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 and quantity in metro Atlanta.

2018 marks the 16th year of the Metro Water District’s 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.

2018 Contest Now Open!

Middle school students are asked to write a 300-500 word essay on the following topic: What is stormwater pollution? What impact does it have on the health of our rivers, lakes, and streams, and what can you do to prevent it?

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 26, 2018 to be considered for judging. 

New This Year!

Teachers, are you interested in taking your students on a deeper dive of the subject? We have partnered with Georgia Project WET to offer background information and an excellent Urban Watershed activity that may assist your students in writing more successful essays. Performing this activity is not required, but is strongly encouraged. If you would like assistance in performing this activity with your class, reach out to your local water utility educators!

 

Guidelines and Entry FormInformation FlyerGA Project WET Urban Watershed ActivityJudging Rubric

For teachers submitting on behalf of students: Please note that each essay should have an individual entry form. Multiple essays can be submitted in one PDF. We prefer that you submit online, however you may also submit by mail. 

 

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, 2018. 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 $400. Winners will be honored at a reception at the State Capitol. 

Email education@northgeorgiawater.org with questions.

 

2017 Middle School Essay Contest County Winners

Congratulations to all our contest winners. Over 1200 essays were submitted for the 2017 contest. Thank you to all participants and for the support of parents, teachers and principals! Without the support of our schools, our contest would not be a success!


Jurisdiction

Student
Name
School


Grade

City of
Atlanta

Cheyenne George KIPP Strive Academy

7

Bartow

Anya Higgins South Central
Middle School

6

Cherokee

Abby Turner E.T. Booth
Middle School

7

Clayton

Faith Udeh Kendrick Middle School

8

Cobb & District-Wide Winner

Jolee Northrop Hightower Trail
Middle School

8

Coweta

Reese Robertson Smokey Road
Middle School

7

DeKalb

Abenezer Sefiw Chapel Hill
Middle School

7

Fayette & District-Wide Runner Up

Sanika Kumar J.C. Booth
Middle School

6

Forsyth

Skanda Bharadwaj South Forsyth
Middle School

6

Fulton

Talhah Khan Amana Academy

7

Gwinnett

Caleb Robertson North Gwinnett
Middle School

7

Hall

Owen Tracy Lanier
Christian Academy

8

Henry

Aparna Ganesan Eagles Landing
Middle School

6

Paulding

Blake Hart J.A. Dobbins
Middle School

7

 

 

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