Youth Poster Contest Honorees

Winners announced in statewide youth art competition about litter

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

LITTLE ROCK (March 29, 2019) – The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB) has chosen six winners and named 12 as honorable mentions in the 2019 Great American Cleanup in Arkansas Youth Poster Contest for elementary students:

Grades K-2 Division       

  • First Place – Mary Beth Thicksten, a first-grader at Apple Glen Elementary School (Benton County)
  • Second Place – Kaitlyn Shane, a second-grader at Amboy Elementary School (Pulaski County)
  • Third Place – Paisley Lefevre, a second-grader at King Elementary School (Crawford County)
  • Honorable Mention – Audrey Allen, a first-grader at Southside Elementary School (Lonoke County)
  • Honorable Mention – Sidney Blagg, a kindergartener at eStem Elementary School (Pulaski County)
  • Honorable Mention – Mrs. Bland’s Kindergarten Class at Western Yell County Elementary School (Yell County)
  • Honorable Mention – Hailee Burnett, a second-grader at eStem Elementary School (Pulaski County)
  • Honorable Mention – Chloe Moore, a kindergartner at eStem Elementary School (Pulaski County)
  • Honorable Mention – A.J. Morgan, a first-grader at King Elementary School (Crawford County)

Grades 3-5 Division

  • First Place – Hailey Medina, a fourth-grader at Centerpoint Elementary (Clark County)
  • Second Place – Taylor Green, a fifth-grader at Hurricane Creek Elementary School (Saline County)
  • Third Place – Sadie Hunter, a fourth-grader at King Elementary School (Crawford County)
  • Honorable Mention – Maggie Alexander, a third-grader at King Elementary School (Crawford County)
  • Honorable Mention – Trayton Brown, a third-grader at King Elementary School (Crawford County)
  • Honorable Mention – Ethan Henry, a third-grader at eStem Elementary School (Pulaski County)
  • Honorable Mention – Allison Lewis, a fifth-grader at Lamar Elementary School (Johnson County)
  • Honorable Mention – Jareth Medina, a fifth-grader at Centerpoint Elementary School (Clark County)
  • Honorable Mention – Tanner Neff, a fourth-grader at King Elementary School (Crawford County)

“It is amazing to see each year how these students already have an understanding about how harmful litter is to our community and our state, and how they are able to express their knowledge of this through their creativity and artwork,” said Liz Philpott, KAB volunteer program manager and coordinator of the annual art contest. “At such young ages, it is incredible what kind of lesson we can all learn and carry forward for a cleaner, litter-free Arkansas.”

This year’s contest attracted 188 entries from 25 schools in 17 Arkansas counties. The contest was open to all elementary-aged students statewide.

All 18 winning and honorable-mention posters will be displayed April 22-26 at the Thea Foundation Art Gallery on Main Street in downtown North Little Rock, and can be seen on KAB’s Facebook page. The winners will be recognized in their local communities by KAB representatives throughout the spring.

The Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, organized and promoted statewide by KAB, is an annual spring cleanup event when communities focus on local beautification efforts in advance of Arkansas’s busy tourism season. Communities and groups are invited to sign up to organize a local cleanup at https://bit.ly/KABClean. Volunteers can find local cleanups on the calendar events at http://KeepArkansasBeautiful.com. 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 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 by 1 percent of the eighth-cent Conservation Tax and, by mobilizing volunteers, returns to the state a cost benefit of more than $6 in community service for each program dollar spent. For more information, visit http://www.KeepArkansasBeautiful.com stay in the know by following Keep Arkansas Beautiful on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and texting VOLUNTEER to 484848.

About Keep America Beautiful Inc.

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. Established in 1953, Keep America Beautiful strives to end littering, improve recycling and beautify America’s communities. Keep America Beautiful believes everyone has a right to live in a clean, green and beautiful community, and shares a responsibility to contribute to that vision. The organization 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 Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Take action at kab.org.

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