Entry Deadline: October 20, 2023
Metro Atlanta has a unique water story. You may know that water keeps metro Atlanta going and growing. It has been an important part of the success of our economy and central to our region’s culture and history, which are some of the many reasons we work so hard to protect our water. In fact, since the creation of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District over 20 years ago, the per capita water use has dropped by more than 30%, thanks in part, to the water conservation efforts of metro area residents, utilities, schools, and businesses.
For the 2023 Middle School Essay Contest, we want you to get to know the river basins your communities are located in.
The Metro Water District has created digital River Basin Profiles, an interactive tool that allows you to virtually explore the watersheds of the metro Atlanta region. Use the tool and your own research to help you learn more about your watershed and answer one of the following essay topics:
- Research the river basin where you live and write about what makes your river basin important to you and your community’s history, culture,
or geography. What do you think is important for the people in your community to know about your river basin?
- Write about the importance of learning about our water resources in Georgia. How can you encourage others to learn about your river basin?
How does learning about your river basin make you a better steward of water resources?
- Eligibility: Sixth, seventh, and eighth graders in Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale counties are invited to participate in the Metro Water District’s annual essay contest.
- Essays must be typed. If there are special circumstances requiring a hand-written essay, please contact email@example.com.
- Each essay must be submitted with an entry form.
- Student name and parent/guardian contact information must be clearly printed in order to win the contest.
- Plagiarized essays will not be considered.
- All essays must be received no later than October 20, 2023.
- Essays must be submitted online at northgeorgiawater.org/essay. If there are any special circumstances requiring essays be submitted by mail, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entries will be judged on their creativity, clarity and content. Essays without complete name and contact information will be disqualified. A judging committee will be comprised of staff from the Metro Water District, utility partners, and Georgia Project WET.
Prizes and Awards Reception
One winner from each of the 15 counties as well as the City of Atlanta will receive $100. The District-wide winner will be selected from among the county and city winners to receive an additional $400 for a total prize of $500.
Judging RubricJudging rubric for Middle School Essay Contest.
Middle School Essay Contest Information FlyerReview contest overview and tips for writing a successful essay.
Middle School Essay Contest GuidelinesLearn about eligibility requirements, essay topic, prizes, judging and more.
River Basin ProfilesAn interactive tool for exploring the watersheds within the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District
Teachers, are you interested in taking your students on a deeper dive into your water resources? Each year, we partner with Georgia Project WET to offer background information and an excellent Urban Watershed activity that relates to the topic. The 2021 supplemental Urban Watershed activity is What’s Your Standard? We also encourage teachers to check out the Project Wet website, Discover Water: The Role of Water in Our Lives.
Thank you, Georgia Project WET for provided excellent teaching resources for teachers in our region and state!
|City of Atlanta||Stella Gruel||The Galloway School|
|Bartow||Oliver Kuykendall||Woodland Middle School|
|Cherokee||Cynthia Higginbotham||Woodstock Middle School|
|Clayton||David Thai||Babb Middle School|
|Cobb||Katelynn Silverio||Simpson Middle School|
|Coweta||Raina Patel||Carolyn Barron Montessori School|
|DeKalb||River Sawyer||Chamblee Middle School|
|Douglas||Isaac Riley||Mason Creek Middle School|
|Fayette||Andrew Cooke||Crossroads Christian School|
|Forsyth||Aarya Thakkar||Piney Grove Middle School|
|Fulton||Ahaan Dev||Fulton Science Academy|
|Gwinnett||Rianne Gbologah||Coleman Middle School|
|Hall||Sadie Wallis||Lanier Christian Academy|
|Henry||Sidney Spencer||Union Grove Middle School|
|Paulding||Rylie Bowman||Austin Middle School|
|Rockdale||Myles Fowler||Conyers Middle School|