OSS Solid Waste District Billboard Contest winners announced

Apr 9, 2024 | Featured, Schools | 0 comments

Olivia Keeton holds the miniature version of the billboard featuring her winning design. The real billboard is on State Route 163 in Port Clinton. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

BY SHERI TRUSTY

Although she didn’t expect to win, it was not surprising that Bataan Memorial Intermediate School fifth grader, Olivia Keeton, was one of nine winners in the OSS Solid Waste District’s Billboard Contest. Keeton is well-known in her class as a great artist.

“I was surprised, but other people kind of expected me to win because I do art,” she said.

The annual contest is open to fifth grade students in Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca counties. Participants create designs with a recycling or litter prevention theme, and three designs from each county are chosen by OSS staff. The winners’ designs are displayed on billboards in their home counties, and the winners receive a handheld billboard and a reusable lunch kit. Their school also receives a handheld billboard.

Keeton’s billboard has a twofold design. One side features a smiling earth, and the other shows a boy recycling.

Olivia Keeton’s design was one of nine chosen from 757 entries. (Photo by Sheri Trusty)

“I had something originally drawn and decided to change it because it didn’t fit the clean and green theme,” she said. “We need to keep the earth clean, so I put an earth on there, and put somebody recycling because we need to help keep the earth clean.”

Keeton, who is in Kim Periat’s fifth grade class, chose to use markers for her design because she said they are a good medium for shading.

“It took me more time to draw than to color,” she said.

Keeton’s billboard is located on State Route 163 west of State Route 53 in Port Clinton.

“I haven’t seen it yet. My parents are going to take me this weekend,” she said.

OSS received 757 submissions for the contest. The other Ottawa County winners are Charlotte Riedl from the Danbury Local School District and Kinsley Hofelich from Genoa Elementary School. Sandusky County winners are Chinatsu Sato from Lutz Elementary School, Jane Porter from Harvest Temple Christian Academy in Clyde and Savannah Francis from Bellevue Elementary School. Seneca County winners are Allie Orians from New Riegel Elementary School, Lily Raber from Old Fort Elementary School and Mara Massi of Calvert Catholic Schools.

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