Illinois American Water Announces Winners of Annual “Water Keeps Life Flowing” Youth Art Contest

Belleville, Ill. (Nov. 8, 2022) — Young artists across Illinois participated in Illinois American Water’s annual “Water Keeps Life Flowing” art contest which illustrates the importance of reliable, safe water service. Through the contest, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students submitted a drawing and sentence about what water service means to them. To help spark creativity, teachers explained how important water service is for public health, food, daily chores, firefighting, manufacturing and more.

Illinois American Water chose 26 winners who earned their classrooms a $100 donation. The artwork can be viewed on Illinois American Water’s Facebook page. The winning artwork may be featured in future company communications.

According to Illinois American Water Vice President of Operations Beth Matthews, the art contest “merges art with the science of water service.” She said, “Both water and art are critical to a thriving community, and both may be easily taken for granted. By drawing on the creativity of local students, we can help bring attention to both art and water service in a creative way.”

The art contest winners are listed below in alphabetical order:
Adalynn R., 3rd grader, Unity East Elementary, Tolono
Addison R., 4th grader, St. James Catholic School, Millstadt
Alyza, 5th grader, Hardin County Elementary School, Elizabethtown
Amarah R., 4th grader, Dr. C.T. Vivian Primary School, Peoria
Amirah T., East Alton Elementary, Alton
Audrey, 4th grader, St. Clare Catholic School, O’Fallon
Ava S., 5th grader, Central School, Lincoln
Callum M., 4th Grader, St. Mary’s School, Pontiac
Camille C., 4th grader, Holy Cross Elementary, Champaign
Carter D., 3rd grader, Central School, Lincoln
Donny R., 4th grader, Whittier Primary, Peoria
Giselle T., 4th grader, Unity West Elementary, Tolono
Harrison H., 5th grader, St. Mary’s Catholic Grade School, Sterling
Ivana S., 4th grader, John R. Tibbott School, Bolingbrook
Karlee T., 4th grader, Holy Family School, Granite City
Lara A., 4th grader, Oak View School, Bolingbrook
Marie U., 5th grader, Belle Valley School, Belleville
Max, 5th grader, Builta Elementary, Bolingbrook
Michaella D., 3rd grader, Frost Elementary School, Mt. Prospect
Natale K., 5th grader, St. Jude Catholic School, Peoria
Payton D., 5th grader, Northlawn Junior High, Streator
Reya S., Builta Elementary, Bolingbrook
Samera M., 5th grader, Trewyn Middle School, Peoria
Sophia C., Hadley Middle School, Homer Glen
Taylor G., 5th grader, St. Joseph Catholic School, Pekin
Zoey D., 4th grader, Unity West Elementary, Tolono

Illinois American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and wastewater services to approximately 1.3 million people. American Water also operates a quality control and research laboratory in Belleville. For more information, visit and follow Illinois American Water on Twitter and Facebook.


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