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America Recycles Poster Contest winners announced

America Recycles Day Poster Winners: front row Natalia V. Chavez Padilla, Jonathan Lambertsen, Bennett Schmidt, Carson Erikson and Brianna Valdez second row: Julian Lomeli Cervantes, Landon Stonewall, Rhianna Murty and Genevieve Gavarrete. Missing from the photo was Cecilia Jimenez Magana, Melea K. Matthew, Emma Brown and Noah DeSotel.

MARSHALLTOWN – Thirteen Marshall County students received honors for creating winning poster designs during an America Recycles Day celebration held on Nov. 14 at Iowa Valley Continuing Education. Emma Brown, a sixth grader at Green Mountain-Garwin Elementary, was chosen the grand prize winner of $100 from the Marshall County Landfill. Emma’s poster was selected from more than 750 poster entries as the cover of the 2019 calendar.

This was the 15th year that a contest has been held for students in grades K-6 in the Marshall County Landfill service area to enter a recycling theme poster. The winning posters are then printed on calendars that remind everyone to protect the environment by reducing solid waste through recycling.

Winners of this year’s Calendar Poster Contest are: Natalia V. Chavez Padilla, kindergarten, Woodbury; Jonathan Lambertsen, kindergarten, GMG; Bennett Schmidt, first grade, GMG; Carson Erikson, second grade, Fisher; Cecilia Jimenez Magana, second grade, Woodbury; Brianna Valdez, third grade, Woodbury; Julian Lomeli Cervantes, fourth grade, Woodbury; Melea K. Matthew, fourth grade, Woodbury; Landon Stonewall, fourth grade, GMG; Rhianna Murty, fifth grade, GMG; Emma Brown, sixth grade, GMG; Noah DeSotel, sixth grade West Marshall; and Genevieve Gavarrete, sixth grade, West Marshall.

Don Ballalatak, Marshall County Landfill manager, thanked the students for their hard work on the designs and presented each winner with a certificate, a cash award, an America Recycles Day t-shirt, and a packet of calendars for family members, classmates and teachers.

Pam Blake, Director Recycling and Solid Waste Education at IVCE, and Carol Vert, Marshall County Landfill Office Manager, organized the contest and distributed information on the 2019 contest. Teachers were thanked for supporting the contest and including recycling education in the classroom.

For more information about the poster/calendar contest, families and teachers can contact the Marshall County Landfill at 641-752-0646 or Blake at IVCE, 641-844-5617 or 1-800-284-4823. Blake also is available to present recycling information in the classroom and community.

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