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Nevada Student Competes at 2023 Stockholm Junior Water Prize

The Stockholm Junior Water Prize was established in 1997 through the Water Environment Federation. The competition is open to public, private, or independent high school students in grades 9-12 who will have reached age 15 by Aug. 1 of the competition year and who have conducted water-related science projects. Entries receive ratings for relevance, methodology, subject knowledge, practical skills, creativity and paper/presentation. Charlie Lee is Nevada's lead on SJWP activities in Nevada.

By: Garrett Ordonez

I am grateful and humbled for the opportunity to serve as Nevada’s representative for the SJWP. AP Environmental Science informed me about water and terrestrial pollution, which I further investigated in AP Research. I narrowed my scope to digital marketing and outreach to find my research question. My project explored the Effectiveness of SNWA (Southern Nevada Water Authority) Conservation Strategies on Xeriscaping in Single-Family Households, which continued the conversation of drought awareness and engagement. I initially conducted my research for AP Research but later found the SJWP. I first adjusted my project to the set parameters. Then when selected as a state winner, I prepared a video summarizing my research. AP Research well prepared me.

The experience gave me insight into science fairs – this was my first competition. Hearing about other students’ backgrounds and research projects was an eye-opening experience, from using caffeine to laser image recognition, all research projects related to water. Water is a multifaceted issue. I met incredible coaches, judges, and students who shared my passion for water. I’m incredibly thankful to my teachers and peers for inspiring and guiding me – their assistance helped me finalize my research project. I would also like to thank the NWEA (Nevada Water Environment Association) for selecting me as Nevada’s representative to compete for the SJWP in Golden, Colorado. And thank you, Water Environment Federation and Xylem, for the Bjorn von Euler Innovation in Water Award.

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