Plainview Water District Congratulates 18 Local Students as Finalists in Annual Poster Contest

District Received More Than 300 Entries from POB Students

The Plainview Water District Board of Commissioners, Marc Laykind, Amanda Field, and Andrew Bader, are joined by all 18 winners of the 2021 PWD Water Conservation Poster Contest

Plainview, NY (June 17, 2021)— The Plainview Water District (PWD) is proud to announce the 18 winners of the 2021 water conservation poster contest. An annual tradition in the District, the poster contest is held in partnership with the Plainview Old Bethpage Central School District for students in grades 1 through 6. This poster contest is designed to be a fun activity that also provides an opportunity for students to learn about the importance of water conservation and our region’s sole-source aquifer.

“The Plainview Water District is extremely proud of the participation with this year’s contest and thanks the Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District for their continued support in this effort,” said PWD Chairman Marc Laykind. “The students’ creativity and commitment to their posters is inspiring for myself and the rest of the Board of Commissioners as the future of our most precious natural resource is in good hands with the students in our community.”

The winners for the poster contest are as follows:

Grade 1

Ava Gaffan, Stratford Road School

Derek Scarcella, Stratford Road School

Sophie Schwartz, Stratford Road School

Grade 2

Parker Rosamilia, Old Bethpage School

Elena Choe, Stratford Road School

Anastasia Lin, Stratford Road School

Grade 3

Emmanuel Chin, Stratford Road School

Ryan Babich, Stratford Road School

Michael DiMarco, Stratford Road School

Grade 4

Marlee Cohen, Old Bethpage School

Rong Jia Lyla Lin, Stratford Road School

Lloyd Rhee, Stratford Road School

Grade 5

Grace Jung, POBMS

Joseph Lacerenza, POBMS

Joseph Cohen, POBMS

Grade 6

Shayna Argentina, POBMS

Alexis Szabo, POBMS

Ishi Rai, POBMS

“It was truly an honor to see all of the artistic skills and creativity of these students,” said PWD Commissioner Amanda Field. “Each year, the students of the POB community amaze us with both their designs and knowledge on what it takes to conserve water every day. During the warmer months, water conservation is of the utmost importance and it is so valuable to have the younger generations grasping what it means to cut back on water use and how to do it.”

Each year, the winners of the poster contest are determined after deliberation from the Board of Commissioners on creativity, design, and overall message of water conservation. This year featured both electronic and in-person design submissions, which led the District to collect more than 300 submissions from students, shattering the previous record of 170 in 2017. The District hosted an award ceremony on June 16th to honor the three winners from each grade.

“The Plainview Water District strives to instill the importance of water conservation with our residents through our Preserve Plainview initiative,” said PWD Commissioner Andrew Bader. “This poster contest is an excellent way to educate our young community members on all of the simple, effective ways to make a big impact on saving our aquifers. Every single student who submitted a design should be very proud of themselves for their hard work, creativity, and their dedication to saving water.”

The finalists’ posters from each grade are available for viewing at