HCWA Recognizes Winners of Annual Art Contest

The Henry County Water Authority has recognized five students from Henry County Schools who have been selected as winners of the utility’s 2024 Art Contest. This annual event asks young artists across the county to illustrate: “Why Do You Love Water?”

The winners of this year’s HCWA Art Contest include:

  * K-2nd Grade Winner: Presley Mayo, a student of teacher Julie Toms at New Hope Elementary School.

  * 3rd-5th Grade Winner: Kenley Gunter, a student of teacher Cheryl Greer at Tussahaw Elementary School.

  * 6th-8th Grade Winner: Myanna Richardson, a student of teacher Darsha Jackson at Locust Grove Middle School.

  * 9th-12th Grade Winner: Riya Puri, a student of teacher Kellee Robertson at Stockbridge High School.

  * People’s Choice Winner: Kaylani Do, a student of teacher Christine Thompson at Luella Middle School.

  * Teacher Participation Winner: Ms. Darsha Jackson, a teacher at Locust Grove Middle School.

The annual HCWA Art Contest challenges students to draw illustrations of how they enjoy using water daily, while incorporating why it’s important to conserve water and protect this natural resource. The contest was open to students from Henry County public schools, private schools, and students who are home schooled.

The artwork submitted by the students consisted of only original illustrations that were 11”x17” in size. Students could use paint, colored pencils, markers, or crayons for hand drawing, but could not use any graphic design computer software. The posters were judged according to a student’s creativity and visual representation of water use, conservation, and protection, as outlined in the instructions.

According to Authority officials, 140 students from 12 local schools participated in this year’s Art Contest. This is the fifth year the HCWA has hosted the event.

In addition to selecting overall winners in the four age group categories, the HCWA staff who served as contest judges also selected a People’s Choice Winner of the favorite illustration among the group. A Teacher Participation Award also was given among the teachers who had the most students entered in the contest. Winners received a $100 gift card and certificate for their award-winning drawing.

“We were excited to see great participation among our local students in this year’s art contest, and each year we continue to be impressed by the talent of these young artists,” says Lindsey Sanders, HCWA Communications and Regulatory Coordinator, who organized the HCWA Art Contest. “Their artwork shows not only their creativity, but their awareness of how they use water in their daily lives and the importance of conserving and protecting water as a natural resource.”

Captions for photos (top to bottom):

Presley Mayo (right), HCWA Art Contest Winner in the K-2nd grade age group, is pictured with her teacher Julie Toms.

Kenley Gunter (right), HCWA Art Contest Winner in the 3rd-5th grade age group, is pictured with her teacher Cheryl Greer.

Myanna Richardson (left), HCWA Art Contest Winner in the 6th to 8th grade age group, is pictured with her teacher Darsha Jackson. Ms. Jackson also won the Teacher’s Award selected among those with the most students participating in the event.

Riya Puri (left), HCWA Art Contest Winner in the 9th to 12th grade age group, is pictured with her teacher Kellee Robertson.




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