Water district contest honors local students

Winner says ‘Save every last drop’
YOUNG ARTIST—From left, Las Virgenes Water District board director Jay Lewitt, Principal Leslie Martinez of Mariposa School of Global Education and the student posterfirst-place winner, Samantha Matz. Courtesy of LVMWD

YOUNG ARTIST—From left, Las Virgenes Water District board director Jay Lewitt, Principal Leslie Martinez of Mariposa School of Global Education and the student poster first-place winner, Samantha Matz. Courtesy of LVMWD

Twelve students were honored as finalists in the 2018 Las Virgenes Municipal Water District annual Water Awareness Student Art Contest at a ceremony during the district’s board of directors meeting May 22.

All posters centered on the importance of water in daily life and what the budding artists consider to be “water heroes.”

The winning artworks were selected from more than 1,900 entries submitted by elementary and high school students within the LVMWD service area.

Art was created using different types of media, including watercolors, pastels, markers and crayons.

Families, teachers and Las Virgenes Unified School District officials joined student finalists at the recognition ceremony.

Each student received a personalized certificate of recognition and a T-shirt featuring their artwork.

The Little Drop mascot was on hand to welcome participants along with LVMWD board members and staff.

The Ann Dorgelo Water Awareness Award, a perpetual traveling trophy named after a long-term LVMWD board member in recognition for her commitment to education, was presented to sixth-grader Samantha Matz.

Her “Save Every Last Drop” drawing illustrated that water is essential to all living things.

The 11 other finalists in this year’s contest are:

Gavin Tesser, Bay Laurel Elementary fourth-grader,

Tessa Elliott, Bay Laurel fourth-grader,

Abigail Nakano, Chaparral Elementary fifth-grader,

Kaitlyn McMullen, White Oak Elementary fourth-grader,

Kimia Pharrahpur, Yerba Buena Elementary second-grader,

Lily Moscot, Willow Elementary fifth-grader,

Diana Barone, Willow fourth-grader,

Abigail Alyn, Mariposa School of Global Education eighth-grader,

Harper Schexnaydre, Mariposa School sixth-grader

Livia Sisino, Mariposa School sixth-grader, and

Samantha Matz, Mariposa School sixth-grader.

“This is one of my favorite educational outreach programs that LVMWD sponsors because it engages the creativity and thoughtfulness of our students,” said Jay Lewitt, water district board member.

“I am inspired by the stories and the messages the students share through their art on the importance of water. It reminds all of us that we have a collective responsibility to do our part to conserve the most precious of resources for them,” he said.

The top 12 posters can be viewed here.

The art will go on display at LVMWD headquarters on Las Virgenes Road.