The York County Solid Waste Authority Announces Winners of High School Earth Day Recycled Art Contest

To promote recycling and celebrate “Earth Day” (April 22), the York County Solid Waste Authority sponsored a Recycled Art Contest for York County High School students. Participating schools included Central York High School, Kennard-Dale High School, Northern York County High School, Red Land High School, Red Lion Area High School, South Western High School and York Suburban High School. Sixteen students participated.

Contest judging and a public reception were held at the Creative York West Gallery at 118 West Philadelphia Street in York on Tuesday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m.  Each student winner received an art supply gift certificate and his/her school’s art department was also granted an art supply gift certificate in the same amount.

First place was awarded to “Mother Nature Can’t Hold Up the Earth On Her Own” created by Jacqueline Eberle of Redland High School. In second place was “Ben” created by Justin Ruby of Central York High School. Third place went to “Recycled Dreams” created by Sadie Bower of Northern York County High School.

Prizes were awarded based on artistic technique, artistic expression and creative use of recycled materials. Celebrity judges were Executive Director of Creative York, Amy Chamberlin; Director of Communications and Engagement of the Cultural Alliance of York County, Kelley Gibson and Executive Director of Keep York Beautiful, Tom Smith.

Some of the students’ materials were generously donated by Refindings and The York Rescue Mission. In February, students were invited to a “Picker Day” at Refindings to search through treasures to repurpose into their recycled art pieces.

Earth Day is a worldwide annual event celebrated on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. The first Earth Day, held in 1970, was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in, similar to a general education forum. In 1990 the event grew to the international level with 141 nations participating. Today, it is estimated that more than 192 countries continue to celebrate Earth Day each year.

This is the third year the Authority has conducted a recycled art contest for high school students. The Authority facilitates responsible solid waste management through an integrated strategy that emphasizes waste reduction, education, recycling and resource recovery. The Authority is the owner of the York County Resource Recovery Center in Manchester Township; and owns and operates a Yard Waste Transfer Facility, a Recyclable Materials Drop-off Center and an Education Center. Free educational programming for children and adults is offered year-round by the Authority. Each of their 10 programs meets the PA Department of Education standards for ecology and environment curriculum and is approved for teacher use in the state of Pennsylvania.

(Pictured below are, far right, Jacqueline Eberle with “Mother Nature Can’t hold Up the Earth On Her Own”; far left, Justin Ruby with “Ben” and, lower center, Sadie Bower with “Recycled Dreams”.)