Student Winners of Litter Prevention Poster Contest Honored in Ceremony with Mayor Watkins




This week four students from Santa Cruz elementary and middle schools were recognized by the City as winners of the annual Keep Santa Cruz Clean and Litter Free poster contest. Their winning artwork was unveiled in a ceremony with Mayor Martine Watkins that included a tour of the downtown big-belly trash compactors where the artwork is being displayed over the next year.


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Mayor Watkins with Estrella Contreras  (left) and Haisley Flannagan (right) and their winning artwork on downtown big belly trash compactors.


The four winners were Westlake Elementary School student Haisley Flannagan and three youth who were all Mission Hill Middle School students at the time of submission: Estrella Contreras, Audrey Pierson and Kaila Walker. Each young artist was awarded a reusable City of Santa Cruz canvas tote bag containing environmentally-friendly prizes.



Waste Reduction Manager Leslie O’Malley with Audrey Pierson and her winning artwork at left.


The City’s Keep Santa Cruz Clean and Litter Free poster contest gives local students in grades K-12 a chance to creatively promote litter prevention in their community.  The colorful winning artwork is displayed on downtown big belly trash compactors to reinforce the City’s litter prevention messages.



Mayor Martine Watkins with Haisley Flannagan and Estrella Contreras; Estrella’s artwork at right.


Our Waste Reduction division sponsors this contest in tandem with our Santa Cruz Recycles contest each spring as part of the City’s Earth Day celebration.

More information is available at

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