Muriel CaiMuriel Cai and her teacher Kristen Megara.

The Massachusetts Water Resources Authority reports that five local students won awards in its annual poster and writing contest. In each case, the grade level refers to the grade they were in as of May.

Click each child's name to see their work.

Muriel Cai, second-grader at Brackett Elementary School (at left), got Honorable Mention in the grades K-2 poster category. Lydia Scharer, ninth-grader at Arlington High School, won Honorable Mention in the grades 9-12 poster category. Theo Lambert, sixth-grader at the Gibbs School, won second place in the grades 6-8 writing category. Aidan Macinta and Owen Mitchell, also in sixth grade at Gibbs, both won Honorable Mention in the grades 6-8 writing category.

Aidan Macinta, Theo Lambert and Owen Mitchell. Back row from left: Town of Arlington Director of Public Works Michael Rademacher, Town of Arlington Assistant Director of Public Works Nelson Mui, Gibbs School teacher Travis WoodwardFront row from left: Aidan Macinta, Theo Lambert and Owen Mitchell. Back row from left: Town of Arlington Director of Public Works Michael Rademacher, Town of Arlington Assistant Director of Public Works Nelson Mui, Gibbs School teacher Travis Woodward.

Close to 200 people came to the MWRA Deer Island treatment plant May 24 to honor this year’s contest winners, a recent news release said. Students across the MWRA service area were asked to design a poster or write an essay, poem or story about different jobs at the MWRA. Winners were selected from 1,100-plus posters and 200-plus writing entries.

All winning posters and writing entries are on display at the Waterworks Museum, 2450 Beacon St. in Boston, through Sept. 27, 2024.

MWRA states that it is a Massachusetts public authority established by an act of the Legislature in 1984 to provide wholesale water and sewer services to 3.1 million people and more than 5,500 large industrial users in 61 metropolitan Boston communities. This includes Arlington for both water and sewer. To learn more about the MWRA School Education Program and view all the winning entries online, visit the School Program page on the MWRA’s website.


This announcement was published Friday, June 21, 2024, based on information from Jacqueline Collins of the MWRA. Longtime YourArlington volunteer Kim Haase prepared it for publication.