2013 Poster, Poetry and Prose Exhibit

Lending a Hand to Protect Our Precious Land!

Students recognized for creativity on the importance of preventing land pollution

On Saturday, March 23, Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett honored a group of distinguished Illinois fifth and sixth grade students selected for their creative skills used to express environmental awareness, as part of the Agency's 26th annual Poster, Poetry and Prose Contest. This year's theme focused on storm water pollution and ways to prevent it with Lending a Hand to Protect Our Precious Land!

The writers and artists selected from throughout Illinois were recognized at a reception in the Old State Capitol in downtown Springfield.

"For more than a quarter of a century, thousands of fifth and sixth grade students have creatively demonstrated the importance of good environmental stewardship and passed this knowledge on to others as important life lessons that go beyond the classroom," said Director Bonnett.

Poetry/Prose Top Award Winners:

Charlie Blackburn
Garfield Montessori in Decatur

Kipp Knecht
Rotolo Middle School in Batavia

 

Joana Mathew
Washington School in Glenview

 

Bella Mittleman
Garfield Montessori in Decatur

 

Edward Romero
St. Sylvester School in Chicago

Katherine Tichy
Hoover Math & Science Academy in Schaumburg

Young artists whose posters placed in the top six slots were:

Raphael Gershman
Hoover Math & Science Academy in Schaumburg

Katharine Hart
St. Cletus School in LaGrange

 

Sophia Liu
Countryside School in Champaign

 

Ella Lugar
St. John's Lutheran in Mattoon

 

Mirella Rivera
Washington School in Glenview

Safa Subhani
Washington School in Glenview

A panel from the Illinois EPA judged all entries and selected the finalists, whose entries were then judged by an outside panel of authorities, to determine the top 12 winners.

Each spring, students learn about environmental protection of the air, land, and water through the Agency's environmental education guide, "Environmental Pathways –Youth Investigating Pollution Issues in Illinois." Following the completion of the guide, students use their creative talents to visually articulate, in the form of a poster or a written work, their ideas of how they can protect our precious resources — air, land, and water. Special emphasis is given to one of those three areas on an annual, rotating basis with this year's focus being on preventing land pollution.

The students, their families, and teachers were invited to the reception at which the top 12 winners received environmental reference books for their school libraries. The winners, along with all finalists, also received certificates and ribbons for their creative efforts. In addition to the award, tours of the Old State Capitol were given to winners before and after the awards ceremony.

Following the ceremony, the winning entries will be on exhibit in the atrium at Illinois EPA's Springfield headquarters from March 25 through April 26 and the top 12 entries will be featured on the Illinois EPA's web site.

Information about the annual event can be obtained by contacting Kristi Morris, environmental education coordinator for the Illinois EPA at 1021 North Grand Avenue E., P.O. Box 19276, Springfield, IL, 62794-9276.