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DSC student wins state contest promoting recycling


Using creative ways to encourage recycling won local college and high school students monetary prizes in a statewide competition.

Matt Duncan, 20, of Deltona, a junior at Daytona State College, won $1,500 as a grand prize winner in the plastic bag recycling category for a mock TV news report called "Plastic Bag Strike" where bags go on strike, garbage cans overflow and people carry food from the store in their "bare hands." The report ends with a global responsibility treaty signed literally by a left-handed bag.

The contest was for A Bag's Life video contest, in which about 24 people competed, in the Florida campaign that drew more than 8,000 votes cast online at, which still airs the winners. The campaign encourages reducing, recycling and reusing plastic bags. Duncan, who previously was at Stetson University where he took video and animation classes, said usually his videos don't have meaning but thought doing one for a good cause couldn't hurt.

"I always recycle but definitely recycle more and promote recycling more now," Duncan said.

Neal Shepherd, a Matanzas High School student in Palm Coast, won third place and $250 for "Recycling 101" about a plastic bag that sneaks into a backpack and takes life into its own "handles."