Eubanks wins clean air contest

Mya Eubanks’ winning poster encourages people to lessen the time their vehicles idle.

Mya Eubanks, Preston High School, was one of nine high school students who won $100 for their clean air poster designs on Feb. 9. She won the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art Award. Winners of the 2019 Utah High School Clean Air Poster Contest were announced at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art at Utah State University. 

Over 400 teens participated in the contest from Grand County, Carbon, Mountain Crest, Ridgeline, Fast Forward Charter, Green Canyon, Sky View, and Preston (Idaho) high schools.  The 31 finalist posters were on display at the Museum during the Community Art Day where youth made buttons celebrating clean air actions, such as limiting idling, trip-chaining, and carpooling.  

The other 2019 state winners are as follows:

Tatum Scow, Grand County High School – Cache Clean Air Consortium Award, $200

McCall Davis, Ridgeline High School – Conservice Award, $100

Kody Cunningham, Fast Forward Charter High School – Wasatch Property Management Award, $100

Kaitlyn Myers and Hannah Zilles, Mountain Crest High School – Healthy Human Habitat Award, $100

Brittney Blanton, Carbon High School – Healthy Human Habitat Award, $100

MaKinna Elwood, Green Canyon High School – Inovar Award, $100

Sabrina Smith, Ridgeline High School – Malouf Award, $100

Alex Powell, Grand County High School – Campbell Scientific Award, $100

“This has been the best contest yet,” said Edwin Stafford, marketing professor at USU’s Jon M. Huntsman School of Business who initiated the contest in 2015 with Roslynn Brain McCann of USU Extension Sustainability.  “We had state winners from almost every participating high school this year, including newcomers of Preston and Carbon high schools!” 

Poster entries ranged from the inspiring to the humorous to the terrifying, and prizes for the student finalists and winners were donated by local businesses, organizations and individuals.  A panel of judges, including principals from participating schools, past winners, and prominent citizens, evaluated the posters on their environmental and marketing messages as well as overall artistic merit.    

Stafford and McCann started the contest to engage teens learning to drive to understand the air pollution implications of their new driving privilege and to learn driving and transportation strategies to help preserve air quality (e.g., refrain from idling, carpooling, trip-chaining), especially during Utah’s polluted winter inversion months.

“Many Utahns remain ambivalent about local air pollution,” Stafford said.  “Our research shows that contestants report increased willingness to engage in clean air actions, and they also converse and influence their parents to follow suit.” 

The winning posters will be displayed at schools, businesses, and libraries across Utah for education outreach.  For more information, go to

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