Montgomery Co. Recognizes Recyclers

The Montgomery County Solid Waste District recognized recycling efforts by the CJ community and fellow Miami Valley students at its 2013 spring Awards Ceremony.

Area elementary, middle and high school students were recognized for their participation in three county-wide contests, each aimed at raising environmental awareness, on May 18 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. Among honorees, nine CJ students placed or won two of the three contest. Winners walked away with award plaques and tickets to a Dayton Dragons game.

Freshmen Allison Huffman, Will Huffman and Lili Kaminski finished first, second and third respectively in the 8-9th grade category of the 13th annual Keep Montgomery County Beautiful Poetry Contest. Contestants wrote with an environmental theme, covering topics such as litter prevention and urban beautification. According to, students from 29 schools submitted more than 250 poems this year.

In the 21st annual Recycled Sculpture Contest, two teams of CJ students designed and built artistic creations using only recycled woods, paper, plastic and plastics. Their entrees, titled “A Fish out of Water” by Amanda Draeger '16 and Halle Mason '16, and “Butterflies Fly Free” by Peter Evans '13, David Marshall '15, Isabela Rougeux '14, and Annelise Wilimitis '14, took first and second place respectively in the 9-12th grade team category. More than 1,300 students in grades K-12 from 20 different Montgomery County schools entered sculptures this year.

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