Pa. American Water taps creativity with art contest

First Posted: 2/11/2014

Pennsylvania American Water announced entries are being accepted for its 12th Annual Protect Our Watersheds Art Contest. All fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students in schools served by Pennsylvania American Water are eligible, as well as individual students who live in the company’s service area. The contest encourages students to draw on their artistic talents to convey the importance of protecting the state’s watersheds and water resources.

Winners will be selected based on creative vision, artistic talent, understanding of watershed protection and the ability to communicate that understanding. As part of their entry, students must write a brief narrative on the personal impact of watershed protection.

During the 2013 contest, the company received more than 500 entries from students across the state. The grand prize winner was Shannon Baransky, of Abington Heights Middle School.

All students from northeast Pennsylvania who participate in the art contest will have their artwork displayed at the University of Scranton during Earth Week events April 22-26 in the Loyola Science Center. The University of Scranton also teamed with the company to feature an essay contest for students in grades 7 through 12, themed “Water: Our Most Precious Resource.”

The art entries will also be displayed during RiverFest at Nesbitt Park and the River Common along the Susquehanna River. The event, which runs June 21-23, will feature environmental exhibits, three river sojourns, children’s activities, nature walks and entertainment on both banks of the river.

The deadline for artwork submissions is March 28, 2014. Contest guidelines and entry forms are available on the company’s Web site at, under “About Us,” and “Community Programs.”

More information on the essay contest is available at

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