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Beall wins water poster contest

submitted photo Brigitte Beall's winning poster for the 2012 Water Week.

WORTHINGTON -- Brigitte Beall made a name for herself, her school and her city when she won the state-level poster contest organized by the Minnesota Rural Water Association (MRWA).

Beall, a fourth-grader at Prairie Elementary, was awarded a $100 U.S. Savings Bond for her winning of the 2012 Water Week Poster Contest during a ceremony earlier in May.

About 200 fourth-graders from Prairie Elementary and St. Mary's School participated in the poster contest.

Students at Prairie worked on their poster as a science class activity when they were learning about the water cycle, said science teacher Chad Kremer.

"We showed them what aquifers are, we built aquifers and we showed them how not to pollute our groundwater because then we're not going to have enough water to drink," Kremer said about the lesson.

He said he had shown students some examples of posters before they had to create their own.

Each student made their own slogan which accompanied their drawing. A winning poster from each class was selected to be submitted to Worthington Public Utilities (WPU).

"Brigitte is a very hard worker and she's very into her sciences," Kremer said.

Beall's poster, which reads "Every drop of water is important" illustrates a boy saving a water droplet into a piggy bank.

"She represented Worthington and Prairie Elementary very well," said Zach Dingmann, Beall's homeroom teacher,

Beall is the second winner from Worthington to win the MRWA poster contest. In 2009, Micah Bauman of Prairie Elementary won the same award.

WPU water superintendent Eric Roos said utility staff evaluated the nine submissions received and selected Beall's.

"I don't want to say it was an easy decision because they were all really good," Roos said. "Her poster stood out from the rest."

Among the statewide poster submissions, MRWA narrowed down to three - of which, the association's operations and technical conference attendees voted on the winning one.

An award ceremony was conducted May 14 at Prairie Elementary.

Worthington Public Utilities hosted a pizza party for participating fourth-grade students at both the schools.

Daily Globe Reporter Ana Anthony may be reached at 376-7321.