Writing Contest

Middle school students in Hays Consolidated Independent School District (Hays CISD) submitted expository essays for the recent SouthWest Water Company writing contest.

Thank you to all the students who entered and to the teachers who scored the contest.

 Monarch Utilities congratulates the contest finalists:

  • Donovan Santine, Barton Middle School
  • Emma Adams, Chapa Middle School
  • Lazurus Fernandez, McCormick Middle School
  • Ashlee Goodwin, Simon Middle School

And the grand-prize winner:lake3

  • Rhett Bedwell, Dahlstrom Middle School

 Winning Essay by Rhett Bedwell  

At its peak, Niagara Falls has over 6,000,000 cubic feet of water flow over the top of it per minute. That is more than 100,000 cubic feet of water every second! Just think about that. It’s so hard to wrap your mind around the sheer power of that water. Around 30 million people visit these falls per year, and according to Niagara Falls Review in 2007, Niagara Falls reached an all-time high of 400 million dollars in revenue. The falls also have the potential to power 3.8 million homes. But water isn’t simply a good economic benefit through tourism and hydroelectric power. Water is a very important resource in everybody’s life because water adds a beauty to the world, water is a generous tool, and water is essential for everything in the world to coexist.

Water is a beautiful thing, and it continues to share its beauty with everyone who seeks it. For example, in the Hawaiian islands, there is a small island called Molokini. Molokini is a crescent-shaped, crater island with an exceptional coral reef when it comes to snorkeling. I was lucky enough to be able to go and experience this amazing area to see a diverse amount of species. Not only did I see beautiful fish, but I saw a Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle. This experience would have not been possible without water. A more relatable experience for most that live in Central Texas is seeing the wildflowers in the springtime. Bluebonnets, Buttercups, and other flowers are important, picture-perfect things that help define the roads of Texas. These things are only available for us to see because plants need rainwater for photosynthesis. In some cases, water is the beauty. This beauty could be like an ideal lake, creek, river, pond, ect. We should never underestimate or take this for granted. Water can give you a daily experience that we may sometimes take for granted and that we shouldn’t.

Water has been used by humans since the beginning of time for more than just nutrition. In the year 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed across the ocean in search for a faster route to Asia. Though he was not the first the reach the North American continents, water was used as a transportation. Christopher Columbus was a person that thought outside of the box and used something that Mother Nature had already given us for a major revolution throughout the world. This revolution allowed for the 13 colonies to be formed and eventually, the United States of America. During the colonization of America and the early U.S, water helped the colonists with irrigation, travel, cleaning, and survival to name a couple things. People were able to harness H2O to mechanical energy with a water wheel. Today, older techniques have improved to actually make electricity out of the movement of flowing water. Uses for water keep popping up like a bubble and innovating the society that we live in today.

Water is used to grow our crops. Irrigation is used and has been used to water plants in areas with not as much rainfall.The Romans invented sewers around 800 BC. Drinking water has always been around, for it has always been necessary. Irrigation is a very creative way of getting water to plants. The famous Hanging Gardens of Babylon(1 of the 7 wonders of the world) had to employ very complex systems(for the time) to raise thousands of gallons of water from the river to the gardens. Water has been a main part of all humans lives from the past to now, in the present.

Water is and always has been an essential tool to all humans, that makes the world more beautiful. This liquid is something that we use daily, yet we will probably never come to fully appreciate. So, next time that you enjoy the results that water, pause for a minute to have a different point of view on life.