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Wilton K-7 Students Win Regional Awards For Billboard Art

Posted Date: 05/19/2022

Wilton K-7 Students Win Regional Awards For Billboard Art

Earlier this spring, 95 students in grades K-7 participated in the Housatonic Resource Recovery Authority (HRRA) Recycling Billboard Contest. The theme this year was “Recycle Your Food Scraps! Compost.” The HRRA is a regional, governmental, waste management and recycling authority serving fourteen municipalities in western Connecticut and a population of over 258,098 people. HRRA municipalities include: Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Kent, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Sherman, Weston and Wilton.

Recycling food and other organic waste into compost provides a range of environmental benefits, including improving soil health, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, recycling nutrients, and mitigating the impact of droughts. Composting is the natural process of recycling organic matter, such as leaves and food scraps, into a valuable fertilizer that can enrich soil and plants. Anything that grows decomposes eventually. The resulting decomposed matter, which often ends up looking like fertile garden soil, is called compost. Fondly referred to by farmers as “black gold,” compost is rich in nutrients and can be used for gardening, horticulture, and agriculture.

On Thursday, April 28th,  HRRA hosted their virtual regional awards ceremony and six Wilton students placed at the regional level!  First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice was on the zoom call to congratulate each winner. Our six regional winners’ artwork will be displayed at Town Hall.

All students who placed at the town level will be recognized with a place ribbon. Regional 1st place winners received a certificate and prize money from HRRA..

Congratulations to all of our students who placed at the local and regional levels! The winners are now posted on the HRRA website.   Click here to view a slideshow of our students’ artwork.


1st - Emie Ferguson - Regional Honorable Mention

First Grade

1st - Rafferty Smith - Regional 1st Place

2nd - Caroline Flick

3rd - Cecilia McNeal

Second Grade

1st - Disha Avadhani - Regional 2nd Place

2nd - Arnav Vasamsetty

3rd - Maddie Ferguson

Third Grade

1st - Alexandra Zaharatos

2nd - Kayla Yovine

3rd - Sean Morelli

Fourth Grade

1st - Julia Zubarev - Regional 2nd Place

2nd - Sara Kozikowski

3rd - Ava DiDonato 

Fifth Grade

1st - Alexander Doughman

2nd - Avery Galligan

3rd - Anakiel Bumagat

Sixth Grade

1st - Alyssa Bi - Regional 1st Place

Seventh Grade

1st - Shruti Kothandaraman - Regional 3rd Place

2nd - Leo Capener