12 Cobb County Elementary Students Honored in Artist Challenge

The Cobb County Water System and the Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority (CCMWA) congratulate the 12 Cobb County elementary school students selected as this year’s winners of the 14th Annual Allatoona Ally & Tappy Turtle Artist Challenge.

Cobb County fourth and fifth grade students were invited to create coloring book illustrations depicting Lake Allatoona’s own ambassador, Allatoona Ally, and her friend from Cobb Water, Tappy Turtle, about water conservation. The challenge received nearly 900 entries from 11 participating schools.

The coloring book, Allatoona Ally & Tappy Turtle, featuring the top 12 entries will be distributed throughout the community and available for free download at www.cobbcounty.org/watersmart.

The winners of the 2019 Allatoona Ally & Tappy Turtle Artist Challenge include:

GREEN ACRES Kimberli Mejia
ADDISON Reyzon Bachman
FREY Kenzie Pendley
MOUNTAIN VIEW Saiya Rodriguez
VARNER Alexsie Quiñones
BULLARD Kaedyn Townsend
GREEN ACRES Fernando Cortez
ADDISON Bianca Johnson
SOPE CREEK Carrie Cotter
BELLS FERRY Brynna Willoughby
DUE WEST / Cover Amelia Kahle


The illustration by Amelia Kahle at Due West Elementary was selected as the cover art for the 14th Anniversary Edition of the “Adventures of Allatoona Ally & Tappy Turtle” coloring book.

“I love this contest because the message is so much more powerful when children are teaching their peers,” says Kathy Nguyen, customer service manager at Cobb County Water System. “We are very proud of all those that participated while spreading this important message of water conservation.”

Water is an essential part of our lives, as are these children.  We should care for and treasure both. said Pat Tibbitts, program director for waterSmart at Cobb County Marietta Water Authority.

About waterSmart

In its nineteenth year, the waterSmartSM program was initiated by CCMWA in 2000 to educate their service area residents of all ages about the importance of indoor and outdoor water conservation and to help encourage sustainable, year-round conservation, regardless of climate conditions. For more information on water conservation and waterSmart, visit www.cobbcounty.org/watersmart.


Contributing Author:

Gwen Baldwin
Environmental Program Specialist
Cobb County Water Efficiency Program



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