WAILUKU- The Department of Water Supply's third annual Water Conservation Poster Contest drew 543 entries from public, private and home schools countywide.
The goal of the contest was to educate the county's youth about the importance of water conservation and to encourage them to take an active role in ensuring the sustainability of the water supply. This year's theme was "Malama I Ka Wai," or to take care of the water.
The contest entries were evaluated based on water conservation message, originality, visual effectiveness, neatness and creativity.
This drawing by Devan Takita, a junior at Baldwin High School, took first place in the high school division of the Department of Water Supply’s Water Conservation Poster Contest.
The first- through third-place winners will receive U.S. Savings Bonds: $100 for first place, $75 for second, and $50 for third. Winning entries and honorable mentions will be featured in the 2013 department Water Conservation Calendar and on the county website at www.mauiwater.org. Winners will be honored May 7 at a gathering at 3 p.m. in the Mayor's Office on the 9th floor of the Kalana O Maui building.
The posters are currently on display at the Department of Water Supply Water Resources and Planning Office, One Main Plaza, 2200 Main St., Suite 102.
The contest's threejudge panel included Nalani Caulford, teacher at Kamalii Elementary School; Maria Graham, director of Lahaina Art Gallery; and Rob Parsons, county environmental coordinator.
The winners are as follows by age division, grade, student, school and award:
* Kindergarten - Kiara Lima, Kilohana Elementary School, first; Maya Fujita, Pukalani Elementary School, second; Carly Dudoit, Kualapuu Elementary School, third; Dylan Stolley, Daniel Arashiro-Garcia, Bahnaya Cohen, all Carden Academy of Maui, honorable mention.
* Grades 1-2 - Jaz Kelber, grade 2, Pomaikai Elementary School, first; Makena Guzman, grade 2, Kamehameha Schools Maui, second; Dax Barker, grade 2, Carden Academy of Maui, third; Darija Trumbo, grade 1, Eden Emory, grade 2, Tyler Russell, grade 2, all Carden Academy of Maui, honorable mention.
* Grades 3-4 - Ansel Newman, grade 3, Carden Academy of Maui, first; Miles Stone, grade 4, Carden Academy of Maui, second; Sunny Diller, grade 3, Carden Academy of Maui, third; Fernanda Maldonado, grade 4, Kamalii Elementary School, Raelynn Yoshida, grade 4, Kamehameha Schools Maui, Maya Miller, grade 3, Carden Academy of Maui, honorable mention.
* Grades 5-6 -James Eduard Torres, grade 6, Maui Waena Intermediate School, first; Mykaela Padron, grade 5, Waihee Elementary School, second; Haley Shapiro, grade 5, Carden Academy of Maui, third; CJ Ozee, grade 5, Carden Academy of Maui; Jasmine Moe, grade 5, Montessori Hale O Keiki; Alana Baltad, grade 5, Wailuku Elementary School, honorable mention.
* Grades 7-8 - Mary Jane Butac, Grade 8, Maui Waena Intermediate School, first; Mindy Santos, grade 8, St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School, second; Devon Bluh, grade 8, Montessori Hale O Keiki, third; Ohmala Kotok, grade 7, Clearview Christian Girls School, Kortney Russell, grade 7, Clearview Christian Girls School, Mary Joy Butac, grade 7, Maui Waena Intermediate School, honorable mention.
* High School - Devan Takita, grade 11, Baldwin High School, first; Tylor Brown, grade 9, Baldwin High School, second; Braden Bio, grade 11, Baldwin High School, third; Christian Ah Chan, grade 10, Baldwin High School, Aubriann Belen, grade 11, Baldwin High School, Keali'i Guzman, grade 10, Maui High School, honorable mention.