San Lorenzo, San Leandro Students Win Cash & Awards for Annual Recycling Poster Contest

More than 2,000 student entries from 25 San Leandro and San Lorenzo schools showcase “Recycling A through Z” theme.

San Lorenzo, San Leandro Students Win Cash & Awards for Annual Recycling Poster Contest
San Lorenzo, San Leandro Students Win Cash & Awards for Annual Recycling Poster Contest
For Leslie Morales from Arroyo High School, 1st place winner in the 9th-10th grade group, “A” meant “All-in-one recycling: No need to sort your recycling. Plastics types #1-7 can go in the recycling cart.”

For Phoebe Lawton from Assumption School, 1st place winner in the 7th-8th grade group, “Z” stood for “Zinnias can be composted after they have wilted.”  

On the evening of May 28, 2014, Leslie and Phoebe, along with 33 other students, were recognized at an awards ceremony at the Marina Community Center in San Leandro, as they showcased their knowledge of recycling with nearly 250 family, friends and guests in attendance.

A total of $25,000 was awarded to students and schools within Oro Loma Sanitary District (includes Certificates of Merit).  

“It’s amazing to see the level of artistic talent in these students,” said Jason Warner, Oro Loma Sanitary District General Manager. “Every year, we are even more impressed with their knowledge and understanding of recycling.”  

Winners in six grade groups, from first through twelfth grades, were selected based on (1) how well the poster expressed this year’s theme of “Recycling A through Z,” (2) creativity, and (3) artistic expression on an 11” x 17” poster. Five Recycling Star winners were selected from the Kindergarten entries.  

First Place winners are as follows (click on student name to see winning poster): 
  • Grades 1-2: Sky Poon Teacher: Mr. Au/Miss Chin Chinese Christian Schools 
  • Grades 3-4: Izabella Ramirez Teacher: Mrs. Hayes Dayton Elementary School
  • Grades 5-6: Edwin Kwong Teacher: Mrs. Loh Chinese Christian Schools
  • Grades 7-8: Phoebe Lawton Teacher: Mrs. Debi Sweeney Assumption School
  • Grades 9-10: Leslie Morales Teacher: Mr. Miyata Arroyo High School
  • Grades 11-12: Rachel Yu Ms. Brown San Leandro High School
Students were awarded cash prizes of $700 for First Place, $500 for Second Place, $300 for Third Place, and $150 for Honorable Mention (two). Five $100 Recycling Star Awards were  awarded in the Kindergarten grade group.
In addition, the schools of the 35 finalists received matching cash prizes. A total of $12,200  was awarded to schools in Oro Loma Sanitary District (includes Participation Awards).

Visit http://www.oroloma.org/poster_contest/2014/index.html to view all 35 finalist entries. All posters winning the Kindergarten Recycling Stars and First, Second, Third Place and Honorable Mention awards will be printed in the Oro Loma 2014-15 calendar.

—Submitted by Waste Management of Alameda County


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