The Oxford Holiday Committee's sixteenth annual Recycled Holiday Ornament contest winners were announced by the honorable Oxford Village Mayor, Terry Stark at the Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 1, 2019. All 29 ornament entries from 22 Oxford Academy Primary School students are considered winners, and will receive Certificates of Recognition from the Oxford Holiday Committee and Woollybear Web as a show of gratitude; however, place awards in each grade were selected.
Gift certificate prizes are from Oxford merchants: Blueox Neighborhood Market, Roma's/Stadium, and Hoppie's. In addition, the DEC donated recycled pencils; some keepsake mugs/water bottles/tote bags, NY Recycles 2020 calendars and Conservationist for Kids magazine issues for prizes.
The students who showed outstanding creativity and an exceptional understanding of the concept of recycling are:
- In Pre-K,
First Place: Bill Steinert for his plastic snake-haired person.
- Second Place: Bennett Brizzee for his metal can snowman with big plastic hat.
- In Kindergarten
First Place: Lilliana Gipp for her angel with plastic, aluminum & paper.
- Second Place Tie: Anthony Baker for his plastic bottle person in lace, AND- Henry Bogardus for his plastic bottle angel.
- Third Place: Logan Gauthier for her glued paper snowman.
- In First Grade,
First Place: Calista Kappauf for her egg carton sleigh with wood runners.
- Second Place: Addison Williams for her Styrofoam egg carton snowman.
- Third Place: Landon McWeeney for his metal bottle caps ornament
- In Second Grade,
First Place: Delaney Carey for her plastic bottle penguin.
- In Third Grade,
First Place: Ethan Trombley for his glass "snowglobe" snowman.
- Second Place: Korbin Sampson for his lightbulb Santa with cardboard reindeer.
- Third Place: Raine Rovente for her shredded paper snowman with plastic fork arms.
- In Fourth Grade
First Place: Taliena Lupinetti for her sleigh with lightbulbs, wire, Styrofoam, fabric, wood, plastic and cardboard.
- Second Place: Nickos Spyratos for his "Christmas Tree" with plastic, cardboard, & metal.
- Third Place: Lily Karn for her Santa riding on a plastic bottle and cardboard reindeer.
Students will receive their personalized 'Certificates of Recognition', gift certificates and DEC gifts in school after the winter recess. The document states that, "…while you were having fun creating something from waste materials, you were also learning that if you're clever, sometimes trash can be reused. This is what environmental conservation is all about." Don't miss seeing these Recycled Holiday Ornaments on display for the month of December in the window of 6 On The Square (6OTS), a performing arts center and gallery in Oxford at 6 LaFayette Park. The Holiday Committee gives a very big thank you to Village Mayor Stark who proclaimed November as Oxford Recycles Month, to Environmental Program Specialist Jennifer Kruman and the DEC for giving this contest statewide recognition, to the supportive Oxford businesses: Woollybear Web, 6OTS, Blueox Neighborhood Market, Roma's/Stadium, and Hoppie's, to all the students, and to principal, Mr. Collier, art teachers Charity Gipp, Joni Eaton, and Emily Conner, Primary School librarian Renae Ruff, and to the teachers and parents for all their support. Thank you all for making this such a success!