Cabell County students capture top spots in annual art contest

May 19, 2019 GMT

HUNTINGTON - A Cabell County sixth-grader has earned the top statewide prize in West Virginia American Water’s fourth annual “Protect Our Watersheds” art contest.

The company received over 100 entries from fourth-, fifth -and sixth-graders across the state.

Barboursville Middle School student Gianna Kent, of Glenwood, earned the grand prize for her artwork. The entry depicted a pair of hands holding water with a banner across the top encouraging the public to “protect our watershed.”

Kensie McComas, also from Barboursville Middle School, placed first, Alonna Adkins, a fourth-grade student from New River Elementary in Oak Hill placed second, and Jack-Tyler Rife, a fourth grade student from Kanawha City Elementary, placed third. The four students all received bookstore gift cards for their winning entries.


“The ‘Protect Our Watersheds’ art contest is a great way for students to creatively understand the value of our watersheds and how they can be part of protecting our sources of drinking water,” said West Virginia American Water President Robert Burton. “As future stewards of our water resources, it is important that we begin watershed education at an early age.”

As the grand prize winner, Kent will have her artwork featured on plantable wildflower seed-embedded paper cards that will be distributed across the state by West Virginia American Water.

West Virginia American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing water services to approximately 530,000 people. With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. More information can be found at www.westvirginiaamwater.com.