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Student watershed Watch - Student Summit

Nearly 200 students from elementary school to high school met at the University of Toledo Scott Park Campus for the annual Student Watershed Watch Summit on Wednesday, November 18. They presented results of their water quality testing research and explored careers in environmental science.

The keynote speaker was Shannon Nabors, district chief of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Northwest Ohio District Office. Jim Blue, news director from WNWO NBC 24, was the master of ceremonies.

Sylvania Northview High School won the people’s choice award for best table top display and was also awarded best overall stage presentation by a panel of judges. The student presentation, “Miranda the Midge Fly” showed the students’ mastery of data, understanding of the results of the data, and correlation of cause and effect all in an engaging presentation that included video and illustration.

Navarre Elementary was the youngest team entry and was recognized as most informative for methodology and presentation of useful background material. Westside Montessori combined video and live performance based on Willy Wonka characters to share all their data and explain implications. They were recognized as most creative.

The Student Watershed Watch is supported by local sponsors including the City of Toledo, Lucas County, Toledo Refining Company, First Solar, GM, Chrysler Group, Fiat Chrysler Automotive, and NBC 24.

Winning presentations were:

Oral Presentations:
Best Overall Presentation
Sylvania Northview High School

Most Informative Presentation
Navarre Elementary – Life Sciences

Most Creative Presentation
Westside Montessori

Table Top Displays:
Overall Best Display
Sylvania Northview High School

Most Informative Display
Navarre Elementary

Most Creative Display
Westside Montessori

 


Kent Bekker of the Toledo Zoo, shows students the range of turtles
that can be found in Lucas County. Behind him is a softshell turtle
that uses its snout as a snorkel.

 


Master of ceremonies Jim Blue takes a question.

 


Student Watershed Watch Coordinator Matt Horvat speaks to the
media. He has managed the program for the last dozen years.

 


Students learned about sewage treatment from Patekka Banister,
an industrial waste control specialist with the City of Toledo’s Division
of Public Utilities
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