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Samantha Kappalman

Jay Apperson


Maryland First Lady Katie O'Malley to Present "Rethink Recycling" Sculpture Contest Awards Maryland high school students to display their unique recycled art

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) will host the 11th Annual “Rethink Recycling” Sculpture Contest for Maryland high school students. Maryland First Lady, Katie O’Malley will deliver remarks and present contest winners with their awards. Sponsors include: Giant Food, Constellation Energy, the Maryland, Delaware, DC Beverage Association, the American Visionary Art Museum, the American Cleaning Institute, Maryland Recycling Network, Waste Management Inc., Call2Recycle and Sims Recycling Solutions.  Former environmental education specialist, artist and founder of "Trashion," Rita Mazzo Galindo, Dan Johannes of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and MDE Deputy Secretary Kathy Kinsey will serve as judges to determine contest winners based on creativity, use of materials and workmanship.  



Friday, November 16, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sculptures will be on display beginning at 10 a.m. and the winners will be announced at approximately 12:30 p.m.



Montgomery Park Business Center Auditorium, 1800 Washington Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21230



Since 2001, MDE has celebrated America Recycles Day by hosting the annual “Rethink Recycling” Sculpture Contest. High school students from across Maryland are invited to participate by creating sculptures made of recycled and reusable materials. Approximately 60 entries from 23 different high schools across the state will be judged. Previous contestants have created innovative and artistic sculptures using records, plastic bags, old shoes, playing cards, computer parts and more.


Participating High Schools:

Baltimore City

Boys' Latin School


Baltimore County

Catonsville High School, Mount de Sales Academy, Parkville High School, Redeemer Classical Christian School, Sparrows Point High School and Western School of Technology & Environmental Science


Calvert County

The Calverton School


Carroll County

Century High School, Liberty High School and South Carroll High School


Frederick County

Linganore High School, Middletown High School and Walkersville High School


Garrett County

Northern Garrett High School and Southern Garrett High School


Harford County

The Arrow Center for Education


Howard County

Glenelg Country School


Prince George's County

Charles Herbert Flowers High School, Northwestern High School and Suitland High School -Center for Performing Arts


Washington County

Smithsburg High School and Williamsport High School