Western Municipal Water District Announces 2020 Water is Life Art Contest Winners by Western Municipal Water District Jul 30, 2020 Member Submitted News RIVERSIDE – Each year, Western Municipal Water District (Western) hosts the annual Water is Life art contest for students in grades 4 through 12 within Western’s service area. This year, Western is proud to announce nine winners. 2020 Water is Life Art Contest Winners First Place Nicolas Scraff, 5th-grade, Tomas Rivera Elementary School Iris Hyon, 7th-grade, Amelia Earhart Middle SchoolBailey Jahromi, 10th-grade, Martin Luther King High School Second Place Jordyn Ramirez, 5th-grade, Tomas Rivera Elementary School Ariana Flores, 7th-grade, Amelia Earhart Middle School Magnolia Hyon, 9th-grade, Martin Luther King High School Third Place Alina Solano, 5th-grade, Tomas Rivera Elementary School Ward Sarriyeh, 7th-grade, Frank Augustus Miller Middle School Alexandria Doubravsky, 10th-grade, Martin Luther King High School The annual art contest provides students the opportunity to combine their passion for both science and art, sharing a visual message about water. The annual art contest is hosted in the spring, and Western works closely with schools and teachers to promote the contest to students. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the rapid closure of schools, Western quickly transitioned from accepting physical artwork to accepting artwork in a digital format to sustain the program and ensure accessibility to schools, teachers, and students. The deadline was also extended to afford teachers and students the chance to adapt to the new learning environment and then submit their artwork. “It is important in this new distance learning environment that we continue adapting our education programs to increase accessibility,” said Western’s General Manager Craig Miller. “This has been a great opportunity for Western to get into the schools and instill a love for water, science, and art at an early age. We want to be sure we are doing everything we can to educate and engage the water ambassadors of the future.” Water education experts were able to judge the entries virtually and scored the art on theme clarity, neatness and quality, and creativity and originality. Winners of the contest were notified in June and will be formally recognized via social media and during a future Board meeting. Learn more about the Water is Life art contest or to view a list of contest-eligible schools within Western’s service area, visit wmwd.com/Education. ### Western Municipal Water District is one of the largest public agencies in Riverside County, providing water and wastewater (sewer) services to nearly a million people, both retail and wholesale customers who live, work and play within 527-square miles in one of California’s most populous regions. Learn more: wmwd.com.