Congratulations to the Winners of the Fifth “Communicating for a Clean Future” Ohio Marine Debris PSA Competition!

Posted Fri, 05/08/2020 - 08:20

The NOAA Marine Debris Program is excited to announce the winners of the fifth annual Communicating for a Clean Future: Ohio Marine Debris Challenge!

This contest is open every year to students in grades 9-12 who are enrolled in recognized public, private, and home schools in Ohio’s Lake Erie coastal communities. These high school students complete lessons and create a public service announcement to help raise awareness of marine debris. Winning teams will be acknowledged at an awards ceremony later this year and will be given recognition by members of congress, including Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur. This year’s winners include:

A beach littered with marine debris.

First Place - Perkins High School (Teacher: Ashlie Gowitzka): Ava L., Nelia N., Madison S., Elizabeth Z.


An American Flag waves with the words "Keep Our Great Lakes Clean" display across the bottom of the image.
Second Place - Perkins High School (Teacher: Ashlie Gowitzka): Taylor B., Beth C., Dante D., Abbey S.


A plastic shopping bag floats underwater.
Third Place - Perkins High School (Teacher: Ashlie Gowitzka): Avery B., Emma C., Lexee K., Grace K., Caroline P., Lauren V., Ireland W.


Congratulations to the winners! To learn more about the contest and see the winning videos, check out the contest webpage.

This contest is in partnership with Ohio Sea Grant, The Ohio State University Stone Laboratory, Ohio Congressional District 9 (Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur), and Cedar Point Amusement Park.