Ninth-grader Ashely Oh of Joyce Art Studio Aurora won first place in the Colorado Association for Recycling’s 11th annual recycling poster contest.

DENVER | Winners of the Colorado Association for Recycling’s 11th annual recycling poster contest — which allows students to showcase their artistic talent as well as their commitment to recycling — were announced last week. 

Locally, second-grader Payton Han of Coyote Hills Elementary and ninth-grader Ashley Oh of Joyce Art Studio Aurora were among the five statewide, first-place, grand prize poster contest winners. Lidisse Chavez, a 10th-grader from Gateway High School, was one of five Colorado students to take second-place honors. 

Grand-prize winner, Alivia Eikenberg from from Timber Trail Elementary in Castle Rock, drew examples of all the places she could recycle: at home, at the beach, at school, at her friend’s house, at church and even at the Eiffel Tower.

“The judges liked the bright colors and clear examples in her artwork,” Laurie Johnson, CAFR executive director, said in a statement.  

There are many reasons to recycle, like saving resources, reducing pollution and creating a better planet, said Amy Randell, CAFR executive assistant. No matter where a person recycles, doing so is the first in a series of steps that generate a host of financial, environmental and social returns, both locally and globally, she said.

More than 20 schools participated in the contest, with each school selecting its best artwork and submitting it to the statewide competition. Ten winners were selected from more than 150 entries. The posters were grouped into five grade categories, and a first- and second-place winner were awarded in each category. 

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