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waterSmartSM Honors 12 Cobb County Elementary Students in 11th Annual Allatoona Ally & Friends Artist Challenge

January 27, 2016

The Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority (CCMWA) and Cobb County Water System congratulate the 12 Cobb County elementary school students selected as this year’s winners of the 11th Annual Allatoona Ally and Friends Artist Challenge.

Cobb County fourth- and fifth-grade students were invited to create coloring book illustrations depicting Lake Allatoona’s own ambassador, Allatoona Ally, in her efforts to educate her newest friend, Tappy the Turtle, about water conservation. The challenge received nearly 660 entries from 20 participating schools.

The coloring book featuring the top 12 entries will be distributed throughout the community and available for free download at

Additionally, an autograph party will be held to honor the winning artists on Thursday, Jan. 28 at 5 p.m. at the Mable House in Mableton, Ga. Park Rangers from Allatoona Lake will swear in the artists as new Junior Water Deputies and will discuss the importance of water.

The winners of the 2016 Allatoona Ally and Friends Artist Challenge include:

 Abigail Marr, fourth-grade, King Springs Elementary

Annika Mehta, fifth-grade, Keheley Elementary

June Lindroth, fifth-grade, Big Shanty Intermediate

Lauren Travis, fifth-grade, Bells Ferry Elementary

Macey Curby, fifth-grade, Vaughan Elementary

Madison Cade, fifth-grade, Harmony Leland Elementary

Markee Laney, fourth-grade, Mt. Bethel Elementary

Mira Ugwuadu, fifth-grade, Kemp Elementary

Oscar Belman, fifth-grade, Green Acres Elementary

Sasha Reed, fifth-grade, Hendricks Elementary

Shawn Tristan Lloyd, fifth-grade, Davis Elementary

Zoie Gunter, fifth-grade, Frey Elementary

The illustration by Zoie Gunter of Frey Elementary was selected as the cover art for the 11th Anniversary Edition of the “Adventures with Allatoona Ally & Friends” coloring book.

“Educating students about water conservation at an early age is crucial to the future of our water resources in Georgia,” says Becky Mixon, program director for waterSmart. “Now in the 11th year of this program, we are thrilled with the quality and creativity of the artwork that will encourage others to save water.”

 A panel of judges – including Walter Reeves, Host of “The Lawn and Garden Show,” Sophia Choi, WSB-TV Anchor, and Heather Thornton, Lake Allatoona Army Corps of Engineers Park Ranger – selected the winning illustrations.

“The future looks brighter when younger generations express such enthusiasm about helping to save water,” says Kathy Nguyen, senior project manager at Cobb County Water System. “We are very proud of all those who participated while spreading this important message.”

About waterSmart

The waterSmartSM program was initiated by CCMWA in 2000 to educate their service area residents of all ages about the importance of indoor and outdoor water conservation and to help encourage sustainable, year-round conservation, regardless of climate conditions. CCMWA is in its sixteenth year of providing the waterSmart program to the community. For more information on water conservation and waterSmart, visit


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