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2020 Water Spots Video Contest Winners Announced

The Regional Water Authority has announced the winners of the 2020 Water Spots Video Contest! Winning videos were among the 90 submitted by middle and high school students from throughout the Sacramento region. Students were invited to 'Be a Leak Detective', the contest’s 2020 theme.

PCWA is pleased to announce that the top 3 video winners were from our service area! Congratulations to Whitney High School students and teacher, Ben Barholdt, on your winning videos and prizes!

Judge’s Choice First Place And Grand Prize

“The Great Goggle Inspector: G.G.I.” by Aaryan Midha and Karina Salerno

Earns $500 split 50/50 between student and sponsoring teacher and a premiere and screening at local movie theaters this summer.

Judge’s Choice Second Place

“TO THE STREETS!” by Maggie Brodie and Julia Ruccione

Earns $300 split 50/50 between students and sponsoring teacher.

Judge’s Choice Third Place

“Case 007” by Lena Tang and Sam Berg

Earns $200 split 50/50 between students and sponsoring teacher.

Expert judges narrowed videos down to 10 finalists and then selected the top three winners for "Judge's Choice" awards.

The public then voted for their favorite to receive the "People's Choice" award. More than 1,023 votes were cast this year. Also notable and among the top vote-getters, from Whitney High School, was “The Conservation Interrogation” by Sarah Young and Madison McAdam at 190 votes.

Expert judges included: Monica Woods, Chief Meteorologist at ABC10, Kathleen Dodge, Executive Director of the El Dorado Lake Tahoe Film & Media Office, and Lisa Cuellar, Program Manager at the California Water Efficiency Partnership. Their selections were based on creativity, entertainment value, accuracy, originality and incorporation of the 2020 water efficiency message.

Teacher Participation Prizes

In addition, teachers that submitted the most eligible videos will be presented with Amazon gift cards. These include Ben Barnholdt of Whitney High School in Rocklin, who submitted 11 eligible videos.

The Water Spots Video Contest is sponsored by the Regional Water Authority and local water providers. Now in its ninth year, the contest challenges students to create videos focused on a select water efficiency theme. Learn more about the Water Spots Video Contest, water-wise tips and information about free water-efficiency services and rebates at

All of the top scoring videos can be viewed on Be Water Smart's YouTube channel at

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About the Regional Water Authority : RWA is a joint powers authority representing two dozen 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.

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