By Staff Reports
(Victorville)– The 2013 Victorville Recycle Week event may be over, but the recycling spark it ignited lives on.
During the week-long event, local students became involved in a variety of different activities, all designed to enhance their understanding of the important role that recycling plays in the future of our planet.
The Recycle Week program offered opportunities for the schools to earn points from a number of activities
Congratulations go out to Morgan Kincaid Preparatory School for earning the most overall points, garnering a cash prize of $1,000 (funded by Burrtec), and regaining possession of the coveted “traveling trophy” for the upcoming year. They also won the CRV Bottle and Can Collection Drive.
Cash prizes were also awarded to the second place point winner, Brent- wood School of Business & Leader- ship, and third place point winner, Mountain View Montessori Charter School, who also won the Newspaper Collection Drive.
One of the most popular events is the sculpture contest, where students crafted a work of art made totally from
recycled materials. Out of more than 100 sculptures submitted, the Grand Prize went to Jasmine Hernandez from Morgan Kincaid Preparatory School, for her clever sculpture of a Gryphon, the school’s mascot.
The Second Place Runner-Up in the Sculpture Contest went to Emanuel Zamorano from Morgan Kincaid, and the Third Place Runner-Up went to Alexis Howell from Brentwood Elementary School.
The judging committee also awarded Honorable Mentions to the top contenders for their sculptures. Those awards went to Christopher Morgan, Rudy Espinoza, Orlando Perelra, Jonathan Catabay, Vanessa Gomez, and Journii Parker, all from Morgan Kincaid; William Brinlee-Castro from Brent- wood Elementary; and the Room 35 students (2nd and 3rd grade class) of Mountain View Montessori Charter School.
The Grand Prize in the poster contest, where students created posters that depict a recycling theme, went to six-year-old Samantha Treto from Mountain View Montessori School. Samantha’s poster was chosen from among the nearly 700 that were submitted.
Also acknowledged was Second Place Runner-Up Michael Bernal from Mojave Vista Elementary School, and Third Place Runner-Up Christian Aiello from Morgan Kincaid.
This year’s event welcomed two new categories—a YouTube video to be created by a student group, and a photo contest.
The Grand Prize for the student YouTube video went to the students from Green Tree Elementary. Twin sisters, Sharie and Sharyn Ford from Silverado High School, took the Grand Prize for the photo contest.
The top winners were invited to the February 4 Victorville City Council meeting to be recognized and honored by the Council, not only for their accomplishments in this event, but for their commitment to recycling efforts in our community.
The annual Victorville Recycle Week is held each November, and is sponsored by the City of Victorville Recycling Program and Burrtec Waste Industries.