The 4-H Trash Sculpture Contest was held at the Lyon County schools earlier this month, with 12 of 98 students who entered the contest recognized for their creative entries.

Teachers taught students about recycling and the problems pollution is causing in our oceans, to fish and wildlife and in other places.

Many of the sculptures addressed this problem.

Sculptures were judged on the variety of materials used to create the work, if rules were followed and creativity.

Winners of the contest were as follows:

• Lower elementary: First place, Aleah Guzik with Baby Jesus and the First Christmas; second place, Cohen Scott with Shamrock the Turtle; and third place, Ava Mims with Pearl, milk jug sculpture.

• Upper elementary: First place, Madelyn Perkins with Robbie the Robot; second place, Clay Murphy with a John Deere Combine; and third place, Keagan Knott with a Model T.

- Middle school: First place, Isabella Fields with The Underwater Motel; second place, Jack Reddick and Zack Radivonyk with Ninja Robot; and third place, Lynd Burchett and Briana Long with Cheerleader Snowman.

• High school: First place and best of show, Irian Christy with Serenity; second place, Haleigh Clark with Bikini Bottom; and third place, Trey Nichols with a Coral Reef.

Prize money is awarded to winners courtesy of the West Kentucky Regional Recycling Corporation.

The top three winners in each division will compete in the regional contest in January for additional prize money.

The winners are on display in the window of the Lyon County Extension Office.