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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle — and Rethink

Chesapeake Country kids repurpose rubbish as art
      If you want something done right, ask a kid. 
      That’s what the Maryland Department of the Environment did. Since 2001, high school students have celebrated America Recycles Day by competing in the annual Rethink Recycling Sculpture Contest. The contest tests students’ sculpture skills. Their medium? Recyclables only.
     This year 62 entries from 23 Maryland schools were on display. Five students from Chesapeake Country competed, Catherine Campbell of Arundel High School and Gabby Levin, Lucy Boehringer, Maya Reagle and Skylar Flewllyn of Broadneck High School. 
      The grand prizewinner, Mary Garrison from South Carroll High School in Carroll County, won a Dell laptop and four passes to the National Aquarium with her sculpture titled Golden Mare — made from cardboard, metal objects, necklaces, wire and a drawer handle.
      There were theme winners as well, vying for the top spot in categories like best use of materials, most creative and best workmanship. 
      “Artistry plays a role in innovation,” said Brian Sansoni, vice president of communications with the American Cleaning Institute. “We are proud to help shine the spotlight on innovative young artists whose work showcases the critical importance of recycling.”