2021 ISRI Recycling Contest Winners

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Video Winner

Green Team Video Crew

(Nadia Islam, Ada Johnsen-DeWeese, and Rosemarie Alubankudi)

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Meet this year’s video contest winners: Nadia, Rosemarie, and Ada.

We asked the this year's video winner to tell us about themselves, their interests, and why recycling is important to them. Read below!

I’m Nadia Islam, and I’m a 10th grade scholar with a passion for helping others. I’m a Bangladeshi immigrant. I’m an adventurous, spontaneous, and artistic individual.  I have a deep love for my home country. As I visited Bangladesh more, I realized that it is in grave danger from climate change. This opened my eyes and made me realize that recycling should be an important thing in our lives.  It will bring us closer to saving energy, and it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which will help to tackle climate change. I was inspired by my favorite influencers, Yes Theory, to become more socially responsible and spread awareness about recycling.  Entering the JASON video contest gave me the chance to do that. With my amazing friends, we made something creative where people were entertained and also learned about recycling, so that they can be inspired and take action, too. Just remember: we are not separate from nature; we are a part of it.

I’m Rosemarie Alubankudi and I am a 10th grader. I’m a thoughtful, organized, and driven African woman who likes to help others and plans on making change. I love writing, designing, and editing videos. Over the years, we’ve started to see a lot of small issues in our world evolve into bigger issues, including racism, poverty, and climate change. The more I become mindful of my environment and the impact humans have made, the more I become ambitious to make a difference no matter how big or small it is. I am beyond proud of how our JASON video turned out because it allowed me to do what I like to do most (edit videos) and also to educate more people on climate change and why we need to take care of our home. I plan on continuing to spread awareness, help the environment, and inspire people of different backgrounds throughout the world to do so as well. Remember that we are all capable of making a difference!

I’m Ada Johnsen-DeWeese.  I am a 10th grader at the High School for Climate Justice.  In my free time I like to sing, dance, write music, and do arts and crafts.  Over the past few years I have started using these skills to raise awareness about the problems in our world, from conversations about mental health and racism to our environment. I’m hoping to use these skills and also grow from them by helping others and raising awareness of things that I think people need to hear about.  Recycling is very important to me because it is one of the ways in which we as a new generation can fix the issues that are ruining our natural earth. Projects like this video are small but educational and will hopefully help viewers. This is a great example of a way that even in high school we can already start making a difference in this world.

Poster Winner

Irene Park

Finalists

Less Littering More Recycling

(Leila Flores, James Garcia, Anthony Garcia, and Abraham Perez)

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Zola Maksimovic

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McCannSigmondWarner

(Dillon McCann and Aaron Sigmond-Warner)

Taylor Gibson

Honorable Mentions

K-4

Haily Ramirez

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G. Philpotts

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5-8

Kira Morlang

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Charles Campagne

(Anna Unter and Amiya Bagga)

Young Brother and Sister

(Nayoung Kim and Junyoung Kim)

9-12

Recycling Matters

(Nicolas Schulze and Elizabeth Granger)

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Bryan Wyatt

Special Acknowledgement

Special Acknowledgement to Franklin City Public Schools VA for the highest number of submissions from any one district. Way to go, Franklin City! Here are just a few of their submissions: