MCS students win honors in Water Resources contest

By Brian Sweeney
Two Margaretville Central School fifth-graders were among the winners in the NYC Department of Environmental Protection’s 26th annual Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest.

The students, Cruz Garcia and Jackson Kowatch, traveled with their families to Citi Field in New York City on June 6 to participate in the awards ceremony. Cruz shook the hand of DEP Commissioner Carter Strickland and Jackson took to the stage to read his poem, “Trout in Water” to a large audience.

The MCS students were among 37 winners in grades 2-12 from upstate and downstate schools selected from more than 700 applicants in the contest. Students from Melissa Pacheco’s and Karen Underwood’s fifth-grade classes took part in the contest.

Commissioner Strickland presented the 37 Water Champions with certificates of recognition. Each student who participated in the contest also received a certificate recognizing his or her contribution.

Students from New York City and communities in the upstate watershed were asked to create original artwork and poetry conveying an appreciation for New York’s water resources, water treatment system and the importance of water conservation.

Stadium exposure
During the ceremony at Citi Field, the students’ artwork and poems were displayed on the ballpark’s large outfield screens and on numerous monitors throughout the stadium.

The contest is designed raise awareness about the importance of clean, high-quality drinking water, and what it takes to maintain New York City’s water supply and wastewater treatment systems. The ceremony recognized the student’s creative work expression of four central themes related to the water supply.

Among those joining the DEP commissioner during the ceremony was Eric Saretsky, vice president of Queens Ballpark Company, the managing organization for Citi Field.
New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg issued a proclamation honoring all of the students who participated.