Several Frederick County Public School students were named winners in the 11th annual “Rethink Recycling” Sculpture Contest, hosted by the Maryland Department of the Environment.
The contest tasks Maryland high school students with using recycled materials to create sculptures. A total of 59 students from 23 high schools across the state were involved in the contest. Judges evaluated the sculptures based on creativity, use of materials and workmanship.
Todd Ennis from Middletown High School in Frederick County won the grand prize for his “American Flag,” made from reclaimed textiles, such as flannel shirts and a fur coat — all of which were unwanted materials from Goodwill. He hand-stitched much of the flag, and received an iPad.
Category winners each received a Nook tablet.
Frederick County winners included Andrew Pressley, also of Middletown High School, in the creativity category for “Meeko the Dolphin,” a 7-foot tall statue made from Styrofoam, soda cans and water bottles; Kaitlyn Ball, of Walkersville High School, won the people’s choice category for “Artist’s Life” a painter’s canvas made from ceramic tiles, reclaimed textiles and metal.
Brittany Buck of Walkersville High School was a runner up in the creativity category for her life-sized doll, the “Recycling Queen,” made of water bottles, wire, cardboard, newspaper, plastic wrap and other materials; and Katie Jones of Middletown also was a runner up in the workmanship category for “Birds of a Feather,” made from soda cans, Styrofoam cups, water bottles and wire.