Water Spots Video Contest

2020 Water Spots Video Contest Winners Announced

The Regional Water Authority is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Water Spots Video Contest:

Judge’s Choice First Place and Grand Prize—earns $500 split 50/50 between student and sponsoring teacher and a premiere and screening at local movie theaters this summer

  • “The Great Goggle Inspector: G.G.I.” by Aaryan Midha and Karina Salerno (Ben Barnholdt, teacher), Whitney High School in Rocklin

People’s Choice (determined by online voting)—earns $500 split 50/50 between student and sponsoring teacher

  • “Water Tips Detective” by Alexis Rosales (Brad Clark, teacher), Franklin High School in Elk Grove

Judge’s Choice Second Place—earns $300 split 50/50 between students and sponsoring teacher

  • “TO THE STREETS!” by Maggie Brodie and Julia Ruccione (Ben Barnholdt, teacher), Whitney High School in Rocklin

Judge’s Choice Third Place—earns $200 split 50/50 between students and sponsoring teacher

  • “Case 007” by Lena Tang and Sam Berg (Ben Barnholdt, teacher), Whitney High School in Rocklin

Top scoring video from each school—earns a $50 Amazon gift card (minimum was five eligible videos per school; Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice winners not eligible)

  • “Johnny LeakFinder” by Solise Mihos (Rebecca Long, teacher), California Middle School in Sacramento
  • “Water Tips Detective” by Adeli Burdeinii (Brad Clark, teacher), Franklin High School in Elk Grove
  • “Leek K Fawset” by Ulysses Drenik and Tony DeGroot (Chris Hanks, teacher), River City High School in West Sacramento
  • “Leaks Can Be Anywhere” by Marleny Almanza and Evelyn Miranda (Dale Means, teacher), Sacramento New Technical High School in Sacramento
  • “Future Detective Training” by Olivia de Lamadrid and Koraleigh Pinaula-Toves (Ben Barnholdt, teacher), Whitney High School in Rocklin
  • “What Are We Gonna Do With This Drip?” by Anthony Nguyen, Isabella Mae Chhon, Ameera Moua and Logan Gerodias (Mark Hajewski, teacher), Woodcreek High School in Roseville

The Water Spots team will contact teachers to arrange delivery of prizes.

Winning videos were among the 90 submitted by middle and high school students from throughout the Sacramento region. Students were invited to Be a Leak Detective, the contest’s 2020 theme. Expert judges narrowed videos down to 10 finalists and then selected the top three winners for “Judge’s Choice” awards.

The public then voted for their favorite to receive the “People’s Choice” award. More than 1,023 votes were cast this year. The top vote getters were “Water Tips Detective” by Alexis Rosales (Franklin High School) at 259 votes, “Johnny LeakFinder” by Solise Mihos (California Middle School) at 198 votes and “The Conservation Interrogation” by Sarah Young and Madison McAdam (Whitney High School) at 190 votes.

A HUGE “thank you” to our expert judges for lending their expertise. They included:

  • Monica Woods, Chief Meteorologist at ABC10
  • Kathleen Dodge, Executive Director of the El Dorado Lake Tahoe Film & Media Office
  • Lisa Cuellar, Program Manager at the California Water Efficiency Partnership

Their selections were based on creativity, entertainment value, accuracy, originality and incorporation of the 2020 water efficiency message.

TEACHER PARTICIPATION PRIZES

In addition, three teachers that submitted the most eligible videos will be presented with Amazon gift cards. These include Rebecca Long of California Middle School in Sacramento (24 eligible videos), Mark Hajewski of Woodcreek High School in Roseville (13 eligible videos) and Ben Barnholdt of Whitney High School in Rocklin (11 eligible videos).

The Water Spots Video Contest is sponsored by the Regional Water Authority and local water providers. Now in its ninth year, the contest challenges students to create videos focused on a select water efficiency theme. Learn more about the Water Spots Video Contest, water-wise tips and information about free water-efficiency services and rebates at BeWaterSmart.info.

 All of the top scoring videos can be viewed on Be Water Smart’s YouTube channel at YouTube.com/BeWaterSmartinfo

 For more information or questions, please contact Chris Perry or Christine Kohn, Water Spots Outreach Coordinators, at WaterSpotsContest@gmail.com or (916) 416-7367.