FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 21, 2019
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(Santa Rosa) – Winners of the Sonoma County Water Agency’s (Sonoma Water) annual Water Awareness school poster contest and the Russian River Watershed Association’s high school video contest were announced recently during a celebration held to acknowledge the winning entries and hand out prizes. More than 108 students, family members, teachers, and elected officials attended the event held May 23 at the Sonoma Water offices in Santa Rosa.
Sonoma Water, in partnership with local water suppliers, has held an annual Water Awareness Poster Contest since 1994. Winners of the poster contest are featured in the following year’s Water Awareness calendar. The contest allows students to creatively express the importance of water as a natural resource. This year, 2,373 students from 39 schools in Sonoma Water’s service area participated and 13 winners were chosen from a pool of 135 finalists. Each winner received a t-shirt with their winning poster art printed on the front and teachers were given a $50 check for school supplies. The poster contest is sponsored by the Sonoma Marin Water Saving Partnership, Sonoma Water, and Sonoma Clean Power.
The Russian River Watershed Association’s High School Video Contest attracted 44 video entries from 6 schools, with a total of 116 students participating. The top three winning videos will be used as public service announcements and as educational outreach materials. The first place entry will be aired during preview ads in local movie theaters. In addition, winners received cash prizes of $1,500 (first place), $1,000 (second place), and $500 (third place). The prizes were split evenly between the student winners and their schools.
“These contests are a wonderful way to showcase the talents of students throughout our communities,” said David Rabbitt, chair of Sonoma Water’s Board of Directors. “By highlighting their ideas and insights, we can increase awareness among all age groups about the importance of conserving and protecting our water resources.”
The winners of the poster contest included:
|Ruby Adams||Melissa Kang||3||Sonoma Country Day School||Santa Rosa|
|Pippa Allen||Kim Edwards||3||San Miguel Charter School||Santa Rosa|
|Maddy Azzolino||Talia Howard||3||Madrone Elementary School||Santa Rosa|
|Cheyann Cena||Michelle Holmstedt||6||Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts||Santa Rosa|
|Wyatt Daily||Christa Knapp||3||Abraham Lincoln Elementary School||Santa Rosa|
|Samantha Reed||Samantha Grimaldo-Uribe||6||Loma Vista Immersion Academy||Petaluma|
|Aliya Rehberg||Charlotte Schiffman||5||Jack London Elementary||Santa Rosa|
|Ibeth Rivera||Samantha Grimaldo-Uribe||5||Loma Vista Immersion Academy||Petaluma|
|Kaeya Shipp||Jennifer Priest||4||Harvest Christian School||Petaluma|
|Brooklyn Soukup||Laura Knapp||4||Austin Creek Elementary School||Santa Rosa|
|Anam Tariq||Craig Stone||3||John Reed Elementary School||Rohnert Park|
|Bella Yazzolino||Melissa Yazzolino||3||The Presentation School||Sonoma|
|Belen Zamora-Garcia||Bonnie Thomasson||5||Forestville Academy||Forestville|
The video contest had a theme of “Litter to Zero, Be A Water Hero!” The winners included:
The winning videos can be viewed at: www.sonomawater.org/video-contests
Sonoma Water is working to secure our future by investing in our water resources, community and environment. The Water Agency provides water supply, flood protection and sanitation services for portions of Sonoma and Marin counties. Visit us on the Web at www.sonomawater.org.