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Eight Maryland Students Win EPA Earth Day Poster Contest -- Two winners get national recognition

Release Date: 05/06/2010
Contact Information: Roy Seneca seneca.roy@epa.gov (215) 814-5567

(PHILADELPHIA – May 6, 2010) – Eight Maryland students were among the winners of an Earth Day poster contest sponsored by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency mid-Atlantic region and the Philadelphia Zoo.

Posters from two of the winners, 10th grader Alexi Spector of North Harford High School in Pylesville and 11th grader Katherine Ha from Poolsville High School in Poolsville also received national recognition as their posters were selected as EPA’s official 40th anniversary Earth Day posters.

Spector's poster design was also used on the official 40th anniversary EPA Earth Day T-shirt. Both girls traveled to Washington. D.C. for Earth Day ceremonies, and their posters are on display at EPA regional offices nationwide. All the Maryland winners and their categories include:

    Sahil Talati, a third-grader at the Calverton Elementary School in Beltsville, in the “Climate Change” category for grades three through five.
    Christine Condon, a sixth-grader at the Ridgely Middle School in Lutherville, in the “Climate Change” category for students in grades six through eight.
    Corrine Wolfe, a seventh-grader from the Patterson Mill Middle School in Bel Air, in the “Climate Change” category for grades six through eight.
    Madison Trupia, a seventh-grader from Patterson Mill Middle School in Bel Air, in the “Meaning of Earth Day” category for grades six through eight.
    Ann Marie Colburn, a ninth-grader at La Plata High School in La Plata, in the “Protected Habitats/Endangered Species” category for grades nine through 12.
    Katherine Ha, an 11th-grader at Poolesville High School in Poolesville, in the “Protect Habitats/Endangered Species” category for grades nine through 12.
    Alexi Spector, a 10th-grader at North Harford High School, in Pylesville in the “Protect Habitats/Endangered Species” category for grades nine through 12.
    Asha Kelton, a 10th-grader at Thomas Stone High School in Waldorf, in the “Meaning of Earth Day” category for grades nine through 12.

The winning posters can be viewed on the EPA website at http://www.epa.gov/region03/ee/posters2010/ .

The contest was for students in kindergarten through grade 12 in EPA’s mid-Atlantic region, which includes Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. Students submitted hand-created drawings in three categories. Winning entries and others were displayed at the Philadelphia Zoo for EPA’s 40th anniversary Earth Day celebration. Many posters continue to be displayed at the EPA’s Public Information Center in Philadelphia.