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Creativity and ingenuity shine in ISRI and JASON Learning's 2022-23 Youth Recycling Contest

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ISRI’s Peter Van Houten presents Barbie Lin with the ISRI and JASON Learning Poster Contest award. ISRI

ISRI and JASON Learning have presented the winners of the 2022-2023 Youth Video and Poster Contest at the organization's ISRI2023 Convention and Exposition. Contestants in grades K to 12 submitted original posters or videos that communicated one central theme – Recycling: The Key to Sustainability.

"It's exciting to see the ingenuity and creativity of this year's Youth Video and Poster contest entries and the excellence exhibited in presenting the message of recycling as the key to sustainability," says ISRI President Robin Wiener. "By combining STEM and elements of the recycled materials industry, winners highlighted the importance of recycling to the continuation of a resilient planet."

This year's poster contest winner is Barbie Lin, a grade eight student at Myra S. Barnes Intermediate School 24 in Staten Island, N.Y. Lin's teacher is Michele Corio. 

The video contest winners are on Team Blue Steel, which consists of Bailey Maltese, Yaesung Kim, and Ashvin Saini, who are fifth graders at Willow Springs Elementary in Fairfax, V.A. Team Blue Steel's teacher is Logan Williams. 

"JASON Learning is proud to support the ISRI Youth Recycling Contest, which showcases the incredible work of students across the country who have dedicated themselves to learning about sustainability and recycling," says Dr. Eleanor Smalley, president and CEO of JASON Learning. "Although five states are represented from the finalists, we had over 150 entries from across 11 states: Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. It takes a lot of effort to participate in this contest, and we are thrilled to see so many educators using our open-source recycling curriculum to inspire the next generation of environmental leaders." 

ISRI partners with JASON Learning annually for the contest for grades K to 12 that features recycling-related themes.

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