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Students' posters selected for state-wide calendar

Two Federal Way students will see 5,000 copies of their art distributed across the state.

Tine Wahl and Erikka Fisk of Spring Valley Montessori School are two of the 14 winners statewide in the America Recycles Day poster contest. Students in kindergarten through eighth-grade from across the state were invited to submit original artwork illustrating the importance of recycling.

About 850 pieces of art were entered in the contest.

“I wanted to try to say something about how a lot more could be done in terms of recycling,” said Fisk, 13, “Lots that is thrown away could be recycled. I get pretty frustrated about how our atmosphere is being polluted. There’s bottles, cans, crumpled up items all over — a bunch of garbage that shouldn’t be there.”

The eighth grader’s winning poster depicts a school hallway with two teenagers, a garbage can and a much larger and fuller recycling bin. On the hallway wall are two posters. One says, “Please Recycle — It’s Our World Tomorrow.”

The other is a poem.

“It particularly struck us the clever way Erikka worked the poem into her poster,” said Terri Washburn, the statewide coordinator and one of the contest’s judges. “With all of the contestants there were, two winners from the same school is a big deal.”

Wahl, 12, likes to draw, so she jumped at the chance to enter the contest.

“The more reminders people have about recycling, the more likely people are to do it, I think,” said Wahl, a seventh grader. “All of us would have a better life, all of us including the animals and the birds, if we made our world a cleaner place.”

The 14 winning posters have been combined into a calender for 2002, with a poster for one for each month and the back and front covers. Some 5,000 copies are being printed and will be distributed to county-wide recycling programs and schools.

Fisk’s drawing will set off September and Wahl’s will illustrate July. Both will receive 10 copies of the calender to give to loved ones.

The contest winners, as well as the artists of eight additional posters that gained honorable mentions, were honored at a reception at the Washington State Capitol Building Rotunda in Olympia on Nov. 15, America Recycles Day.

“We had a large group, and it was a good event,” Washburn said. “There were winners from all over the state ... as far away as Yakima, Spokane and Vancouver. Some came with their parents, their entire families, their teachers and one winner brought her whole class.”

The winners were presented certificates of appreciation, and the entire group had a chance to tour of Capitol, grab a buffet lunch and have a bite of celebratory cake.

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