HCWA Announces 2020 Art Contest Winners

Can you imagine a day without water? That was the challenge for Henry County art students entering the second annual “Imagine A Day Without Water” Art Contest sponsored by the Henry County Water Authority (HCWA).            

Imagine A Day Without Water is a national day of recognition on Oct. 21, organized by the Value of Water Campaign of the U.S. Water Alliance. The event is designed to raise awareness about how water is essential and invaluable to everyday life, while generating public support for national, state and local investments in much-needed water system infrastructure.            

The HCWA invited Henry County students to visually reflect through drawings what it would be like to imagine a day without water. Authority judges recently announced this year’s winners in four age group categories, as well as a “People’s Choice Award.” Congratulations are extended to the following winners of the 2020 HCWA Art Contest:












* K-2nd grade division winner – Madison Barney, 1st grader at Tussahaw Elementary School; Melvin Willis, Art Teacher.













* 3rd-5th grade division winner – Jeremiah Green, 3rd grader at Dutchtown Elementary School; Denise Howard, Art Teacher.












* 6th-8th grade division winner – Alisha Orengo, 8th grader at Luella Middle School; Christine Thompson, Art Teacher.












* 9th-12th grade division winner – Aracelys Santana, 11th grader at Luella High School; Christine Thompson, Art Teacher.












* People’s Choice Award – Rylee Nobles, 11th grader at Strong Rock Christian School; Cindy Ellis, Art Teacher.












* Winner of the Teacher Drawing – Marcia Baker, Pleasant Grove Elementary School.


The HCWA provided all of the division winners with $100 gift cards, which were mailed to them after they were notified of their selection. The student drawings were 11” x 17” in size, with the contestants free to use paint, colored pencils, markers or crayons for their work. No graphic designs or digital artwork was allowed.            

While the current pandemic did not allow for a formal gathering to present awards and accolades to the winners and their teachers, Authority officials noted they were pleased with the level of participation and the quality of work from local young artists. There were more than 50 finalists whose artwork was judged by HCWA water professionals to determine the best of the best.            

“Each of the winners provided beautiful drawings that stood out from the rest,” says Lindsey Sanders, HCWA Environmental Compliance Coordinator. “We appreciate the students for participating and the teachers for educating them on the importance of protecting our environment and valuing water as one of our most precious natural resources.”            

Authority officials add that it’s both timely and relevant to promote an industry event to raise local awareness and support for investments in water infrastructure.

“Our current long-range capital improvement plan calls for approximately $930 million worth of investments in our water and sewer system over the next 30 years,” says Lindy Farmer, HCWA General Manager. “This is necessary if we are to meet the increased demand for services and regulatory changes we anticipate in the future. Not doing so would be irresponsible and would put us in a place where we might have to imagine a day without water.”



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