Thirteen Marshall County students received honors for creating winning poster designs during an America Recycles Day celebration held on Nov. 15 at Iowa Valley Continuing Education.
Olivia Brintnall, a fifth grader at M.A.C.S., St. Mary's School, of Marshalltown, was chosen the grand prizewinner of a $100 Savings Bond from the Marshall County Landfill. Brintnall's poster was selected from 241 poster entries as the cover of the 2013 calendar.
This was the ninth year that a contest has been held for students in grades K-6 in the Marshall County Landfill service area to enter a recycling theme poster. The winning posters are then printed on calendars that help remind everyone to protect the environment by reducing solid waste through recycling.
America Recycles Day Poster winners included:from right to left front row: Elle Carlson, Austin Vaverka, Jabari Woodbury, Noah Teske and Presley Watson; right to left second row: Kyah Sigert, Greta Wengert, Autumn Peterson and Eli Grace Qiu Allen and back row right to left: Olivia Brintnall, Ana Mendoza, Autumn Brown and Jenika Lynch.
Winners of the 2012 Calendar Poster Contest are: Elle Carlson, kindergarten, West Marshall Elementary; Austin Vaverka, first grade, GMG; Jabari Woodbury, first grade, GMG; Noah Teske, second grade, GMG; Presley Watson, second grade, GMG; Kyah Siegert, third grade, West Marshall Elementary; Greta Wengert, third grade, West Marshall Elementary; Autumn Peterson, fourth grade, GMG; Elli Grace Qiu Allen, fourth grade, West Marshall; Olivia Brintnall, fifth grade, M.A.C.S.; Ana Mendoza, fifth grade, Lenihan Intermediate; Autumn Brown, sixth grade, GMG and Jenika Lynch, sixth grade, GMG.
Joe Robertson, Marshall County Landfill manager, thanked the students for their hard work on the designs and presented each winner with a certificate, a cash award, an America Recycles Day t-shirt, and a packet of calendars for family members, classmates and teachers.
Pam Blake, Director Recycling and Solid Waste Education at IVCE, and Carol Vert, Marshall County Landfill Office manager, organized the contest and distributed information on the 2012 contest. Blake thanked the teachers for supporting the contest and including recycling education in the classroom.
For more information about the poster/calendar contest, families and teachers can contact the Marshall County Landfill at 641-752-0646 or Blake at IVCE, 641-844-5617 or 800-284-4823. Blake also is available to present recycling information in the classroom and community.