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Ten students competed in the Art of Recycling challenge during Green UH’s RecycleMania celebration in Butler Plaza.

The Art of Recycling Contest and RecycleMania Olympics event took place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 22 to empower students to have fun with recycling and encourage support for the national RecycleMania competition. The eight-week national RecycleMania competition challenges schools and universities to increase awareness and recycling efforts each spring.

During the Art of Recycling contest, the students created artwork using recycled materials such as cereal boxes, aluminum cans and plastic containers. After all the artwork was completed, students voted on their favorites through ballots.

The first place prize of a $75 Best Buy gift card went to “UH Cougar” created by Gaurav Chugh and Mani Chopra Chugh. Samantha Velasquez won second place and a $50 Best Buy gift card for her artwork “Hula Lady.” Third place and a $25 gift card went to Crystal Gonzalez for her creation “Recycle Head.”

Congratulations to all our artists! For photos from the contest, visit the Green UH facebook page. For more information on RecycleMania, visit