Osage City third-grader’s artwork to be featured in KDHE calendar

KDHE Secretary Lee Norman, Bureau Director Julie Coleman, and Deputy Secretary Leo Henning, present a framed copy of Sawyer Serna’s winning artwork to her.

TOPEKA, Kan. – An Osage City Elementary School third-grader was among 13 winners of the 2020 Keep It Clean Kansas Calendar competition named at a reception Nov. 6, 2019, in Topeka. Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Dr. Lee Norman and the Bureau of Waste Management team recognized Sawyer Serna, Osage City Elementary School, Osage City, as one of the winners of this year’s contest, the 21st anniversary of the Keep It Clean Kansas calendar.

Sawyer’s artwork depicted wildlife enjoying a Kansas sunrise over a green pasture, and urged fellow Kansans to “Keep Kansas Clean”.

Each year, students from across Kansas, grades K-12, are encouraged to submit their artwork for a chance to be featured in the annual calendar. These pieces of art promote a healthy and clean Kansas through environmentally friendly practices such as reducing, reusing, recycling and composting.

The calendar project was created to encourage students to be engaged in environmental issues in their communities. Thirteen winners, one from each grade, are selected to be featured in the calendar.

This year’s winners are:

  • Kindergarten-Shay Peters, St. Paul Lutheran Church and School, Cheney
  • 1st grade-Aaliyah Petz, Southwest Elementary School, Pratt
  • 2nd grade-Lily Bombardier, Morse Elementary School, Overland Park
  • 3rd grade-Sawyer Serna, Osage City Elementary School, Osage City
  • 4th grade-Keyla Anguilar Ambriz, Gardiner Elementary School, Wichita
  • 5th grade-Layla Schwabauer, Marlett Elementary School, Manhattan
  • 6th grade-Irisa Laongbua, St. Paul Lutheran Church and School, Leavenworth
  • 7th grade-Whitlee Satterlee, Winfield Middle School, Winfield
  • 8th grade-Hailee Varone, St. Mary’s Colgan High School, Pittsburg
  • 9th grade-Lauren Coomes, St. Mary’s Colgan High School, Pittsburg; 2019 cover winner.
  • 10th grade-Marlon Faudoa, Eureka Junior/Senior High School, Eureka
  • 11th grade-Devon D. Goins, Independence Bible School, Independence
  • 12th grade-Ariel Stamback, Cheney High School, Cheney

Keep It Clean Kansas is a program of KDHE’s Bureau of Waste Management.

KDHE’s winning artworks for next year’s Keep It Clean Kansas calendar.

Information and photos thanks to KDHE.

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