Water Spots Video Contest

2022 Water Spots Video Contest Winners Announced

The Regional Water Authority is pleased to announce the winners of the 2022 Water Spots Video Contest:

GRAND PRIZEearns a premiere and screening at a local movie theater this summer

  • Doing YOUR Part” by Sanjay Suresh and Shawn Singh (Ben Barnholdt, teacher), Whitney High School in Rocklin

Judge’s Choice First Place—earns $500 split 50/50 between student and sponsoring teacher

  • “5 Easy Ways to Save Water” by Giada Bhan (Kyle Heckey, teacher), Sutter Middle School in Sacramento

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

  • “5 Easy Ways to Save Water” by Giada Bhan (Kyle Heckey, teacher), Sutter Middle School in Sacramento

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

  • Doing YOUR Part” by Sanjay Suresh and Shawn Singh (Ben Barnholdt, teacher), Whitney High School in Rocklin

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

  • Tips & Tricks with Water Conservation” by Natalie Frederiksen (Brad Clark, teacher), Franklin High School in Elk Grove

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)

  • “Save Sprinkler Water” by Stella Szura and Malia Romias (Matt Rowland, teacher), Arden Middle School in Sacramento
  • “Water Conservation PSA” by Ali MacGillivray (Rebecca Long, teacher), California Middle School in Sacramento
  • “Drought News Network” by Addison Morris (Scott Southard, teacher), Folsom High School in Folsom
  • “Top 6 Ways to Save Water Every Day” by Braden Parke, Dominic Siddons, Patrice Yimbo and Niko Reyes-Hernandez (Chis Hanks, teacher), River City High School in West Sacramento
  • “Be Water Smart” by Elvis Clark and Alina Denisyuk (Wendy Esquivel, teacher), Will Rogers Middle School in Fair Oaks

Note that there were no Teacher Participation Prizes awarded this year, which require a minimum eligibility of 10 videos submitted by a teacher.

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

Winning videos were among the 37 submitted by middle and high school students from throughout the Sacramento region. Students were invited to explore the topic “When in Drought…” the contest’s 2022 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. Nearly 2,400 votes were cast this year. The People’s Choice winning video received over 800 votes.

A HUGE “thank you” to our expert judges for lending their expertise!

  • 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 2022 water efficiency message.

The Water Spots Video Contest is sponsored by the Regional Water Authority and local water providers. Now in its 10th 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.


Public Invited to Vote for Their Favorite Water Spots Video

Sacramento-area middle school and high school students were challenged to explore the topic “When in Drought…” in 30-second public service videos in the 2022 Water Spots Video Contest. Dozens of entries were submitted, and now it’s time for the public to vote for their favorite.

From April 13-May 3, 2022, the top 10 video entries, as determined by a panel of expert judges, will be available online for viewing and voting at https://woobox.com/n86hcq.

The video that receives the most votes will earn $250 for the student and $250 for their teacher, as well as the chance to win the Grand Prize—the chance to see their video premiere on the big screen this summer and run for a month at local movie theaters.

Water Spots finalists represent schools from throughout the Sacramento region and include:

  • “Save Sprinkler Water” by Stella Szura and Malia Romias (Matt Rowland, teacher), Arden Middle School in Sacramento
  • “Saving Water Using a Moisture Meter” by Dylan Stapletan (Matt Rowland, teacher), Arden Middle School in Sacramento
  • “Drought News Network” by Addison Morris (Scott Southard, teacher), Folsom High School in Folsom
  • “Make the Switch to Efficient Sprinklers” by Markus Zarco and Christopher Zarco (Scott Southard, teacher), Folsom High School in Folsom
  • “Spooky Ghost: Pipe” by Andrew Gall (Scott Southard, teacher), Folsom High School in Folsom
  • Tips & Tricks with Water Conservation” by Natalie Frederiksen (Brad Clark, teacher), Franklin High School in Elk Grove
  • “5 Easy Ways to Save Water” by Giada Bhan (Kyle Heckey, teacher), Sutter Middle School in Sacramento
  • Doing YOUR Part” by Sanjay Suresh and Shawn Singh (Ben Barnholdt, teacher), Whitney High School in Rocklin
  • WATCH Your Water” by Daniela Ianev, Cameron Weber and Ana Alquicira (Ben Barnholdt, teacher), Whitney High School in Rocklin
  • “Be Water Smart” by Elvis Clark and Alina Denisyuk (Wendy Esquivel, teacher), Will Rogers Middle School in Fair Oaks

