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Artists awarded for recycling

By BARBARA L. FREDRICKSEN

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 9, 2001


NEW PORT RICHEY -- A tree made from burned matchsticks and a frog made from a green plastic laundry basket were the top winners in the "Art of Recycling" contest. The competition, in its fourth year, is sponsored by the District School Board of Pasco County along with several government agencies and the businesses and corporations that supplied the $4,000 in prize money.

Pasco-Hernando Community College student Rebecca Johnson's Environmentally Friendly Frog won the $500 first prize in the college division of the contest. Ridgewood High School student Matthew Bolyard's One Tree Can Make 1,000 Matches, but One Match Can Destroy 1,000 Trees won the $500 first prize in the high school division.

The winners were chosen out of 68 entries from six high schools and four colleges. Each entry had to contain at least 70 percent recycled materials and have an environmental theme. Some entries were artistic, such as the painting of the passing of seasons made on discarded paper towel cores by Zephyrhills High School student Kasi Schaumberg. Others have a straightforward message, such as Gulf High School student Janine Polito's Manatees Can't Be Recycled, which was made from newsprint.

Second place and $200 went to PHCC student Linda McFarland's Mother Nature Needs Your Help in the college division and Zephyrhills High School student Charles Corroccetto's Listen to Smokey.

Third place and $150 went to Zephyrhills student Daniel Brooks' Technology: Crime Against Nature in the high school division. There was no third place winner in the college division.

Awards and $100 each were given in the following categories:

BEST USE OF NEWSPAPER: College, PHCC's Toni Jones To Save the Manatees; Zephyrhills' Kim Flaherty's Man Can't Make Trees: Only Nature Can Make Trees.

BEST ENVIRONMENTAL CONCEPT: Ridgewood High School student Meaghan Kelly's Recycling Is Monumental. (No college division winner.)

BEST USE OF MATERIAL: Saint Leo University student senior Lenora Grimaud's The Resurrection of St. Clare; River Ridge High School students Amanda Czysa, Jessica Eckler, Kirsten Hoover, Noel Peterson, Bryce Phillippi, Brandi Senechal, Ryan Shafchuk, Sara Tucker, Erica Wetzel and Jesse Wunsch for Recycling Starts at Home.

BEST ART: PHCC student Benjamin Mallett's Go With the Flow; a tie between Ridgewood student Kevin Naples' A Time Bomb Waiting To Go Off, Destruction of Ourselves, by Ourselves, and Ridgewood student Danny Sardello's Don't Can the Fish . . . Recycle.

MINIMALIST AWARD (LESS IS MORE/WASTE REDUCTION): Ridgewood student Laura Teske's What Happens When? (No college division winner.)

COMMISSIONERS' AWARD: Gulf High School student Bonnie McCabe's Restoration. (No college division winner.)

RECYCLING AWARD: St. Petersburg Junior College student Eva Berman's Fashion of the Future; Pasco High School student Krista Knapp's Vision of the Future.

People's Choice, chosen by those who attended the opening night reception, will be announced later.

The entries will be on exhibit in the lobby of the West Pasco Government Center until March 2. After that, a limited number of them will be on display in the district school office in Land O'Lakes.

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