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DATE: May 6, 2009
CONTACT: Alicia Carlson, (603) 271-4071

NH Fourth Grade Water Science Fair a Great Success
Aaron Velez of Manchester Takes Top Prize

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Fourth Grade Water Science Fair, held Wednesday, May 6 at the Conservation Center in Concord, kicked off celebrations for National Drinking Water Week in New Hampshire. The Fair, sponsored by the New Hampshire Drinking Water Week Coalition, is held each spring to celebrate water resources, in particular drinking water. Students from Harrisville, Keene, and Manchester competed in the fair, after winning their respective school science fairs. Members of the New Hampshire Drinking Water Week Coalition include the Department of Environmental Services, New Hampshire Water Works Association, Manchester Water Works, and the Keene Water Department.

Aaron Velez, of Manchester, walked away with the top honors for his project that showed how fertilizers effect plant growth and how runoff of fertilizers can pollute water. Aaron grew two plots of grass, one with fertilized soil and the other with organic soil, to the show the difference in growth rates. For his efforts, Aaron received a grand prize generously donated by the Mount Washington Cruises in Weirs Beach, NH, which included four daytime cruise passes.

Second prize went to Keene’s Daniel Willis for his project about solar-powered hydroponics. Third place went to Ryan Zukowski of Keene for his project detailing the different types of snow and how snow is formed. Amber Letendre of Manchester finished in a close fourth for her project that showed how water helped keep a human’s spine intact.

Every student in the science fair finals received a prize donated by local organizations. The judges had a very difficult task to rank their favorite projects. Sarah Pillsbury of the Department of Environmental Services told the crowd, “All twelve students involved in the finals did a fantastic job and should be commended for their efforts. It was not easy for the judges to make their final decision.”

Drinking water is one of New Hampshire’s most precious resources, and keeping it safe, clean and abundant through careful management and protection is vital to the state’s economy and public health of its residents.

For information on the New Hampshire Fourth Grade Water Science Fair, contact Alicia Carlson at (603) 271-4071.

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