Staff Report

Teams of students at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School took first place and an honorable mention with their 30-second videos in the Santa Barbara County Water Agency’s 20th annual WaterWise High School Video Contest.

The contest received 16 videos created by 51 students at seven high schools throughout the county. The theme was “A Day in the Life of a Water Saver,” with cash prizes donated by local businesses.

The winning SYHS video by Malia Hunter and Josh Kazali was titled “Wild Water Saver.” The school received $1,000 and the students won $500 provided by Carollo Engineers.

Teams from Orcutt Academy and Dos Pueblos high schools took second and third.

 Honorable mention in the North County division also went to a video from SYHS,  “Drippy the Water Saver.” The school received $100 and students won $50 carwash vouchers provided by Splash n’ Dash Recycled Water Carwash.

The South Coast honorable mention went to Santa Barbara High School students, and the People’s Choice Award went to Orcutt Academy High School.

To see all the submissions, visit