The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (Metro Water District) announced the district-wide winner for the 20and annual college essay competition, Samarth Iyengar of the Kittredge Magnet School, as well as 14 other regional winners. This year’s competition focused on the unique nature of the region’s water resources and the essential role of water industry professionals.
The winning essay explains that the quality and availability of Metro Atlanta’s water supply are influenced by our human actions and suggests strategies to reduce water pollution and waste, such as avoiding watering down lawns and not to litter.
“Everyone can do their part to help conserve and keep our water clean,” Iyengar wrote in his essay.
Iyengar received a $500 prize in the contest, which asked entrants to write a 300-500 word essay addressing their choice of two topics. Students had the opportunity to highlight an essential career in water or illustrate why a clean and plentiful water supply is essential for the region.
Katie Ferrell, a student at Crossroads Christian School in Fayette County, was named a district finalist. Her essay discusses the challenges the Atlanta metro area faces with access to a limited water supply and how, despite these limitations, the region continues to improve its conservation efforts.
“Although we are moving in the right direction, it is still essential to work hard to conserve water with the aim of caring for the environment and keeping clean water available for everyone in the metropolitan area. ‘Atlanta,” Ferrell wrote.
In the 20 years the Metro Water District has sponsored the annual essay contest, this outreach activity has challenged thousands of high school students to think critically about conserving and protecting water resources in the region. This year, more than 500 students from across the 15 county area participated.
“We are very proud of the entrants to this year’s essay contest,” said Metro Water District Chair Glenn Page. “Their essays underscore the critical role that water infrastructure and professionals play in our society and reiterate the importance of our collective efforts to protect this vital resource.”
The annual essay contest is one of many educational outreach initiatives conducted by the Metro Water District to raise awareness of conservation efforts and the importance of maintaining water quality in the Atlanta area. Visit My Drop Counts for tips on how you can conserve water and the Clean Water Campaign to find out how you can help prevent stormwater pollution.2021 Essay Contest Winners
- Marin Zocca, Galloway School, City of Atlanta
- Sawyer Swift, Woodstock College, Cherokee County
- Ava Canales, Morrow College, Clayton County
- Raina Banerjee, Simpson College, Cobb County
- Piper Spier, Carolyn Barron Montessori School, Coweta County
- District Winner: Samarth Iyengar, Kittredge Magnet School for High Achievers, DeKalb County
- Annalyse McGhee, Stewart College, Douglas County
- District-wide finalist: Katie Ferrel, Crossroads Christian School, Fayette County
- Brooke Adams, Vickery Creek Middle School, Forsyth County
- Hanan Rehman, Amana Academy, Fulton County
- Jiya Mahajan, Coleman College, Gwinnet County
- Sadie Wallis, Lanier Christian Academy, Hall County
- Zoe Tillman, Strong Rock Christian School, Henry County
- Ella Lucas, Austin College, Paulding County
- Kaitlyn Dougherty, American Youth Christian School, Rockdale County
About the North Georgia Metropolitan Area Water Planning District (Metro Water District)
The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District is dedicated to developing comprehensive regional and watershed-specific water resource plans for implementation by local governments in the 15-county metropolitan Atlanta area, which includes Bartow, Cherokee , Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Paulding, and Rockdale counties. These plans conserve public water supplies, protect water quality and the recreational value of waters, and minimize potential negative impacts of development on waters in and downstream of the region. Learn more about www.northgeorgiawater.org.
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