CNE High School student wins Spring Litter Clean-Up contest

Annette and Leah Decatur

BATAVIA, Ohio (March 21, 2018) Clermont County Commissioners today honored Leah Decatur, a junior at Clermont Northeastern High School, for winning the 2018 Spring Litter Clean-Up T-shirt Design Contest.

Leah was given a certificate of appreciation from the commissioners, acknowledging her achievement and contribution to local education efforts to promote litter prevention.  She was also awarded a $100 cash prize. CNE Principal T.J. Glassmeyer was there to accept the additional $100 cash prize awarded to the school’s art department.

Leah, who has a huge passion for art, thanked her mom, Annette Decatur, for urging her to enter the contest. Leah, who is hoping to be a physician’s assistant, said she wanted to get her neighborhood involved in the Spring Litter Clean-Up, which will be held April 21.

The T-shirt contest and Spring Litter Cleanup are sponsored locally by the Clermont County Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Duke Energy Foundation, and the Southern Ohio Association of Realtors (SOAR).

“We promise the weather will be better than today,” said Warren Walker, Government & Community Relations manager for Duke Energy. He mentioned that in 2017, more than 500 volunteers removed 400 tons of trash, including 10 miles along river banks and lakes. He said Duke was proud to be a sponsor of the event.

Greg Traynor, president of SOAR, said, “We have several realtors who participate in the event every year. After all, the majority of our realtors work and live in Clermont County, and it’s imperative that we have a clean and desirable place to live so our neighborhoods can grow and prosper.”

In addition to the grand prize, $25 cash prizes were awarded to students in each grade level, K-12.   The grade level winners and their designs can be viewed at the event website:

The 2018 Spring Litter Clean-Up will be held at 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, April 21, at various locations across Clermont County and the East Fork Little Miami River Watershed.

Online registration for the event is open:  For more information, contact the Clermont Soil & Water Conservation District at 513.732.7075 or the Valley View Foundation at 513.218.1098.

Contact: Becky McClatchey, Clermont SWCD at 513.732.7075