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**Media Advisory** Maryland’s First Lady Yumi Hogan to open Department of the Environment’s 17th annual “Rethink Recycling” sculpture contest


Jay Apperson

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**Media Advisory**
Maryland’s First Lady Yumi Hogan to open Department of the Environment’s 17th annual “Rethink Recycling” sculpture contest

Maryland high school students to display their unique recycled art


BALTIMORE, MD (November 29, 2018) – Maryland’s First Lady Yumi Hogan will deliver opening remarks to high school artists from across the state  on Friday at the Department of the Environment’s 17th annual “Rethink Recycling” Sculpture Contest in Baltimore. Sponsors of the event are Exelon;  Blick Art Materials; National Museum of Civil War Medicine; American Cleaning Institute; Maryland Recycling Network; the Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Beverage Association;  National Aquarium and Waste Management, Inc.


WHO:  Guest judges for the contest will be John Lewis, an instructor at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA);  Jenna Rayman, a former Rethink Recycling contest winner; Kasey Jones, an interdisciplinary recycled materials artist and current MICA student; and Hilary Miller, former director of Environment’s  Land and Materials Administration.

WHEN:  Friday, November 30, 2018from 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.

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

WHAT:  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. Previous contestants have created innovative and artistic sculptures using records, plastic bags, old shoes, playing cards, computer parts and more.



Allegany County

Fort Hill HS

Anne Arundel County

Arundel HS

Broadneck HS


Baltimore City

Archbishop Curley


Baltimore County

Garrison Forest School

Jemicy Upper School

Parkville HS

Patapsco HS & Center for the Arts

Towson HS


Carroll County

Century HS

Winters Mill HS

South Carroll HS


Frederick County

Linganore HS

Urbana HS

Walkersville HS


Harford County

Aberdeen HS

C. Milton Wright HS

Joppatowne HS

Howard County

Glenelg Country School


Kent County

Kent County HS


Montgomery County

Northwest HS


Queen Anne’s County

Kent Island HS


Washington County

Smithsburg HS