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S-GI students win barrel design contest

MAKING IT OFFICIAL — Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz (far left) and the vice president of Coca Cola (far right) were two of the judges. Students were Dakota Nesselbush, Matthew Wagner, Morgan Mansfield and Joseph Cocina. Photos submitted by Komenda.

SPRINGVILLE – This year’s 2014 Rain Barrel Design competition, sponsored by Erie County and the Coca-Cola Bottling Company, was won by Springville-Griffith Institute’s Fine Arts Club students. The competition included entries from 25 different school districts. 
The original design was created by Dakota Nesselbush, with several other art students helping to complete the composition, during and after school. Morgan Mansfield, Joe Cocina, Caitlyn Riley, Emyle Watkins, Andrew Lavanture and Devon Shultz all contributed their artistic abilities to the piece.

Rain barrel front

To raise awareness of ‘going green’ in Buffalo, the competition brought together both the art community and local environmentalists. The S-GI Fine Arts Club worked with the Science Club to create a design and paint it on a recycled barrel.

The judging panel, which consisted of political and other figures from Buffalo, chose S-GI’s barrel as first place and awarded the school with $750 in prize money. This award will be utilized by both clubs, to help sustain their future activities.

Kathy Degenfelder, Marcia Donahue and Eunice Reinhold also contributed to the project.

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