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T.C. Williams High School Student to Represent Virginia in National Water Science Competition

Tuesday, May 30, 2017  
Posted by: Kathy Rabalais

Ana Humphrey, a student at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia, has been named the state winner of the 2017 Stockholm Junior Water Prize competition – the most prestigious youth award for a water-related science project.

The Stockholm Junior Water Prize aims to increase students’ interest in water-related issues and research and to raise awareness about global water challenges. The competition is open to projects aimed at improving of water quality, water resources management, water protection, and drinking water and wastewater treatment.

Selected for her project, ColiFind: A Digital Image Analysis Application to Identify
E. coli Colonies in Coliscan Easygel Water Quality Tests, Ana will represent Virginia at the national competition to be held June 16-17 at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

“WEF is very proud to shine a spotlight on some of our country’s brightest high school students, who impress us all with their innovative projects that focus on protecting our precious water resources,” said WEF Executive Director Eileen O’Neill. “These students give us great confidence in the future of water science and research.”

The national winner(s) will receive $10,000 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Stockholm, Sweden to represent the United States at the international competition during World Water Week on August 27 to September 1. The international winner(s) will receive $15,000 presented during a royal ceremony by the prize’s Patron HRH Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden.

In the U.S., the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and its Member Associations, including the [insert Member Association name] organize the regional, state, and national competitions with support from Xylem Inc., who also sponsors the international competition.

For more information about the Stockholm Junior Water Prize and to see the complete list of 2017 state winners, visit

About WEF
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 33,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. Since 1928, WEF and its members have protected public health and the environment. As a global water sector leader, our mission is to connect water professionals; enrich the expertise of water professionals; increase the awareness of the impact and value of water; and provide a platform for water sector innovation. To learn more, visit

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