Congratulations to the 2024 Litter Hawk Youth Award Winners!

Thank you Pennsylvania youth who participated in the 2024 Litter Hawk Youth Award Program! The program, funded by PA Department of Environmental Protection, provides a way for students in kindergarten through grade 6 to express their concerns about litter through art, words or video. Each participant completed a project specific to their grade level. To complement our Open Your Eyes to Litter book series, the theme was: Open Your Eyes to Litter – Show Us What You See.

Judges were excited to see so many thoughtful submissions illustrating positive change towards reducing the amount of trash found in our parks, school grounds and along our roadways. Close to 1,000 projects were received! First and second place winners in each grade level received ribbons and a Litter Hawk decal. All participants received a Litter Hawk Youth Award decal.

We’re proud to announce that winning entries will be displayed in the East Wing Rotunda of the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building in Harrisburg from May 2 through May 23. A ceremony recognizing students will be held on May 2 in the East Wing Rotunda of the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building in Harrisburg. Shannon Reiter, President, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, Phoebe Coles, Chair, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and Ramez Ziadeh, Acting Executive Deputy Secretary for Programs, PA Department of Environmental Protection, will provide remarks.

All winning students, their parents, and legislators with winning students in their district are invited to attend a ceremony honoring the Litter Hawk Youth Award winners and participants. Contact our office for more information.

Litter Hawk winners!

Check out their amazing posters, essays and videos on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube!

First Place Winners

  • Mayameen Sarkar Manha, Kindergarten (poster), PA Leadership Charter School, Montgomery County
  • Hudson Hess, Grade 1 (poster), Reamstown Elementary School, Lancaster County
  • Veda Alluri, Grade 2 (poster), Shamona Creek Elementary School, Chester County
  • Nora Buchanan, Grade 3 (poster), George Washington Elementary School, Allegheny County
  • Beckett Blouir, Grade 4 (poster), West Greene Elementary, Greene County
  • Eleanor Mountz, Grade 5 (essay), Little Red School House, Chester County
  • Dion Cooper, Serenity Foster, RJ Green, Royce Lane, Grade 6 (video), Twin Valley Middle School, Berks County

Second Place Winners

  • Henry Trout, Grade K (poster), Norvelt Elementary School, Westmoreland County
  • Elizabeth Kalista, Grade 1 (poster), Holy Trinity Catholic School, Blair County
  • Tanesha "Gia" Iyer, Grade 2 (poster), PA Leadership Charter School, Lehigh County
  • Ava Milford, Grade 3 (poster), Knoch Primary School, Butler County
  • Josiah Haley, Grade 4 (poster), Homeschool, Clinton County
  • Alekhya Doddapaneni, Grade 5 (essay), Eden Hall Upper Elementary, Allegheny County
  • Everly Henderson, Mary Rhenish, Jacqueline Li, Emma Johnston, Grade 6 (video), Mars Area Centennial School, Butler County