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‘The kids are so creative’: Carroll County high school students show art made with recycled materials at state contest

For some Carroll County high school students, one person’s junk can be part of an art student’s sculpture.

Several county students created sculptures made from recycled materials and competed against exhibits made by students across the state at the Maryland Department of the Environment in Baltimore on Friday morning.


This year’s competition featured 60 entries from 16 high schools in 11 counties. Century, Liberty, South Carroll and Winters Mill high schools participated in the contest. Two Carroll County students earned special recognition, according to a state news release.

Hayley Boone, of South Carroll High School, was honored in the “Use of Materials” category for her creation “Sir Salvage,” which was made from papier-mache, plastic spoons, plastic containers, guitar, scrap fabric, curtain, bracelets, necklaces and brooches.


Lili White, also of South Carroll, was honored in the “People’s Choice” category for “Oneirataxta,” which was made from compact discs, basket fibers, tissue paper, fabric and a TV.

Century High School has been a part of the annual contest since 2003. Art teacher and art honor society sponsor Nicole Diem said the school’s three finalists to the state competition were decided by an anonymous vote from non-art teachers.

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“The kids are so creative,” Diem said, “and they rarely get an opportunity to be creative with recycled materials.”

Century freshman Abby Henry earned third place with her creation — a dress made by hot-gluing together used paper plates from her home. She said completing the sculpture was a process of trial and error, but making a dress from something other than fabric was a learning experience.

“I really like fashion and I wanted to incorporate that in my art,” Henry said, “so that’s how I came up with the dress.”

For second-place finisher and Century sophomore Hannah Jaar, inspiration was easy to come by.

“It came to me randomly,” Jaar said. “We were sitting in one of our meetings and they said something about a junk sculpture and I immediately thought of a frog wearing overalls. I don’t really know why.”

Jaar’s sculpture is made from bottle caps that she collected from local bars. Jaar said she spent more than 20 hours on the project. Participating students completed sculptures on their own time.


“I feel like it helped me like think outside the box a little more,” Jaar said.