Teen Recycled Dreams Fashion Show Winners

MSA'S Queenie Zheng Takes First Place for Her Water-Themed Recycled Design
Posted on 04/23/2018

Over 22 teens in Manatee County signed up for this year's Teen Recycled Dreams Fashion Show. The event, which was held on Saturday, April 21, drew nearly 300 people who were presented with 12 one-of-a-kind fashions.

The popular award-winning event, in collaboration with The Friends of the Library and Keep Manatee Beautiful, gives teens a chance to live a day in the life of a fashion designer and/or model, using recycled or repurposed materials.

Designers could register as an individual or part of a team. Each designer could model the design or choose a model.

This year’s judges were Georgina Willmott of Manatee Performing Arts Center; Emme Greer of Feld Entertainment, Inc.; Arnold Desmarais, consultant and artist; and Deputy County Administrator, Cheri Coryea.

First Place, a Cricut Explore Air wireless design and cut system, went to Queenie Zheng of Manatee School for the Arts for her water-themed design. 

First-Place Winner

Second Place, an Amazon Echo, went to homeschooler, Emily Bailey.

Second-Place Winner

Third place, an Amazon Dot, went to Emily Cruz of Haile Middle School.

Third-Place Winner

Honorable Mentions went to Eva Speck-Ewer and Emma Harrigan of Rowlett Middle and Lori Smalley, Haile Middle.

Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention Lori Smalley

Best Accessories went to Riley Cassidy and Olivia Johnson of Lee Middle.

Honorable Mention Accessories

First-, second- and third-place prizes were donated by Keep Manatee Beautiful, and the Friends of the Braden River, Central, Island, Palmetto, Rocky Bluff and South Manatee Libraries provided funding for the honorable mention prizes, as well as food and drinks for the participants.

Among those in attendance were Commissioners Priscilla Whisenant Trace and Betsy Benac and Manatee County Administrator Ed Hunzeker who welcomed the audience.  

Both Randy’s Recycled Rascals and Village of the Arts brought samples of their work to display during the show.

Manatee Technical College Cosmetology School (under the guidance of Ms. Walmsley and Ms. Yancey) provided hair styling, and Brandy Harlan and her Mary Kay Cosmeticians provided makeup.

The Teen Recycled Fashion Show is the 2016 recipient of the Florida Library Association’s Betty Davis Miller Youth Services Award, which recognizes innovative or outstanding youth programs, and a 2015 recipient of a Recycling Award from Keep Manatee Beautiful, a non-profit organization committed to making Manatee County a cleaner and more beautiful environment.

For more information, please contact Kelly Foster at 941-748-5555, x6307.

About the Manatee County Public Library System: The Florida Library Association’s 2016 Library of Year and two-time Innovation winner, the Manatee County Public Library System supports the County’s growing community and visitors through a wide range of educational and technological resources and programs at six facilities in downtown Bradenton (Riverwalk), the east county region, the south county area, Holmes Beach, Palmetto and Ellenton. This past year, Manatee Libraries was visited by nearly 850,000 customers who made use of its resources over 3.9 million times (a record high). Downloads of their digital ebook/eaudio/movies have continued to double each year, while technical training and computer assistance were up 16%. The 47,000 customers who attended their wide variety of informational and educational programs and events reflect an increase of 130% since 2006. For more information, call Downtown Library at (941) 748-5555, ext. 6307. For more information on Manatee County Public Library System, visit mymanatee.org/library and follow them at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @manalibraries.

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