WSSC Kids Calendar Contest Winners Urge Everyone to Can the Grease!

Photo Editors: Opportunity to photograph kids and poster art on 12/17

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Laurel – November 26, 2013: Using crayons, colored pencils and ink, local elementary school artists creatively depicted why it's important to Can the Grease, in the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission's fourth annual calendar contest. The 12 winning students will be honored Tuesday, December 17 at 6 p.m. at WSSC's headquarters at 14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel..

Each calendar month features the work of one of the 12 young artists, each of whom will receive $100 and six calendars. The calendars can be view or ordered online:

Winners from Montgomery County elementary schools are: 4th graders Jaqueline Aguilar, Arianna Mejia, and Jasmine K. Young of Strawberry Knoll, 3rd grader Sierra Chen of Rachel Carson, 5th grader Mary McKenny of Cashell and 4th grader Maya Smith of Flower Valley.

Prince George's County winners are: 2nd grader Karla Ayala and 4th grader Nehanda Omgogo of Lewisdale, 5th grader Brynéa Lewis of Walden Woods, 3rd grader Amir Lopez of Ridgecrest, 4th grader Lilian Panameno of Roger Heights and 3rd grader Sydney Shaw of Heather Hills.

This year's theme, Can the Grease, reminded customers that pouring cooking oils down the drain is a major cause of sewer clogs and backups into homes, neighborhoods and waterways. Can the Grease is a WSSC initiative to raise awareness that Fats, Oils, and Grease (FOGs) cause sewer backups.

To help customers can it, cool it and throw it away, WSSC offers free Can the Grease lid covers. Once the covered grease cools, it can be throw away -- in the can -- in the trash. Send your address to, and we'll send you two lids.

Calendar contest entries (open to 2nd-5th graders) were judged by Keith Bullock and Lois Brown from WSSC's Customer Advisory Board and Deborah Weller from Prince George's County Department of Environmental Resources, as well Crystal Knight-Lee, Jonathan Madagu and Zohreh Movahed from WSSC.

Media wishing to cover the event should contact the WSSC Communications and Community Relations Office at 301.206.8100.

For 100 years, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – providing drinking water that has always met strict Safe Drinking Water Act standards and protecting the environment through vital water resource recovery services. Our vision is to be THE world-class water utility, where excellent products and services are always on tap.


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