Westborough eighth-grader earns honors in poster contest


Westborough eighth-grader earns honors in poster contest
This poster depicting why plastics should be banned from the oceans earned a Gibbons student an honorable mention in a statewide contest. (Photo/Courtesy)

WESTBOROUGH – A three-sided poster showing why plastics should be banned from the oceans has earned honors for a Gibbons Middle School student.

During the School Committee meeting on Feb. 15, eighth-grader Maahi Srivastava presented the work that earned her an honorable mention in the annual poster project sponsored by Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth.

Srivastava’s entry was among nine finalists chosen from 324 submissions from 47 school districts statewide.

“My family loves the ocean,” said Srivastava on the idea behind the poster.

The organization has hosted the project since 2009 “to engage students on important topics and provide a platform for their voices.”

The theme for the 2022-2023 project, “The Earth Loves You. Love it Back,” was focused on the continued movement to be green and sustainable, and it challenged students to cover topics such as reducing paper consumption, saving electricity, educating others on sustainable development goals and planting trees.

Judges commended Srivastava’s work for its three-dimensional aspect.

Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides training, fosters collaboration, and develops programming to increase the health and safety of students.

For information, visit massachusettspartnershipsforyouth.com.


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