For Immediate Release
November 18, 2008

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Students Honored for Environmental Works of Art

Thirteen students from across the state were selected as winners in the 2009 Kansas Don’t Spoil It! Calendar Contest.  KDHE received thousands of entries for the contest, in which K-12 students were invited to submit original artwork that promotes recycling, reusing materials and reducing waste.

On November 17, the contest winners met Governor Kathleen Sebelius and received an enlarged version of their artwork signed by her and Roderick L. Bremby, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE).   

“KDHE has seen increased participation in this contest over the years, as teachers use it in the classroom to teach art skills and environmental awareness,” stated Bremby.  “It’s been our privilege to judge so many impressive entries turned in by talented student artists from across Kansas.”

The 2009 Kansas Don’t Spoil It! Calendar Contest winners are:

Kinley Jones Kindergarten Quivira Heights Elementary (Holyrood)
Sally Rose 1st Grade Holy Spirit School (Overland Park)
Sarah Unruh 2nd Grade Waverly Grade School (Waverly)
Tory Thomson 3rd Grade Riley County Grade School (Riley)
Brynn Niblock 4th Grade Hoxie Grade School (Hoxie)
Daria Heuer 5th Grade Hanover Grade School (Hanover)
Shaylyn Stallbaumer 6th Grade Saints Peter and Paul Grade School (Seneca)
Lauren Moore 7th Grade Winfield Middle School (Winfield)
Kaci Nuss 8th Grade Ruppenthal Middle School (Russell)
Jalina Head 9th Grade Norwich High School (Norwich)
Ivy Henderson 10th Grade Phillipsburg High School (Phillipsburg)
Jessica Harris 11th Grade Garden Plain High School (Garden Plain)
Aaron Heim 12th Grade Hoxie Senior High School (Hoxie)

Copies of the calendar will be printed and distributed by January 2009 to Kansas schools, local governments and businesses.  To place an order for the calendar, please call 1-800-282-9790 while supplies last.   The winning artwork will be displayed on KDHE’s Kansas Don’t Spoil It! website at

If your school is interested in joining the new Kansas Green Schools network or applying for grant funding, please visit  Kansas Green Schools is an environmental stewardship initiative presented in partnership through KDHE and the Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education.