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PHOTO ADVISORY – UD HONORS 2017 ART CONTEST WINNERS

July 24, 2017

PHOTO ADVISORY

UPPER DISTRICT ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF THE 2017 “WATER IS LIFE” STUDENT ART CONTEST

MONROVIA, CA, — On July 18, 2017, the Board of Directors for the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) honored 20 San Gabriel Valley students who submitted award-winning entries to Upper District’s annual “Water is Life,” student art contest.

Upper District’s “Water is Life” art contest helps raise water conservation awareness while educating students on the importance of preserving our most precious natural resource. This year, Upper District received a total of 123 entries from 30 schools located across the district’s service territory. All eligible art entries were displayed at Upper District to allow Board members, staff, and members of the public the opportunity to vote by ballot for their top choices in each student category. Art contest entries are divided into four award categories: Kindergarten – 2nd grades, 3rd – 5th grades, 6th – 8th grades, and 9th -12th grades. Within each of these award categories, the art entries with the highest votes are designated as 1st through 5th place.

The top 5 student artists within each of the four grade-level categories and their families were invited to last Tuesday’s Board meeting, where each winning student was presented with a congratulatory certificate. Upper District’s winning entries will now go on to compete in the “Water is Life” student art contest hosted by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. The winners of Metropolitan’s contest are usually announced in late autumn. The winners of Upper District’s 2017 “Water is Life” art contest are as follows:

K- 2nd Grades
 1st Place: Fiana Lee, 2nd grade, LA Art Academy
 2nd Place: Angie Li, 1st grade, LA Art Academy
 3rd Place: Weihao Luo, 1st grade, LA Art Academy
 4th Place: Claire Heyler-Erickson, 2nd grade, Marengo Elementary School
 5th Place: April Vong, 1st grade, LA Art Academy

3rd – 5th Grades
 1st Place: Sunny Xu, 3rd grade, LA Art Academy
 2nd Place: Lena Huang, 5th grade, LA Art Academy
 3rd Place: Cathy Jialu Gu, 5th grade, LA Art Academy
 4th Place: Eric Gu, 3rd grade, LA Art Academy
 5th Place: Belle Bao, 5th grade, Christ Lutheran School

6th – 8th Grades
 1st Place: Shang Ying Wu, 6th grade, LA Art Academy
 2nd Place: Iris Xu, 6th grade, LA Art Academy
 3rd Place: Bianca Villeda, 7th grade, Madrid Middle School
 4th Place: Nikki Ma, 8th Place, Madrid Middle School
 5th Place: Savannary Phan, 8th grade, Sierra Vista Middle School

9th – 12th Grades
 1st Place: Emily Chan-Diaz, 9th grade, Rosemead High School
 2nd Place: Setthinan Joy Siridachanon, 12th grade, Rosemead High School
 3rd Place: Natalie Ayala, 11th grade, La Puente High School
 4th Place: Natalia Jacobo, 9th grade, La Puente High School
 5th Place: Manuel Ponce, 10th grade, La Puente High School

(Photo Caption: Upper District Board of Directors, Alfonso Contreras, Bryan Urias, Ed Chavez, Dr. Anthony Fellow and Charles Trevino with the winners of the 2017 “Water is Life” art contest.)

(Photo Caption: Families of the 2017 “Water is Life” art contest, gather at Upper District’s Board of Directors meeting for the “Water is Life” awards ceremony.)

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Upper District’s mission is to provide a reliable, sustainable, diversified and affordable portfolio of high quality water supplies to the San Gabriel Valley; including water conservation, recycled water, storm water capture, storage, water transfers and imported water. Upper District services nearly one million people in its 144 square mile service territory. Governed by a five member elected board of directors, Upper District is a member agency of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Annually, more than 78 billion gallons of water is used in Upper District’s service area. For more information about Upper District, please visit our website www.upperdistrict.org or call 626-443-2297.