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.
MDE would like to extend this invitation to high school students. Two entries will be accepted from each high school (additional entries may become available later). The contest gives students the chance to be inventive and create a sculpture made from recyclable or reused materials (see ARD Rules Guidelines). Judges will select an overall winning sculpture along with individual recognition for creativity, workmanship and use of materials. Additionally, a “People’s Choice Award” is given. Past contests received national recognition and television news airtime. Prizes provided from corporate and non-profit organization sponsors will be awarded to all contest entrants. Past prizes have included items such as gift cards, tablets and laptops.
Space is limited so please submit the School Entry Form to confirm your school’s participation. The Individual Entry Form (s) should be submitted to MDE, once the participants are selected.
For more information regarding the "Rethink Recycling" Sculpture Contest, please contact Christy Bujnovszky at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 410-537-4190.
(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 her 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.
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