San Diego County Water Authority Honors Winning Students from Science Fair, Art and Essay Contest

May 10, 2012

The San Diego County Water Authority recently honored winners of two student competitions – the Greater San Diego Science and…

The San Diego County Water Authority recently honored winners of two student competitions – the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair for middle and high school students, and the Be Water Sm“Art” Essay Contest for elementary school students.

Each year, more than 10,000 students from around the county in grades seven through 12 participate in the Science Fair. About 900 are selected to participate in final judging in Balboa Park, and the Water Authority reviews all water-related projects. Criteria for judging includes scientific methodology and inquiry, uniqueness, creativity, thoroughness and innovative thinking. Water Authority Board Chair Michael T. Hogan presented the winners with plaques and monetary awards at the Water Authority’s April 26 Board meeting.

This year’s science fair winners are:

Junior Division (Grades 6-8)

First Place

Mauricio Wulfovich, San Diego Jewish Academy in San Diego

Second Place

Ankita Nair, Marshall Middle School in San Diego

Third Place

Fernando Almada, Saint John of the Cross School in Lemon Grove

Senior Division (Grades 9-12)

First Place

Preetam Soundararajan, Francis Parker School in San Diego

Second Place

Ari Colton and Matan Kaminski, San Diego Jewish Academy in San Diego

Third Place

Darlene Montesano and Estiban Armijo, High Tech High in SanDiego

On May 5, the Water Authority honored the winners of its art and essay contest for elementary school students with a ceremony at Sea World for the students, their families and teachers. Contest participants wrote an essay on the topic “Being Water Smart is Cool Because…,” and submitted a drawing reflecting that same theme. More than 400 students from across the county entered the contest.

Elsa Saxod, Water Authority Board member and Chair of the Legislation, Conservation and Outreach Committee, presented winners with prizes donated by Geppetto’s Toy Stores, Boomers! family entertainment centers, the San Diego Zoo and Atlantis Laser Tag. Sea World also donated free entrance to the park for the day for the students, their families and their teachers.

The winners’ artwork and essays will be on display in the Water Authority lobby for the month of May. They also are posted on the Water Authority’s website at https://www.sdcwa.org/be-watersmart-essay-contest.

2nd Grade

First Place

Rei Harashima, Arroyo Vista Elementary in Chula Vista

Second Place

Brooklynn Spratley, Dehesa Elementary in El Cajon

Third Place

Jinyi Lu, Torrey Hills Elementary in Del Mar

3rd Grade

First Place

Croix Black, Hawthorne Elementary in San Diego

Second Place

Kate Ng, Hawthorne Elementary in San Diego

Third Place

Madelaine Giek, Francis Parker School in San Diego

4th Grade

First Place Bryn Howard, Hawthorne Elementary in San Diego

Second Place

Jack Pearce, Hawthorne Elementary in San Diego

Third Place

Lillian Robinson, Hawthorne Elementary in San Diego

5th Grade

First Place

Blake Gorham, South Oceanside Elementary in Oceanside

Second Place

Madie Walls, South Oceanside Elementary in Oceanside

Third Place

Alexa McGinnis, South Oceanside Elementary in Oceanside

6th Grade

First Place

Ethan Elisara, Julian Elementary in Julian

Second Place

Sophia Gilmore, St. Mary’s School in Escondido

Third Place

Elle Schneider, R. Roger Rowe Elementary in Rancho Santa Fe

  • The San Diego County Water Authority sustains a $240 billion regional economy and the quality of life for 3.3 million residents through a multi-decade water supply diversification plan, major infrastructure investments and forward-thinking policies that promote fiscal and environmental responsibility. A public agency created in 1944, the Water Authority delivers wholesale water supplies to 24 retail water providers, including cities, special districts and a military base.

    Media Contact Information

    Ed Joyce

    Phone: (949) 276-1675

    Email: Ejoyce@sdcwa.org