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Logan High students display their Clean Air Poster contest entries at the awards ceremony.

Logan High students were recognized for their efforts to educate about air quality in the Clean Air Poster contest awards ceremony held Wednesday at the school.

A grand prize of $100 cash was awarded by Logan City to student Carmen Guaderrama.

In addition to the grand prize, 14 local business and restaurants donated gift cards. These were awarded to multiple individual students and small groups who also created exceptional posters.

Guaderrama said she was thrilled with her win for a design that incorporates the beloved Minions from the "Despicable Me" animated movies.

"I absolutely love drawing, and I thought it was a fun time to actually get my drawings out there.”

The Logan High students had worked for the past few months on making creative and entertaining posters that would catch the attention of community members and encourage people to reflect on their driving habits. Over 70 posters were submitted, mostly from students in Logan High's environmental science classes and Governor's Youth Council.

The Clean Air Poster Contest was coordinated by a few Utah State professors and Logan City officials.

Edwin Stanford, a USU marketing professor, Roslyn Brain, a USU environment and society professor, and Emily Malik, Logan City Conservation Coordinator received a small grant from the Community Bridge Initiative to develop outreach materials for clean air. They then organized the contest. The initiative aims to bring USU and Logan city together to collaborate on community issues.

Instead of creating the materials themselves, they chose to hold a contest for Logan High School students with the idea that educating new drivers on the importance of smart driving choices would help them create life long good habits.

"We've been mentoring and cheerleading the students to help develop their ideas since January," Stafford explained in a prepared statement.

The winning posters will be reproduced and displayed around the community, hopefully educating more and more people about the impact simple choices have on air quality.

"We received some really creative and funny posters," Brain said in the statement. "We think Cache Valley residents will like how these students used humor, movies and pop culture to encourage their generation to take public transportation, ride a bike, walk, carpool and refrain from idling during our winter inversions."