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HCMS students earn special recognition

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By Cindy DiFazio

Staff writer/photographer

Students at Henry County Middle School went “green” to earn a Superior rating at the national Project Citizen showcase in New Orleans.

The 18 students from sixth through eighth grade collaborated on a project to recycle plastic water bottles titled “Make Recycling a Habit.” HCMS won over three other Kentucky schools to earn the honor of participating at the national level.

Participant Victoria Paynter said the goal was to draw attention to the impact plastic bottles have on the environment as well as gas prices. “The plastic bottle problem is that they’re four percent made from crude oil,” she said. “We’re showing how to make a better environment and lower gas prices.”

State legislators judged winning entries from 48 states, Washington D.C. and Guam. A Superior rating reflected the highest score attainable. The “We the People: Project Citizen” showcase was held in New Orleans in conjunction with the National Conference of State Legislatures summit in July.

HCMS team members were Shelby Abrams, Sydney Abrams, Savannah Allgeier, Amber Aneszko, Garrett Black, Rebekah Dale, Cassey Fischer, Cathryn Fischer, Cassie Grammer, Shelby Grigsby, Ashley Jeffrey, Crystal Matthews, Victoria Paynter, Carlie Seligman, Devon Shields and Emily Vegh.

Teacher Fran Nolin coached the group. “The project was all student-driven,” Nolin said. “They came up with the topic and completed it on their own.”

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