March 14, 2017

Milford student wins Spring Litter Clean-Up contest

BATAVIA, Ohio (March 14, 2017) – A tenth-grader from Milford High School was recognized by the Clermont County Commissioners for her winning design in the third annual Spring Litter Clean-Up (SLC) T-shirt Design Contest.

Jenna Bellonby was given a certificate of appreciation at the Commissioners’ March 13 Regular Session for contributing to local education efforts to promote litter prevention and recycling.  Jenna’s design was chosen from 181 entries submitted by local K-12 students.  The design will be printed on this year’s T-shirt, a thank you gift given to all volunteers who participate in the Spring Litter Clean-Up. The event will be held April 22 throughout Clermont County and the East Fork Little Miami River watershed.

Jenna received a $100 cash prize and an additional $100 for the Milford High School Art Department.

The T-shirt contest and SLC event are sponsored by the Clermont County Convention & Visitors’ Bureau, the Duke Energy Foundation, the Southern Ohio Association of Realtors, and Lykins Energy Solutions.

Jenna has taken classes in photography and graphic design at Milford. She found out about the contest from Christopher Luessen, her teacher. “I thought it would be a fun idea to enter something,” she said. She plans to use her prize money toward the purchase of a new camera.

In addition to the grand prize awards, K-12 awards were given to students attending schools located in Clermont County or the East Fork Little Miami River Watershed.  Each grade level winner received a $25 cash prize; the names of local students and their winning designs can be viewed at:  http://www.springlittercleanup.com/t-shirt-design-contest.html

The annual Spring Litter Clean-Up, coordinated by the Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District and Valley View Foundation, is an all-volunteer effort to enhance local communities by cleaning up parks, streams and lakes, and other community areas.  “Sometimes we are asked why is the CVB involved?” said Mark Calitri, President of the Convention and Visitors’ Bureau. “Outdoor recreation is so important to tourism, and to attracting visitors to our area.”

Online registration for the April 22 event is open: http://www.springlittercleanup.com/.  For more information, contact Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District at 513.732.7075.

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About the Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District:

Established in 1943, the district works with the Natural Resources Conservation Service and farmers to control erosion, promote water quality, and enhance wildlife habitat on agricultural working lands. The district provides technical assistance, grants and cost share funding, educational programming and other resources to urban, rural and suburban landowners to help them address a diverse range of local conservation issues. For more information, visit www.clermontswcd.org or call 513.732.7075.