Youth Water Summit successfully bringing together the brightest young minds in our community!

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Youth Water Summit successfully bringing together the brightest young minds in our community!

Coeur d’Alene, ID- On Monday May 15th a truly an amazing and inspiring event took place at North Idaho College’s campus.  210 students from six northern Idaho high schools presented solutions to local water resource issues at the Youth Water Summit.  As one volunteer, Doug Fagerness, stated “It’s encouraging to see these young community members produce such creative and scientific solutions to problems we face locally and nationally in regards to one our most precious resources, water.”

These students spent the last year in the field learning about their watershed by working with local scientists and professionals.  They honed their skills by investigating water quality, water availability, snow science, agriculture and aquatic habitats.  Local professionals helped them with their data collection and analysis.  This year-long Confluence Project culminated in the Youth Water Summit, where students presented their research and findings.  45 scientific professionals volunteered to judge these projects for quality and content.  As one student Ryan Lenox, an 11th grader in Jamie Esler’s class, stated “It was really fun, but it took a lot of preparation to do well.”  While all students deserve recognition for their year-long commitment to their projects, there were only 3 winning teams per school.

The Winners are:

 

Coeur d’Alene High School

1st Place:

Lille Brott, Lauren Carlson, Chance McWilliams, Sophia Peterson, Alyssa Romero- “Milfoil Meets its Match”

2nd Place:

Nicole Loew, Chris Olson, Gerhard Werner, Shay High- “Hayden Lake Recreational Uses”

3rd Place:

Megan Schlaefer, Brielle Olson, Merceydes Smith, Demitria Moreno- “Avondale Lake”

 

 

Lake City High School

1st Place:

Arlaina Stephenson and Kinsey Freeman- “Eutrophication in Coeur d’Alene Lake”

2nd Place (tie):

Avery Turley, Matthew Goggin, Dalton Curtis- “Economics in North Idaho and Lake Coeur d’Alene”

Christopher Vargas, Annika Jacobson, Kaitlyn Huff- “Solutions to increasing climate change literacy in teenagers”

3rd Place: LC37

Kathryn Gribbin and Natalie Magnus- “Light Pollution and its Effects on the Coeur d’Alene Watershed”

 

 

Lake Pend Oreille High School

1st Place (tie):

Kendra Hentges and Zachary Deason- “Removal of Flowering Rush at City Beach”

Teagan Dieter- “Coal-ition- Railroaded (Dangers of Coal to Waterways)”

2nd Place:

Jacob Deason- “Sediment Pollution Deconstruction”

3rd Place:

Victoria McBrayer and Jimmy Little- “Trash Talk”

 

 

Moscow High School

1st Place:

Sarah Carscallen, Claire Qualls, Bennett Marsh, Dalton Conway, Asher Carr-Chellman- “ The Effects of Pollution on Paradise Creek”

2nd Place:

Caleb Strong, Luke Sokoloski, Dylan Pollard, Finn Benson- “What is water like in Paradise Creek as it flows through town?

3rd Place:

Kess Price, Brett Taggert, Madeline Schroedle, Shelby Tomsick- “How does fertilizer runoff affect water quality?”

 

 

Paradise Creek Regional High School

1st Place:

Melody Mantz, Alex Marshall, Phoebe Chapman- “Microplastics”

2nd Place:

Jaythan Tholstrup- “Magnesium Chloride Runoff”

3rd Place:

Caleb Briggs and William Bowles- “Aquifer Recharge”

 

 

Post Falls High School

1st Place:

Karlee Koski, Ridge Lovett, Carsen Daughenbaugh, Madi Shedenhelm- “Human Land Uses in Local Lakes”

2nd Place:

McKenna Pratt and Elin Thorarinsdottir- “Toxic in Fernan Lake”

3rd Place:

Gabriella Schaffer and Hannah Snow- “Plant Growth”

 

We’d like to congratulate the winners of Coeur d’Alene’s first The Youth Water Summit which has been  supported by Kootenai Environmental Alliance, University of Idaho Water Resource Center, Idah2o Master Water Stewards, Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality and Idaho STEM Action Center.   We look forward to expanding the Confluence Project and Youth Water Summit next to include more schools and students.

 

 

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