Four local students are the winners of the Jurupa Community Services District’s (JCSD) annual “Water is Life” children’s poster contest.
While approximately 1200 posters were submitted, these four students stood out. Students were asked to design a poster that embodied the contest theme and promoted water conservation awareness. A panel of internal judges selected the top 100 finalists, according to district officials. Two winners were selected each for the grand prize and Community’s Choice Award.
Grand prize winner, Margaret Angela Rosario, 13, of Ramirez Intermediate School in Eastvale, drew a picture of a group of teens and animals drinking water under a rainbow sky with a truck filled with water gallons. She states on the image, “water energizes everything to make our surroundings healthy” and “people need water to live.”
“I thought my art piece was too dark colored to understand my message,” Margaret said. “I knew there were plenty of talented artists out there, most likely my sister, and I was extremely grateful to have my art contributed in being displayed in the community.”
Third-grader Samara Campos of Stone Avenue Elementary in Jurupa Valley was the second grand prize contest winner.
The contest proved to be a family affair when community judges selected Margaret’s sister, Mariah Camille Rosario, 15, for the Community Choice Award. “I am really grateful and honored to win a contest that inspires many in my community to conserve water and make the environment a better place,” the Eleanor Roosevelt High School sophomore said.
Fifth-grader Elisha Savalia of Eastvale Elementary was also selected for the Community Choice Award.
Each of the grand prize winners received an iPad mini. The community choice winners each received a Samsung Galaxy Tablet. Each winner and their teacher were also recognized at a ceremony during the JCSD’s Board of Directors’ meeting. The teacher of each winning student received a $75 CM School Supply gift card. All four of the student’s artwork will be displayed in the district’s main gallery.
“This win helped me become more aware in conserving water at home and even in my own community,” Margaret said.
The district is looking for the next young talent. The 2016 “Water is Life” poster contest will begin taking entries starting Jan. 5. The contest is open to all students who live or are enrolled in schools within the Jurupa Community Services District (JCSD) service area. The deadline to submit is Feb. 5. For more information, visit http://www.jcsd.us/PosterContest or call (951) 727- 3521.