HCWA Announces Winners of Annual Student Art Contest

The Henry County Water Authority (HCWA) has announced the winners of its annual Art Contest for Henry County students, grades K-12, who drew illustrations reflecting the topic: “Why do you love water?”

The student winners were challenged to illustrate the many ways they use water daily, in addition to why they love water and why it’s so important to conserve and protect this valuable resource.

The Art Contest was open to students in Henry County public schools, private schools, or students who are home schooled within the county. Approximately 200 students took part in this year’s event.

Each submission had to be an 11 x 17 sized poster, and only original artwork was accepted. The illustrations could be made with paint, colored pencils, markers, or crayons, but not with graphic design. Posters/illustrations were judged on creativity and representation of the importance of water conservation and protection. 

Winners in each of the four age group (grade) categories received gift cards of $100, as did a teacher selected via a drawing – with each teacher receiving one raffle ticket for every student participating in the HCWA Art Contest from their class. 

The four age group (grade) winners, as well as the People’s Choice Award winner (a favorite illustration of the judges) and Teacher Drawing winner included:

K – 2nd grade – Harper Johnson, from Angie Sorby’s class at Locust Grove Elementary School. 

3rd – 5th grade – Trisha Patel, from Katie Medley’s art class at East Lake Elementary School.

6th – 8th grade – Brooklynn Mevissen, from Darsha Jackson’s class at Locust Grove Middle School.

9th – 12th grade – Charlize Brown, from Mark McBride’s class at McDonough High School.

People’s Choice Award – Riya Puri, from Lydia Dollar’s class at Stockbridge Middle School.

Teacher Drawing – Cornelius Harper from Woodland Middle School.

“We always enjoy seeing the creative talent by the students to show the importance of protecting our water resources,” says Lindsey Sanders, HCWA Communications and Regulatory Coordinator, who organized the Art Contest. “Their artwork can make a powerfully important environmental statement.”

Captions for photos (top to bottom):

Harper Johnson (left), K – 2nd grade winner, with teacher Angie Sorby, from Locust Grove Elementary School.

Trisha Patel, 3rd – 5th grade winner, from East Lake Elementary School.

Katie Medley, Trisha Patel’s teacher from East Lake Elementary School.

Brooklynn Mevissen (right), 6th – 8th grade winner, with teacher Darsha Jackson, from Locust Grove Middle School.

Charlize Brown (right), 9th – 12th grade winner, with teacher Mark McBride, from McDonough High School.

Riya Puri (right), People’s Choice Award winner, with teacher Lydia Dollar, from Stockbridge Middle School.


Media Contact:     Chris Wood, Ph.D.

                                    Phone: 770-757-1681 OR Email: or