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Polaris Students to Represent Alaska in Prestigious Water Science Competition


[Anchorage, Alaska] -- Chelsea Parrocha and Taylor Seitz, students in the
BioTaPP  Program at Polaris K-12 in Anchorage, have been named Alaska's
state winners of  the 2013 Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) competition
-- the most prestigious  youth award for a water-related science project.
Selected for their project: Potential Lateral Flow Test Design for the
Detection of Paralytic  Shellfish Poisoning, Chelsea and Taylor will
represent  Alaska at the national competition June 14  and 15, 2013 at the
Red Lion Hotel  on the River -- Jantzen Beach, Portland Oregon. 
The purpose of the  SJWP is to increase students' interest in water-related
issues and research, and  to sensitize them -- as future leaders -- to
global water challenges. The  competition is open to projects aimed at
improving quality of life through  improvement of water quality, water
resources management, water protection, and  water and wastewater treatment.
One of four total  projects received, Chelsea and Taylor's entry was very
timely and relevant to water  quality issues facing the health and safety of
our community. 
"Good topic -- developing a practical tool for quick on-site  testing; nice
work improving on previous prototypes and providing good ideas  for further
improvements." - Cindy Titus, AWWMA President 
"Parrocha and Seitz had the best paper. Their  approach was creative and
focused... If these young researchers continue to  develop this procedure,
and it succeeds, this could be quite competitive  nationally" 
- Michael Pollen, NTL Alaska Inc., and past  president of the Water
Environment Federation. 
"Both Chelsea and Taylor are bright young  scientists who have worked hard
on this project, never giving up and showing  great resilience. We would
like to thank the primary funding/support coming  from University of Alaska
BioPREP program. Without their contributions this  project wouldn't have
been possible. 
- Aaron Kallas, BioTaPP Instructor, Polaris  K-12 School. 
As a professional association of  water quality experts, Alaska Water
Wastewater Management Association is  extremely proud to send Parrocha and
Seitz to the national competition. In the  United States, the Water
Environment Federation (WEF) and its Member  Associations organize the
national, state, and regional SJWP competitions with  support from Xylem
Inc. (also the international sponsor). AWWMA selected and  will sponsor
Parrocha and Seitz to the 2013 national competition in Portland. 
If selected as  national winners, each will receive $5,000 (USD) and an
all-expense-paid trip  to Stockholm, Sweden for the international
competition - as well as the  opportunity to present their research to water
quality experts at WEFTEC 2013 this  October in Chicago, Illinois. In
addition, the two runner's up students, or  team, will receive $1,000 each. 
The national winner  will represent the United States at the international
competition in Stockholm,  Sweden during World Water Week, September 1-6,
2013. The international winner will  receive an additional $5,000 (USD)
presented during a royal ceremony by the  prize's Patron HRH Crown Princess
Victoria of Sweden. For more information  about SJWP, visit www.wef.org
About WEF Formed in 1928, the Water  Environment Federation (WEF) is a
not-for-profit technical and educational organization  with 36,000
individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations  representing water
quality professionals around the world. WEF and its Member  Associations
proudly work to achieve our mission of preserving and enhancing  the global
water environment. 
About AWWMA Alaska Water Wastewater Management  Association (www.awwma.org)
is the Alaska Member Association of the Water  Environment Federation
(www.wef.org). Dedicated to Clean Safe Water for Alaska,  AWWMA also manages
the Alaska Section of the American Water Works Associationn.
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