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CBHS Tree Is Upcycle Challenge Finalist

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CBHS Tree Is Upcycle Challenge Finalist
Posted on 04/25/2022
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A tree sculpture that Casco Bay High School students made this winter from recycled plastic from a landfill is one of three finalists in ecomaine’s school-based 2022 Upcycle Challenge. The school stands to win $500 if the tree gets the most votes by Friday, April 29, at 5 p.m. Here's the voting link.

According to ecomaine, the Upcycle Challenge asks students in ecomaine’s communities to use items that ordinarily would have been disposed of to make all-new, functional ones. ecomaine’s Outreach & Recycling Committee selected the finalists, based on the incorporation of post-consumer materials, the ingenuity and functionality of the new creation, inclusion of students in the process, as well as the approval from a teacher or advisor.

The finalists are:

·      Aria Pines & Casco Bay High School: Waste to Art Intensive – ‘Everlasting’ (made from extruded plastic waste with artist Kim Bernard).

·      Aurora Milton, Cape Elizabeth High School: An Upcycled Pair of Street Style Trousers made from an old curtain and old clothing.

·      RSU #13 (Rockland) Afterschool Program with The Landing Place: One-of-a-Kind Aprons from old Jeans.

“As with the submissions from the past two years, the ingenuity and creativity of Maine’s students is so impressive,” said Matt Grondin, ecomaine’s communications manager.  “We are looking forward to seeing the results of our online public voting.”

The CBHS tree sculpture, which resembles a palm tree, was created by CBHS students in a Trash to Art Intensive during the school’s Winter Intensives program. Dubbed “Everlasting,” the tree serves as a colorful centerpiece in the school’s Great Space.

CBHS junior Aria Pines submitted "Everlasting" as an entry in the ecomaine contest on behalf of the Trash to Art Intensive.

CBHS Principal Derek Pierce encouraged families, friends and community members to vote for the CBHS’ “Everlasting” tree to win the Upcycle Challenge by Friday, April 29 at 5:00 p.m.
CBHS Recyled Tree CBHS Recycling Tree