Aynor Middle School student wins recycled art contest

Below is a news release from the Solid Waste Authority.

November 15, 2013 - CONWAY, SC ----  Katelyn Barnhill knows how to turn trash into treasure.  The Aynor Middle School seventh-grader took used plastic bags to create a piece of art she called, "Give a Hoot! Don't Pollute!" which was selected as the grand prize winner in the Horry County Solid Waste Authority's POP (Protect Our Planet) Art Contest on America Recycles Day, November 15, 2013.

As the grand prizewinner, Katelyn received a Nook, a plaque and a prize pack of recycled-content school supplies.

This was the eighth year the Horry County Solid Waste Authority offered the POP Art Contest.  "The contest is designed to promote environmental awareness and highlight the creative talents of students. The contest was open to all middle school students in Horry County, and sixty-eight entries were received for this year's contest", according to Esther Murphy, Director of Recycling and Corporate Affairs.

The students were required to create a work of art using at least 70% of a specified material chosen by the Horry County Solid Waste Authority.  This year's material was used plastic bags, a material that is usually ends up as litter and thrown away.

"Give a Hoot! Don't Pollute!" will be on display at the Horry County Solid Waste Authority located on Hwy 90 in Conway through January.  For additional information, please contact the Horry County Solid Waste Authority at 843-347-1651 or visit them on the web at www.SolidWasteAuthority.org.

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