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23 Gasconade County students place in Earth Day contest

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Jill Hollowell

ST. JAMES­—Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District (ORSWMD) announced 23 Gasconade County students were honored with first and second place awards and honorable mentions in the Annual Earth Day Poster, Trash and Graphic Art contest. This year’s contest theme was “Be Waste Wise.”

“The Ozark Rivers Earth Day Art Contest has touched the lives of many students in the district,” said Jill Hollowell, Meramec Regional Planning Commission (MRPC) environmental specialist. “It is so exciting for students to be recognized and rewarded for their creativity. The contest also provides educators with activities in alignment with each year’s theme. This year the contest expanded through local art gallery showings. Student art was displayed at Art Works on Main in Owensville, Gallery Zeke in Steelville and The Centre in Rolla, hosted by Arts Rolla. We invite all students in the Ozark Rivers district to enter the contest as the goal is to increase participation and continue to inspire student creativity and environmental awareness.” 

The contest required participants to re-purpose trash into three-dimensional pieces of art or create posters (hand drawn or graphically designed), based on this year’s theme. There were 518 entries from 14 schools. The contest was open to kindergarten through 12th grade, homeschool, college and university students who reside or attend school in Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties.

“The Earth Day contest is one of the highlights of the year,” said Tammy Snodgrass, MRPC’s environmental program manager. “The kids are so creative – I love seeing the unique ways they express themselves through art. The whole process – from creating a poster on the theme to creating art from trash – and then providing awards that are made from recycled materials – it’s a great way to educate our children on the environment.”

Winners from Gasconade County were:

  • Adlee LaBruyer, 2nd grade, St. George, Honorable Mention;
  • Braeden Englert, 8th grade, St. George, Second Place;
  • Breckyn Koeller, 7th grade, St. George, Honorable Mention;
  • Brynn Myer, 1st grade, St. George, First Place;
  • Clayton Walkenbach, 8th grade, St. George, Honorable Mention;
  • Coulter Schwartz, 6th grade, St. George, Honorable Mention;
  • Deegan Priess, 1st grade, St. George, Honorable Mention;
  • Emily Lampkin, Kindergarten, St. George, Honorable Mention;
  • Ethan Chorley, 2nd grade, St. George, Honorable Mention;
  • Hunter Scheer, 7th grade, St. George, Honorable Mention;
  • Larry Thompson, 7th grade, St. George, First Place;
  • Mason Lampkin, 8th grade, St. George, Second Place;
  • Peyton Grannemann, 7th grade, St. George, First Place;
  • William Manning, 6th grade, St. George, Honorable Mention;
  • Aries Nicholas, 8th grade, Owensville Middle School, Honorable Mention;
  • Callie Koelling, 6th grade, Owensville Middle School, Second Place;
  • Dalton Bailie, 8th grade, Owensville Middle School, Second Place;
  • Destiny Buehrlen, 6th grade, Owensville Middle School, Honorable Mention;
  • Jersey Reynolds, 8th grade, Owensville Middle School, Honorable Mention;
  • Peyton Lairmore, 8th grade, Owensville Middle School, Honorable Mention;
  • Saylor Richardson, 8th grade, Owensville Middle School, First Place;
  • Tesa Reed, 6th grade, Owensville Middle School, First Place; and
  • Tyler Morgensen, 8th grade, Owensville Middle School, Honorable Mention.

Gasconade County students participating in the contest were under the direction of teachers Susan Chorley (St. George) and Dawn Chaney (Owensville Middle School).

Judges for the contest included Karen Groom and Tish Gibson with Phelps County Bank of Rolla, Samantha Kinsey and Catie Scott with Mid America Bank of Belle and Melaine Swope with Cuba Vet Clinic. The identities of the students and their schools were concealed during the judging process.

The 2019 Earth Day contest was funded through an ORSWMD grant, made possible through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), along with donations from the following area sponsors: Cuba Veterinary Clinic, Noah Coleman Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Phelps County Bank, Mid-America Bank, Kaleidoscope Discovery Center, Central Federal and Legends Bank.

For more information about ORSWMD or waste reduction and recycling opportunities in the Ozark Rivers area visit www.ozarkrivers.org, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ORSWMD, or contact Tammy Snodgrass, MRPC environmental programs manager, or Jill Hollowell at 573-265-2993.

The Ozark Rivers District includes Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties and their respective cities with populations of 500 or more. The district’s strategy for solid waste reduction, which has been individually adopted by all member governments and approved by Missouri Department of Natural Resources involves public education and resources for waste reduction in member counties and cities. MRPC provides administration of the district and assists with a variety of implementation projects.

Formed in 1969, MRPC is a voluntary council of governments serving Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Maries, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski and Washington counties and their respective cities. Gasconade County Presiding Commissioner Larry Miskel serves as chairman of the board. A professional staff of 25 offers technical assistance and services, such as grant preparation and administration, housing assistance, transportation planning, environmental planning, ordinance codification, business loans and other services to member communities.

To keep up with the latest MRPC news and events, visit the MRPC website at www.meramecregion.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/meramecregion/.

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Hermann (1) – St. George students pose with their teacher Susan Chorley (center) and their trash art projects that earned them first or second place or an honorable mention in the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District Earth Day Trash Art, Poster or Graphic Design contest.

Hermann (2) – St. George students pose with the trash art projects that earned them first or second place or an honorable mention in the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District Earth Day Trash Art, Poster or Graphic Design contest.

Owensville – Owensville Middle School students pose with the posters they and certificates they earned for completing their posters in the Ozark Rivers Solid Waste Management District Earth Day Trash Art, Poster or Graphic Design contest.