Student Art Contest, Educational Scholarship Winners Announced by Pasadena Water and Water

Published : Monday, June 12, 2017 | 5:18 AM

Two second graders from two Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) schools were chosen as this year’s winners in the Metropolitan Water District’s “Water is Life” Student Art Poster Contest.

The works of the winners – Katie Chiang of Field Elementary School and Abigail C. Estrada of Hamilton Elementary School – were selected by Pasadena Water and Power (PWP) out of 500 art posters submitted for the contest. Chiang and Estrada each received the grand prize: an Amazon Kindle Fire tablet.

PWP General Manager Gurcharan Bawa said the region-wide art contest offers K-8 students the opportunity to highlight their artistic skills by creating compelling visual messages that showcase the importance of water conservation.

PWP staff visited the winning students’ classrooms on May 24 to congratulate them.

The top 15 entries selected by PWP will be submitted to MWD for consideration in their annual “Water is Life” calendar.

PWP also announced the winners of its annual Educational Scholarship, which will be awarded to two Pasadena high school students who invented new technology that promotes efficiency.

Alex Tanner, from Pasadena High School, was awarded a first place $5,000 scholarship, and Mary Ting, from Blair High School, received the second place $2,500 scholarship.

The winners in the Student Art Poster Contest and the new PWP scholars were recognized last Monday at the City Council’s weekly meeting.

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