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Twenty-nine Phelps County students place in Earth Day contest

RDN REPORTS
Penguin pictured. The 2020 contest theme was "One Positive Change Will Make a Difference for Planet Earth."

Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) announced that 29 Phelps County students were honored with first and second place awards and honorable mentions in the 29th Annual Earth Day Poster, Trash and Graphic Art contest. The 2020 contest theme was “One Positive Change Will Make a Difference for Planet Earth.” 

Winners from Phelps County were:

•              Alyshia Maune, 4th grade, Newburg Elementary, First Place Poster Art;

•              Wyatt Macormic, 4th grade, Newburg Elementary, Honorable Mention Poster Art; 

•              Audrey Warren, 1st grade, Newburg Elementary, Honorable Mention Poster Art;

•              Torie Hudson, 6th grade, Newburg Elementary, First Place Trash Art;

•              Rebekah Rosa, 6th grade, Newburg Elementary, Second Place Trash Art; 

•              Gavin Schuler, 10th grade, Newburg High School, First Place Trash Art; 

•              Bailey Noland, 12th grade, Newburg High School, Second Place Trash Art; 

•              Haley Steffe, 3rd grade, Newburg Elementary, Honorable Mention Poster Art; 

•              Marrissa Drew, 3rd grade, Newburg Elementary, Second Place Poster Art; 

•              Kullen Myers, Rolla Technical Institute, First Place Graphic Art;

•              Abigail Bunch, Rolla Technical Institute, Second Place Graphic Art; 

•              Gretchen Hall, homeschool, Honorable Mention Trash Art;

•              Rachel Lane, homeschool, Honorable Mention Trash Art; 

•              Henry Lane, homeschool, Second Place Trash Art;

•              Elaine Hall, homeschool, Honorable Mention Trash Art;

•              Micaiah Hocksmith, 1st grade, Mark Twain Elementary, First Place Poster Art;

•              Nivaeh McCurdy, 1st grade, Mark Twain Elementary, Honorable Mention Poster Art;

•              Angela Drummond, 1st grade, Mark Twain Elementary, Honorable Mention Poster Art; 

•              Taylor Fariole, 1st grade, Mark Twain Elementary, Second Place Poster Art; 

•              Macie Graham, 2nd grade, Mark Twain Elementary, First Place Poster Art;

•              Madi Deluca, 2nd grade, Mark Twain Elementary, Honorable Mention Poster Art;

•              Lilia Martinez, 2nd grade, Mark Twain Elementary, Honorable Mention Poster Art; 

•              Cash Whittingham, 2nd grade, Mark Twain Elementary, Second Place Poster Art; 

•              Lola Drabczyk, 3rd grade, Mark Twain Elementary, First Place Poster Art; 

•              Byron Miller, 3rd grade, Mark Twain Elementary, Honorable Mention Poster Art; 

•              Faith Sheler, 2nd grade, Mark Twain Elementary, Honorable Mention Poster Art;

•              Gavin Johnson, 3rd grade, Mark Twain Elementary, Honorable Mention Poster Art; 

•              Gabrielle Qualls, 7th grade, Rolla Jr. High, First Place Poster Art; and 

•              Loveanna Elliott, 7th grade, Rolla Jr. High, Honorable Mention Poster Art. 

“In its 29th year, the Ozark Rivers Earth Day Art Contest has touched the lives of many students in the district,” said Jill Hollowell, Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) environmental specialist. “It is so special for students to be recognized and rewarded. The contest also provides educators with activities in alignment with each year’s theme.”

The contest required participants to re-purpose trash into three-dimensional pieces of art or create posters (hand drawn or graphically designed), based on the year’s theme. There were 567 entries from 13 schools in the district and several homeschooled students. The contest was open to kindergarten through 12th grade, homeschool, college and university students who reside or attend school in Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties. 

“The Earth Day contest is one of the highlights of the year,” said Tammy Snodgrass, MRPC’s environmental program manager. “The kids are so creative – I love seeing the unique ways they express themselves through art. The whole process – from creating a poster on the theme to creating art from trash – it’s a great way to educate our children on the environment.” 

Phelps County students were under the direction of teachers Amanda Peery (Newburg Elementary and High School), Ani Yowell (Rolla Technical Institute), Karen Morgan (Mark Twain Elementary School) and Rhonda Koppelman (Rolla Junior High).

COVID-19 caused school closures that limited the number of schools that could participate and additionally, caused a change to the way that students were awarded for their places. Students who won or placed in the contest received cash prizes instead of items made of recyclable material this year due to the need to mail the awards to students. A complete list of winners can be found at https://ozarkrivers.org/programs-and-services/earth-day/

The 2020 Earth Day Contest was funded through a ORSWMD grant, made possible through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), along with donations from the following area sponsors: Champlin Tire Recycling Inc., St. James Chamber of Commerce, Unico Bank, Phelps County Bank, Noah Coleman Daughters of the American Revolution, 63 Auto & Truck Parts, Fidelity Communications, Rolla Public School Teacher’s Corner, Steelville Area Chamber of Commerce, Cuba Veterinary Clinic, City of Rolla Recycling Center, Regions Bank and Citizens’ Climate Education. 

Plastic bag chicken pictured. The 2020 contest theme was "One Positive Change Will Make a Difference for Planet Earth."