Winston Mattwandel will be honored by the Scotts Valley Water District Board of Directors at its June meeting.

Scotts Valley High School student Winston Mattwandel was among nine local high school students honored for their original videos about water -wise gardens earlier this month, culminating the fifth annual student-made video contest organized by the Water Conservation Coalition of Santa Cruz County and the Monterey County Water Awareness Committee.

More than 90 public service announcement-style videos were submitted from high school students in the Monterey Bay area. Two top winners, including Winston, each were awarded a $500 cash prize. Four runners up and three honorable mentions also received prizes. The videos were chosen for their level of visual, sound and editing quality and most importantly, for their messages to inspire water-wise gardening.

“It is terrific to see such interest in water stewardship from the next generation,” Scotts Valley Water District General Manager Piret Harmon said. “We are confident that getting the youth involved now will shape the attitudes and behaviors of the water customers in the future.”

The Scotts Valley Water District Board of Directors will acknowledge Winston’s accomplishment at its next meeting, Thursday, June 20, at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Santa Margarita Community Room at the District office, 2 Civic Center Drive in Scotts Valley.

Watch Winston’s video, Three Easy Ways to be More Water Wise, and the other winning videos.

The videos will air this summer on KION channel 5/46, the Spanish TV station Telemundo 23, KSBW, Santa Cruz Community Television and Watsonville’s public access channel 70. Videos will also be shown before movies at the Cinema 9 in Santa Cruz.

Also, as part of the video contest, Scott Valley High received a $300 award for the Green Team and the Career Technical Education Partnership Video Production program, led by teachers Mark Andrews and Joel Domhoff. 


The Water Conservation Coalition of Santa Cruz County (WCC), and the Monterey County Water Awareness Committee (WAC) are made up of water agencies, Cities and other organizations working together to promote water awareness and water conservation in the Monterey Bay Area. Learn more at and

Scotts Valley Water District is a public agency providing water service over six square miles including most of the City of Scotts Valley and a portion of the unincorporated areas north of the city limits. The community of Scotts Valley places a high value on livability, innovation and planning for the future. Scotts Valley Water District is proud to play a vital role in supporting those efforts by providing a reliable, sustainable, high-quality water supply. Through partnership with our community, strategic investment in resources and pursuit of new ideas, Scotts Valley Water District is redefining its historic role in order to meet future challenges and turn them into opportunities. Learn more at, or