America Recycles Day (ARD) is a national event (November 15th)
that promotes recycling, source reduction and buying products made from
recycled materials as objectives to a more sustainable society. In
celebration of ARD, MDE has created the “Rethink Recycling” sculpture
contest and judging ceremony to display students’ creativity and promote
sculpture contest and judging ceremony is a great opportunity for
celebrating efforts of the student artists, for media exposure and for
promoting waste prevention to the general public. The
sculpture contest challenges students to innovatively and artistically
use recycled materials as a solution to waste reduction. If you would
like more information about ARD, visit the America Recycles Day's web page.
(Nov. 24, 2020) — Two students from Linganore High School in Frederick —
Peyton Johnson and Tatum Hart— were online voters’ choices to win this
year’s virtual “Rethink Recycling” student art show. Rethink Recycling
challenges Maryland high school students to use recycled materials to
create artistic and innovative sculptures.
annual competition, which is normally held in person with judges at
Montgomery Park Auditorium in Baltimore City, was conducted online this
year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Student artists around the state
took photographs of the art they assembled from various recycled
components and submitted them online to a virtual gallery. Winners were selected by online voting. Seventy artists participated and 350 votes were cast.
had a large number of student artists participate, even with the
pandemic disruption, and the quality of their work was outstanding,”
Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles said. “Maryland’s youthful artists
inspire us all to reduce, reuse, recycle, and rethink waste so we can
keep protecting the environment and fighting climate change.”
entry, titled “Salvarnos” (Spanish for “save us”), depicts a blue
throated macaw and was crafted from discarded cans, PVC pipe, and
chicken wire frame previously used in old projects.
are many species of macaws that are critically endangered,” Johnson
wrote in his entry. “I love these birds and never want them to go
entry, called “Where Some Sea Waste…,” is the figure of a crab crafted
from an old set of camping utensils used by her family on trips and
which she found in the bottom of a recycling container scheduled for
I have gotten older, I have become more aware of polluted waters and
dying animals. I hope to inspire others to recycle and be mindful of
their environmental impact,” Hart wrote.
2020 Sculpture Contest Press Release
For more information regarding the "Rethink Recycling" Sculpture Contest, please contact Christy Bujnovszky at email@example.com or at 410-537-4190.
2019 Sculpture Contest
The 2019 "Rethink Recycling" Sculpture Contest was held on November
22, 2019 at the Maryland Department of the Environment. There were
66 entries from 20 different high schools from across the State featured
in the contest.
See pictures of MDE's 2019 sculpture contest winners
Jorja Rodgers from Century High School
in Carroll County was the Grand Prize winner for her sculpture, “Silhouette of Selena,”
made using paper and plastic which created a shadow image on a backdrop. She
received an Xbox One X Star Wars edition for her efforts.
The category winners, who received a Sony wireless earbuds were:
2019 Participating Schools:
10:00 Doors open
10:15 Welcome from Maryland Department of the Environment
10:20 Opening remarks
12:00 People's Choice judging ends
12:30 Award presentation begins
1:00 Contest ends
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