Winners of 2022 Youth Water Poster Contest Announced

Posted on July 20, 2022

2022 Youth Water Poster Contest Winners

12 winners selected out of more than 260 entries from 45 participating schools

SANTA ANA, Calif.— The Santa Ana City Council celebrated the winners of the 2022 Youth Water Poster Contest at a special awards ceremony yesterday. The ceremony, which was attended by the winners and their family members, was held during the Council’s regular meeting at City Hall.

“We congratulate the 12 outstanding young artists who won this year’s contest for their creative accomplishments,” Mayor Vicente Sarmiento said. “We also want to thank Santa Ana Unified School District, other participating schools, and our judges for making this year’s contest such a success.”

Out of 260 entries from 45 schools, judges from the City of Santa Ana chose 12 winning posters: two finalists and a grand prize winner in four different age categories. They used four scoring criteria, which included level of originality, visual and word clarity, and adherence to the water conservation theme “Every Drop Counts: Use It Wisely!”

“The Youth Water Poster Contest is an important educational initiative sponsored by the Public Work’s Water Resources Division each year,” said Nabil Saba, Executive Director of Santa Ana Public Works. “This year’s theme underscores the importance of water conservation now that we are facing another serious drought and educates students about smart water use habits.”

Past themes have included water quality, drinking water safety, protecting our groundwater, and the health benefits of drinking water. Following are the names of this year’s winners:

Grand Prize WinnersFinalists 1Finalist 2

Ages 5-8

  • Duoc Man Tue L. Nguyen, grand prize winner
  • Brian A. Cano, 2nd place finalist
  • David L. Cobian, 3rd place finalist

Ages 13-14

  • Juliana Gallardo, grand prize winner
  • Kimberly Barajas, 2nd place finalist
  • Michelle Perez, 3rd place finalist

Ages 9-12

  • Sophia Tran, grand prize winner
  • Sophia A. Molina, 2nd place finalist
  • Rolando Regalado, 3rd place finalist

Ages 15-18

  • Laisha Echegoyan, grand prize winner
  • Sofia Sevilla, 2nd place finalist
  • Asheley Flores, 3rd place finalist

Winning posters will be on display at City Hall, 20 Civic Center Plaza, through August 3, and are featured in this year’s annual Water Quality Report. Visit to view and download the report. To request a printed copy, call 714-647-3320 or email

The annual contest was launched in 2015 to offer Santa Ana youth the opportunity to explore water-related themes through creative expression. Additional information about the contest including all rules and judging criteria is available online at For more information about the contest and awards ceremony or to inquire about becoming a community partner for next year’s contest, please email or call (714) 647-3500.

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