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May 16, 2012

WEF Announces State Winners of U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize
Student scientists to compete at national competition in June

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Water Environment Federation (WEF) proudly announces the 2012 state winners of the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP)—the most prestigious youth award for a water-related science project (see complete list below). WEF Member Associations selected and will sponsor state winners and their science teachers to attend the national competition, hosted by the New England Water Environment Association, June 14-16, 2012 at the Hilton Logan Airport Hotel in Boston.

The purpose of the SJWP program is to increase students’ interest in water-related issues and research and to raise awareness about global water challenges. The competition is open to projects aimed at enhancing the quality of life through improvement of water quality, water resources management, water protection, and water and wastewater treatment.

“WEF congratulates each of these talented students and wishes them luck at the national competition next month,” said WEF President Matt Bond. “We also want to thank our Member Associations for their tremendous support, which makes SJWP so successful.”

The U.S. winner will receive $3,000 (USD) and an all-expense-paid trip to Stockholm, Sweden for the international competition, as well as the opportunity to present his or her research to water quality experts at WEFTEC® 2012—WEF’s 85th annual technical exhibition and conference—this fall in New Orleans. Up to three finalists will receive $1,000 each.

In addition, the Bjorn von Euler Innovation in Water Scholarship Award, sponsored by Xylem Inc., will grant a $1,000 scholarship to the SJWP state winner who demonstrates a passion for education, spirit of creativity, and innovation.  

In the United States, WEF and its Member Associations organize the national, state, and regional SJWP competitions with support from Xylem Inc. (also the international sponsor).  Participation from the Virgin Islands is organized and sponsored by the Virgin Island Water and Power Authority.

The national winner will represent the United States at the international competition in Stockholm, Sweden during World Water Week, August 26-31, 2012. The international winner will receive $5,000 (USD) presented during a royal ceremony by the prize’s Patron HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden. Click here for more information about SJWP.

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United States 2012 Stockholm Junior Water Prize
State Winners

Jeremiah Penrod
Comparison of the Effectiveness of Homemade Water Filters and Commercial Brita Filter
Oakwood Adventist Academy
Teacher – Nanette Hiller
Sponsored by the Alabama Water Environment Association

Kevin Sigler
How Restoration Affects the Abundance of Juvenile Coho Salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch)
in an Urban Stream near Juneau, Alaska
NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center
Science Teacher – Bonita Nelson
Sponsored by the Alaska Water Wastewater Management Association

Isabella Gonzalez
The Effect of Anthropogenic Plastic Pollution on Marine Organisms:
Copepod Acartia Tonsa and Polyethylene Microspheres
Tucson High Magnet
Science Teacher – Margaret Wilch
Sponsored by the AZ Water

Sarthak Garg
Adverse Effects of Malathion on Brine Shrimp
Little Rock Central High School
Science Teacher – Patrick Foley
Sponsored by the Arkansas Water Environment Association

Natalie Ng
Rapid Pathogen Detection in Drinking and Irrigation Water
Using Conductometric Biosensor Technology
Monta Vista High School
Science Teacher – Elizabeth McCracken
Sponsored by the California Water Environment Association

Kelli Lynch
Irradiation Extermination Part 3: A portable system to eliminate
waterborne microorganisms
Rocky Mountain High School
Science Teacher – Mike Viney
Sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association

Nick Dorien
Remediation of Heavy Metals from River Water via a Novel Lemna Minor
Activated On-Line Filtration System
Greenwich High School
Science Teacher – Andrew Bramante
Sponsored by the New England Water Environment Association

Gabriela Canas
The Effects of Carbonic Anhydrase Activator L-carnosine in the
Clade-D Symbiodinium microdricum
Bishop Kenny High School
Science Teacher – Vicky Schmidt
Sponsored by the Florida Water Environment Association

Sydney-Alyce Bourget
The Chronic Toxicity of Acetaminophen on Daphnia Magna
Elite Scholars Academy
Science Teacher – Linda Funkhouser
Sponsored by the Georgia Association of Water Professionals

Chris Negillo
Testing the Uptake of Hexavalent Chromium by Phytoremediation of
Lemna Minor at Varying Concentrations
Waipahu High School
Science Teacher – Michael Sana
Sponsored by the Hawaii Water Environment Association

Rachel Traisman
The Effect of Remediation of Oil by Bacteria, Dispersant,
or Both, On the Hatch Rate of Brine Shrimp Eggs
Niles West High School
Science Teacher – Ruth Gleicher
Sponsored by the Illinois Water Environment Association

