HS students wash away a collegiate competition

kytn1When Shelby Seaborn, Desiree Schutt, and Destinee Schutt were invited to attend the Water Professionals Conference earlier this month, the thought of participating was an honor. After all, this is a collegiate event, where upper level undergraduates and graduate students from throughout Kentucky and Tennessee would be presenting their research developed from years of carefully planned studies. Little did these three rising juniors from Stratford STEM Magnet High School know, they would make waves with their research on water quality at Cooper Creek. Not only were they the only high school team to be invited to the conference, but they took home first place!

The team beat out seven other projects to be announced as the winners of the 2013 Young Professionals Student Poster Contest at the Water Professionals Conference held in Louisville, Kentucky. All three girls received a cash prize and a one year student membership to the American WaterWorks Association and Water Environment Association.

As a result of their big win in Louisville, the girls have been invited to participate in the AWWA conference later this year at Montgomery Bell.