Johnston student wins Big Sweep contest

From News ReleaseFebruary 10, 2014 

For the second year in a row, a Corinth Holders High School student has won the statewide Big Sweep design contest.

Anna Wagner, a freshman, won the 12th annual competition to design the litter cleanup’s T-shirt and poster. She took home $100.

The contest was open to all North Carolina students in kindergarten through 12th grade, and entries poured in from all across the state. Judges looked at message, originality, educational value and attractiveness.

“We received a lot of really creative entries from all across the state this year, but Ms. Wagner’s design had the perfect message we were looking for,” said Judy Bolin, N.C. Big Sweep president. “Her creative concept was eye catching and inspirational and could have an impact on volunteerism.”

“One of our goals in this contest was to get the students to think about litter and to get people to volunteer in cleanups,” Bolin added. “Ms. Wagner came up with a very creative way to express it. Her design graphically shows what North Carolina Big Sweep is all about.”

Susan Woodard is Big Sweep coordinator in Johnston County. “We are so proud to have this year’s winner and to also have two winners in consecutive years,” she said. “Kudos go out to the art teachers who provide this opportunity for their students.”

Chase Ferrell, Corinth Holders High School principal, said, “We are thrilled to see Ms. Wagner’s concept recognized and hope that the design encourages all of us to be heroes for our great state.”

Corinth Holders art teacher Abby Boykin encouraged Wagner and her classmates to enter the contest because she felt the project could help make a difference and because she had a student, Brenna Ziermann, who won last year.

“Corinth Holders High School is really fortunate to have teachers like Ms. Boykin,” Bolin said. “It is teachers like Ms. Boykin who inspire creative thinking and offer opportunities to their students and is the reason why North Carolina has exceptional students.”

Founded in 1987 as Beach Sweep, Big Sweep is a nonprofit whose mission is a litter-free environment. Beach Sweep expanded inland in 1989 and became N.C. Big Sweep, the nation’s first statewide waterways cleanup.

Since 1987, more than 350,000 Big Sweep volunteers have retrieved almost 11.5 million pounds of debris from North Carolina’s environment. That’s the equivalent of more than 27,000 football fields with trash piled five feet deep.

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