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Release Date: 11/26/2019
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Towson High student wins People’s Choice Award in 18th annual Rethink Recycling Sculpture Contest

Sam Birkenthal honored for building clock from cardboard

TOWSON, MD. – Sam Birkenthal, a Towson High student, earned the 1st place People’s Choice Award in the 18th annual Rethink Recycling Sculpture Contest hosted by the Maryland Department of the Environment.

Each year, the contest challenges Maryland high school students to use recycled materials to create artistic and innovative sculptures. This year, 66 entries from 20 high schools in 14 counties across the state were on display at Montgomery Park in Baltimore City.

Birkenthal received Sony Wireless ear buds for creating “Six Nineteen," a clock made entirely of cardboard. Prizes were presented to Birkenthal and seven other student winners by Environment Secretary Ben Grumbles.

“Maryland’s youthful artists inspire us all to reduce, reuse, recycle, and rethink waste so we can keep protecting the environment and fighting climate change well into the future," Secretary Grumbles said. “Last year Marylanders recycled nearly 3.1 million tons of municipal solid waste and diverted nearly 48 percent of our waste from landfills and incinerators, with the future looking brighter and greener thanks to student-led innovations and creations."

Sponsors of the event were the American Cleaning Institute; Exelon; Maryland Recycling Network; Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Beverage Association; Blick Art Materials; Baltimore Museum of Art; National Aquarium; and Waste Management.

(Reporters, editors, producers – A photo of Birkenthal accompanies this release.)

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