Keep Collier Beautiful calendar art winners announced

Keep Collier Beautiful is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Calendar Art Contest. This is the 17th year that Keep Collier Beautiful has coordinated the annual art contest in partnership with Collier County Solid and Hazardous Waste Management Department.

Collier County students from first grade through seniors were encouraged to submit original art with the theme of “Florida, Love it or Lose it” or “Recycling.”

Of the 1,000 entries received, 14 winners were selected for inclusion in the 2014 Keep Collier Beautiful Calendar. Winners included one student from each grade level as well as two that will be featured on the front cover and back page of the calendar.

The front cover winner is Karina Garcia a 11th Grader at Lely High School and the back page winner is a senior from Palmetto Ridge High School Miriam Menegias. The other winners include Gabriela Hernandez, 1st Grade, Avalon Elementary; Juiliana Mancini, 2nd Grade, Laurel Oak Elementary; Isaiah Barajas, 3rd Grade, Avalon Elementary; Natalee Barancik, 4th Grade, Veteran’s Memorial Elementary; Gunnar Derk, 5th Grade, Naples Christian Academy; David Rodriguez, 6th Grade, Highlands Elementary; Caitlyn Sapka, 7th Grade, Cypress Palm Middle School; Elizabeth Halperin, 8th Grade, Cypress Palm Middle School; Samantha Baron, 9th Grade, Lely High School; Corynne Denney, 10th Grade, Palmetto Ridge High School; Mikayla Perez, 11th Grade, Palmetto Ridge High School and Sergio Lopez, 12th Grade, Palmetto Ridge High School

Winners and first place runner-ups were recognized at a ceremony hosted by the Naples Art Association at The von Liebig Art Center. The 2014 Keep Collier Beautiful Calendars will be available for purchase on Oct. 1 for $3.00 each.

Proceeds from the calendar sales will help fund the organization’s litter prevention and cleanup projects throughout the year. Information: (239) 580-8319 or email

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