On Wednesday, May 4, 2022, all of the award winners will be announced, including:

  • Grand Prize
  • People’s Choice (determined by online voting)
  • Judge’s Choice First Place
  • Judge’s Choice Second Place
  • Judge’s Choice Third Place
  • Top scoring video from each school (minimum is five eligible videos per school; Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice winners not eligible)
  • Teachers who submitted the most videos (minimum is 10 eligible videos per teacher)

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 2022 water efficiency message.

The Water Spots Video Contest is sponsored by the Regional Water Authority and local water providers. Now in its 10th year, the contest challenges students to create videos focused on a select water efficiency theme. For more information or questions, please contact Chris Perry or Christine Kohn, Water Spots Outreach Coordinators, at WaterSpotsContest@gmail.com or (916) 416-7367.

 


Introducing the 2022 Water Spots Video Contest

The Water Spots video contest is designed to spread the word about water efficiency through the talents of high school and middle school-aged film makers in the Sacramento region. Sponsored by the Regional Water Authority (RWA) and local water providers, each year the contest challenges students with a real-life project: Create a 30-second public service video that educates and motivates the public to use water efficiently and stop water waste according to a select theme.

The 2022 Water Spots theme is: WHEN IN DROUGHT…

Prizes for Students

$50 Amazon Gift Card for the Top Scoring Video at Each School

The top scoring video from each school will win a $50 Amazon gift card (minimum eligibility is five valid entries per school; Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice winners not eligible).

 Cash Prizes for Winning Videos

If your video receives the most online votes (People’s Choice) or receives top scores from our panel of community leaders (Judge’s Choice), you will receive a cash prize:

  • People’s Choice winner(s) (determined by online voting)—$250
  • Judge’s Choice First place winner(s)—$250
  • Judge’s Choice Second place winner(s)–$150
  • Judge’s Choice Third place winner(s)—$100

Grand Prize

If your video is selected as a Judge’s Choice or People’s Choice winner, it will be eligible to win the Grand Prize: One video will be selected to premiere on the big screen and run for a month at local movie theaters during summer 2022*.

 Prizes for Teachers

$100 Amazon Gift Cards for Sponsoring the Most Students

The three teachers that submit the most videos will each receive a $100 Amazon gift card (minimum eligibility is 10 videos per teacher). In addition, teachers receive prize money for sponsoring winning videos.

Cash Prizes for Sponsoring Winning Videos

  • People’s choice winner—$250
  • First place winner—$250
  • Second place winner—$150
  • Third place winner—$100

The deadline to receive entries is Friday, March 11, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.

 * PLEASE NOTE: Due to the unprecedented circumstances and disruption presented by the COVID-19 emergency, RWA has updated the 2022 Official Rules to include an indemnification statement that releases RWA from liability arising out of or relating to a student’s participation in the contest and provides RWA with flexibility to adjust the Contest timeline and grand prize (screening in a movie theater) as needed due unforeseen circumstances.

 Download the Information Packet

Full Packet (all documents)

Must-Read Materials for Students

Required Form

Additional Helpful Materials

 Any questions? Contact Chris at WaterSpotsContest@gmail.com or (916) 416-7367.


Sacramento-Area Resources

  • “Living Rivers” Student Supplement: This 20-page digital supplement explains the importance of rivers to us and our region. Rivers provide habitat for many plants and animals. People depend on rivers as a source of food, drinking water, transportation, hydroelectric power and irrigation for agricultural fields.
  • Virtual lessons from your local water provider: Many local water providers are offering virtual classroom visits to explore where local water supplies come from, how water gets to your tap, and ways to use water wisely. Contact your local water provider for details.

California- and U.S.-Focused Materials

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

Sponsored by the Regional Water Authority (RWA) and local water providers, the Water Spots Video Contest challenges students with a real-life project: Create a 30-second public service video that educates and motivates the public to use water efficiently and stop water waste. Videos from past winners are available on the Be Water Smart YouTube channel.