from the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
For more information, contact
Brian McManus (402) 471-4223, or
Jim Bunstock (402) 471-4243
For Immediate Release
August 17, 2012

Nebraska Students’ Environmental Artwork to be Featured in 2013 “Nebraska: Don’t Waste It” Calendar

The artwork of 13 Nebraska students will be featured in the 2013 “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 2013 calendar were invited to a ceremony at the State Capitol on Tuesday, August 17, where they were honored by Gov. Dave Heineman and NDEQ Director Mike Linder. 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.

The entry which will be featured on the cover was submitted by Kylie Cadwallader, a tenth-grade student from Sandhills High School, Dunning.

The other 12 winners who are featured in the calendar are: This is the seventh 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.

“We received more than 2.000 entries this year,” Linder said. “These winning entries not only demonstrate the winners’ artistic talent, but they also convey important messages about the need to protect our environment.”

Copies of the calendar are available by contacting NDEQ at P.O. Box 98922, Lincoln, NE 68509-8922, or by sending an e-mail request to

Below are photos of the individual contest winners, taken at the Aug. 17 ceremony. In each photo, Governor Dave Heineman is at left, and NDEQ Director Mike Linder is at right. (Right click on jpg icon and select "Open in New Window." The last photo is a shot of the entire group.)

Student's Name and School
Kylie Cadwallader
a tenth-grade student from
Sandhills High School, Dunning
no photo available
Jackie Negrete
a fourth grade student from
Holy Ghost Catholic, Omaha
File size: 2.0 MB
Paige Wilson
an eighth grade student from
Beadle Middle School, Omaha
File size: 1.9 MB
Sakura Shiroyama
a fourth grade student from
Holy Ghost Catholic, Omaha
File size: 1.7 MB
ViviAnne Sayer
a first grade student from
Fisher’s 24 School, Schuyler
File size: 1.8 MB
Rodrigo Hernandez
an eleventh grade student from
Norfolk Senior High, Norfolk
(Accepting on Rodrigo's behalf is his teacher,
Ms. Heather Flint)
File size: 1.7 MB
Lauren Christensen
a second grade student from
Ronald Reagan Elementary, Omaha
File size: 1.5 MB
Jade McClain
a fourth grade student from
Wheeler Elementary, Omaha
File size: 1.4 MB
Carlos Torres
a fifth grade student from
Knickrehm Elementary, Grand Island
File size: 1.9 MB
Amy Reisher
a fifth grade student from
St. Peter Catholic School, Lincoln
File size: 1.6MB
Cassidy Cooper
a fifth grade student from
Gibbon Elementary, Gibbon
File size: 1.8 MB
Alissa Kasik
a third grade student from
Leigh Elementary, Leigh
no photo available
Natalie Lurz
an eighth grade student from
Valentine Middle School, Valentine
File size: 1.8 MB
Group photo
Calendar Group-sm.jpg
File size: 1.8 MB

Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality
1200 "N" Street, Suite 400
P.O. Box 98922
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509
(402) 471-2186