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Trash to Treasure: Winners of the 5IMDC Student Sculpture Contest

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First of all, HAPPY EARTH DAY!!

OK, this is entirely tardy as the 5th International Marine Debris Conference (5IMDC) ended in March, but I promise you it’s worth the wait! Prior to the conference (click here for more info!), we worked with 4th graders at Island Pacific Academy, a local Hawai‘i school, not only to teach them about marine debris, but also to create marine debris sculptures that we displayed at the 5IMDC. The debris was from removal efforts at Kanapou on the Island of Kaho‘olawe. Participants at the conference were able to enjoy the sculptures and vote on which were their favorites based on, among other things, artistic value and creativity. The students did a FABULOUS job! Below are the winners + some photos. Enjoy!

1st Place: The Prettiest Moli by Alexia and Rylyne

2nd Place: The Willy Turtle by Phoebe and Natalie

3rd Place: Honu the Turtle and Seahorse by Tomi and Nichole

Honorable mentions:

  • The Flying Boat by Bella, Katie, and Taylor
  • The Debris Bucket by Sean and Aiden
  • The Observatory by Ross and Nalu
  • Happy Turtle by Sophia and Asia
  • The Boats by Makana and Clay

The Prettiest Moli

The Willy Turtle

Honu the Turtle and Seahorse

The Flying Boat

The Debris Bucket

The Observatory

The Boats

Author: NOAA Marine Debris Program

The NOAA Marine Debris Program envisions the global ocean and its coasts, users, and inhabitants free from the impacts of marine debris. Our mission is to investigate and solve the problems that stem from marine debris, in order to protect and conserve our nation's marine environment, natural resources, industries, economy, and people.

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