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Maryland Department of the Environment to present 15th annual “Rethink Recycling” sculpture contest award


Jay Apperson

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Maryland Department of the Environment to present 15th annual “Rethink Recycling” sculpture contest award

Maryland high school students to display their unique recycled art

Baltimore, MD (Nov. 17, 2016) – The Maryland Department of the Environment will host the 15th annual “Rethink Recycling” Sculpture Contest for Maryland high school students Friday in Baltimore. Sponsors of the event are American Visionary Arts Museum, the American Cleaning Institute, Call2Recycle, Giant Food, Exelon, the Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Beverage Association, Maryland Recycling Network, the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Rehrig Pacific, Waste Management Inc., and Whole Foods.


Guest judges for the contest will be John Lewis, Assistant Director, American Visionary Art Museum; Rowan Bathurst, student, Maryland Institute College of Art; Jenna Rayman, former Rethink Recycling contest winner; and Hilary Miller, Director, Land Management Administration, Department of the Environment. Sculptures will be judged based on creativity, use of materials and workmanship.


Friday, November 18, 2016, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Sculptures will be on display beginning at 10 a.m. Judging will begin at 10 a.m. and end at noon. Department of the Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles will announce winners and present awards beginning at 12:15 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. About 70 entries from 33 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 Schools

  • Anne Arundel

    • Arundel High School
    • Old Mills High School
  • Baltimore City

    • Archbishop Curley
    • Baltimore Polytechnic Institute
    • Benjamin Franklin High School
  • Baltimore County

    • Eastern Technical High School
    • Franklin High School
    • Jemicy Upper School
    • Lansdowne High School
    • Mount de Sales Academy
    • Parkville High School
    • Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts
    • Randallstown High School
    • Redeemer Classical Christian School
    • Western School of Technology
  • Calvert County

    • The Calverton School
  • Caroline County

    • Colonel Richardson High School
  • Carroll County

    • Century High School
    • Liberty High School
    • South Carroll High School
  • Frederick County

    • Linganore High School
    • Oakdale High School
    • Walkersville High School
  • Garrett County

    • Southern Garrett County High School
  • Howard County

    • Glenelg Country School
  • Montgomery County

    • The Frost School
    • Northwest High School
    • Northwood High School
  • Prince George’s County

    • Eleanor Roosevelt High School
    • Gwynn Park High School
    • Northwestern High School
    • Suitland High School
    • Surrattsville High School

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