The results are in from our tenth annual poster contest. Last fall, the James River was selected from three finalists as the winner of the Thiess International Riverprize, considered the most coveted international award of river and watershed restoration. The prize recognizes remarkable efforts for improvement in water & ecosystem quality, and we are thrilled that our own beautiful James took home this international honor.

Middle school students of schools that are situated within five miles of the James River, or have participated in our education programs were invited to illustrate “What a Healthy River Means to Me”.  JRA would like to congratulate the winners and thank all the students and teachers who showed us “How I helped the James River win the Riverprize”!

Part of our mission includes connecting students with environmental education in a way that is meaningful as well as memorable. We have seen our poster contest achieve this, not only because students think about how their own lives are impacted by the James River, but also how clean water impacts the lives of plants, animals and everyone living within its watershed. This year, our contest asks the question of students: what action(s) have you taken to contribute to improving the river in such a significant way? Some examples are planting a tree, picking up after your dog, or painting a storm drain, but we encourage students to be as creative as possible!

This year we implemented a new digital submission process and were amazed to receive more than 100 entries of creative representations of how our students have contributed to the health of the James, and have realized their connection to our river. We enjoyed going through each and every submission.

This poster contest was made possible through a generous donation by a long-time JRA member and James River Advocate. Thank you so much for your continued support!

Poster Contest Winners

1st Place
Jazlyn Jones
Booker T. Washington Middle School

3rd Place
Marlena Garcia
Pocahontas Middle School

2nd Place
Matthew Bond
Pocahontas Middle School

4th Place
Peyton Sampley
Jones Magnet Middle School

Honorable Mention

Alexia Williams
Booker T. Washington Middle School

Ella Nock
Pocahontas Middle School

Rihanna Raihan
Pocahontas Middle School

Kamrynn Louder
Booker T. Washington Middle School

Grayson Branton
Booker T. Washington Middle School

Ella Grace Barbier
Pocahontas Middle School