LAKE SKINNER, Calif.— After a rain-filled final day of racing, Metropolitan Water District’s 17th annual Solar Cup concluded today with students from Cypress-based Oxford Academy and Oaks Christian of Westlake Village claiming the top awards.
The schools were among 40 teams representing five counties within Metropolitan’s 5,200 square-mile service area, including campuses in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties. Solar Cup is the nation’s largest solar-powered boat competition in which students build, equip and race 16-foot, single-seat boats powered only by the sun.
“It’s a pretty spectacular experience to see the students out on the lake working together to solve problems in real time,” said Metropolitan External Affairs Group Manager Sue Sims. “There’s really nothing like this program out there that allows high school students to apply their skills in math, physics, engineering, while also teaching them the value of California’s natural resources. Congratulations to all of our teams.”
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MONROVIA, CA – Today 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 our annual “Water is Life” art contest. The art contest helps raise awareness about conservation and educates students about the importance of preserving our most precious resource.
Students are encouraged to express what water means to them and its impact on our lives through artwork. This is the 15th year that Upper District has hosted the “Water is Life” art contest introduced by Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD). 167 art submissions were received and 33 schools participated this year. Schools within the Upper District boundaries were allowed to participate and submit a maximum of five entries per student category as follows: Kindergarten-2nd; 3rd-5th; 6-8th; and 9th-12th grades.
All eligible art entries were displayed at Upper District’s board room for a week to allow the Board of Directors, staff, and members of the public the opportunity to vote by ballot for their top choices in each student category. The votes determined the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place winners. Students were awarded certificates of recognition and check prizes at today’s board meeting. They were joined by their family and teachers in celebration for their achievements.
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MONROVIA, CA – Today, the Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District (Upper District) held a ribbon cutting for two recently installed water bottle fill stations at the California School of the Arts, San Gabriel Valley, located in Duarte, CA. Upper District partnered with California American Water, the local retailer, to install the two units with the goal of reducing plastic bottle waste and promoting the benefits of drinking from our local water supply.
The Water Bottle Fill Station program was approved by the Board of Directors in June of 2018 as part of its overall outreach program. Keeping with the Board’s strategic goal of promoting watershed awareness and conservation outreach, the pilot program will install 10 water fill stations throughout Upper District’s service area at designated schools, libraries, or community centers. This is the first of ten installed, the second unit at this location was installed in partnership with California American Water.
Upper District’s directors Jennifer Santana and Dr. Anthony Fellow were joined by Mayor Tzeitel Paras-Caracci, Councilmember Liz Reilly and Duarte Unified School Boardmember Ceci Carroll for the ribbon cutting. Students, faculty and administration were in attendance.
“I am excited to unveil the first station in my division and hope that the students will embrace the change of using refillable water bottles and inspire positive behavioral changes that promote water conservation” said Director Jennifer Santana. “I also thank California American Water for partnering with us in providing a second water station for the high school. It has been a great collaboration.”
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