Young Artists Win Illinois American Water’s Annual Art Contest

Belleville, Ill. – Jan. 21, 2021 – Young artists across Illinois participated in Illinois American Water’s annual art contest to illustrate the importance of reliable water service. Entries from 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students captured what water service means to them. Of the many entries received, Illinois American Water chose 15 winners who earned their classrooms a $100 donation.

The winning artwork can be viewed here on Illinois American Water’s Facebook page. Illinois American Water offers the contest in conjunction with the Value of Water Coalition’s annual “Imagine a Day Without Water” event to raise awareness about the value of water service.

“Our local educators are our heroes every day, and especially during the pandemic. We thank them for helping us educate our young customers about the value of water service, not only for public health but also for fire protection, food preparation and more,” said Illinois American Water President Justin Ladner.

He added, “The art contest provides a unique opportunity to merge art with the science of water service. Our team was impressed with the number and quality of entries received from across the state.”

The art contest winners are listed below in no particular order:

Kaydee Bliss, 5th Grader at Woodland School in Streator

Illiana Luke, 5th Grader at Northlawn Junior High School in Streator

Evelynn Ahlvers, 4th Grader at Holy Family School in Granite City

Anna Taylor, 5th Grader at Holy Family School in Granite City

Kassidy Henson, 3rd Grader at St. James Catholic School in Millstadt

Ada Ude, 4th Grader at St. Michael Parish School in Wheaton

Anna Liggett, 4th Grader at St. Michael Parish School in Wheaton

Payton Adleman, 3rd Grader at Riverview Elementary School in South Beloit

Bevin Brummel, 5th Grader at St. Mary’s School in Pontiac

Max Macklin, 4th Grader at Washington School in Sterling

Kate VonHolten, 4th Grader at St. Mary’s Catholic Grade School in Sterling

Gianna Catton, 4th Grader at St. Jude Catholic School in Peoria

Piper Cole, 3rd Grader at Starke Primary School in Pekin

Ryder Conrady, 4th Grader at West Lincoln-Broadwell Elementary School in Lincoln

Kazlyn Mesner, 3rd Grader at Central School in Lincoln

The winning artwork may be featured in future Illinois American Water customer communications.

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/or wastewater services to approximately 1.3 million people. American Water also operates a customer service center in Alton and 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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