A ceremony to honor the children's hard work
took place on June 30 at the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce Sundowner Club.
Guest speaker Lt. Gov. Leo McCarthy handed out awards to three winners each
in the following categories: grand prize, first prize, second prize, third
prize and runners up. All 90 entries in the contest were on display at the
A passion for boats inspired grand prize winner Blake English, age 7, to create USS Trash. He and two other grand prize winners went home with a new bicycle and helmet. One of Blake's hobbies is to build boats out of everything under the sun, so creating one for the contest seemed only natural. "I like boats," said the first grader from Del Mar Heights Elementary School. Blake used a number of recyclables to make the boat's mast, sail, anchor and other nautical essentials. Toilet paper rolls became binoculars and plastic pastry containers were used for the portholes.
Six-year-old Peter Rigano gave his ambition to become an inventor a good start. Also a grand prize winner, the first grader from Mission Estancia Elementary School in Encinitas scrounged an old screw, a burned-out light bulb, a socket protector and other waste to come up with "Rubbish Robot." The robot's head pops up and down and has the advantage of rear vision - Peter put an eye in the back of its head.
A third grand prize went to 10-year-old Timothy Duffy of Oceanside. The fifth grader from Mission Burgener Elementary School said his Mechanical Man was designed to be a school helper to put in your room. The life-size pal made of carefully selected recycled materials sports a place to store books and school supplies and has an eye that doubles as a pencil sharpener. Timothy, who wants to become a doctor, summed up his concern for the environment this way: "Instead of garbage, we could recycle things to make new things, like I did."
First place winners who received $75 were: Jessica Hansen, 8, Carlsbad (Alley Gater puppet); Jordy Lievers, 8, Encinitas (checkers game); Keely O'Neill, 7, Carlsbad (The Recycliter-rarium).
Second place winners who received $50 were: Tracy Ball, 8, Carls-bad (Heart Toss); Joshua Aziz Nazarian, 7, Carlsbad (solar barbecue cooker); Thomas Kearns, 7, Carlsbad (Creature Catcher/Keeper).
Third place winners who received $25 were: Colleen O'Connell, 7, Carls-bad (jewelry box); Jacqueline Gagnon, 9, Carlsbad (Drop the Stick game); Fred Rojas, 8, Carlsbad (Trash Car).
Runners up were: Alberto Cota, 10, Carlsbad (rocket); Cassi Betten-court, 8, Carlsbad (Crazy Ball); Francisco Venegas, 10, Carlsbad (kite).
Winning entries will be featured in the fall "Cycle With Liberty" 1995 calendar, which will include the names of all 90 children who entered the contest.