Holden R-III Middle School in Johnson County won the Missouri Rural Water Association video contest earlier this year. MRWA Deputy Executive Director Randy Norden presented the award on May 10th. The two young producers split the winnings earning $250.00 each, while another $500.00 went to the school’s science department.

Press Release from the Missouri Rural Water Association

Holden R-III Middle School in Johnson County won the annual Missouri Rural Water Association (MRWA) video contest earlier this year. MRWA Deputy Executive Director Randy Norden presented the awards May 10th during a Career Day Assembly of the student body.

Students Kylene Crabtree, daughter of Dallas Crabtree, and Nicole Foley, daughter of Rhonda and Chad Foley, produced the winning video with the guidance of Holden Middle School Science Teacher Tim Hockett. MRWA member system Johnson County Public Water Supply District (PWSD) 2 sponsored the school.

Hockett credits the students for the work. “They did all the research and plans for the video.” The theme this year was, “Where
does my drinking water come from?”

Foley said, “We thought it would be fun. We thought we’d give it a shot.”

What might prove even more fun is the spending spree the two students plan with their winnings. The young video producers split the prize to receive $250 each.

Meanwhile, the remaining $500 prize went to the school’s science department. It will purchase field guides, garden items, and possibly a binocular microscope.

During the presentation, Norden discussed career opportunities in the water and wastewater industries. He later observed how genuinely excited everyone in the audience was about the video contest award. “I could see the motivation and feel the appreciation from everyone there.”

Norden complimented the production, citing that the students put a lot of work into the video clip. Indeed, the students filmed almost two dozen video takes during a month of work on the project before they were satisfied with the final outcome.

Also present for the awards presentation were Johnson County PWSD 2 Assistant Manager Teresa Faust, Board Vice President Tom Craig, and Board Member Steve Stanley.

Following the event, the winners and approximately 25 classmates enjoyed a pizza, courtesy of MRWA.

Past winners of this event were Otterville School in Cooper County and two-time winner Tina-Avalon School of Carroll County.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity and that the students took to it,” Hockett said. “I think it’s creative.”

The MRWA uses the video contest to encourage students of all ages, from 1st through 12th grades, to exercise their skills at creative development. Underlying the fun of collaborative video production, MRWA hopes to implant a more lasting impression: awareness of and appreciation for drinking water as a vital resource that sustains life.

A non-profit organization, the MRWA serves water and wastewater systems in Missouri. Its primary work involves technical assistance and training, but it also extends its message to the general public, to the next generation of leaders, to current political and managerial leaders, and to office professionals.