Winners chosen in statewide youth poster contest

12 Arkansas schools represented by winners, honorable mentions

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).

A panel of judges chose the winning posters from 421 entries from 58 schools and school/youth organizations statewide.

Winners in the Grades K-2 division are:

  • First Place – Kalina Garza, a second-grader at St. Paul Schools in St. Paul (Madison County)
  • Second Place – Shaylah Richie, a second-grader at City Heights Elementary School in Van Buren (Crawford County)
  • Third Place – Remingtyn Richie, a kindergartner at City Heights Elementary School in Van Buren (Crawford County)

Winners in the Grades 3-5 division include:

  • First Place – Teagan Gabbard, a fourth-grader at George B. Ledbetter Intermediate School in Farmington (Washington County)
  • Second Place – Avari Golden, a third-grader at Bismarck Elementary School in Bismarck (Hot Spring County)
  • Third Place – Izzy Bailey, a fifth-grader at Episcopal Collegiate Lower School in Little Rock (Pulaski County)

Each first-place winner will receive 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 sponsors the purchase of the Walmart gift cards. A KAB Commission representative presents each winner with the gift card, his/her poster laminated and a certificate of achievement at a local ceremony.

Students receiving an Honorable Mention from the judges include:

  • Brooklyn Calico, a fourth-grader at St. Paul Schools in St. Paul (Madison County)
  • Ana Castaneda, a fifth-grader at King Elementary School in Van Buren (Crawford County)
  • Layton Dallas, a first-grader at De Queen Primary School in De Queen (Sevier County)
  • Micaiah Hardage, a first-grader being homeschooled in Malvern (Hot Spring County)
  • Heaven Ipina, a fifth-grader at Marked Tree Elementary in Marked Tree (Poinsett County)
  • Dabney Lovins, a second-grader at Lakewood Elementary School in North Little Rock (Pulaski County)
  • Danielle Pearce, a kindergartner at St. Paul Schools in St. Paul (Madison County)
  • Madilyn Pearce, a first-grader at St. Paul Schools in St. Paul (Madison County)
  • Elise Pinkerton, a fourth-grader at George B. Ledbetter Intermediate School in Farmington (Washington County)
  • Kayden Price, a third-grader at Amboy Elementary School in North Little Rock (Pulaski County)
  • Caleb Putnam, a third-grader at eStem Elementary School in Little Rock (Pulaski County)
  • Patrick Sheehan, a fifth-grader at CATO Elementary School in Sherwood (Pulaski County)

The winning pieces and honorable mentions will be shown April 10-14 at the Thea Foundation gallery in downtown North Little Rock. The winning entries and honorable mentions are also posted on

The Youth Poster Contest is part of the 2017 Great American Cleanup in Arkansas campaign, the spring statewide community cleanup effort promoted annually by KAB, a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful.


About Thea Foundation

The THEA Foundation, established in 2001, advocates the importance of art in the development of youth through educational and promotional activities, and encourages individual participation in art through scholarship, partnership and other programs.

 About Keep Arkansas Beautiful
The Keep Arkansas Beautiful Commission (KAB), consisting of a professional staff of three and a nine-member advisory board appointed by the governor, is a division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. As a certified state affiliate of Keep America Beautiful Inc., KAB inspires and educates individuals to reduce litter, recycle and keep Arkansas beautiful. KAB is funded through its 1 percent portion of the eighth-cent Conservation Tax and, by mobilizing volunteers, returns to the state a cost benefit of more than $6 in community service for each program dollar spent. For more information,
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About Keep America Beautiful Inc.
Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s premier community improvement organization. Founded in 1953, the nonprofit has a network of affiliates around the U.S. focused on litter prevention, waste reduction and beautification. Keep America Beautiful is recognized as the leader in changing attitudes and behaviors affecting our community environments. Through its actions, Keep America Beautiful helps create communities that are socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound. Today, it continues to be the most credible organization in its three focus areas by vigorously pursuing its guiding principles of education, volunteerism, partnership and individual responsibility. For more information, visit

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