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The results are in and nearly 700 Washoe County School District (WCSD) students entered the 2010 “Responsible Water Use: Easy as 1-2-3” Poster Art Contest, sponsored by Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA). Judges gathered to choose first-, second- and third-place winners in three grade categories. Winning posters reflect creativity and effectiveness in illustrating responsible water use and TMWA’s new Assigned-Day watering schedule.
First-place winners in each category received a $100 savings bond. Second-place winners received a $50 savings bond and third-place winners received a $25 savings bond and their schools will receive matching funds. All winners received a Wild Island H2O Season Pass courtesy of Wild Island Family Adventure Park. Winning artwork may be used in TMWA advertisements throughout the summer and will be displayed at various public locations in the Reno/Sparks area.
Amy Bakker, a Sarah Winnemucca Elementary student, won first place in the kindergarten through third grade category for reminding people about the importance of responsible water use with her work, Easy as 1-2-3 Conserve Our Water. Second-place went to Joshua and Sarah Burrows from Jessie Beck Elementary School, third-place went to Ann Matya from Desert Heights Elementary School and Isabel Graham from Pleasant Valley Elementary School received an honorable mention in the kindergarten through third grade category.
Nicolas Ortiz Lopez, a Van Gorder Elementary student, is the first-place winner for the fourth through sixth grade category. Nicolas’ illustration reminds responsible water users about their three assigned watering days. Desiree Villareal from Lincoln Park Elementary School received second place, Whitney Mestre from Bud Beasley Elementary School received third place, and Nahin Chowdhury from Mamie Towles Elementary School received an honorable mention in the fourth through sixth grade category.
Haley Posukonis, from Mendive Middle School, took first place in the seventh through eighth grade category. Haley’s winning poster illustrates that overwatered lawns hurt oceans, rivers and lakes. Second place went to Ryeli Pferschy from Mendive Middle School, third place went to Zack Archie from Mendive Middle School, and Katherine Horton from Archie Clayton Middle School received an honorable mention in the seventh through eighth grade category.
Judges for the contest included: Lora Rose Richards, TMWA Administrator of Conservation and Community Outreach; Neecie Schlesener, TMWA Senior Coordinator of Water Conservation; Linda Fine Conaboy, editor of Family Pulse Magazine; Milan Sperka of Mesh Creative; and Debbie Melahn, Program Coordinator of Community Education at WCSD.
For more information or to view the winning artwork visit www.tmwaacademy.com.
Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) is a not-for-profit water utility, overseen by elected officials from Reno, Sparks and Washoe County. TMWA employs a highly skilled team who ensure the treatment, delivery and availability of high-quality drinking water around the clock for more than 330,000 residents of the Truckee Meadows.