14th Annual Middle School Water Essay Winners Announced
(ATLANTA — Thursday, December 17, 2015) — The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (Metro Water District) announced the winners of its annual water essay contest during an awards ceremony held at the Georgia state Capitol yesterday.
The first-place essay was written by Colton Woodring, a seventh-grader from North Gwinnett Middle School, who received a $400 prize. Jolee Northrop, a sixth-grader from Hightower Middle School in Cobb County, was named the district-wide runner-up.
The Metro Water District also honored winners from the city of Atlanta and the 15 counties that comprise the Metro Water District. Each winner received a $100 prize.
This is the 14th year the Metro Water District has sponsored the annual water essay contest. The outreach activity has challenged thousands of middle school students to think about conservation and protection of water resources in metro Atlanta.
This year’s contest focused on stormwater pollution, asking “Why is stormwater pollution a problem, and what can you do to prevent it?” Nearly 2,000 students from across the region submitted essays in response.
“Choosing this year’s winners was challenging, as all the essays were so inspired,” said Kostoula Vallianos, principal education program specialist with the Metro Water District. “Young people in metro Atlanta have a much better sense than previous generations of just how precious our natural resources are. They exhibit a real desire to protect our water sources.”
The essay contest is one of many initiatives conducted by the Metro Water District to raise awareness about conservation efforts and preservation of water quality in metro Atlanta. Visit www.mydropcounts.org for ideas about how you can do your part to save water and www.cleanwatercampaign.com for more information about stormwater pollution and prevention.
Metro North Georgia Water Planning District’s first-place essay was written by Colton Woodring, a seventh-grader from North Gwinnett Middle School, who received a $400 prize at an awards ceremony held at the Georgia state Capitol Wednesday, Dec. 16. (Pictured from left to right: Water District Vice Chair Katie Kirkpatrick, Colton Woodring and Representative Lynn Smith, Chair of the House Natural Resources & Environment Committee.
Jolee Northrop, a sixth-grader from Hightower Middle School in Cobb County, runner-up in the Metro North Georgia Water Planning District’s 14th Annual Essay Contest, read her essay at an awards ceremony held at the Georgia state Capitol Wednesday, Dec. 16. (Also pictured from the left: Water District Vice Chair Katie Kirkpatrick and Representative Lynn Smith, Chair of the House Natural Resources & Environment Committee.)
Since its creation in 2001, the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (Metro Water District) has implemented one of the most comprehensive regional water management plans in the country. Science, data and good stewardship guide the Metro Water District’s comprehensive approach to managing water for economic, environmental and social well-being. Working with local governments, water and wastewater utilities and stakeholders, the Metro Water District protects water quality, supply and recreational value in the region and downstream.
The 2015 water essay contest winners are:
|Atlanta||Bianca Weber||Inman Middle School||7|
|Bartow||Caden Wolf||South Central Middle School||6|
|Cherokee||Rachel Kim||Mill Creek Middle School||6|
|Clayton||Aaron Garrett||GP Babb Middle School||8|
|Cobb||Jolee Northrop||Hightower Trail Middle School||6|
|Coweta||Natalea Whitley||Smokey Road Middle School||7|
|DeKalb||Hanna Baniassad||Henderson Middle School||8|
|Fayette||Nick Farinacci||JC Booth Middle School||6|
|Forsyth||Hyuk Lee||South Forsyth Middle School||8|
|Fulton||Teddy Klaas||Crabapple Middle School||6|
|Gwinnett||Colton Woodring||North Gwinnett Middle School||7|
|Hall||Ansley Brownell||Chestatee Academy Middle School||8|
|Henry||Ahmad Hicks||Woodland Middle School||6|
|Paulding||Taylor Austin||JA Dobbins Middle School||8|
|Rockdale||Kristin Scott||Young Americans Christian School||8|
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Water Essay Contest Winners Honored at State Capitol
(Atlanta, December 21, 2016) – Students Emma Clyburn and Madelyn Wortel took home the top honors in the 2016 Middle School Essay Contest for the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (Metro Water District).
Ms. Clyburn, an eighth-grader at Lanier Christian Academy in Hall County, was the district-wide first place essay winner, and Ms. Wortel, an eighth grader at South Forsyth Middle School in Forsyth County, was the district-wide runner-up. The annual contest challenges students to think critically about protecting and conserving water resources in the metro Atlanta region.
2016 marks the 15th year of the Metro Water District Essay Contest. The contest invites sixth, seventh and eighth graders in the City of Atlanta and Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Forsyth, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale counties to participate in the contest.
Winners were honored with a reception at the Georgia State Capitol on December 14. Winners selected from each county received prizes of $100, and the first place winner received an additional $400. Over 1700 students participated in this year’s contest.
Essay Topic – Water Conservation
This year, middle school students were asked to write a 300-500 word essay on the topic: Why is water conservation important to you and to our region?
The winning essay by Ms. Clyburn drew on her experience living in another country: “For four and a half years my family and I lived in Swaziland where water was considered something very precious and not something taken for granted,” said Ms. Clyburn. And Ms. Wortel, in her essay, focused on small steps that can make a big difference. “Small changes made on a daily basis to conserve water will ensure our water supply is abundant in the future,” said Ms. Wortel.
“Choosing the contest winners is always a challenge because all of the essays display a genuine awareness about the importance of water conservation,” said Kostoula Vallianos, principal education program specialist with the Metro Water District. “This year’s essays were particularly timely since the region is experiencing a drought that has resulted in the Georgia Environmental Protection Division declaring a Level 2 Drought Response.”
The annual essay contest is one of many educational outreach initiatives conducted by the Metro Water District to raise awareness about the region’s conservation efforts and the importance of the preservation of water quality in metro Atlanta. To learn more, visit My Drop Counts for tips on what you can do to conserve water and the Clean Water Campaign to learn how you can help prevent stormwater pollution.
|2016 Essay Contest Winners|
|City of Atlanta||Marcus Johnson||7||Inman Middle School|
|Bartow County||Tristan Collins||6||South Central Middle School|
|Cherokee County||Carter MacDonald||7||Mill Creek Middle School|
|Clayton County||Ariel Henderson||8||North Clayton Middle School|
|Cobb County||Katherine Barrios||6||Barber Middle School|
|Coweta County||Thomas Becker||6||Madras Middle School|
|DeKalb County||Gray Hamby||6||Renfroe Middle School|
|Douglas County||Victoria Toups||8||Harvester Christian Academy|
|Fayette County||Tito Alofe||6||Rising Starr Middle School|
|Forsyth County and District Runner-up||Madelyn Wortel||6||South Forsyth Middle School|
|Fulton County||Sadie Howard||7||Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School|
|Gwinnett County||Jackson Spooner||8||North Gwinnett Middle School|
|Hall County and District-wide winner||Emma Clyburn||8||Lanier Christian Academy|
|Henry County||Sierra Riley||8||Woodland Middle School|
|Paulding County||Maria Maldonado||6||J.A. Dobbins Middle School|
|Rockdale County||Kennedy Williams||8||Memorial Middle School|
About the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (Metro Water District):
The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District is dedicated to developing comprehensive regional and watershed-specific water resources plans to be implemented by local governments in the 15-county metro Atlanta region, which includes Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale counties. These plans conserve public water supplies, protect water quality and recreational values of the waters and minimize potential adverse impacts of development on waters in and downstream of the region.
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