The Clinton County Solid Waste Management District recently held a Holiday Awards Ceremony in honor of the students who placed first in the 2015 Recycled Christmas Ornament Contest.
Students in grades kindergarten through fifth were asked to make tree ornaments out of recycled or recyclable materials and were encouraged to make their ornament at home with help from family members. The students first submitted their ornament in their classroom contest where one winner was selected from each participating classroom.
The winning classroom ornaments were then judged by the Clinton County Commissioners to find the top 10 winners for the county. The classroom winners were awarded various recycled-content prizes.
On Tuesday, Dec. 8, the 10 county winners, their families, teachers, principals and members of the community gathered at the Clinton County Courthouse to formally recognize each of these students. The group of about 100 observed as each county winner placed his/her winning ornament on the county Christmas tree.
Clinton County Commissioners Mike Curry and Kerry Steed, along with Solid Waste District representatives Jeff Walls, Dori Bishop and Mark Michael presented the winners with their awards and invited guests for refreshments following the program.
Jeff Walls, SWMD Coordinator, informed the guests that this year’s contest was a huge success, having 71 classrooms (and the Christian Heritage Home Educators) participate in the contest. All 71 classroom-winning ornaments decorate the Christmas tree in the courthouse.
The 10 county winners, their school and grade, are: Colston Hicks, kindergarten, Wilmington Christian Academy; Max McCoy, first grade, Holmes Elementary; Ben Alexander, second grade, Christian Heritage Home Educators; Addyson Nicholls, second grade, Putman Elementary; Claire Brown, third grade, New Vienna Elementary; Connor Stokes, third grade, Wilmington Christian Academy; Jayla Gray, fourth grade, Blanchester Intermediate; Graysen Lykins, fourth grade, Blanchester Intermediate; Timmi Mahanes, fifth grade, New Vienna Elementary; and Ashton Fry, fifth grade, New Vienna Elementary.