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Jul. 14, 2017 Water Environment Federation

New York High School Students Win U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize

New York High School Students Win U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize

WEF announced that Rachel Chang and Ryan Thorpe, both of Manhasset, N.Y., have won the 2017 U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP), WEF's youth competition for water-related research. The two developed a process to detect and purify bacteria-contaminated water and will represent the United States at the international competition in Stockholm, Sweden in late August. Chang and Thorpe also won $10,000. SJWP's goal is to increase students’ interest in water issues, research, and careers, as well as to raise awareness about global water challenges. The competition is open to projects focused on improving water quality, water resource management, water protection, and drinking water and wastewater treatment.

“WEF is very proud to shine a spotlight on some of our country’s brightest high school students, who impress us all with their innovative projects that focus on protecting our precious water resources,” said Eileen O’Neill, WEF Executive Director. “These students give us great confidence in the future of water science and research.”

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