Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Pasco students show off the art of recycling


Bottle caps and newspapers. Soda cans and plastic bottles. Tiny toys and a pair of Converse sneakers.

These are just some of the materials that went into making works of art on display at the Pasco County Government Center.

High school students from throughout the county rustled through their trash for the annual Pasco Art of Recycling Contest. Sponsored by Pasco County Schools, Pasco County Recycling and the Pasco Arts Council, the contest originated 18 years ago as a way to promote the importance of recycling and environmental awareness through the works of emerging artists.

Some students came away with ribbons and cash awards for their ingenuity and the message they brought forth — from Kaitlyn Brusik's first place for a sea turtle with a shell made of soda cans, to Patience Jennett's octopus made from finely cut pieces of aluminum, to Brenna McCauley's masterful dog sculpture made from a batch of cast off toys — Legos, figurines, tiny metal cars and the like — that had been artfully glued together.

The free public exhibit runs through Feb 28. Catch it and be inspired.

. If you go

Art of Recycling

• The 18th annual Pasco Art of Recycling high school art competition is on display through Feb. 28 at the West Pasco Government Center, 8731 Citizens Drive, Board Room Lobby, New Port Richey. Entered students competed for $2,100 in awards donated by community sponsors. Winning art will also be displayed March 3-28 at the District School Board of Pasco County, 7227 Land O'Lakes Boulevard, Lobby of Building 3, Land O'Lakes.

• For information on Pasco County recycling sites, go

Pasco Art of Recycling winners

First place/People's Choice: Kaitlyn Brusik, J.W. Mitchell High; second: Ashley Gourlay, Ridgewood High; third: Lukas Leibrecht, Genesis Preparatory; Arts of Recycling Committee/People's Choice: Brenna McCauley, Anclote High; Commissioner's Award: Amber Alonso, J.W. Mitchell High; Best Environmental Concept: Evan Roberson, J.W. Mitchell High; Best Artistic: Hannah Cutkomp, Zephyrhills High; Most Innovative: Ashley Dioguardi, Ridgewood High; Best Use of Plastic: Trevor Sells, Genesis Preparatory; Best Use of Materials: Alexander Minnick, Sunlake High; Best Use of Aluminum: Emily Ringer, Sunlake High; Best Use of Printed Material: Patience Jennett, Genesis Preparatory; Covanta Award: Robert Guerrieri, Ridgewood High; Pasco Arts Council Merit Award: Joshua Sanders, River Ridge High; honorable mention: Joshua Konruff, Land O'Lakes High and Gavin Johnson, Pasco High.

Pasco students show off the art of recycling 02/20/14 [Last modified: Thursday, February 20, 2014 3:03pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. 'Only the Brave' honors sacrifice of front line firefighters amid California wildfires


    No one knew that the release date for the forest firefighting movie Only the Brave' would coincide with one of the most destructive wildfires in California history.

    Brendan McDonough (Miles Teller), Chris MacKenzie (Taylor Kitsch), plan to do the backburn at the Chiricahua Mtn. fireline in  ONLY THE BRAVE. (Columbia Pictures)
  2. 'The Snowman' has a star-studded cast based on a blockbuster murder novel, but it's a mess


    Mr. Alfredson, you could have saved it. We gave you all the tools — a star-studded cast, a blockbuster best-selling Scandinavian murder novel by Jo Nesbo, and three time Oscar winning editor Thelma Schoonmaker. So why is The Snowman such a jumbled nonsensical mess?

    Michael Fassbender in "The Snowman." (Universal Pictures)  1213107
  3. Find every new Shine festival mural in St. Petersburg with this map and photos

    Visual Arts

    The leaves don't really change in Florida, but go outside and it's clearly that time of year when St. Petersburg's walls get a little more colorful.

    There are 14 new murals up in St. Petersburg for the Shine Mural Festival. [Eve Edelheit | Staff]
  4. Michael Connelly's 'Two Kinds of Truth' is Bosch at his best


    Harry Bosch's office is a long way from his former desk in the Los Angeles Police Department's elite robbery-homicide squad.

  5. Local craft beer of the week: Malt liquor? Yes — 3 Daughters Brewing's Ctrl + Malt + Del

    Bars & Spirits

    In 2004, Delaware's Dogfish Head Brewery was well into the process of making a name for itself through envelope-pushing beers, like 120-Minute IPA and World Wide Stout, brews notorious for their astronomical alcohol content.

    Photo by Justin Grant