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2013 Keep Denver Beautiful Poster & Essay Contest

This Spring hundreds of students participated in the Keep Denver Beautiful Essay & Poster contest from several schools throughout the City of Denver expressing how they feel about litter, and ways they can prevent it in their community in the form of artwork and writing. The Keep Denver Beautiful Awards presentation was held April 18, 2013 to honor the winning students and other community volunteers, First Lady Ms. Mary Louise Lee was the Keynote speaker. 

Pictured: Back Row-left to right: Ms. Mary Louise Lee, Izzie Cier, Yaneicy Mendoza, Cindy Trinh, Spencer Workman, Kevin Palacio, Angelo Trujillo, Mike Lutz-Solid Waste Management  Front Row- left to right: Gabe Wood, Alec Sirois, Isis Jenkins, Michaela Sirois, Madelyn Martinez-Castaneda


Read the winning essays below!

  • MiddleSchool - 1st Place   
  • Middle School - 2nd Place     
  • Middle School -3rd Place  
  • Elementary School - 1st Place   
  • Elementary School - 2nd Place 
  • Elementary School - 3rd Place

If you would like more information contact Keep Denver Beautiful at 303-446-3557.


Keep Denver Beautiful Essay & Poster Contest

The 2015 Keep Denver Beautiful Essay & Poster winners have been announced!  Denver Students in grades 3-8 were asked to write an essay or design a poster about litter in accordance with the theme, "Put Litter In Its Place".  Students were asked what they can to prevent litter at their school and in their community?

Teachers: Would you like more information on how your school can participate? Contact Keep Denver Beautiful by calling 3-1-1 

Click on 2015 winning poster images below to view larger version


1st Place -
  2nd Place - Elem.
1st Place - Middle    3rd Place - Elem. 

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Keep Denver Beautiful Poster Contest

Keep Denver Beautiful sponsors an annual Poster and Essay contest which is open to students in Denver,  grades 3-8. This is a great way for students to express how they can keep Denver clean and beautiful.  The contest is open for entries from January- March. 




2014 Winner - This poster designed by Nina Weprin of Lowry Elementary School 

 2013 Winner - This poster designed by Angelo Trujillo of Dora Moore School



2012 Winner - This poster designed by Mia Brierly of Polaris at Ebert School



2011 Winner - This poster designed by Alanna Evans of Morey Middle School


2010 Winner - This poster designed by Timothy Smith of Smiley Middle School.

2009 Winner - This poster designed by Jose Vela of Kunsmiller Middle School.
2008 Winner - This poster designed by Ariana Hernandez of Johnson School.
2006 Winner - This poster designed by Nayeli Ramirez of Barnum Elementary School.
2005 Winner  - This poster designed by Lila Alizadeh of Hamilton Middle School.  
Poster by Lila Alizadeh

Poster by Maya Dite-Bosworth

2003 Winner - This poster by Laura Levinson of Morey Middle School.
Poster by Laura Levinson of Morey Middle School


2002 Winner - This poster by Ellie Schmidt of Cory Elementary.


Poster by Ellie Schmidt