2017 Stockholm Junior Water Prize Winners

Ryan Thorpe (left) and Rachel Chang (center), are the winners of ’17 Stockholm Junior Water Prize. Thorpe and Chang are pictured with H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.

Each year, the Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) program gains more and more respect, popularity and prestige, and this would not be the case without the hard work and dedication of state organizers. Reviews from the students, parents, judges, and coaches have been nothing but glowing, from the beginning to end. This years group of students were extraordinary, and we are hopeful that together as a group WEF member association volunteers will be able to grow the program even further next year and in the years to come.

This year’s competition was a tough one for the judges, but alas, only one project could win. This year’s winners were Rachel Chang and Ryan Thorpe from Manhasset High School in New York, for their project, A Novel Approach to Rapidly and Sensitively Detect and Purify Water Contaminated with Shigella, E. coli, Salmonella, and Cholera. I have attached a copy of their paper for those interested in learning more about the project. Rachel and Ryan received a trophy, plaque, $10,000 and an all-expenses paid trip to represent the US at the international competition in Stockholm, Sweden, during World Water Week, August 26-31. View Final Paper >>

Luca Barcelo (left), Greenwich, CT receives water award from Xylem Inc.

Two other projects were chosen as runners-up; Ana Humphrey (VA) for her project, ColiFind: A Digital Image Analysis Application to Identify E. coli Colonies in Coliscan Easygel Water Quality Tests, and Apoorv Khandelwal (WA) for his project, Molecular Dynamics Simulation and Experimental Fabrication of Nanoporous Graphene Membranes for Optimal Water Permeability in Reverse Osmosis Desalination. Both Ana and Apoorv received a plaque and $1,000 each.

Our national sponsor, Xylem Inc., also presented $1,000 for the Bjorn von Euler Innovation in Water Award to Luca Barcelo (CT) for his project, Crowd-Sourced Detection and Mapping of Nitrate Water Pollutants via a Mobile Web-Based Image Analysis System.


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