Guppy Tank Business Contest

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2019 Guppy Tank Winners Announced!

This year's participants were enthusiastic and presented amazing ideas to help reduce the amount of plastic in our world. Plastic does not biodegrade; it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces which causes problems for humans, wildlife, groundwater, the environment, and even effects our food chain.Winners have been named in the fourth annual Guppy Tank Contest, a competition where students from the Rio Grande Valley present their entrepreneurial ideas to a panel of expert judges. In addition to helping finalists fund their business ideas with cash prizes, Watermill Express donated $2500 to Make-A-Wish Foundation Rio Grande Valley.

This year’s contest challenged students to develop an idea that addresses plastic pollution in some manner. According to Forbes, humans buy a million plastic bottles per minute, yet only 23% is recycled.

Bracket 1: 4th -8th grade

  • 1st Place: Karina Torres, Jasmine Hernandez, Lynette Pina – Irene Garcia Middle School/La Joya ISD
    • Concept: The Plastic Annihilator
  • 2nd Place: Larissa Rodriguez – Silva Elementary School
    • Concept: The Recycle Rewarder
  • 3rd Place: Gabriela Galindo – Home School
    • Concept: Save Our Seas Eco Bags

Coming up with a solution to reduce plastic pollution is a worthy endeavor, and going through this process really made my kids think about the problems that come from plastic pollution.Bracket 2: 9th-12th Grade

  • 1st Place: Gisell Bustos & Cynthia Barrera – PSJA South West Early College High School
    • Concept: Elemist
  • 2nd Place: Joaquin Galindo – Home School
    • Concept: ecoDrone Systems
  • 3rd Place: Faith Cruz – PSJA – TSTEM High School
    • Concept: Eliminate Your Water Bottle

2019 Guppy Tank Winners

Make A Wish

Social impact

The $2500 donation to Make-A-Wish Rio Grande Valley will go toward granting a wish for a child in the Rio Grande Valley. The Make-A-Wish foundation grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

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