LOGAN – Twelve Cache Valley students were named among the winners of the 2022 Utah High School Clean Air marketing contest, announced at Utah State University’s Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art (NEHMA) Community Art Day on Feb. 12.
From about 1000 high school students in Utah and southern Idaho that participated in creating clear air public service announcements, 60 entries were selected as finalists which are on display at NEHMA through the end of February.
Out of the 60 finalists, 20 were selected as state winners and three were named as honorable mentions. The winners included nine students from Ridgeline High School, two students from Logan High School and one student from Sky View High School.
The contest was created in 2015 by USU Extension Sustainability Professor Roslynn McCann and USU Jon M. Huntsman School of Business Professor Edwin Stafford to help encourage Utahns to help keep air pollution down by carpooling, limiting idling, alternative transportation and trip-chaining.
The entries can be provocative, funny, edgy and tied to pop culture. Stafford said all of the entries were impressive and made it challenging to select only 23 winners.
“We had so many outstanding entries this year,” Stafford said. “Our panel of 28 judges had a difficult time selecting the best ones.”
The winning entries this year really caught the eye of the judges because of the creative way they tapped in to the cause of the problem, Stafford added.
Approximately $6,000 were awarded to the finalists and state winners, all generously donated by local businesses, organizations and individuals in cash and gift cards.
“They really tapped into the heart of the problem with air pollution in both Cache Valley and Utah in general,” Stafford said.
The 2022 winners and honorable mentions of the Clean Air Marketing Contest were:
- Jaydon Peterson, Preston High School — $250 Utah Hospital Association Award
- Gam Plubjui, Preston High School – $250 Indeo Award
- Claire Turpin, Ridgeline High School — $200 Engel & Volkers Logan Award
- Rachel Scarber, Granger High School — $200 Cache Clean Air Consortium Award
- Ava Kailing, Ridgeline High School — $200 Healthy Human Habitat Award
- Ethan Krohn, Ridgeline High School — $200 Conservice Award
- Alivia Parker, Ridgeline High School — $200 Spartronics Award
- Nikita Clark, Ridgeline High School — $150 Campbell Scientific Award
- Kara Orme, Logan High School – $100 Mountain America Credit Union Award
- Elizabeth Ortiz-Segura, Granger High School – $100 Garbett Homes Award
- Jessie Evans, Ridgeline High School — $100 Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art Award
- Emma Turpin, Ridgeline High School – $100 Utah League of Cities and Towns Award
- Johanna Ebert, West Side High School — $100 Idaho Department of Environmental Quality Award
- Eric Borup, Preston High School — $100 UCAIR Award
- Ailyn Madrid, Granger High School — $100 Wasatch Property Management Award
- Brooklyn Rust, Ridgeline High School — $100 Maverik Award
- Sophie Estrada, Granger High School — $100 Big West Oil Award
- Marcie Munk, Sky View High School — $100 Maverik Award
- Matthew Draper, Logan High School — $100 Big West Oil Award
- Samantha Roberts, West Side High School — $100 Maverik Award
- Celeste Little, Ridgeline High School — $50 Wingers Honorable Mention Prize
- Elizabeth Andrus, Preston High School — $50 Schreiber Honorable Mention Prize
- Meagen Morgan, Whitehorse High School — $50 Schreiber Honorable Mention Prize
Stafford said Preston High School student Jaydon Peterson’s PSA caught the attention of the judges because of the “chilling” depiction of the issue.
“It’s a very chilling image of this exhaust looking like a monster that is giving a cigarette to a young boy,” Stafford said. “The student did research to find how our air pollution is the equivalent to smoking cigarettes and so, he created an image of that.”
Another PSA that stood out to Stafford was submitted by Ridgeline High School student Claire Turpin.
“Her poster was really amazing because it put the cars into the lungs of someone,” Stafford said. “I think that really graphically shows the challenges we have of people idling and the pollution from cars that can impact our lungs.”
Stafford said the contest has grown in participation since it was launched and McCann and Stafford have found that the contest has impacted the students as well as their parents and family members.
Stafford said contestants become more aware of local air pollution, how to prevent it and are willing to engage in clean air initiatives.
“Teens also engage and pester their family members,” Stafford said. “The parents are generally accepting of their teens engaging them about air pollution and that they are willing to follow suit.”
Participating high schools included Logan, Ridgeline, Fast Forward, Sky View, Whitehorse, West Side, Preston, Grand County and Granger High Schools.
For more information, see http://cleanaircontest.usu.edu/.