what's your big idea

Posted in , on May 15, 2020

Arlington ISD Students Win Big With Big Ideas

Nearly 1,400 Arlington ISD students were celebrated virtually Friday afternoon for coming up with a big idea for the annual What’s Your Big Idea? Entrepreneurship Contest.

These third-through-eighth graders were honored by the Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce and the Partners In Education Committee for demonstrating the best entrepreneurial spirit through their big idea.

From the 1,400 finalists who represented 38 of Arlington ISD’s 54 elementary campuses and eight of 10 junior high campuses, 30 overall winners were chosen and recognized. First-, second- and third-place winners for grades 3-8 were announced for the essay contest, while first-, second- and third-place winners for grades 3-6 were announced for the art contest. The top winners are listed below.

“I am inspired by the ingenuity and creativity shown by our students every year in the What’s Your Big Idea? Entrepreneurship Contest, and this year is no different,” Arlington ISD Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos said. “Thank you to the Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce and other community partners who continue to engage and inspire our students to come up with the next big idea.”

Students are normally celebrated at the University of Texas at Arlington’s College Park Center but the ceremony was changed to a virtual one due to closures and social distancing guidelines because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

That didn’t mean the students were celebrated any less. During the virtual ceremony, congratulatory remarks were given by radio-TV personality and Arlington ISD alum Rock-T, Cavazos, Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams, President and CEO of the Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce Michael Jacobson, and Arlington ISD principals.

“Entrepreneurship is what separates a good city from a GREAT city. We are so lucky and proud to recognize Arlington as a GREAT city! We have created the best and largest curriculum-based entrepreneurship contest in the country through our community partnerships,” Jacobson said. “It’s inspiring to see the future of our city through the ideas of our AISD students. Each contest finalist has the potential to play an integral part in the growth and success of Arlington and the great state of Texas.”

Watch the Virtual What’s Your Big Idea? Entrepreneurship Contest Awards Ceremony here:

 

2020 What’s Your Big Idea? Entrepreneurship Contest Top Winners:

Student Name

School

Grade         

Category         

Place

Teacher

Ricky H.

Anderson Elementary

3

Art

1st

Mr. William Velazques

Maite C.

Berry Elementary

3

Art

2nd

Miss Amy Murphey

Jorge G.

Miller Elementary

3

Art

3rd

Mrs. Michele Walden

Jenna K.

Moore Elementary

3

Essay

1st

Mrs. Amanda Vu

James K.

Key Elementary

3

Essay

2nd

Mrs. Dee Richardson

Cherry D.

West Elementary

3

Essay

3rd

Mrs. Crystal Simnacher

Anahi M.

Berry Elementary

4

Art

1st

Ms. Michelle Weirman

Peter T.

Beckham Elementary

4

Art

2nd

Mrs. Mary Ann Hoelscher

Sarahi M.

Berry Elementary

4

Art

3rd

Ms. Michelle Weirman

Alexis A.

Ashworth Elementary

4

Essay

1st

Mrs. Canessa Acosta

Evelin R.

Short Elementary

4

Essay

2nd

Mrs. Lacey Hey

Abigail Y.

Jones Academy

4

Essay

3rd

Mrs. Natasha Hooker

Devin S.

Ditto Elementary

5

Art

1st

Ms. Marcie Freland

Eric A.

Remynse Elementary

5

Art

2nd

Mr. Patrick Cannon

Heavon P.

Ditto Elementary

5

Art

3rd

Mrs. Esther Bray

Caleb E.

Little Elementary

5

Essay

1st

Mrs. Lindsey Bautovich

Joseph B.

Butler Elementary

5

Essay

2nd

Mrs. Sara Meredith

Gracie M.

Wood Elementary

5

Essay

3rd

Mrs. Cara Bellah

Emma  W.

Moore Elementary

6

Art

1st

Mrs. Amanda Vu & Mrs. Tara York

Savannah B.

Moore Elementary

6

Art

2nd

Mrs. Amanda Vu & Mrs. Tara York

Nitselle E.

Ditto Elementary

6

Art

3rd

Ms. Stacey Crawford

Grayden B.

Little Elementary

6

Essay

1st

Mrs. Camille Treadaway

Chasity M.

Morton Elementary

6

Essay

2nd

Ms. Jean Parsons

Payton H.

Butler Elementary

6

Essay

3rd

Mrs. Natalie Ash

Violet S.

Bailey Junior High

7

Essay

1st

Ms. Bailey Haugaard

Chloe T.

Bailey Junior High

7

Essay

2nd

Ms. Angie Dennehy

Rene H.

Ousley Junior High

7

Essay

3rd

Ms. Randa Harris

Halle N.

Young Junior High

8

Essay

1st

Miss Carol Vu

Ryan O.

Bailey Junior High

8

Essay

2nd

Mrs. Carol Whitehead

Christopher G.

Young Junior High

8

Essay

3rd

Miss Carol Vu

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