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. The 2018 Contest is now closed. 

2018 marks the 17th 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.

Congratulations to Our Winners!



City of

Mary Ellen Reagin Mount Vernon
Presbyterian School


Bryce Jones Woodstock Middle School


Aniyah Patterson Pointe South
Middle School


Rebekah Ives Simpson Middle School


Samuel Higgins Evans Middle School


Nora Glass Kittredge Magnet School


Sarah Leigh Brighten Academy


Tito Alofe Rising Starr
Middle School


Matthew Wortel South Forsyth
Middle School


Afsheen Fatima Amana Academy


Kayla Mehok Hull Middle School


Caroline Gottsman Lakeview Academy


Charlotte Gilreath Strong Rock
Christian School


RubyJean Ruhani Edwards
Middle School

We invite you to read their thoughtful and creative essays. The District-Wide Winner and Runner-Up will be announced during the 2018 Middle School Essay Contest Reception being held at the State Capitol. 

About the Contest

Middle school students were 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?

One winner from each of the 15 counties in the District, as well as a City of Atlanta, was chosen. 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 with questions.

New This Year!

Teachers, are you interested in taking your students on a deeper dive of the subject? We partnered with Georgia Project WET to offer background information and an excellent Urban Watershed activity for teachers to perform with their students. Teachers who led the activity reported that it was helpful to their students in writing more successful essays. We look forward to our continued partnership on future contests! 


Information FlyerGA Project WET Urban Watershed ActivityJudging Rubric


Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District