June 6, 2003

Granite Hills High School Students sweep HWD’s ‘water’ photo contest

By Kate Breece

Since the first people entered this semi-arid corner of North America thousands of years ago, finding, securing, protecting, and conserving drinkable water has been a challenge. Water has been a driving force in San Diego County’s history and continues to be an issue of great importance today.

This spring, in order to encourage young people to contemplate the future of our water resources, Helix Water District sponsored the first annual San Diego Water Colors High School Photo Contest.

Photo Contest Winners are, from left, Stacy Sims (1st), Rodrigo Martinez (2nd), Julie Corley (3rd), and Shanna Chiles.

Students in high schools throughout the District were encouraged to submit photos, either color or black and white. Photos needed to have been taken within San Diego County during the past year and were required to have a water theme, although not necessarily water.

Entries came from three high schools, but it was Granite Hills High School students and their photography teacher, Anton Dickerson, who swept the prizes with 1st place going to Stacy Sims, 2nd place to Rodrigo Martinez, 3rd place to Julie Corley, and honorable mention to Shannon Chiles.

Student-winners were honored with cash and prizes at the May 21 Helix Water District board meeting.

Through June 30, a display of photos from the contest will be on exhibit in the Helix Water District administration building lobby at 7811 University Ave., in La Mesa. Lobby hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The public is welcome.

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