Eric Fein
Characterizing Engineered TiO2 Nanoparticle Adhesion: Implications
for Environmental Transport and Remediation
John Adams High School
Science Teacher – Nevin Longenecker
Sponsored by the Indiana Water Environment Association

Kelsey Bryant
SODIS: Solar Disinfection of Mississippi River Water
Central Lee High School
Science Teacher – Alicia Schiller
Sponsored by the Iowa Water Pollution Control Association

Brett Wagner
A Comparative Study of Scenedesmus dimorphus and Spirogyra Algae Species’
Growth and Nitrate and Phosphate Removal in Municipal Wastewater
Shawnee Mission South
Science Teacher - Jan Alderson
Sponsored by the Kansas Water Environment Association

Monica McFadden
Biobarrier Filtration of Water Contaminants
Notre Dame Academy
Science Teacher – Sr. Mary Ethel Parrott
Sponsored by the Kentucky-Tennessee Water Environment Association

Kristen Little and Layne Hardy
The Relationship of Algae, Dispersants, and Individual Components of Nutrients on the Degradation of Medium Crude Oil in High and Low Salinity Water
O. Comeaux High School
Science Teacher – Lisa Ranney
Sponsored by the Louisiana Water Environment Association

Will Benoit
Low cost water filtration using Nanofibrillated Cellulose
Bangor High School
Science Teacher - Cary James
Sponsored by the New England Water Environment Association

Adam Berger and Colin Hambright
Water Purification
Sherwood High School
Science Teacher – James Douglas
Sponsored by the Chesapeake Water Environment Association

Julia Knowles
Flushed Away with Gray: Engineering the Gray Water Toilet
Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science at WPI
Science Teacher – William Ellis
Sponsored by the New England Water Environment Association

Andrea Pugh
Invasive To Innovative: Phragmities Biochar Production Analysis of its Ability
to Immobilize Contaminants in Aqueous Solutions and Provide Nutrients in Soil
Saginaw High School
Science Teacher – Craig Coopersmith
Sponsored by the Michigan Water Environment Association

Rahul Mukherjee
Restoration of The Great Lakes: A Genetic Study on Zebra And Quagga Mussels
To Unfold The Mystery of Calcium (Ca2+) Based Invasion And Its Survival
John Marshall High School
Science Teacher – Eric Stanslaski
Sponsored by the Central States Water Environment Association

Taide Ding
Developing a Parametric Model for Hurricane Wind
and Storm Surge Prediction in the Gulf of Mexico
Oxford High School
Science Teacher – James Reidy
Sponsored by the Mississippi Water Environment Association

Jenna Baber
A Study Determining the Effects of the Concentration of Silver in a Solution
on the Inhibition Zone Produced for Bacillus licheniformis as Well as Identifying
Possible Methodology Used for the Efficient Removal of Silver from a Solution
West Platte High School
Science Teacher – Janel Coulson
Sponsored by the Missouri Water Environment Association

Emilee Williams and Caroline Blacketer
A Comparison of Nitrogen-Related Diatoms
in the Upper Clark Fork and Bitterroot Rivers
Sentinel High School
Science Teacher – Brett Taylor
Sponsored by the Montana Water Environment Association

Alisha Dunlap
Residual Atrazine Levels in Bottom Sediments of the Shell Creek
and Its Effect on Amphibians
Newman Grove High School
Science Teacher – Karen Malmkar
Sponsored by the Nebraska Water Environment Association

Kirsten Perry
An Evaluation of Tannins and Their Metal Adsorption Properties
for the Remediation of Wastewater
Elko High School
Teacher – Brian Zeiszler
Sponsored by the Nevada Water Environment Association

New Hampshire
No Entries
Sponsored by the New England Water Environment Association

New Jersey
Mervy Michael
The Removal of Contaminants in Water Using
Low Temperature Microplasma
Union City High School / Academy for Enrichment and Advancement
Science Teacher – Nadia Makar
Sponsored by the New Jersey Water Environment Association

New Mexico
Serina Pack
“What Will Grow: Native Grass Research to Assist in Mining Reclamation
and Addressing Contaminated Leachate Generation into Water Sources”
Cliff High School
Science Teacher – Katie Skaggs
Sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Water Environment Association

New York
Kunal Sangani
Modeling and Environmental Analysis of Hydraulic Fracturing in Upstate New York
Fayetteville-Manlius High School
Science Teacher – Brian Concannon
Sponsored by the New York Water Environment Association

