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State Honoree

Amber Novotny

South Dakota

Amber Novotny, Rosholt High School, started a recycling center for her community. After filling her garage with newspaper, she moved her facility to a vacant building provided by the town.
Residents drop off recyclable items, then Novotny borrows a dump truck from a family friend, loads it up and drives it to 40 miles away. So far, she has collected thousands of glass and plastic bottles and over 11,000 pounds of paper.

"From starting the Rosholt Recycling Center, I have learned communication and teamwork skills that will be valuable to me throughout my lifetime."