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MDE Secretary Summers Recognizes Winners of MDE's Earth Day Poster Contest Baltimore City Elementary Students' Art is "Best in Show"

(BALTIMORE, MD) April 23, 2013 - The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) Secretary Robert M. Summers celebrated Earth Week 2013 with winners of the first MDE Earth Day Poster Contest. Fourth-grade students at John Eager Howard Elementary School in Baltimore City were recognized by Secretary Summers for their illustration of the poster contest theme, "Reclaim the Bay."

Judges from MDE's Land Management Administration and Office of Communications received more than 2,000 poster entries from elementary and middle school students across Maryland. In addition to the "Best in Show" award, judges also recognized outstanding work from students across the state in grade categories: K-2, 3-5 and 6-8.

More Information

The poster contest was first announced during MDE's Reclaim the Bay campaign kick-off in January. Maryland’s Reclaim the Bay campaign seeks to get Marylanders involved in Bay restoration efforts by sharing what they can do at home to help reach Maryland's 2025 pollution reduction goals.  The campaign also stresses that a restored Chesapeake Bay benefits the public health by providing Marylanders with cleaner water for drinking and recreational use. The campaign promotes cost-effective solutions for compliance with water quality standards to ensure that the Chesapeake Bay is fully restored to a healthy resource for future generations to enjoy.

Core Facts

The 2013 Earth Day Poster Contest category winners were:

  • Aaron Zhu, 1st grade, Thomas Jefferson Preparatory School, Darnestown
  • Justice T.W. Morgan, 5th grade, Grace Episcopal Day School, Kensington
  • Jerry Qian, 8th grade, Stephen Decatur Middle School, Berlin

Each category winner along with students at John Eager Howard, received a framed participation certificate signed by Secretary Summers.


"The 2013 Earth Day poster contest was a great way to challenge our young environmental advocates around the State to think about what they can do to 'Reclaim the Bay.' As evidenced by the overwhelming response the contest received, young people throughout Maryland understand how important the Chesapeake Bay is to our way of life and are invested in helping us to restore the Bay." 

--Robert M. Summers, Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment

Additional Information

Event photos and videos can be viewed on MDE's Flickr Page.
Earth Day Poster Contest Finalists are also available to view.


Samantha Kappalman

Jay Apperson


MDE Mission
Our mission is to protect and restore the quality of Maryland's air, water and land resources, while fostering smart growth, a thriving and sustainable economy and healthy communities.