2005 SJWP US Winner
For Immediate Release
June 18, 2005
Media Contact: Lorraine Loken
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT TO REPRESENT U.S. IN INTERNATIONAL STOCKHOLM JUNIOR WATER
Alexandria, VA - Kathryn VanderWeele, of Portland, Oregon has been
named the U.S. winner of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP). The 15 year
old freshman from Oregon Episcopal School will compete in the most prestigious
international competition to recognize students for excellence in water science
research. Kathryn studied, "Removal of Arsenic from Drinking Water by
Water Hyacinths." Her research was selected from a pool of 46 state SJWP
winners at the national competition, coincidently in Portland, Oregon, June
"Internationally, arsenic in drinking water is a major public
health and environmental issue," explains Dr. Charles Sorber, SJWP nominations
chair. "VanderWeele researched a low cost, low tech, highly effective
process called phytoremediation, which has world-wide application. She
demonstrated the ability of water hyacinths to absorb arsenic in their root
stems and bio-mass and determined to which point plants were effective in the
VanderWeele was awarded $2,500 and an all-expense paid trip to
Stockholm, Sweden, where she will compete against more than 30 other countries
for the international honor during World Water Week, August 20-27. Her school
will receive a $1,000 grant to enhance water environment education made
possible through support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office
(EPA) of Research and Development. VanderWeele will also be invited to present
her research to more than 15,000 water environment professionals at WEF's
Technical Exhibition and Conference, next November, in Washington D.C.
The U.S. competition is organized by the Water Environment
Federation (WEF) and its member associations, with support from ITT Industries
and The Coca-Cola Company. ITT Industries is also the international sponsor.
This year's U.S. competition was hosted by the Pacific Northwest Clean Water
Association representing Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
"Today's youth are indeed tomorrow's leaders and must be
encouraged to pursue water-related careers or risk further erosion of our
scarce supply," said Bjorn von Euler, Director of Corporate
Communications, ITT Industries. "The SJWP helps meet that objective and is
the reason ITT Industries has been a proud sponsor since its inception as an
international competition eight years ago."
The winner of the international competition will be chosen based
on the quality and relevance of the student's project. HRH Crown Princess
Victoria of Sweden will present the award on August 22 during a ceremony held
in conjunction with the Stockholm Water Symposium. The laureate will receive a
$5,000 scholarship and a crystal sculpture.
Three U.S. finalists were also awarded $500 each. Their schools
will also receive $1,000 grants to enhance water environment education, also
provided through the support of U.S. EPA. They include:
Daria Zelasko, Chicago, Illinois, for the project "Benevolent
Bacteria: Indigenous Bacterial Remediation";
Elizabeth Welsh, Proctor, Minnesota, for the project, "The Use of Barley
Straw to Control Algal and Macrophyte Growth on Wild Rice Lake-Pre and
Megan Conroy, Export, Pennsylvania, for the project, "Acid Mine Drainage
Remediation Year II."
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