Every year, West Basin Municipal Water District (West Basin) conducts one of its signature water education program: the Water is Life Student Art Contest.
The goal of the program is to encourage third through twelfth grade students to create a water conservation message and illustrate it with original, hand-drawn artwork.
This year, young artists submitted more than 390 pieces of artwork from 43 public and private schools from West Basin’s service area, making it a challenge for the judges to select the winning pieces.
Winning art pieces were chosen based on the creativity of their portrayal of water conservation messages and their artistic skill. The student’s art will be reproduced on bookmarks and posters for distribution at the winner’s schools and at local public libraries.
Sponsorship for this year’s contest came from the law offices of Lemieux and O’Neill, United Water and the Water Replenishment District, who provided grand prize winners with a Mac Book Pro lap top computer.
Director Edward C. Little said, “One of the highlights of our education program at West Basin is seeing the conservation artwork our students produce for our annual Water is Life Student Art Contest. By using art to convey water conservation messages, students learn the importance of water, and they sure are talented!”
Winners from this year’s Water is Life Art Contest include:
Grand Prize Winners from West Basin’s Entire Service Area:
1. Elementary School Grand Prize Winner
Nayeli Soon, Grade 3, Richmond Street Elementary School, El Segundo
2. Middle School Grand Prize Winner
Bailey Sarria, Grade 8, Our Lady of Guadalupe School, Hermosa Beach
3. High School Grand Prize Winner
Christopher Lizama, Grade 12, Leuzinger High School, Hawthorne
Honorable Mention Award Winners from West Basin’s Division 4:
1. Middle School Honorable Mention Winner
Chrizelle Soon, Grade 8, El Segundo Middle School, El Segundo
2. High School Honorable Mention Winner
Amy Wong, Grade 11, Culver City High School, Culver City
For more information about the Water is Life Art Contest and how to get involved next year, visit www.westbasin.org.