Best of Country 2017 - USA Team Sacred Heart Catholic School (Hallettsville, TX) 
 I nstructor: Alyson Klimitchek
On behalf of the Rio Grande International Study Center (RGISC), we wish to wholeheartedly thank you for your participation in this 8th Annual Rio Research Roundup held on October 11, 2017.

The Roundup is a bi national , basin-wide, water testing project in which 1,500-2,000 students leave their classrooms and descend upon the river banks and creeks to do water testing for eight water quality parameters. Students are expected to immerse themselves into the environment and transpose their riverine experience into their required assignments to include: essays, literary or visual art pieces, short videos which capture a snapshot of their experience, and a newly added public service announcement to raise awareness of watershed issues.

The Roundup involves schools from the United States and Mexico located within the boundaries of the Rio Grande watershed. For 2017, we had over 60 actively participating teams from the eight states that share the basin, from the headwaters in Colorado to the mouth of the river in Brownsville-Matamoros.
Nonetheless, the teams' successes would not be possible if it were not for the dedication and commitment of the Roundup leaders/teachers. And so, we take this moment to say thank you for rising up to the river's calling and once again going beyond expectations. We commend teachers, staff, members of the community, community leaders, students, and all who took an active role in getting these students to their pertinent watersheds. Even though some teams and their communities suffered set backs either because of a natural disaster or local violence, team leaders found a way to make their way to the watersheds. Again, thank you!

We urge more schools on both sides of the border to participate. This year for the first time ever in Rio Research Roundup history, our RGISC board generously provided monetary incentives for the Best of Country, Best Lead Teacher, and for each of the best teams by category.  

Also, we must keep in mind that our precious Rio Grande-Rio Bravo continues to rank as one of the top 10 most endangered rivers in the world. The Roundup is an excellent tool for students to experience the beauty and threats our watersheds face. We thank you for raising awareness and allowing for future generations to take a vital part in caring for our river.
  Tricia Cortez                                                                                          Lucia Juarez
  Executive Director                                                                                 Project Coordinator

Mejor del Pais 2017 - Equipo Mexico CBTIS - (Ciudad Juarez, CHIH.)  Instructora: Lilia Veronica Porras Salazar


Essays - MX  
Gisela de Hoyos
News Anchor Televisa
Essays - US
Tagi Sagafi-Nejad 
Professor Emeritus, Loyola University Maryland and RGISC Board Member.
Lisa Harrison
Trull Foundation Executive Director and avid environmentalist.
Visual Art
Sandra Gonzalez
Muralist, artist, and art school teacher.

Ing. Gustavo Pantoja 
President of the Center of International Studies of the Rio Bravo.

1.5 Minute Videos   
George Beckelhymer 
Business owner, former Laredo ISD school board president, and UT-Austin graduate with a Bachelor's degree in film 

We hope that you enjoy the following photo and video
 submissions from some of our teams. 

St. Augustine High School
1.5 Minute Video

Hallettsville Sacred Catholic School
1.5 Minute Video

1.5 Minute Video

Urbano Riojas Rendon
1.5 Minute Video

Art Category
Sacred Heart Catholic School

Art Category
Mountain Valley High School

Art Category 
Hot Springs High School
Art Category
Lamar Institute 

Alamosa High School:  Alamosa, Colorado

Christen Middle School: Laredo, Texas

 Alexander High School: Laredo, Texas

Centro de Bachillerato Tecnologico Industrial y de Servicios 234: Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas

St. Augustine High School and Border Patrol: Laredo - Nuevo Laredo

Centro de Bachillerato Tecnologico Industrial y de Servicios (CBTIS) No. 276: Reynosa, Tamaulipas

Lamar Middle School: Laredo, Texas

CBTIS 234 and Azteca Media: Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas

Bosque School: Albuquerque, New Mexico

U.T. Nuevo Laredo: Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas

Blaschke-Sheldon Science and Spanish Club: Ingleside, Texas

La Provincia Scouts de Mexico: Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas

Centro de Bachillerato Tecnologico Industrial y de Servicios No. 128 : Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua

CETIS 87: Delicias, Chihuahua

Special Thanks

A special thanks to Ingeniero Agustin Boone, Ingeniero Alfredo Zertuche, and Ingeniero Gustavo Pantoja and the staff at Conferencia Internacional de las Americas (CILA) for helping us coordinate the Rio Research Roundup in Mexico. 

We are also very thankful to Ms. Jessica Bane from El Paso Water for helping us get the El Paso schools out onto the watershed on October 11, 2017. 

Eight years and running....
We would like to recognize the following schools for their participation in the Roundup the past eight consecutive years. 

Eight Years and Counting
Colorado Alamosa Alamosa High School
New Mexico
Albuquerque Bosque School
New Mexico Truth or Consequence Hot Springs High School
Texas  Laredo St. Augustine High School
Tamaulipas Nuevo Laredo CBTIS No. 234

Lastly, we would not be able to carry out this unique and extraordinary student project without the support of the Trull Foundation - its visionary director Lisa Harrison and Board of Directors. THANK YOU! 


Rio Grande International Study Center
1 West End Washington St., Bldg. P-11
Laredo, TX  78040
(956) 718-1063