Morristown High students honored at recycling dinner, where yesterday’s news is tomorrow’s fashion

We’ll never look at old newspapers, plastic wrap and soda tabs in quite the same way after Friday’s Morris County recycling awards dinner.

Nikki Russo of CCM designed this dress for Teresa Zollina of Warren County Community College. It's made from a dog collar, newspapers, packing tape, duct tape and soda cans. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Nikki Russo, left, of the County College of Morris, designed this dress for Teresa Zollina of Warren County Community College. It's made from a dog collar, newspapers, packing tape, duct tape and soda cans. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Kelly Whalen’s fashion design class from the County College of Morris put on a show at the Hanover Manor that turned refuse into haute couture. Some of these creations were pretty hot… which was scary, considering the flammability factor of paper dresses.

Check out the photos below and see for yourself.

The 24th annual awards dinner of the Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority was emceed by Penny Jones, a.k.a. Glinda Garbahj, fresh off her triumphal performance in The Last Ride of Sustainable Man at the MorristownGreen.com Film Festival.

Penny was stunning in a gold dress made from credit cards.

Among the evening’s award winners were a pair of Morristown High School students.

Valerie Bai, a sophomore from Morris Plains, impressed the MUA with her Slam Dunk the Junk recycling poster.

When she’s not churning out environmental art, Valerie plays tennis, violin and cello.

Nicole Gomez, an MHS senior, received the Maraziti, Falcon & Healey environmental excellence scholarship.  She volunteers for Grow It Green Morristown at the Urban Garden at Lafayette, and is a cross-country runner.

Her advanced placement environmental science teacher, Paris Pallis, described Nicole as one of the top students she has taught in her 35-year career.

“Out of 50 kids I had last year, she was number one,” the teacher said. “She’s very conscientious and goes above and beyond the call.”

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Morristown High science teacher Paris Pallis with one of her top students, Nicole Gomez, at Morris recycling awards dinner. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Morristown High science teacher Paris Pallis with one of her top students, Nicole Gomez, at Morris recycling awards dinner. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

 

Morris Plains Councilwomen Laurie Fu and Sue McCluskey and Mayor Frank Druetzler with Valerie Bai, a Morris Plains resident and student at Morristown High School who won an award for her recycling poster. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Morris Plains Councilwomen Laurie Fu and Sue McCluskey and Mayor Frank Druetzler with Valerie Bai, a borough resident and student at Morristown High School who won an award for her recycling poster. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

 



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