Winners announced in statewide youth art competition about litter

Annual poster contest promotes clean communities during Great American Cleanup in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK (April 2, 2018) – The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) has chosen six winners and named 12 as honorable mentions in the 2018 Great American Cleanup in Arkansas Youth Poster Contest for elementary students:

Grades K-2 Division       

  • First Place – Evelyn Brown, a second-grader at eStem Elementary School (Pulaski County)
  • Second Place – Ella Curry, a second-grader at eStem Elementary School
  • Third Place – Avery Howard, a first-grader at Southside Elementary School (Lonoke County)
  • Honorable Mention – Madyson Blackman, a kindergartener at eStem Elementary School
  • Honorable Mention – Brenton Dockett, a kindergartener at eStem Elementary School
  • Honorable Mention – Sabrina Feliciano, a first-grader at Amboy Elementary School (Pulaski County)
  • Honorable Mention – Adrian Morales, a second-grader at Amboy Elementary School
  • Honorable Mention – Brayden Owen, a first-grader at Amboy Elementary School
  • Honorable Mention – Kilan Partain, a kindergartner at Harrisburg Elementary School (Poinsett County)

 Grades 3-5 Division

  • First Place – Nicole Roush, a fifth-grade homeschooled student (Craighead County)
  • Second Place – Gabi Cotroneo, a fourth-grader at Northside Elementary School (Lonoke County)
  • Third Place – Sophia DellaCroce, a fifth-grader at McNair Middle School (Washington County)
  • Honorable Mention – Lilli Dowda, a fourth-grader at Northside Elementary School
  • Honorable Mention – Alexander Garcia, a third-grader at Lavaca Elementary School (Sebastian County)
  • Honorable Mention – Tempest Patel, a fifth-grader at Cato Elementary School (Pulaski County)
  • Honorable Mention – Maddox Stone, a fourth-grader at Edward D. Trice Elementary School (Miller County)
  • Honorable Mention – Joslyn Thomas, a fourth-grader at Lamar Middle School (Johnson County)
  • Honorable Mention – Miles Valentin, a third-grader at eStem Elementary School

“Every year, we are so inspired and impressed with the creativity of this art and the understanding that these students already have of the harmful effects of litter on their communities and our state,” said Liz Philpott, KAB volunteer program manager and coordinator of the annual art contest. “We should all be taught a lesson by these students’ works and carry forward their ideals for a cleaner, litter-free Arkansas.”

This year’s contest attracted 206 entries from 32 schools and homeschools in 21 Arkansas counties; the contest was open to all elementary-aged students statewide.

All 18 winning and honorable-mention posters will be displayed April 16-27 at the Thea Foundation Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown North Little Rock, and can be seen on KAB’s Facebook page at http://bit.ly/18YPC. The winners will be recognized in their local communities by Great American Cleanup in Arkansas and KAB representatives throughout the spring.

The youth poster contest is part of the annual Great American Cleanup in Arkansas. The Great American Cleanup is a national campaign of Keep America Beautiful when communities focus on local beautification efforts in advance of the busy tourism season. The Great American Cleanup in Arkansas is promoted and organized by the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission, a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism.

Communities and groups are invited to sign up to organize a cleanup at http://bit.ly/2018GAC. Volunteers can find local cleanups on the calendar of events at KeepArkansasBeautiful.com or text VOLUNTEER to 484848. The Great American Cleanup in Arkansas runs March through May.

 

About Keep Arkansas Beautiful
The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB), consisting of a professional staff of three and a nine-member advisory board appointed by the governor, is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. As a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., KAB inspires and educates individuals to reduce litter, recycle and keep Arkansas beautiful. KAB is funded through a 1-percent portion of the eighth-cent Conservation Tax. For more information, visit KeepArkansasBeautiful.com or stay connected on FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube and Pinterest.

About Keep America Beautiful
Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s iconic community improvement nonprofit organization, inspires and educates people to take action every day to improve and beautify their community environment. Celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2018, Keep America Beautiful strives to end littering, improve recycling and beautify America’s communities, so that everyone can live in a community that is clean, green and beautiful.

Behavior change – steeped in education, research and behavioral science – is the cornerstone of Keep America Beautiful. The organization empowers generations of community and environmental stewards through volunteer programs, hands-on experiences, educational curricula, practical advice and other resources. It is driven by the work and passion of more than 600 certified affiliates, millions of volunteers, and the collaborative support of corporate partners, social and civic service organizations, academia, municipalities, elected officials and individuals. Join Keep America Beautiful on FacebookInstagramTwitter and YouTube. Take action at kab.org.

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