On May 7, the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (Metro Water District) announced the winners of a student video competition to develop water-focused public service announcements (PSA). For the second year, Metro Water District asked high school students from the Atlanta area to create PSAs calling attention to ways residents might improve water quality. This year, more than 200 students submitted 30- to 60-second videos focused on this year’s topic, “Here’s the Scoop on Pet Waste.”

The three finalists’ videos were chosen for their entertainment value as well as their ability to deliver the message that picking up after pets helps keep rivers, lakes, and streams healthy for recreation and protects human health and the plants and animals that depend on clean water.

The 2015 winners are:

  • First Place: Brittany Hulette and Erica Hulette – Allatoona High, Cobb County
  • Second Place: Imani Miller – Mill Creek High, Gwinnett County
  • Third Place: Cody McKinlay, Layne Ponce – Allatoona High, Cobb County

“These students did such a wonderful job with video production and the messaging.  Pet waste is a nuisance and can impact our water quality.  Many people don’t realize that their actions can contribute to the problem, but these videos will help us spread the word,” explained Metro Water District Principal Education Program Specialist Kostoula Vallianos. The videos will air throughout the region by the Metro Water District and its members in presentations, on websites and on local access stations.

The students and their schools will split the prize money evenly, with first place winners receiving $1500, second place winners receiving $1000, and third place winners receiving $500. The Metro Water District will also honor the students at recognition ceremonies in their schools.