|Kuskie’s art to be featured in Nebraska 2011 calendar|
Janet Kuskie, a 10th grader from Perkins County Schools, is one of 13 Nebraska students whose art will be featured in the 2011 “Nebraska: Don’t Waste It!” environmental calendar.
The statewide contest is sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality (NDEQ) and focuses on the importance of waste reduction, recycling and litter cleanup.
The students whose submissions were selected for the 2011 calendar were invited to a ceremony at the State Capitol on Tuesday, Aug. 10, where they were honored by Gov. Dave Heineman and NDEQ Director Mike Linder.
Janet, who is in Finland as an exchange student, was represented by her mother, Norma Jean Kuskie.
Each month, the calendar will feature one of the 12 winning environmental posters. A 13th winner’s artwork will provide the cover for the calendar.
This is the fifth year that NDEQ has sponsored the contest, and Linder said he continues to be impressed with the number and quality of submissions from across the state.
“The number of entries we receive from across the state has increased each year,” Linder said. “This year, we received more than 3,000 entries, so it was especially difficult for us to choose 13 winners. These winning entries not only demonstrate the winners’ artistic talent, but they also convey important messages about the need to protect our environment.”