NEW GLASGOW – Students from schools throughout Pictou, Antigonish and Guysborough will be recognized on Thursday at the 14th annual Nova Scotia Recycles Contest celebration in New Glasgow.
The annual contest is organized by RRFB Nova Scotia in partnership with the seven solid waste management regions. It provides an opportunity for students to actively promote recycling and composting in their community, and celebrates the important role Nova Scotia youth play in making our province a recognized leader in waste reduction. This celebration is co-hosted by the Eastern Region Solid Waste Management Committee, Pictou County Solid Waste, and RRFB Nova Scotia.
In this region there were 1,360 entries submitted from 80 classes. Of those submissions, 28 students and three classes will be recognized at the regional dinner celebration. The prizes for this region’s schools and students total $5,100, plus two scholarships for Grade 12 students.
“It is inspiring to meet young people who are so passionate about the environment and putting waste in its place,” says Jeff MacCallum, CEO RRFB Nova Scotia. “I congratulate the winners of this year’s contest and thank them for their creative entries and commitment to our environment.”
Grades Primary to 1
Students were invited to complete a colour by number page and submit an entry as a class. The winning class receives $500 for the school and a prize pack for the teacher and students. The runner-up classes receive $250 for the school and a prize pack for the teacher and students.
Winner: Pauline Spin’s Grade 1 class from Antigonish Education Centre
Runner-up: Janice Rehill’s Grade 1 class from Acadia Street Elementary
Runner-up: Lynn MacDonald’s Grade 1 class from Pictou Elementary
Grades 2 to 3
Students were invited to create a sticker design with a waste reduction, recycling or composting theme. The winning student receives a backpack with prizes and a plaque of their winning design, and their school receives $500. The runner-up students receive a backpack with prizes, and their school receives $250.
Winner: Kate Bethell, a Grade 3 student at West Pictou Consolidated School
Runner-up: Adelle Thomsen, a Grade 3 student at Thorburn Consolidated
Runner-up: Caley Langley, a Grade 3 student at East Antigonish Education Centre
Grades 4 to 6
Students were invited to submit designs that could be imprinted onto magnetic whiteboards. The design was to include a composting, recycling or waste reduction theme. The winning student receives a backpack with prizes and a plaque of their winning design, and their school receives $500. The runner-up students receive a backpack with prizes, and their school receives $250.
Winner: Kai Martin, a Grade 4 student at West Pictou Consolidated School
Runner-up: Alexandra Keefe, a Grade 6 student at St. Andrew Junior School
Runner-up: Noor Mohrez, a Grade 5 student at Chedabucto Education Centre
Grades 7 to 12
Students were invited to create a short film that depicts ways to reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost. Prizes were made available for both the junior and senior high levels. The winning students receive a backpack with prizes and $300 to share, and their school receives $300.
Winner Grade 7-9: Georgia Sajatovich, Mairead Matheson, Bailey Randall and Jensen Grant from Dr. JH Gillis Regional High
Runner-up 7-9: Theoren Hayne and Arthur Hubley from Dr. JH Gillis Regional High
Winner Grades 10-12: Olivia Pushie, Lauren Peters, Sydney Silver and Chantelle Myers from Dr. JH Gillis Regional High
Runner-up 10-12: Elizabeth Duff, Maria Farrell, Lindsey Smith and Sydney Silver from Dr. JH Gillis Regional High
Runner up 10-12: Juliana Ali, Jill Morrison, Mallory MacDermid, Manami Yamamoto, Jeni Armi-Pereda and Emilia Koch from Northumberland Regional High
Grade 12 Scholarships
Students were invited to submit a research essay that investigated one of three themes: Stewarding Printed Paper and Packaging; Benefits of the Beverage Container Deposit-Refund System; Increasing Textiles Recycling in Nova Scotia. The winning students receive a backpack with prizes and a scholarship for any post-secondary institution.
Winner of $1,500 scholarship: Alyson Duff from Dr. JH Gillis Regional High
Winner of $750 scholarship: Sarah Carrigan from Northumberland Regional High