February 13, 2013

Home School and Private Students Participate in 29th Annual Kentucky American Water Science Fair

Approximately 775 public, private and home-school students in grades four through 12 participated today in the 29th annual Kentucky American Water Science Fair coordinated by Fayette County Public Schools at Bryan Station High School in Lexington.

The event included 678 students' science fair projects judged by approximately 150 professionals, as well as hands-on, educational exhibits and demonstrations hosted by area organizations and coordinated by Bluegrass PRIDE.

A total of 144 student projects received awards. Six projects received special recognition from Kentucky American Water for demonstrating achievement in water science projects, and three students received the Urban Environmental Award, which recognizes outstanding projects related to environmental stewardship.

Kentucky American Water President Cheryl Norton and Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Tom Shelton were joined by Scott Shapiro of Mayor Jim Gray's office in the award presentations.

Judges evaluated the student projects according to the following categories: animal sciences, behavioral and social sciences, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, chemistry, computer science, earth and planetary science, engineering, energy and transportation, environmental sciences, medicine and health sciences, microbiology, physics and astronomy and plant sciences.

Kentucky American Water initiated the science fair for junior high school students in 1985 as part of the company's centennial celebration. The next year, the company joined with Fayette County Public Schools in coordinating the event. The fair has been expanded twice: first in 1989 to include elementary school science projects, and again in 1991 to include high school projects.

During her remarks, Norton, who started her career nearly 25 years ago working in American Water's national laboratory specializing in drinking water research, congratulated students on their achievements and, reflecting on the event's 2013 engineering theme, encouraged them to explore careers in engineering.

She expressed how important engineering is to the water industry and for addressing water infrastructure issues across the country. She also thanked parents and teachers for their commitment to science, math and technology education, and extended her appreciation to Fayette County Public Schools for the tremendous effort that staff demonstrates each year in coordinating a first-class event.

Students who received awards at today's competition advance to the Central Kentucky Regional Science and Engineering Fair to be held at the University of Kentucky on Saturday, March 2. Kentucky American Water also serves as a leading sponsor for that event.

Kentucky American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately half a million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company.

With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs approximately 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in more than 30 states and parts of Canada.

More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com


Susan Lancho

Tel: 859.268.6332

Mobile: 859.537.0736

Email: Susan.lancho@amwater.com

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