PSHS student wins River Sweep poster contest

PARKERSBURG – A student at Parkersburg South High School was named the grand prize winner of the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission 2013 Poster Contest.

Amy Willis is an 11th grader at Parkersburg South and will receive a $500 prize for her artwork, which will be used to promote the 2013 River Sweep in June. Also, the art department at Parkersburg South will receive $100 in art supplies.

She will be honored 9 a.m. Monday at the offices of the Wood County Commission in the courthouse.

The grand prize runner up went to Michelle Riffle, an 11th grader at Ravenswood High School. Winner of the T-shirt design contest was Abigail Taphorn, a senior at Colerain High School in Cincinnati.

Riffle received $250 and Colerain received $500. The T-shirts will be distributed to participants in the River Sweep this year.

Fourteen other grade-level winners, which includes Molly Powney, an eighth grader at Jackson Middle School, will receive $50.

The Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission is an interstate agency established in 1948 to control and abate water pollution in the Ohio River Valley. Member states include Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Virginia. The federal government is also represented.

The River Sweep was created in 1989 to raise awareness of and promote participation in issues surrounding the Ohio River. The 2013 River Sweep will be held June 15.