The following release was submitted by Terry Maenza, Director of Communications and External Affairs at Pennsylvania American Water:
HERSHEY, Pa. (May 9, 2011) – Two students from earned top honors in Pennsylvania American Water’s 10th Annual “Protect Our Watersheds” Art Contest. The company received more than 800 entries from fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders across the commonwealth. Pennsylvania American Water announced the contest winners as part of National Drinking Water Week, which runs May 6-12.
Sixth-grader Rachel Kearon received first place honors for eastern Pennsylvania for her artwork depicting a clean stream and wildlife, titled “Help Protect our Watersheds.” Spring-Ford sixth-grader Emily Wen placed third for eastern Pennsylvania, while Alexis Sophabmixay of Riverside Elementary School in Lackawanna County earned second place. The three students will receive gift cards for their winning entries.
This marks the fifth consecutive year that Spring-Ford students have received recognition in Pennsylvania American Water’s art contest.
"We are excited that so many students participated and used their creativity to express the need to protect our watersheds," said Pennsylvania American Water President Kathy L. Pape. "The contest is a fun and meaningful way to help them better understand the importance of environmental stewardship.”
The statewide grand prize winner is Samuel Kagle, a fourth-grader from Chartiers Valley Intermediate School in Allegheny County. After reviewing the entries, a panel of judges selected three top drawings from both eastern and western Pennsylvania before naming Kagle as the grand prize winner. 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.
Pennsylvania American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.2 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs approximately 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in more than 30 states and parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.