame Elementary in the Rio Grande Valley. Fourth grade winners from Donna ISD and Weslaco ISD each received a laptop accompanied by a printer as prizes for their essay submissions. Both teachers and parents of the fourth grade students also received $100 H-E-B gift cards.

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 taking care of the environment. Over 1,000 essays were submitted and read by a panel of judges including Lani Dolifka, Co-Founder, President/CEO of Watermill Express.

“This is one of my favorite activities of the year because I won a similar contest when I was in 4th grade and it made a difference in my life,” said Dolifka. “Our writing contest has evolved into a community event and it’s great to see so many kids use this opportunity to learn, have fun, and be recognized for their hard work.”

Award winners were selected from a total of 26 participating elementary schools from Donna and Weslaco Independent School Districts. School Superintendents, administrators, State representatives, H-E-B’s Border Region staff, students and families were in attendance at school ceremonies held in Donna and Weslaco, TX.

The 2017 “Healthy Habits” writing contest winners are listed below:

  • Camila Garza – A.M. Ochoa Elementary School
  • Celina Dominguez – Rudy Silva Elementary
  • Clyde de los Santos – C. Stainke Elementary School
  • Isabella Pedraza – C. Stainke Elementary School
  • JoAnna Juanita Martinez – C. Stainke Elementary School
  • Juan Alvarez – A.M. Ochoa Elementary School
  • Juan G. Dominguez – A.N. Rico Elementary
  • Kaeden Rivas – Dr. R.E. Margo Elementary
  • Larissa N. Rodriguez – Rudy Silva Elementary
  • Lauren de la Garza – J.S. Adame Elementary
  • Leah G. Diaz – C. Stainke Elementary School
  • Ludwika V. Gonzalez – F.D. Roosevelt Elementary
  • Maribel Quezada – Sam Houston Elementary
  • Mario Torres – Airport Drive Elementary
  • Marleen Montemayor – Airport Drive Elementary
  • Mia Avila – C. Stainke Elementary School
  • Nahomy Ibarra – Mario Ybarra Elementary
  • Naissa Ramirez – B.G. Guzman Elementary
  • Norma J. Espericueta – A.M. Ochoa Elementary School
  • Sophia Fuentes – Cleckler-Heald Elementary

“We are beyond proud to be in partnership with Watermill Express”, said Linda Tovar,
H-E-B Senior Manager of Public Affairs Border Region. “Together H-E-B and Watermill Express have worked alongside with local communities to advocate for education, health and a safe environment. The Watermill Express/H-E-B Writing Contest is a prime example which brings a positive message to our children, engaging them in the importance of literacy and healthy habits!”

The first Watermill Express writing contest was held in 2005 and has since awarded more than $77,000 in prizes and has logged more than 11,000 participating students. Its popularity among schools and families in the community has made it an annual event that many fourth graders hope to participate in.

“We are ecstatic that Watermill Express/H-E-B provided our students yet another opportunity to engage in authentic writing for real audiences”, said Dr. Priscilla
Canales, Superintendent of schools for Weslaco ISD. “The support and commitment of both to education and Weslaco ISD’s literacy initiative is greatly appreciated.”

About Watermill Express

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