To get kids thinking about ways to recycle at home and at school, the city of Ceres and Ceres Unified School District held its 22nd annual Recycling Poster Contest, with the help of awards from Bertolotti-Ceres Disposal.
A reception for the winners of the contest was held Thursday at the Argus/Endeavor High School multi-purpose room.
The students were asked to create posters with artwork depicting the need to recycle to help be good stewards of the planet. Kay Dunkel, an administrative analyst with the city of Ceres, said that 1,292 students created posters with teachers picking their top five favorites. The top 284 poster contest entries were then judged by members of the Central Valley High School Future Farmers of America (FFA).
On hand from the local disposal company was representative Steve Holloway who doled out cash prizes of $50 for first-place winners, $35 for second-place winners, $25 for third and $15 for honorable mention entrants.
Winners in the pre-school to first grade division were: Vanessa Grajeda Borgos of Sinclear Elementary (honorable mention) and Kimberly Avendano of Lucas Elementary School (third place); Miguel Gonzalez of Sinclear Elementary (second place); and Julyanna Valencia of Sinclear (first place).
Second- and third-grade division winners were Natalie Sanchez of Caswell Elementary (first place) and Shalia Faroon of Sam Vaughn Elementary (second); Aryana Allen of Don Pedro Elementary (third place); and Manuel Esparza Jr. of Carroll Fowler Elementary (honorable mention).
The four winners of the fourth- through sixth-grade division were: Arail Andrade of Sinclear (first); Alondra Medina of Sinclear (second place); Manuel Viramontes Solis of Caswell (third); and Ulises "Nico" Delgadillo of Whitmore Charter School (honorable mention).
Four poster creators, all from Cesar Chavez Junior High School, won in the seventh- and eighth-grade division: Rudi Telly, (first place); Henna Sahota, (second place); Allison Oudomphanh (third place), and Elena Zarate Madrid (honorable mention).
Winners in the high school division were Central Valley High School students Custodio Vasquez (first place) and Josue Lopez (second); and Endeavor High School's Eduardo Rubio (honorable mention).