El Paso student wins Take Care of Texas video contest


A Pebble Hills High School student is the winner of this year’s Take Care of Texas video contest.

As KTSM previously reported, senior Dominique Barraza was among six state finalists in the competition, and the only one from El Paso.

Her 30-second video submission tells the story of a superhero named “Eco-Boy”, who helps keep the earth clean.

“I am really grateful for this experience and I’m hoping that everyone will see the importance of taking care of the environment,” Barraza said. “It’s good to know that my video will motivate young kids and young adults to help the environment and lead by example.”

According to a news release, the video received 413 views and was voted as the best by the public, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality commissioners, and representatives from Waste Management of Texas, Inc. 

“Dominique has the eye for what professional video quality looks like,” said Benjamin Munguia, Pebble Hills High School audio/video production teacher. “She has the ability to take what she sees in her mind and actually go out and do it.”

Socorro ISD officials say Barraza received a $2,500 scholarship that she will use at UTEP, where she plans to pursue a career in multimedia digital production.

“If there is something I learned about this experience it is to think outside of the box,” she said. “There are many different ways to earn scholarships if you want to continue studying. You can make videos, draw, dance, solve math problems…there are opportunities out there for everyone.”

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