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Rocklin students are finalists in video contest

Water Spots films need votes
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Clever narrative, humor and even some animation – those are some of the ingredients found in the more than 100 videos submitted in the Water Spots video contest, sponsored by the Regional Water Authority, Sacramento Bee and local water providers.

From upbeat jingles to serious messages about water scarcity, Sacramento-area high school students showed off their creativity in 30-second public service announcement videos on the contest's 2013 theme: Check sprinkler systems every month for water-wasting problems and make repairs within 48 hours.

A panel of judges narrowed the videos down to 10 finalists – now it's the public's turn to vote for their favorite by Friday, April 26, at www.sacbee.com/mie. The winner(s) of the “People’s Choice” award will receive $250 (and their teacher will also receive $250).

The finalists, "Judges Choice" and "People's Choice" winners will be unveiled at 12:25 p.m. Sunday, May 5, on Raley Field's Jumbotron before the Sacramento River Cats game. Winning students and teachers will receive cash prizes.

The Water Spots finalists from Rocklin are:

· Kelsea Lake and Michael Abshear, Whitney High School

· Brenton Lee and Alex Didler, Whitney High School

· Daniel Schetter and Eric Franklin, Whitney High School

· Justin Conti and Hunter Pietrzak, Whitney High School

Judges included Kathleen Dodge from the Tahoe Film Commission; Leo Winternitz from The Nature Conservancy; Monica Woods from News10; Rita Schmidt Sudman from the Water Education Foundation; and Liz Salmi from Greenwise. The selections were based on creativity, entertainment value, accuracy, originality and incorporation of the 2013 water efficiency message.

For more information about free water-efficiency services and rebates, and to take the Blue Thumb pledge to tune up, check and repair sprinklers, visit the Be Water Smart website, www.bewatersmart.info.

RWA is a joint powers authority representing 24 water providers and affiliates in the greater Sacramento area. Its primary mission is to help its members protect and enhance the reliability, availability, affordability and quality of water resources.