The World Plumbing Day International Poster Competition created a great deal of interest from elementary/primary schools around the World in 2013, with entries coming from the United Kingdom, Scotland, Canada,, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago. The USA was well represented with schools from the states California, Nevada, New York, New Jersey, and Ohio all participating.
The quality of all entries made the judging a challenging one, however under the guidance of WPC Director Richard Prospal all entries were assessed with the best 25 being selected to be reviewed and voted on by the American Society of sanitary Engineers (ASSE) at their mid-year meeting held in Cleveland, Ohio. Over a two day period close to 50 ballots were cast, with meeting delegates having been asked to choose the top three posters and to rank them first, second and third.
The results were announced with the Caribbean countries of Jamaica and Trinidad achieving a great coup for this magical area of palm trees, white sandy beaches, turquoise water and sunshine. In spite of strong competition from around the world they scooped the pool with all three winners coming from these two countries.
The winners in the poster competition are
First Place: Andrew Malcolm, 5th grade at Corinaldi Ave. Primary School, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Second Place: Nakelia Humphrey, 5th grade at Corinaldi Ave. Primary School, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Third Place: Liana Ellis, 4th grade Dunross Preparatory School, St. James, Trinidad
Andrew and Nakelia are both in 5th grade classes at Corinaldi Avenue Primary School, which has a student population of 1664 students from grades 1 to 6. “Every boy my brother, every girl my sister” is the school’s motto and the school has developed and maintained a school culture of hard work, teamwork and shared success.
World Plumbing Council Chairman, Russ Chaney created a video message for the Corinaldi Avenue Primary School’s assembly when Andrew and Nakelia will be presented with their awards, congratulating the students on their success and thanking the school for proactively supporting World Plumbing Day through the poster competition.
Community groups, such as Cubs and Scouts, elementary and primary schools from around the world are invited to participate in the World Plumbing Day International Poster Competition, sponsored by the World Plumbing Council. Students are asked to design a poster illustrating the important role of plumbing and plumbers, focusing on the World Plumbing Day message, plumbing-vital to global health, the role plumbing plays in every day life and in protecting the environment
The winning posters will be submitted in an international competition where the World Plumbing Council will award prizes:
- 1st Prize: US$1,000 to the school and US$100 to the student
- 2nd Prize: US$500 to the school and US$50 to the student
- 3rd prize: US$250 to the school and US$25 to the student