WILLETS POINT — More than three dozen students were honored at Citi Field Wednesday for their artwork and poetry that celebrated New York's water supply.
The "Water Champions" were selected from more than 700 students from 50 schools around the city who participated in the annual Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest sponsored by the city's Environment Protection Department.
“For 26 consecutive years, students who participate in the Water Resource Art and Poetry Contest have used their creative energy to show their appreciation for one of New York City’s most precious resources: its renowned supply of drinking water,” said DEP Commissioner Carter Strickland.
“This contest provides student with a great opportunity to learn about the amazing systems that supply more than 9 million people with world-class water.”
This year's themes included water resources, wastewater treatment system and the importance of water conservation to highlight the importance of clean, quality drinking water.
One of this year’s champions, Victoria Vittorioso, from the Hellenic Classic Charter School, won with a poem named “Water is Free.”
“Nothing can happen without water,” said Vittorioso, 10, in the front row just before the ceremony.
“I’m really excited because I’m in Citi Field,” she added. “Usually, I am only taken here for my birthday.”