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Water Art Invitational at Prince William County Service Authority

OPHS’s Leeser Named Grand Prize Winner at Water Art Invitational

For Osbourn Park junior Kailee Leeser, inspiration for her entry into the Prince William County Service Authority’s Water Art Invitational came right away.

Finishing it was another matter, though, laughed Osbourn Park Art Teacher Cynthia Gunnerson.    

Despite completing her painting just two hours before the deadline, Leeser bested 178 other artists to earn Grand Prize honors and $800 in sponsorship prize money. Leeser was one of 27 students honored March 9 during the Service Authority’s annual high school art contest.

“She stayed up the night before and was working on her painting until 4 p.m. the day it was due,” said Gunnerson. “As soon as she was done, I put it in my car and drove it over to the Service Authority. I guess some people just work best under pressure.”

Leeser beautifully articulated the event theme “Water is Precious and Essential to Life” in her black and white charcoal image of a smiling boy’s water-soaked face. To capture the happiness that clean water can bring, Leeser drew inspiration from seeing a boy from a Third World country on television.

“I always see kids in these countries on the news, and it makes me really sad to see their situation,” said Leeser.

“I thought she did a fabulous job,” Gunnerson said. “She is so hard-working and so inspired.”

This year’s winners were honored in three categories: Painting & Drawing, Digital Design and Photography. Nicholas Bartolotto, PACE East, won first place in Painting & Drawing while Samantha Gibbs of Forest Park and Battlefield’s Alyson Piccione were victorious in the Photography and Digital Design categories, respectively. PACE East art teacher Linda Ann Dickey said this year marked the first time in her 12 years at the alternative school that a student had entered the competition.

Halle Strosser and Camryn Simms of Patriot High School earned second and third place, respectively, in the Painting & Drawing while Battlefield’s Hallie Robinson and Forest Park’s Abigail McKinney-Odasso finished second and third in the Photography category. Rebecca Miller and Erin Murray of Battlefield High School took second and third place, respectively, for Digital Design.

Battlefield and Patriot High Schools earned the most awards with eight apiece. Overall, the Service Authority awarded more than $6,000 in cash prizes to students thanks to the generosity of its 26 event sponsors.

“The Water Art Invitational is an amazing showcase of the artistic talent we have here in Prince William County,” said Karen Takacs, Service Authority Community Relations & Outreach Manager. “I want to thank the students, teachers, judges and sponsors for making this year’s event one to remember.”


Grubbs Environmental Center

The Prince William County Service Authority opened the Durward E. Grubbs, Jr. Environmental Center in October 2015. Situated on the campus of the Service Authority's award-winning H.L. Mooney Advanced Water Reclamation Facility (AWRF) in Woodbridge, the Grubbs Environmental Center features a state-of-the-art 6,200-square-foot laboratory space and an educational exhibit detailing the life cycle of treated water and the important role the Mooney AWRF plays in keeping the Chesapeake Bay Watershed healthy.

The Grubbs Environmental Center was named in honor of Durward E. Grubbs, Jr., a founding member of the Service Authority's Board of Directors. Grubbs spent 27 years on the Board, serving as chairman on multiple occasions. 

Construction of the building was driven by the need to modernize and upgrade the laboratory services at Mooney AWRF. With the larger space in the new building, Service Authority lab staff will be able to best serve our growing customer base as well as provide additional commercial lab services to other clients.  With dynamic and interactive displays, the educational exhibit inside the Grubbs Environmental Center will inform visitors about the crucial role of the Service Authority in relation to the health of the public and environment.  

Walk-ins can visit the exhibit Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. To  schedule a tour of the Grubbs Center, please click here.


Alexandria Renew Enterprises Presents Multi-Purpose Field to City

Alexandria Renew Enterprises formally presented a regulation-sized multi-purpose field to the city Of Alexandria, Va., in a dedication ceremony that brought together community members, water industry leaders, business leaders, elected officials, employees and even Miss Virginia to the urban water renewal facility. The field represents Alexandria Renew Enterprises’ partnership with the Alexandria community.

The new field will help further develop the Eisenhower East community, now called the Carlyle area of Alexandria, providing a gathering place for residents. It will be lit, and has artificial turf and a sloped grass area for seating, which will make it conducive to local city sports teams and activities.

“We are delighted to present this new field to the city of Alexandria’s Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Affairs Department,” said Karen Pallansch, CEO of Alexandria Renew Enterprises. “This field is the direct result of a cohesive public private partnership between Alexandria Renew, Carlyle Plaza LLC and the city of Alexandria. I also want to emphasize that the cost of constructing the field was not borne by our customers.”

Sitting below the multi-purpose field is an 18-million-gal nutrient management facility that will help Alexandria Renew meet the enhanced requirements from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regarding the amount of nitrogen in the clean water the utility sends back to the Chesapeake Bay.

Elected officials were on hand for the ceremony, including Congressman Don Beyer and Mayor Bill Euille. Boy Scout Troop 135 presented the colors and current Miss Virginia Savannah Lane sang the National Anthem in front of a crowd of approximately 250 people. After remarks, Beyer, Euille, Pallansch, and children from across the community kicked the first soccer balls on the field.


Michael Baker International - Virginia News

The following Michael Baker International employees in our Virginia offices were recently recognized within the organization with new titles:

Mohammed Shammet, Jonathan Soulen and Charles Votava were appointed to Senior Associate.
Pasquale Arcese, Jill DiBattista and Tracy Wamsley were appointed to Associate. 

 

 

 

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