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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.

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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.

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