(Dalton, GA, October 30, 2015) – Eastbrook Middle School 7th grader, Emily Ruiz, is the overall winner of the 2015 America Recycles Day Billboard Design Contest hosted by the Dalton-Whitfield Solid Waste Authority’s program Target Recycling at School. The winning design will be displayed on two billboards in Whitfield County along Glenwood Ave. starting November 2nd for at least one month.
Ms. Ruiz’s design, which was chosen out of 162 entries, includes the phrase “I want to be recycled” one of the themes of the contest. The artwork is eye catching and very colorful showing a plastic bottle inside a recycling bin with a soda can following it thinking that it also wants to be recycled.
The billboard design contest typically has a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner from each grade level. Due to the high number of entries received from Eastbrook Middle School the all students from that school will receive an ice cream party on November 16, during the week of America Recycles Day.
The seven winners, listed below, received a certificate of participation and a gift bag with items made from recycled materials. The first place overall was selected from the first place design from each grade level.
- 1st Place – Jamie A. Smith, Dalton Middle School
- 1st Place and Overall Winner – Emily Ruiz, Eastbrook Middle School
- 2nd Place – Elena Cabreo, Eastbrook Middle School
- 3rd Place – Montserrat Adame, Eastbrook Middle School
- 1st Place – Reina Paniagua, Eastbrook Middle School
- 2nd Place – Stephanie Sullivan, Eastbrook Middle School
- 3rd Place – Denise Hernandez, Eastbrook Middle School
This is the sixth year of the design contest open to Whitfield County middle school students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade attending either a public or private school that recycles with Target Recycling at School. The program provides recycling collection services and environmental education opportunities to schools in Whitfield County. For more information call 706-278-5001 or visit www.dwswa.org.
America Recycles Day is a community-driven event dedicated to promoting recycling awareness, commitment, and action in the U.S. thru its partnership with Keep America Beautiful. It’s celebrated annually on November 15. For more information on recycling, and to take the pledge to recycle visit www.AmericaRecyclesDay.org.