Bobby Cary from Woodcreek High School in Roseville has been named the grand prize winner in the Water Spots Video Contest, sponsored by the Regional Water Authority and Sacramento Bee Media in Education program.
Cary's video was one of nearly 90 half-minute spots submitted in the first annual contest designed to teach kids about using water efficiently. Celebrity judges narrowed the videos submitted down to 11 finalists, and the public voted Cary's video their favorite.
The finalists and grand prize winner were unveiled on Raley Field's Jumbotron before a Sacramento River Cats game. The top three winning students and teachers also received cash prizes. Cary's winning video is now part of RWA’s 2012 Blue Thumb water efficiency campaign, which encourages Sacramento-area residents to earn their Blue Thumb by using water efficiently outdoors.
Other winners included:
- Second place: Gerald Snow from Woodcreek High School (Mark Hajewski, teacher)
- Third place: Riley Murtagh from Woodcreek High School (Mark Hajewski, teacher)
Water Spots finalists included:
- Bailey Jensen, Woodcreek High School (Mark Hajewski, teacher)
- Ryan Hodgens and Justin Gamboa, Whitney High School (Ben Barnholdt, teacher)
- Sebastian Douglass, Woodcreek High School (Mark Hajewski, teacher)
- Angela Polizzi, Center High School (Vernon Bisho, teacher)
- Jamie Geiger and Venessa Smith, Center High School (Vernon Bisho, teacher)
- Jordan Chavolla and Drue Just, Center High School (Vernon Bisho, teacher)
- Jeremy Knapp, Center High School (Vernon Bisho, teacher)
- Lawrence Simon and Christopher Simon, Jesuit High School (Vito Ferrante, teacher)
Judges included Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, Kathleen Dodge of the Tahoe Film Commission, Jim Metropulos of the Sierra Club, Laura Skirde of KOVR 13, Leo Winternitz of the Nature Conservancy and Monica Woods of News 10. Finalist videos were selected based upon creativity, entertainment value, accuracy, originality and incorporation of the water efficiency topic.
For more information about free water-efficiency services and rebates, and to take the Blue Thumb pledge, visit the Be Water Smart Web site at bewatersmart.info.
About the Regional Water Authority: RWA is a joint powers authority representing 24 water providers and affiliates in the greater Sacramento area. Its primary mission is to help its members protect and enhance the reliability, availability, affordability and quality of water resources.