During Red Ribbon Week in October, Charlotte ISD held a Red Ribbon Week Poster and Essay contest for their secondary student body. Members of the community were asked to judge and the results are as follows:
Middle School Poster Winners
1st – Natalie Ramos
2nd – Julian Lopez
3rd – Aaliyah Quiroga
Honorable Mention – Alejandra Jimenez, Iliana Romo, Glori Villalobos, Alicia Garcia, Shyann Roberson,
Daniella Arevalo and Madison Latimer
High School Poster Winners
1st – Nicole Bosquez
2nd – Esmeralda Morales
3rd – Ilissa Romo
Honorable Mention – Breana Ozuna
Grand Prize Poster Winner – Natalie Ramos
Middle School Essay Winners
1st – Javan Gomez
2nd -Anastasia Prebicin
3rd – Tessa Jimenez
4th – Yelena Gutierez- Gonzalez
High School Essay Winners
1st – Gabriel Bermea
2nd – Ilissa Romo
3rd – Isaiah Schmidt
4th – John Salazar
Grand Prize Essay Winner – Javan Gomez
Grand Prize Winners received a $75 gift card and a goodie bag. First through third place winners received a goodie bag. All participants were treated to hot cocoa and cookies.
You can read the Overall/ Middle School winner and High School winner essays below.
Javan Gomez – Middle School 1st Place and Overall Winner
Hey I want you to stop for second right now and think…what has been the most problem in any school. Bullying right. For those of you that don’t know what bullying is, it is someone that picks on or makes fun of one another. People think, it’s just a joke, we’re just playing with them. No! It’s not a joke. People have been taking their lives due to bullying. Many don’t understand it’s sad people taking their own lives due to people that pick on them, make fun of them, push them to their limits to where they can’t take it anymore and just end it all. Families are hurt, friends are hurt, other are affected. God had put us on this world for us, yourself to enjoy not for others to just come and destroy it for you. There are many ways people that have taken their lives due to bullying. A kid named Joe Rudy, a family member of mine, and my long time friend back in Kansas. I don’t understand what it is why people bully others. We should all love, show affection to others, be there for one another, look out for all people. If I had the choice, a chance, opportunity to sit down with any school district near me and give a talk with them, I would. I’d do it in a heartbeat. Truly there has been nothing other than someone taking their own life from bullying. I love my teachers at my school. They push every student to not bully, respect others, help other in need. This goes for world wide. STOP BULLYING. In the mind of a person getting bullied, “Maybe the pain will just last for today. Hopefully they will stop.” “This pain is too much, maybe I shouldn’t be here. I’m just here to get bullied. I’ll just end it to take the pain away.” It’s not just bullying verbally but on the media over Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook. It happens everywhere. Your school can be the next not zone for bullying. Try to stop bullying best you can. “Those who judge will never understand and those who understand will never judge.” “Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right.” For those of you out there being bullied, I have five things to tell you: Be Strong, Be Kind, Be Bold, Be Humble and Be Proud. Don’t put yourself down people out there, stay strong, fight hard, someone will come to your aide. Always remember you’re loved, you’re amazing, you can do anything and stay safe and let’s put a stop to these bullies.
Gabriel Bermea – High School 1st Place Winner
Ways to stop bullying and drugs
School bullying and drugs are two of the worst things to do so in school. For example, if someone gets bullied often in school he or she might bring a gun to the school or might commit suicide. They might also take drugs to ease the pain or to just kill theirselves which is why all of this must stop and I have solution to all of these problems. For instance, the school could have more officers to roam around the school to see if anyone is being bullied, and if anyone is being bullied the officers will tell the bully to stop bullying the students. The school could also have more “Stop Bullying” rallies to convince students to stop bullying. Lastly, the school could and should hire more counselors to ask the bullied students who is bullying them, and once the counselor gets the bully or bullies names he or she will tell the principal their names and then the principal will tell the bullies or bully to stop. But if there’s something worse than bullying, it’s taking drugs. Drugs are addictive and are dangerous for students. They can cause heart disease, lung disease, and can even cause death. Believe me, I know. My greatgrandfather smoked a lot of tobacco and because of that he died which is something I don’t want to happen to anybody, especially students. In order to stop students taking drugs, the school must have cops bring dogs into classrooms more often to see if anyone has drugs. The school could also have kids take drug tests more often to see if anyone has drugs in their system. Also, the school should have more “No more drugs” rallies to convince students to stop and don’t take drugs, and if students are taking drugs they should consult with their counselor and take drug therapy sessions. By doing all of this we can stop school shootings, students committing suicide, and students taking drugs, and lastly the school should involve parents into this by having conferences about their children’s involvement in bullying and drugs. In conclusion, we will inspire students to be better people and improve themselves in the future.