Southern High School Students Win at State "Rethink Recycling" Sculpture Competition

Last Updated on Nov 20, 2014 at 1:58pm |

by Kim Madigan, Recycling Coordinator for the Garrett County Department of Solid Waste & Recycling
 
 
Garrett County Solid Waste & Recycling and Co-Host Garrett County Arts Council celebrated America Recycles Day with a trip to the State “Rethink Recycling” Sculpture Competition.  The event was held on Friday, November 14, 2014 at the Maryland Department of the Environment Headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland.
 
The Regional Rethink Recycling Sculpture Contest was cancelled this year so students from Southern High School competed against each other for the four (4) spots available at the State Sculpture Competition.  The triumphant students were Molly Browning, 11th grade; Maura McCann, 10th grade; Emily Rolf, 12th grade; and Hollie Ann Deems, 11th grade. 
 
In the State Competition, first and second place awards are given in four categories:  “Creativity/Uniqueness”, “Craftsmanship”, “Best Use of Materials”, and “Popularity”.  The audience in attendance is asked to vote for their favorite sculpture.  One sculpture is voted “Most Popular” among the crowd.  And, finally, the sculpture with the most total points scored by the judges, is awarded the “Best-in-Show”.  (Nine awards in total are selected.)
 
In this year’s Sculpture Competition there were more than 60 entries from 23 high schools competing from all over the State of Maryland. 
 
Southern High School’s Miss Molly Browning won 1st place in “Creativity/Uniqueness” for her gorilla titled, “Tribute to the King of the Jungle.”  Miss Maura McCann won 2nd place for her sculpture titled “Maryland’s Beauty” in the “Best Use of Materials” category.
 
 
 
Mr. Rob Roblin, WBAL-TV in Baltimore, interviewed Miss Browning at the competition.  His report can be seen at:
http://www.wbaltv.com/news/students-compete-in-recycling-sculpture-contest/29728530 .
 
 
Miss Maura McCann won 2nd place for her sculpture titled “Maryland’s Beauty” in the “Best Use of Materials” category.
 
                    
 
 
 
Funding for travel and expenses were made possible through an Opportunity Grant awarded by the Garrett County Arts council.  There was also support of following local businesses and non-profit organizations:  Lakeside Creamery, Madigan’s Auto Sales, Mike & Kim Madigan, Mtn. Laurel Garden Club, Sunrise Sanitation Services, Inc. and the Wisp Resort.
 
Special thanks are given to the Garrett County Arts Council and Director Ms. Karen Reckner for their continued belief and support of this program.  All of the sculptures from the Southern High School students will be on display at The Gallery Shop, 206 E. Alder St., Oakland, Maryland, 21550, 301.334.6580; Saturday, November 15, 2014 – November 29, 2014.
 
After the private show at The Gallery Shop, the sculptures will travel to the window display at the Oakland Ruth Enlow Library at 6 North 2nd Street, Oakland, Md.
 
If there are questions, suggestions or comments regarding any of the FREE recycling programs available in Garrett County, please contact Kimberly Madigan at 301-387-0322.