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DATE: May 14, 2018
CONTACT: Lara Hooper, (603) 271-4071

26th Annual New Hampshire Fourth Grade Water Science Fair and Poetry Winners Announced

Winners from Harrisville, Keene, Lyme, New Hampton, Manchester and Plymouth

Plymouth, NH – The New Hampshire 4th Grade Water Science Fair and Drinking Water Festival was held Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in Plymouth. Students from Bethlehem, Plymouth, Lyme, Westmoreland, Harrisville, Marlborough, Surry Village, Keene and Manchester presented their science projects to panels of judges.

4th Grade Water Science Fair Results:

  • First Place: Alaria Clauss, Keene
  • Second Place: Jack Quarry, Keene
  • Third Place: Ashton Foreman, Harrisville
  • Fourth Place: Kaelan Clark, Lyme
  • Honorable Mentions: Emma Petrovich, Keene & Rylee Donovan, Manchester

New this year, was the first annual Water Poetry Contest. Students composed poems relating to the theme 'Water in Our World.'

4th Grade Water Poetry Contest Results:

  • First Place: Reece Kenney, Lyme
  • Second Place: Amanda Ahern, Plymouth & Avery Tuttle-Wilcox, Plymouth & Addy Allain, Plymouth
  • Third Place: Aidan Freitas, Plymouth & Blaine Hiltz, Plymouth & Logan Libby, Plymouth
  • Honorable Mentions: Joshua York, New Hampton & Keegan Ingram, New Hampton

Science Fair and Poetry awards were presented by WMUR Meteorologist Hayley LaPoint. A letter from Senator Hassan was also presented to all winners. Trophies were donated by Saymore Trophy.

The Drinking Water Festival celebrates National Drinking Water Week. The event was sponsored by the New Hampshire Drinking Water Coalition in conjunction with the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services to encourage future leaders and scientists to learn about one of the world's most precious resources, water! More than 240 students from Bethlehem, Campton, Plymouth, Waterville Valley, Rumney, Thornton, New Hampton, Lyme, Piermont and Harrisville participated. Operators, scientists, consultants, artists and environmental educators from public water systems, non-profit organizations, higher education and local, state and federal agencies joined together to share their expertise with students. Students explored ways to keep water clean, conservation, water testing, groundwater pollution, how climate change is affecting water systems and many other topics. A drinking water tasting contest matched several municipal water supply systems against each other for the coveted Best Tasting Drinking Water Award. Keene Water Department was chosen by the students as having the best tasting water.

The water festival is supported by volunteers and donations from many organizations, including:

Concord General Services
Dartmouth Superfund Research Program
Eastern Analytical
Granite State Rural Water
Keene Water Department
Lake Sunapee Protective Association
Manchester Water Works
Merrimack Village District
Montshire Museum of Science
N.H. Department of Environmental Services
N.H. Department of Transportation
N.H. DHHS Public Health Laboratory
N.H. Fisher Cats
N.H. Water Well Association
N.H. Water Works Association
Plymouth Parks & Recreation
Plymouth Regional Senior Center
Plymouth Village Water & Sewer District
Polar Caves
RCAP Solutions, Inc.
See Science Center
Squam Lake Science Center
Tata & Howard, Inc.
U.S. Forest Service
Underwood Engineers

For more information about the event, please contact Lara Hooper at (603) 271-4071.

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