2015 Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize Finalists announced

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Congratulations to QAHS 2014 graduates Jeenie Kim and William Tsai who have been named as finalists for the 2015 Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize (ASJWP). The ASJWP is an annual water science competition for high school students focusing on projects aimed at improving the quality of life through improvement of water quality, water resources management, water protection and water and wastewater treatment. This award aims to increase interest in water-related issues and research and to raise awareness and knowledge of global water challenges.  The scope of a student’s project may be on a local, regional, national or global topic but must have the potential to improve quality of life and/or the environment.

Jeenie’s study of “The efficiency of Organoclay in preventing hydrocarbon contamination of groundwater and subsequent waterways on the Gold Coast, Australia” formed her Chemistry Extended Essay.  William’s research into “The effect of nitrate levels in effluent discharged from Esk, Lowood, Fernvale, Oxley and Beenleigh wastewater treatment plants into waterways in Queensland, Australia on growth rate (cell/day) and heterocyst development (heterocyst/filament) of Anabaena circinalis in fresh water” was a Biology Extended Essay.

As part of the judging process Jeenie and William are required to present their project to a panel of six judges. Finalists are allocated ten minutes to present the main points of their project, which will be followed by five minutes of questions from the judging panel. The criteria for the presentation are based on the following criteria: Relevance, Creative Ability, Methodology, Subject Knowledge, Practical Skills and Presentation Skills.

The 2015 Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize will be presented at the Ozwater’15 Gala Dinner on Wednesday 13 May at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

The winner of the Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize will be flown to Adelaide for the Award Presentation at the Gala Dinner.

Jeenie and William make up a total of 11 QAHS students to make this level in the ASJWP in the last six years, with three (so far) winning first place and a trip to Sweden for the Stockholm Junior Water Prize international event.

We wish Jeenie and William all the best for the next stage in this competition which takes place at Smart Water Research Centre on 23 April 2015.

Jane Sleeman