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SCC Earth Day Contest Winners

Photographs, articles of clothing and upcycled/recycled art were all part of various contests at the recent Somerset Community College Earth Day celebration. The event, which had more than 1,200 attendees, was the 10th annual and featured more than 68 presenters and exhibitors.

More photos from the event can be seen at the SCC flickr site:

Fruit of the Lens Photography Contest

First Place photo by Kaitlyn Whitaker Second Place photo by Jonathan Uriah Denney
Third Place photo by Julie Copenhaver
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Kaitlyn Whitakers intimate image of a battered ladybug walking on the pink petals of a Magnus coneflower took home first place honors and $50 in the SCC Fruit of the Lens photography club photo contest. Whitaker, of Somerset, is a senior at Southwestern High School and is also currently enrolled in two classes at SCC.

Her winning photograph, titled Blissful Beauty, was taken in Nancy, and features repeating petals and blooms. Another of her images, Drops on a Web, received honorable mention.

This is a great photograph that fit perfectly with the theme for this years contest: Repetition in Nature: Celebrating 10 Years of Earth Day at SCC, said photography club president Nikki Witt.

Witt said that Whitakers image was one of several great photographs submitted to the contest.

Jonathan Uriah Denney took second place honors and a $25 prize for his time-lapse photograph Star Trails Over Snowy Forest. The Waynesburg resident says he plans to attend SCC this fall.

Denney says he was blessed with a beautiful, clear night, for his winning image on Dec 20, 2014, after weeks of overcast. The photo was taken at his home and the temperature was a bit nippy at 22 degrees.

Julie Copenhavers photograph of daffodils took third place honors in the contest. An SCC student from Mt. Vernon, Copenhaver says her winning picture, titled Yellow Flowers in Shade, was taken in her hometown. She was awarded a $15 prize.

The Fruit of the Lens photography club provides a setting where SCC students, staff and faculty can come together with the community to share digital images and discuss photography. To join the club, send a request to

Trashion Show

Area elementary, middle and high school students participated in the first SCC Earth Day Trashion Show, a competition where teams of up to four individuals designed and modeled fashionable clothing from a minimum of 75 percent recycled materials.


Winners (all residents of Pulaski County) were as follows:

Best in Show
Cardboard Easter
Model: Brinley D. Nicely
Design Team: Emma Stevens, Hope Haynes, Northern Middle

Best Design
Trashinable Derby Outfit
Model: Laila Blevins
Design Team: Kelsey Haste, Trinity Lynn, Science Hill

Best Use of Recyclable Materials
Sustainable Sounds Great
Model: Star Ellison
Design Team: Kate Presley, Lain Prather, Callie Eastham, Science Hill

Most Functional
Passion For Fashion
Model: Zoe Phillips
Design Team: Macy Norfleet, Madison King, Science Hill

Most Creative
Flotsam Fashion

Model: Skyler Baker
Design Team: Laila Cook, Lexie Woodroof, Science Hill

Honorable Mention
Cardboard Easter
Model: Brinley D. Nicely
Design Team: Emma Stevens, Hope Haynes, Science Hill

smART Show

The SCC PRIDE/Ecology club hosted a smART show competition at the SCC Earth Day Celebration. The smART show was a sustainable media art show that offered awards to the top three entries.


Winners were as follows:
First place The Worlds a Stage by Jill Angelle, Pulaski County (shown above)
Second place Heart Trellis by Shane Gilmore, Pulaski County
Third place Baby Karta by Jared Floyd, Pulaski County


Debra Wilson, a student from the SCC Casey Center, was the winner of the Repurpose/Upcycle contest held at the Earth Day Celebration. Wilson created a heavy paper packing container repurposed as a seed starter. Her entry is shown below.