Illinois American Water names winners of Imagine a Day Without Water art contest for kids

The art contest winners each earned a $100 donation for their classroom.   Contributed image

Illinois American Water has selected the winners of its "Imagine a Day Without Water" art contest for third-, fourth- and fifth-graders in the company's service area.

The contest was held along with the Value of Water Coalition’s annual event to raise awareness of the importance of water service.

“It’s hard to imagine even just one day without water. We need water to make our morning coffee, to cook family dinners, to fight fires, for public health and more. Even though water service is essential, the public often takes its value for granted,” Bruce Hauk, president of Illinois American Water, said. “We want to thank our local educators for taking time to talk to their students about the value of water service. Our team was impressed with the quality of art contest entries received from across Illinois.”

The following art contest winners each earned a $100 donation for their classroom:

Hayden Meis, fourth grade, St. Mary’s School, Pontiac; Samora Baldwin, third grade at Cairo Elementary School, Cairo; Abigail Scales, third grade, Central School in Lincoln; Sophie Taylor, fourth grade, Saint Peter's Catholic School in South Beloit; Zoe C. Higgins, fifth grade, Leal Elementary School in Urbana; Bailey Punkay, 5th grade, Saint John Lutheran School in Champaign; Max Gorsage, fourth grade, St. Ambrose Catholic School in Godfrey; Caito Nicholas, fifth grade, East Elementary School in Alton; Chloe Hyatt, fourth grade, Mascoutah Elementary School in Mascoutah; Shy Hoffman, fifth grade, Scott Elementary School at Scott Air Force Base; Madison Cereno, fifth grade, Saint Dominic School in Bolingbrook; Jorge Mejia, fourth grade, Bernard J. Ward Elementary School in Bolingbrook; Anthony Gullens, fifth grade, Northlawn Junior High School in Streator; Lexie Dentino, third grade, L.E. Starke Primary School in Pekin; Jocelyn Schmidt, third grade, Saint Vincent de Paul School in Peoria; and Malyse Williams, fifth grade, Von Steuben Middle School in Peoria.

The winning artwork is posted on Illinois American Water’s Facebook page at Some art may also be featured in future customer communications.

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