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For Release: Wednesday, July 13, 2011

DEC Announces New York Recycles Poster Contest Winners

All New York State public and private school children were invited to showcase their artistic talents and their commitment to the environment by participating in the 2011 New York Recycles Poster Contest sponsored by the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the New York Recycles Committee.

The New York Recycles poster contest judging took place in June with more than 650 posters submitted. All judges remarked on the number of excellent submissions received and indicated deciding the best posters was a difficult job. The winning posters will be used in the 2012 New York Recycles Calendar. This annual calendar is a daily reminder to reduce, reuse & recycle.

Winning posters were chosen in five grade categories including K-3, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12 and Special Needs. All the students that participate are winners; they understand the importance of protecting our environment by taking action.

2011 New York Recycles Poster Contest Winners
Student's Name Place Grade School City
Samuel Ahn 1st 3 PS 203 Oakland Gardens Bayside
Emalie Malandro 2nd 1 School 15 Yonkers
Kevin Majano 3rd 2 Burnes Ave School Hicksville
Jeffrey Fukushima 1st 6 Paideia School Yonkers
Emily Melita 2nd 5 Northwood Elementary Hilton
Charles Bedell 3rd 4 Dutch Lane School Hicksville
Brynn Vaher Runner-up 5 Maplewood Elementary Huntington Station
Andy Mrose 1st 8 Paideia School Yonkers
Sophia Ragalskyj 2nd 8 Our Lady of Mercy HS Rochester
Lindsey Caines 3rd 8 Our Lady of Mercy HS Rochester
Nicole Fay Runner-up 8 Oceanside Middle Oceanside
Brooke Schiff 1st 10 HAFTR High School Cedarhurt
Ming Dong Zhang 2nd 12 Herbert H Lehman HS Bronx
Zach McKeeby 3rd 11 Duanesburgh High School Delanson
Kevin Franklin 1st Special Seaman Neck Middle School Seaford
Amy Baker 2nd Special Sauquoit Valley Middle School Sauquoit
Kelly Ottaunick 3rd Special Rosemary Kennedy School (BOCES) Wantagh

For more information on the various poster contests DEC offers students every year and to view the past year's New York Recycles winning posters, visit the DEC website. The 2011 poster winners will be posted in December to coincide with the 2012 New York Recycles Calendar.

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