HERSHEY, Pa. (May 10, 2017) – Pennsylvania American Water today announced the winners of its 15th Annual “Protect Our Watersheds” Art Contest, with two students from Spring-Ford School District earning top spots. The company received approximately 660 entries from fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders across the commonwealth. Pennsylvania American Water announced the art contest winners as part of National Drinking Water Week, which runs May 7-13.
The first place winner for eastern Pennsylvania is sixth grader Emma Moritz of Spring-Ford Intermediate School, with Spring-Ford sixth grader Kenna Mueller earning third place. Second place for eastern Pennsylvania went to Faith Bennett from Abington Heights Middle School, Monroe County.
"The creativity we see from the children and their messages expressing the need to preserve our water sources is inspiring," said Pennsylvania American Water President Jeffrey McIntyre. "The environmental education incorporated into this contest helps them understand why we need to protect water resources.”
Indiana County sixth grader Henry Rummel earned the grand prize for his artwork that depicts how “keeping rivers and lakes clean is critical, because they are our drinking water.” His artwork will be featured on “bloomer cards” and distributed across the state by Pennsylvania American Water. Bloomers are seed-filled cards that, when planted and tended, produce a variety of wildflowers.
Rummel’s artwork earned first prize among western Pennsylvania entries, followed by sixth grader Lily Connell of Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Allegheny County, in second place. Sixth grader Madelyn Yaremcho, also from Thomas Jefferson Middle School, finished third. The winning students each receive Barnes & Noble gift cards.
Pennsylvania American Water’s contest requires that the students accompany their artwork with a short description of how watershed protection affects them personally. After reviewing the entries, a panel of judges selected three top drawings from both eastern and western Pennsylvania before naming Rummel as the grand prize winner.
Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.3 million people. With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly-traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,800 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.
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In the photo: Front row (l-r) Sixth graders Emma Moritz and Kenna Mueller. Back row (l-r) Spring-Ford 5-6 Grade Principal Heather Nuneviller; Teachers Maria Talone and Robert Wolfe; and Pennsylvania American Water Senior Supervisor Ed Baetzel.