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4th grader wins writing competition

Gilbert Elementary School fourth grader Luz Sanchez is celebrating her first place finish in Karate Kids of America’s “Just Say NO!” letter writing contest. Fourth and fifth grade students from across San Antonio were asked to write a letter to a friend persuading them to “Just Say No” to drugs, alcohol, and gangs.


Winners from Harlandale ISD included:

       •   1st Place

              o   Luz Sanchez, Gilbert ES, 4th grade

       •   3rd Place

              o   Francisco Hernandez III, Stonewall Flanders ES, 4th grade

       •   Honorable Mentions

              o   Efrain Martinez, Vestal ES, 4th grade

              o   Caleb Lara, Carroll Bell ES, 5th grade

              o   Angeline Guzman, Wright ES, 5th grade

              o   Myra Salina, Bellaire ES, 5th grade

              o   Ofelia Marie Suarez-Barajas, Collier ES, 5th grade


Winners will have the opportunity to visit with Governor Rick Perry, Mayor Julian Castro, and Judge Nelson Wolff over the next two months. They will also receive prizes like an X-box 360 Kinect System, Nintendo 3DS-Cosmo game system, and $50 gift card.