RIPLEY - The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission (ORSANCO) has announced the winners of the River Sweep Poster Contest. The River Sweep is an annual riverbank cleanup held each year along the Ohio River and its major tributaries.

The Grand Prize Winner is Katie Long, a senior at Ripley High School. She received a $500 prize last Wednesday and her artwork will be used in promoting the 2014 River Sweep.
“When I drew the poster, I wanted to have a bunch of people working together, since the river sweep is such a big team effort.  I wanted to portray the sweep as an activity that friends can do together to help the environment,” said Long. Also from Ripley, first place for 11th grade went to Hannah Faber ($50) and first place for 10th grade was awarded to Hae Min Cho, who transferred out of Ripley shortly after the win and her $50 was sent to her in Maine. The judges were not aware of the origin of each entry.

RHS received $100 for art supplies.

“Our students worked so hard and I am very proud of the effort they put into their submissions. Katie is a wonderful student and very deserving of this award,” said Ripley High Art Teacher Debbie Sisson.

Ripley High was honored with grand prize winners in 2010 and 2012. The T-shirt Design Winner is Jessica Dunham, a senior at Randall Cooper High School in Florence, KY. She received a $500 prize and her poster design will be used as the T-shirt design for all River Sweep shirts. (Each person participating in the River Sweep receives a free T-shirt). The Grand Prize Runner-up is Hannah Clair Adamson, a senior at Union County High School in Waverly, KY. She will receive a $250 cash prize.

 There were 13 other grade level winners, one in each grade level (kindergarten through 12th grade).  They each will receive a $50 prize.  The list of winners is attached.

 “We thank every student who entered the poster contest. We saw many wonderful posters and it was a challenge to select the winners.” said Lisa Cochran, project manager for River Sweep. The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission is an interstate agency established in 1948 to control and abate water pollution in the Ohio River Valley.
Member states include Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Virginia.  The federal government is also represented.  The River Sweep was created in 1989 to raise awareness of and promote participation in issues surrounding the Ohio River.  ORSANCO and various industries throughout the Ohio River Valley sponsor the event. The 2014 River Sweep will be held Saturday, June 21.

Images of the winning posters are available on Click on Poster Contest Winners. See a photo gallery from  the Jackson County art show, showcasing local students in Thursday’s Star edition of JN.