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**Media Advisory** Maryland’s First Lady Yumi Hogan to open Department of the Environment’s 16th annual “Rethink Recycling” sculpture contest


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**Media Advisory** Maryland’s First Lady Yumi Hogan to open Department of the Environment’s 16th annual “Rethink Recycling” sculpture contest

Maryland high school students to display their unique recycled art

Baltimore, MD (November 28, 2017) – Maryland’s First Lady Yumi Hogan will deliver opening remarks to high school artists from across the state on Thursday at the Department of the Environment’s 16th annual “Rethink Recycling” Sculpture Contest in Baltimore. Sponsors of the event are Exelon; American Cleaning Institute; Maryland Recycling Network; the Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Beverage Association; Resource Revival; National Aquarium and Waste Management, Inc.



Guest judges for the contest will be John Lewis, an instructor at Maryland Institute College of Art; Rowan Bathurst, a student at Maryland Institute College of Art; Jenna Rayman, a former Rethink Recycling contest winner and Hilary Miller, Director of Environment’s Land and Materials Administration.  Sculptures will be judged based on creativity, use of materials and workmanship. There will also be an award for People’s Choice.



Thursday, November 30, 2017, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Sculptures will be on display beginning at 10 a.m. Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles will open the program and introduce Maryland First Lady, Yumi Hogan, who will give brief remarks. Judging will begin immediately after her remarks and end at noon. The awards presentation will begin at 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. About 60 entries from 21 high schools  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

Anne Arundel County

  • Broadneck HS

Baltimore City

  • Archbishop Curley
  • Baltimore Polytechnic Institute

Baltimore County

  • Eastern Technical HS
  • Franklin HS
  • Jemicy Upper School
  • Lansdowne HS
  • Mount de Sales Academy
  • Patapsco HS & Center for the Arts
  • Redeemer Classical Christian School
  • Towson HS

Carroll County

  • Century HS
  • Liberty HS
  • South Carroll HS

Frederick County

  • Linganore HS
  • Walkersville HS

Howard County

  • Glenelg Country School

Montgomery County

  • The Frost School
  • Northwest HS

Prince George’s County

  • Suitland HS

Washington County

  • Smithsburg HS