Putting in hours during art class and more on her own time, Century High School student Katelyn Schildt transformed a mannequin arm, plastic forks and spoons, broken jewelry and paint into a glittering celebration of love.
Schildt was chosen as the grand prize winner out of 61 entries from 21 high schools across the state in the “Rethink Recycling” Sculpture Contest, which encourages Maryland high school students to create sculpture from materials that would otherwise become waste. Another Carroll student, Taylor Alexander, of South Carroll High School, won first place in the workmanship category.
The top pieces were judged at a ceremony in Baltimore last Thursday attended by Maryland First Lady Yumi Hogan and Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles.
Art teacher Lisa Katz said Alexander’s work was meticulous. “There was not a hair out of place. It was beautifully done.”
Katz said she has a whole room where she stores materials for the recycled sculpture projects and tries to impart to students the good they are doing by using items that would otherwise be wasteful or damaging to the earth.
"The Rethink Recycling sculpture contest provides a wonderful opportunity to introduce young artists to science, and our STEM students to the arts,” Hogan said in a release fom the Maryland Department of the Environment. “By exposing students to both of these important fields we are teaching them to better understand each other, all while helping our environment and keeping Maryland a beautiful and healthy place to live for generations to come."