Every Poster Counts
It was a special night for three area kids as the Boone Town Council honored the "Every Drop Counts" Poster Contest winners.
"This is our fifth year with the poster contest," Boone Public Utilities director Rick Miller said. "Each year, it seemed like it got better and better."
It's his favorite water conservation event, and this year's contest ended in a unique twist: All three winners were from the same class at Hardin Park Elementary School: Misty Hyler's 2nd grade class.
"I don't think we've ever had that," Miller said.
Posters were on display at the Boone Public Works building on East King Street, where they were voted on anonymously.
"They did a great job," Boone Mayor Loretta Clawson said. "There were so many pictures down there, so many entries. We had all the walls covered."
First-place winner Mattie Suggs said it felt good to win.
"I wanted to draw a poster ... because I usually don't get to draw many pictures, because I don't have a lot of time," Suggs said.
Suggs took home the first-place ribbon and a bicycle, along with a $75 savings bond.
Second-place winner Andie Waugh got a $40 gift card and $50 savings bond. Third-place winner Jack Trew took home a $20 gift card and $20 savings bond.
Honorable mention went to Mirna Lopez.
Ninety-four posters were submitted from both Two Rivers Community School and Hardin Park Elementary, the two schools serviced by the town water.
Amidst the revelry, mayor pro tem Lynne Mason urged the community not to forget what the contest is all about: Conservation.
"Every drop does count," she said. "We have water conservation kits people can have for their homes ... We just encourage those attending tonight (to) get your water conservation kit."
For information on kits, contact the town of Boone at (828) 268-6200.