Middle School Essay Contest

The Middle School Essay Contest challenges students to think critically about our region’s water resources and raises awareness for conservation and preservation of water quality in metro Atlanta. 2017 marks the 16th year of the Metro Water District Middle School Essay Contest. Sixth, seventh and eighth graders in Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Forsyth, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale counties are invited to participate in the contest. 2016 Middle School Water Essay Contest Finalists

2017 Essay Contest Now Open


Middle school students are asked to write a 300-500 word essay on the following topic: Explain why water quantity (how much water we have) and water quality (how clean the water is) are equally important.

Essays can be submitted by individual students. Science and language arts educators may also choose to submit for their entire class(es). All essays must be submitted with an entry form for each student author and must be received by Friday, October 20, 2017 to be considered for judging.

Entry Form | Guidelines and Judging Rubric

advance to the student essay submission form advance to the teacher essay submission form

A winner will be chosen from each of the 15 counties in the District, as well as a City of Atlanta winner. Winners will be notified by December 3, 2017. Each winner will receive $100 and a District-wide winner will be chosen from among the county and City of Atlanta winners to receive an additional prize of $400. Winners will be honored at a reception at the State Capitol.

Email education@northgeorgiawater.org for questions.
Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District
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