PARRSBORO - Recycling pays off. Just ask Jasmen White.
The Parrsboro Regional High School student won first place in the Resource Recovery Fund Board's annual Nova Scotia Recycles contest, winning a new camera for her efforts in the multimedia/photography contest.
She heard the news last week.
"They got the call at the school and asked me to come to the office immediately," said Jasmen. "I thought I was in trouble. Then they told me on the phone that I had won regionals, and then that I won the provincial one too. I was almost crying."
The 16-year-old admits that she had not thought much about recycling before. But when she heard about the contest in Sharon Midwinter's technology class, the top prize of a $900 Canon Vixia camera caught her attention.
"I love taking photos," she said. "I just enjoy taking pictures of things. I've wanted my own camera for several years."
Prior to the contest, she had just taken photos with her telephone, but for the assignment she took home the classroom camera. For the picture, she found an old pair of rubber boots and dressed them up with grass, wood, nails and barbed wire.
"I just thought of recycling," she explained. "The boots were old and not being used, and with the grass, I thought it would be pretty cool. I didn't think I was actually going to win."
The student was the first from the school to win first place at the provincial level, according to Midwinter, who said she has been submitting her students' work for about five years now.
"I'm all for recycling, and I'm teaching a digital photography unit as part of the class, so it fit right together," she said. "It changes every year, and sometimes I submit from different grades."
Jasmen expects to receive her camera next month, while the school also wins $500 as a result of her entry.
The prize is just one of the benefits for the students, according to Midwinter.
"They get a chance to display their work, and they get an opportunity to show everyone what they can do," she said.
Parrsboro Regional Elementary School Grade 3 student Haley Harrison was also a runner-up in her category of the contest and will receive a prize for her efforts, while the school will receive $250.
Both students are invited to a regional celebration on April 11 in Truro.