North Carolina
Avi Aggarwal
Effect of thiols on the environmental fate of silver nanoparticles
North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
Science Teacher – Myra Halpin
Sponsored by the North Carolina Water Environment Association

North Dakota
Gage Metzen
Impact of Field Drainage Tile on River Water Quality
Hankinson High School
Science Teacher – Marcus Friskop
Sponsored by the North Dakota Water Environment Association

Rachel Yurchisin
The Rocky River Watershed: A Tale of Two Branches
Padua Franciscan High School
Science Teacher – Seth Jennrich
Sponsored by the Ohio Water Environment Association

Jenna Huling
Enhanced Adsorption of Arsenic on Aquifer Solids and Soil Phase II:
Oxidative Treatment and Feasibility Assessment
Ada High School
Science Teacher – Scott Huling
Sponsored by the Oklahoma Water Environment Association

Ajay Krishnan
Optimizing the Microbial Fuel Cell-Microbial Electrolysis Cell Coupled System for Sustainable Hydrogen Gas Production, Electricity Generation, and Improved Wastewater Treatment
Oregon Episcopal School
Science Teacher – Bevin Daglen
Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association

Sarah Thompson
Marcellus Shale Drilling: The Effects of Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid Components on the Physiology and Feeding Efficiency of the Aquatic Indicator Species Daphnia magna
Hempfield High School
Science Teacher – Neal Kuhn
Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Water Environment Association

Puerto Rico
Maria del Mar Fletcher
Limnological Study of Mavilla, Dos Bocas and Cibuco Rivers
Trough Presence of Bacteria & Micro-Invertebrates
Colegio Marista
Science Teacher – Isabel Perez
Sponsored by the Puerto Rico Water & Environment Association

Rhode Island
Margaret Antonio
Implementing Hydropower in City Water Pipes
Immaculate Conception Academy
Science Teacher – Maria Knuth
Sponsored by the New England Water Environment Association

South Carolina
Himabindu Vinnakota
The effects of both Sargassum and Aspergillus niger
on the biosorption of lead (Pb) from water
Spring Valley High School
Science Teacher – Donna McGehee
Sponsored by the Water Environment Association of South Carolina

South Dakota
Matthew Hummel
Navibot: Phase V O.R.C.A.
Florence High School
Science Teacher – Jim Chilson
Sponsored by the South Dakota Water Environment Association

Darby Schumacher
A Filter Today Keeps Pollutants Away
Baylor School
Science Teacher – Kathleen Schumacher
Sponsored by the Kentucky-Tennessee Water Environment Association

Sharjeel Syed
Duckweed's Salty: A Third Year Study of Duckweed
and a Novel Approach to Desalination
John Jay Science and Engineering Academy
Science Teacher – Jay Sumpter
Sponsored by the Water Environment Association of Texas

Andrew Ross and Jed Grow
The Passive Acquisition of a Viable Source of Bio-Electricity from
the Electrical Reservoir Contained in Wastewater
Clearfield High School
Science Teacher – Bruce Staley
Sponsored by the Water Environment Association of Utah

Basundhara Mukherjee
The Effect of Different Flow Rates in a Sand Filter to Purify Water
South Burlington High School
Science Teacher - Curtis Belton
Sponsored by the New England Water Environment Association

Virgin Islands
Willow Nelson
Marina Bacteria
The Good Hope School
Science Teacher – Jane Coles
Sponsored by the Virgin Island Water and Power Authority

Catherine Mitchell and Andrea Green
Assessing Oil Spill Cleanup: The Ecological Ramifications of Chemical Treatments
H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program
Science Teacher – William Van Evera
Sponsored by the Virginia Water Environment Association

Anjani Patel
Cleaning Up Various Oil Spills Using Bioremediation
Cedarcrest High School
Science Teacher – Bruce Murdock
Sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Clean Water Association

West Virginia
Michael Pracht
The Effect of Human Hair and Oil-Only Polypropylene Sorbent
Material on Remediation of Fresh Water Surface Oil Spills
Paw Paw High School
Science Teacher – Carol Coryea Sponsored by the West Virginia Water Environment Association

Filip Josifovski and Thomas Schneider
Nanoparticles in Potable and Aquatic Freshwater: Novel Study by
Transmission Electron Microscopy and X-Ray Spectroscopy
Nicolet High School
Science Teacher – Gary Stresman
Sponsored by the Central States Water Environment Association

Travis Sylvester
Saving the Big Horn National Lake for Aquatic Habitat, Power Generation,
Recreation, and Flood Control Benefits
Greybull High School
Science Teacher - Joel Kuper
Sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Water Environment Associatio