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Top Prizes Awarded to Students in Pennsylvania American Water’s “Protect Our Watersheds” Art Contest

Grand prize winner Lila Weingarten (center) with her parents at left and Pennsylvania American Water Senior Operations Superintendent Ed Baetzel at right (Photo: Business Wire) Multimedia Gallery URL

MECHANICSBURG, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Pennsylvania American Water today announced the winners of its 17th Annual “Protect Our Watersheds” Art Contest, with a sixth-grade student from Montgomery County scoring top honors. The company received more than 350 entries from fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders across the commonwealth.

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Sixth grader Lila Weingarten of Spring-Ford Intermediate School earned the grand prize for her artwork that reminds us “We Depend on our Watershed. We Need to Protect It!” Her artwork will be featured on “bloomer cards” and distributed across the state by Pennsylvania American Water. Bloomers are seed-filled cards that, when planted and tended, produce a variety of wildflowers.

“So many schools are incorporating environmental education into their curriculums,” said Pennsylvania American Water President Jeffrey McIntyre. “These students are future stewards of our natural resources, and this contest is a way for them to express their understanding of environmental protection.”

Weingarten’s artwork earned first prize among eastern Pennsylvania entries, followed by Ella Burke, a sixth-grade student from St. Clare/St. Paul’s School in Scranton (Lackawanna County), in second place. Sixth grader Allison Lewis, also of Spring-Ford Intermediate School, finished third.

In western Pennsylvania, the first place winner is Lydia Elaine Kalapos, with second place to Sally Yang Tan, and Moushumi Stella Huffman earning third place. All three winners are sixth-grade students at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Mt. Lebanon (Allegheny County) The winning students will receive Barnes & Noble gift cards.

Pennsylvania American Water’s contest requires that the students accompany their artwork with a short description of how watershed protection affects them personally. After reviewing the entries, a panel of judges selected three top drawings from both eastern and western Pennsylvania before naming Weingarten as the grand prize winner.

Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.4 million people. With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 7,100 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people in 46 states and Ontario, Canada. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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