Otay Water District Recognizes Six Student Winners of Poster Contest

By: Lucia Perez Valles

Otay Water District Recognizes Six Student Winners of Poster Contest

Students Illustrate the Importance of Water-Use Efficiency During the Pandemic

Spring Valley, CA – During its Sept. 2 Board of Directors meeting, the Otay Water District recognized six student artists as the winners of its annual Water is Life Student Poster Contest.

The annual contest is one of many educational programs offered by the District as opportunities for students to learn and reflect on the importance of water conservation and stewardship. Students are encouraged to create a poster illustrating the theme, “water is life” and the importance of using water wisely in and around homes, schools, and businesses, and in the community for environmental, agricultural, recreational, and other uses.

In February, about a month before the COVID-19 pandemic forced students to stay at home, the District invited K-12 students from schools in its service area to participate in the contest. Despite the pandemic, the contest continued as a stay-at-home activity that students could enjoy.

“We thank all the students who participated in the Water is Life Poster Contest, especially during these uncertain times,” said Otay General Manager Jose Martinez. “The pandemic was no match for the perseverance and creative talents that our students applied to showcasing the value of water.”

The six prize winners are:

Elementary School Category

  • First place: Zahraa Alzayadi, 5th grade, Jamacha Elementary School
  • Second place: Amy Coghill, 3rd grade, Tiffany Elementary School
  • Third place: Sophie Coghill, kindergarten, Tiffany Elementary School

High School Category

  • First place: Sofia Perez Valles, 12th grade, Olympian High School
  • Second place: Stephenie Pace, 12th grade, Olympian High School
  • Third place: Lucia Perez Valles, 10th grade, Olympian High School.
                     By: Zahraa Alzayadi


                       By: Amy Coghill


                  By: Sophie Coghill


                       By: Sofia Perez Valles


                       By: Stephenie Pace


                   By: Lucia Perez Valles

“As I grew up, I started learning that the Earth has an expiration date,” said Sofia Perez Valles, first place winner in the high school category. “Through this poster, I was able to continue the passion of mine to help save the Earth because I was able to inform people of the different ways that we can support water-use efficiency.”

Prizes included gift cards for first and second place winners from each category. The District recognized all winners with a certificate, art kit, and goody bag of Otay items with conservation messages.

All six winners have been automatically entered in the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s student poster contest. The winners of that contest will be featured in MWD’s 2021 Water is Life calendar distributed across all its participating water agencies in Southern California. MWD will announce the winners later this year.

To learn more about the Otay Water District’s annual poster contest and other educational programs, visit otaywater.gov/education. 

About the Otay Water District

The Otay Water District is a public agency providing water, recycled water and sewer service to nearly 226,000 customers within approximately 125 square miles of southeastern San Diego County, including the communities of eastern Chula Vista, Bonita, Jamul, Spring Valley, Rancho San Diego, unincorporated areas of El Cajon and La Mesa, and eastern Otay Mesa along the international border with Mexico. For more information on the Otay Water District, visit otaywater.gov.