The Cucamonga Valley Water District (CVWD/District) recognized Ms. Lauren Hartogh, a soon-to-be graduate from Rancho Cucamonga High School, as the winner of the Water Education Water Awareness Committee (WEWAC) Water Scholar Program at their Board Meeting on Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Ms. Hartogh was joined by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hartogh, Principal Cary Willborn from Rancho Cucamonga High School, and Mr. Chris Hollister Assistant Superintendent of the Chaffey Joint Union High School District.
Each year, WEWAC offers the Water Scholar Program to high school students throughout the Inland Empire to promote water awareness and inspire students to think about what clean water means to them. This year, high school seniors within the WEWAC service area submitted essays. Ms. Hartogh’s essay, From Africa to Abundance and Back Again is a phenomenal and inspiring piece of work that met all of the scholarship criteria: “Education and peace are all very important issues but without water, there is no life and without life there is no hope for humanity,” Ms. Hartogh’s essay read. “We as the new generation must learn to worship water once again. In the essence to use water wisely and appreciate not only its use, but its beauty as well.” Ms. Hartogh will receive a $1,000 scholarship to Pasadena City College where she will pursue a degree in Humanities in the Fall.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I want to congratulate you for this great accomplishment,” commented James V. Curatalo Jr., CVWD Board President. “With students as passionate as you, we have hope and confidence in the next generation of stewards to value our precious resource of water. We wish you much success in your future education.”
CVWD Board Director Kathleen Tiegs, who also serves as the President of the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA), was so impressed with Ms. Hartogh’s work that she requested permission to read her essay at the opening session of the ACWA Spring Conference in May. “The ACWA members need to hear about young people like you, and the perspective you have on water,” commented Director Tiegs.
WEWAC’s Water Scholar Program is one of several programs they offer to students and teachers on the topics of water and the environment. CVWD has been a longtime member of WEWAC since it was established in 1986. For more information about CVWD, its educational programs, and other opportunities through WEWAC, please visit cvwdwater.com or call (909)987-2591.