“We’re promoting recycling by having the contest,” said Janeen Tramble, Trigg County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development. “They’re making trash sculptures out of things that they would normally throw away.”
The contest is open to Kindergarten through 12th grade, and each county has a contest, wherein the students enter into their division, and then three from each division are picked to go on to the regional competition, said Tramble.
The competition is sponsored by the Regional Recycling Corporation, which is a conglomeration of the six counties that take their recycling to Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville, said Tramble, who also stated that the prize money also comes from the RRC.
“And they get their money back from when the county takes the recycling from the recycling center to them,” Tramble said.
The county competition was held this year on Tuesday, Nov. 23, at the Trigg County Middle School Library, and a total of 172 students competed, said Tramble, who added that participation is higher than it has ever been.
Tramble said that many teachers participated this year, which is why so many students competed, and she added that middle school teacher Lisa Calhoun was the teacher with the largest percentage of participation.
“I’m sure it helps that Lisa Calhoun requires it of her eighth grade science students,” Tramble said. “A lot of teachers do promote it at school.”
In lower elementary, Zoi Burcham won first place, while Bryce Cunningham placed second and Anthony Ethridge placed third. In upper elementary, Lori Thurston won first place, while Kali Oakley placed second and Gerrett McCormick placed third. And in middle school, Hannah McNeilly won first place, while Kayla Tyler placed second and Mallory Mize placed third.
However, Mize also won best in show, and she also won first place at the regional competition, which was held on Friday, Dec. 10, in Princeton. Tramble said that 899 students participated in the regional competition.
At last Tuesday’s Trigg County Fiscal Court meeting, sculptures made by Trigg County students were were displayed, and Trigg County Judge Executive Stan Humphries gave them monetary awards.
Mize’s turkey sculpture and others in the competition are at the Trigg County Courthouse.