Student Share Results of Water Quality Testing
The twenty-second annual Student Summit of the Student Watershed Watch was held November 15 at the University of Toledo. Nearly 300 students from a dozen schools met at Nitschke Hall to present their research, attend workshops, and hear from professionals working in environmental science. Each participating class prepared a presentation of their water quality testing and analysis. These results were presented from the stage at the auditorium and in table top, poster displays. A panel of judges evaluated the oral presentations and students judged the table top displays.
WTOL Meteorologist Chris Vickers was the emcee for the spoken presentations. In his introduction, he described how he combined his interests in science and media to become a meteorologist.
Overall Best Presentation
Toledo Early College HS, Mr. Bollin’s class
Most Informative Presentation
Perrysburg HS Environmental Club
Most Creative Presentation
Start HS, Ms. Wilson’s class
Special recognition was given to a Bowsher High School science intern Sasha Kabarday for excellence in independent research. Sasha is a student of Mr. Bourland and is mentored by the engineering firm Hull and Associates.
Table Top Displays
Overall Best Display
Sylvania Northview HS
Most Informative Display
Tie between Clay HS and Ottawa Hills HS
Most Creative Display
Central Catholic HS
Kristin Stanford, the Lake Erie Islands “snake lady,” gave an inspirational keynote address. She advised students to take opportunities, to diversify their skills, and to create their own careers.
Students from Ms. Bogue’s Sylvania Northview class model the 2011 Student Watershed Watch t-shirts. “There’s no ap for that.”
Students identified macroinvertebrates as part of their evaluation of the quality of the waterways they studied.