New Hope Academy Charter School eighth-grader Anyah Demaio stands with her poster at the Keep York Beautiful 2012 Poster Art Contest Awards Ceremony on
New Hope Academy Charter School eighth-grader Anyah Demaio stands with her poster at the Keep York Beautiful 2012 Poster Art Contest Awards Ceremony on Wednesday morning at City Hall. (Chelsea Shank photo)

Parents and teachers snapped a flurry of pictures on Wednesday at York City Hall as students were honored for their winning artwork.

The five students in 5th through 8th grade who won the Keep York Beautiful 2012 Poster Art Contest received certificates from Mayor Kim Bracey for their creations, along with a framed copy of their artwork and a gift card.

Bracey congratulated the students and reminded everyone to continue their participation in 10 on Tuesday, a city initiative that encourages people to take 10 minutes on Tuesdays to pick up trash and help to keep the city clean.

The theme for the poster contest was "Stash the Trash," and the goal of the contest is to raise awareness with young people about litter and to get them to help with the problem, said Bill Meals of Keep York Beautiful.

Artists from York Arts judged the posters and chose a winner in each grade level.

Emiyariel Mendez, from New Hope Academy Charter, won the Judge's Choice award.

"I was trying to do something different and since it was about recycling I did green and I made the middle a little darker so it would pop out," said Mendez.

The grade winners were 5th grade: Todjiauna Mack, Lincoln Charter School; 6th grade: Abnel Rivera, Devers Elementary School, 7th grade: Elijah Morales, New Hope Academy Charter School; 8th grade: Anyah Demaio, New Hope Academy Charter School.

Abnel Rivera said his poster depicted his neighborhood.

"They are trying to fix the houses and keep the community clean," Rivera said.


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His art teacher, Marcie Mitrovich, said that every single student asked if they could do more, so they are holding more art contests in the coming months.

- Reach Chelsea Shank at 505-5432 or cshank@yorkdispatch.com