National Champs Again! Alternative School wins Recycling Honor

*Feature Photo: Here are some of the participants in the Great American Can Roundup. Not all students were available on Thursday. Alt School Science Educator Pam Pince is in the middle of the above photo, Colten Jahnke is on her right and R.J.Wempen is on her left. Not pictured is Altan Quiver, Jacob Goodman, Amber Jahnke, Aryanna Olson, and Rose SunRhodes. (Nancy Randolph / Pitchengine Communities) * (Riverton, Wyo.) - The Alternative Program at Riverton High School has done it again, capturing the National Championship in the Great American Can Roundup sponsored by the Can Manufacturers Institute. Twenty-two students collected and recycled an average of 400 pounds each of aluminum beverage cans to win this year's award and defend their title. This is the third championship in six years for the Alt School. Overall, nearly 23,700 students nationwide participated in this year's challenge which ran from November 15th 2015 to April 22, 2016, according to a news release. Riverton Alternative High School will receive $5,000 as the GACR national champion, along with an additional $1,000 prize for coming in first place in the state. The school in each state with the most pounds of aluminum recycled per student also receive a $1,000 prize for their achievements in recycling. The prize money is used, in part, for a class trip as a reward. Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality's Craig McOmie congratulated the Riverton school. "In an era when national attention is rightfully focused on the conservation of natural resources for the benefit of current and future generations, the GACR award highlights the possibilities that can be achieved through concerted group efforts," he said. The second place team in Wyoming was from Casper's Roosevelt Learning Center, whose 14 students collected and recycled more than 2,200 pounds of aluminum beverage cans. #county10 #news