Winners chosen in statewide eco-education art contest

8 Arkansas school districts represented in winner, honorable mention lists

LITTLE ROCK (May 16, 2016) – Six pieces of student artwork conveying messages about keeping Arkansas clean and green have been chosen as winners in the Great American Cleanup™ in Arkansas Youth Poster Contest promoted by the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB).

Winners in the Grades K-2 division are:

  • First Place – Jaydin Waggoner, second-grader at Caddo Hills Elementary School in Norman (Montgomery County)
  • Second Place – Russell Moon, second-grader at Centerpoint Primary School in Glenwood (Pike and Montgomery counties)
  • Third Place – Kinley Jeffcoat, second-grader at City Heights Elementary School in Van Buren (Crawford County)

Winners in the Grades 3-5 division include:

  • First Place – Verona Friday, fifth-grader at Owl Creek School in Fayetteville (Washington County)
  • Second Place – Ana Castaneda, fourth-grader at King Elementary School in Van Buren
  • Third Place – Hannah Nichols, third-grader at Bernice Young Elementary School in Springdale (Washington County)

Students receiving an Honorable Mention include:

  • Diego Arnold, fifth-grader at King Elementary School in Van Buren
  • Ethan Baker, fourth-grader at Rivercrest Elementary School in Wilson (Mississippi County)
  • Morgan Carbonaro, first-grader at Sherwood Elementary School in Sherwood (Pulaski County)
  • Avery Barden, kindergartner at eStem Elementary School in Little Rock (Pulaski County)
  • Mia Evans, first-grader at eStem Elementary School in Little Rock
  • Kathryn Langston, third-grader at William J. Clinton Elementary School in Sherwood
  • “Max” Yu Liu, fourth-grader at Leverett Elementary School in Fayetteville
  • Lila Murray, first-grader at eStem Elementary School in Little Rock
  • Arlenee Rojo, fifth-grader at Caddo Hills Elementary School in Norman
  • Maya Valley, kindergartner at eStem Elementary School in Little Rock
  • Noah Walser, kindergartner at Don R. Roberts Elementary School in Little Rock
  • Maggie Wimberley, third-grader at eStem Elementary School in Little Rock

The winning entries are posted on

The Youth Poster Contest is part of the 2016 Great American Cleanup in Arkansas campaign, the spring statewide community cleanup effort promoted annually by KAB, a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful.

A panel of judges chose the winning posters from 423 entries from 47 schools in 25 counties. Each first-place winner received a Walmart gift card valued at $50; each second-place winner, a $35 Walmart gift card; and each third-place winner, a $20 Walmart gift card. The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Foundation sponsored the purchase of the Walmart gift cards. A KAB Commission representative presented each winner with the gift card, his/her poster laminated and a certificate of achievement at a local ceremony.

About the Great American Cleanup in Arkansas
During the 2015 Great American Cleanup in Arkansas, more than 17,000 individuals participated in 271 local events statewide. Volunteers collected 1.5 million pounds of litter from 1,500 miles of roadway, trails and shorelines, and from almost 1,000 acres of parks and public areas; closed nearly 50 illegal dumping sites; and planted 6,000 trees, shrubs and flowers. Arkansans also recycled 63,000+ pounds of newspapers, 4,400+ tires and 305,000+ pounds of electronics. More than 12,000 pounds of clothing were collected for reuse. The total economic value of the 2015 Great American Cleanup to Arkansas communities was $2.1 million.

About Keep Arkansas Beautiful
The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB), consisting of a professional program staff and a nine-member, governor-appointed advisory board, is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. As a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., it works to inspire and educate individuals to reduce litter, recycle and keep Arkansas beautiful. KAB’s operations and programs are funded through its 1-percent portion of the eighth-cent Conservation Tax. By mobilizing volunteers, KAB returns to the state a benefit of more than $6 in community service for each program dollar spent. For more information, visit or stay connected on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

About Keep America Beautiful Inc.
Keep America Beautiful is America’s premier community environmental improvement organization. Founded in 1953, the nonprofit’s network of U.S. affiliates are focused on litter prevention, waste reduction and beautification. Recognized as the leader in changing attitudes and behaviors affecting community environments, Keep America Beautiful helps create communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound. It continues to be the most credible organization in its three focus areas by vigorously pursuing the guiding principles of education, volunteerism, partnership and individual responsibility. For more information, visit

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