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Council Selects Winner of Litter Mascot Design Contest

Council Selects Winner of Litter Mascot Design Contest

Councilmember Remy Names Scarlet the Cardinal as the City's Official Litter Reduction Champion


[Columbus, OH] Scarlet the Cardinal is ready to take flight and fight litter across the City! Councilmember Emmanuel V. Remy selected the design of Jayla Lewis, a student at Fort Hayes High School as the winner of the Cleaner Columbus Litter Mitigation Campaign mascot contest. 

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Scarlet the Cardinal
"I'm impressed by the professional design put together by Ms. Lewis," said Councilmember Remy. "I look forward to seeing this mascot help push forward our litter initiatives.

Ms. Lewis created a cardinal named Scarlet, who fashionably supports cleaning litter in our community. Designed digitally as part of an arts program at Fort Hayes, Scarlet is wearing a green recycling shirt and seems eager to fight litter across the City.

Click here to view Councilmember Remy surprise presentation to Jayla Lewis

Fort Hayes High School will receive a $1,500 first place prize, awarded in the student's name, to be used in support of arts education or environmental sustainability. Coming in second place was Richie Kearney from Lindbergh Elementary School, and Angel Conteh from Maize Elementary School came in third. Both schools will receive prizes of $500 in support of arts education or environmental sustainability.

"This mascot contest was an effort to heighten awareness and reduce litter throughout our neighborhoods and city streets," said Councilmember Remy.

The criteria for the winning mascot was that the design would be based on one of the following themes:

  • Pride in My City: I am proud to call Columbus my home, and I want to ensure that my City shines for all to see.
  • Green and Clean: Cleaning up litter helps to preserve our environment by keeping waste out of our rivers and parks.
  • The "Litter" of the Law: We respect the laws of our City, and litter is against the rules.

"As a parent of three Columbus City Schools students, I knew the students in our city were very talented, but I was blown away by the level of creativity in the submissions we received," said Remy. I'm so proud of Columbus City Students, and happy to support their artistic endeavors."