GREENBRIER COUNTY – The Recycling Coalition of West Virginia has announced the third of five statewide, age-category winners in the West Virginia Recycles Youth Contest. Winners were chosen from about 800 entries submitted in all age groups from across the state.
Alexander Ayers, a 16-year-old 11th-grader at Greenbrier West High School, was chosen by the Coalition judges as the winner in the high school division of the Freedom Contest. The Coalition’s Freedom Contest encourages students to express themselves by creating a painting or drawing, writing a poem, composing or recording a song, producing a video, writing an essay, sculpting something, or completing any project based on a recycling theme.
The winning entry was a song written and performed by Ayers, which questions why things are not recycled. Ayers received a $150 gift card for his efforts during a presentation on Jan. 3 at the high school. A companion $200 gift card for classroom use was presented to his teacher, Chrissy Bowles.
The goals of the Coalition’s Youth Contest are to encourage students to use their creativity and learn about recycling. The West Virginia Recycles campaign features the theme, “It All Comes Back to You.” The slogan presents multiple messages: a recycled product or material can return to consumers as a new product; recycling comes back to consumers as an improved environment; and it is everyone’s responsibility to recycle.
The Recycling Coalition of West Virginia is a non-profit environmental organization whose mission is to promote the effective and sustainable reduction, reuse and recycling of materials otherwise destined for disposal. The Recycling Coalition pursues these goals through the promotion of purchasing products made with recycled content material; by coordinating and facilitating activities relative to recycling; and by fostering communication among organizations, government agencies and individuals through the sharing of ideas and resources.