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Adam J. Holland

The interpretations of three La Porte ISD fifth-grade students garnered honors in the 2022 Respect Contest, an annual project of the Arnold & Itkin Foundation. 


Marianne Martinez won top honors in the contest; Alexia Munoz grabbed second place; Edgar Lopez took third. Munoz and Lopez are Bayshore Elementary School students; Martinez attends Heritage Elementary School. 

Contestants are required to define the word respect in two or fewer sentences, and draw a picture to complement their explanation. The foundation, which is an outreach of the Houston-based law firm Arnold & Itkin, reviews every entry. The winners receive a donation to their school, a contribution to the charity of their choice, and a cash prize for themselves. 

For their charities, Martinez chose the World Wildlife Fund; Munoz chose St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; Lopez chose Feeding America.  

“What we have learned is it is not us who are teaching the children about respect, there is actually so much we can learn from the kids about respect,” said Jason Itkin, founder of Arnold & Itkin. “Just reading their stories and seeing their stories is inspiring … It’s something that we can all learn from.”