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MRN Presents $250 to 2023 MDE Sculpture Contest Grand Prize Winner

Published on 11/21/2023

2023 Sculpture WinnerOn November 17, during the 22nd Maryland Department of the Environment “Rethink Recycling” Sculpture Contest, the MRN Board presented $250 to grand prize winner Maya Glass from Jemicy School in Baltimore County for her winning entry “Trampled,” a leather vest made from shoes.

Glass won the MDE contest’s top prize, which included a Microsoft Surface Pro 7+ Tablet and two passes to the National Aquarium. The contest was held at the Montgomery Park in Baltimore City (read MDE press release). MRN’s contribution was part of our continuing sponsorship of the contest.

The annual contest, which is held in celebration of America Recycles Day, challenges Maryland high school students to create works of art using recyclable materials. This year’s contest included 62 entries from 20 high schools. MDE Secretary Serena McIlwain opened the contest by praising the students for their creativity and dedication to recycling and waste diversion.

MDE also awarded 1st and 2nd place prizes in four categories: creativity, workmanship, use of materials, and people’s choice.

Congratulations to the winners and all the students for the hard work they put into their projects.

First-place winners (Bose QuietComfort Earbuds and two passes to the National Aquarium)
  • Creativity: Ashlynn Kief, Manchester Valley High School, for “Lady Dale & Milkbone”
  • Workmanship: Kyra Stefanoski, Century High School, for “Bernard the Boysenberry Octopus”
  • Use of Materials: Lexi Harris, Kent Island High School, for “Precious Peacock”
  • People’s Choice: Samina Nelson, Suitland High School, for “The Royal”
Second-place winners ($100 Amazon gift cards and two passes to the National Aquarium)
  • Creativity: Samadhi Jones, Suitland High School, for “The Departure”
  • Workmanship: Azera Graham, Suitland High School, for “Esterfester”
  • Use of Materials: Santania Vo, Century High School, for “Tree of Life”
  • People’s Choice: Ryli Standcliff, South Carroll High School, for “CDs with a Porpoise”

See photos of the winning entries here.

*Photo courtesy of Maryland Department of the Environment

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