Tucker County students honored in youth contest

The Recycling Coalition of West Virginia has announced the five statewide, age-category winners in its annual West Virginia Recycles Youth Contest. Hundreds of entries in the five age groups were submitted from across the state.

The winning entries in the Coloring Contest were both from the Mountain Laurel Learning Cooperative in Tucker County. Ellis Sherald was the first-place winner in the K-first grade category and Camden Phillips was the winner in the second-third grade category. Each received a $25 Visa gift card and their teacher received two Visa $75 cards for classroom materials.

The Coalition’s Freedom Contest encourages older students to express themselves by creating any project based on a recycling theme. The fourth-sixth grade category winner was Maya Casto, of Ona Elementary School in Cabell County. Casto received a $75 prize for her winning entry and her teacher, Ann Henry, received a companion prize of $100.

The seventh-eighth grade winner in the Freedom Contest was Kerstyn Clendenen of the Hear Bears 4H Club in Point Pleasant, Mason County. She received a $75 prize and her 4H Club also received a companion prize of $100.

The ninth-12th grade winner in the Freedom Contest was Kelsey Butcher, of Girl Scout Troop 38217, of Braxton County. The $75 prize for the winning entry also included a companion prize of $100 for Butcher’s troop.

Photos of the winning entries can be seen on the Coalition website (WVRecycles.com).

The goals of the Coalition’s Youth Contest are to encourage students to use their creativity and learn about recycling. The West Virginia Recycles campaign features the theme, “It All Comes Back to You.” The slogan presents multiple messages: a recycled product or material can return to consumers as another product; recycling comes back to consumers as an improved environment; and it is everyone’s responsibility to recycle.

The Recycling Coalition of West Virginia is a non-profit environmental organization whose mission is to promote the effective and sustainable reduction, reuse and recycling of materials otherwise destined for disposal. The Recycling Coalition pursues these goals through the promotion of purchasing products made with recycled content material; by coordinating and facilitating activities relative to recycling; and by fostering communications among organizations, government agencies and individuals through the sharing of ideas and resources.