COLUMBIA, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Missouri American Water is proud to announce that Tuscumbia High School student Peyton Hall, along with science research advisor Constance Wyrick, have both won $500 for Hall’s essay submission to the Missouri Region Junior Science and Engineering for Humanity Symposium (JSEHS).
Hall’s essay, titled “In Hot Water! Investigating the Aquatic Toxicity of Fire-Fighting Foams,” examined the environmental and aquatic toxicity of foams used to fight certain types of fires. The study found that two types of firefighting foam had significant toxic consequences to a type of plankton that forms the base of many aquatic food chains, while other foams had little effect on the plankton.
“Hall’s was a fantastic essay, with great research, insight and a well-written hypothesis,” said Missouri American Water Supervisor of Water Quality and Environmental Compliance Traci Lichtenberg, who judged the submitted essays on behalf of the company. “There were a number of excellent essays submitted, and it was difficult to choose a winner, but in the end we decided that Hall’s work in particular stood out.
“We’re excited to be able to take part in the JSEHS every year. To get to see these young scientists and the work they do is inspiring, and it’s exciting to think about the future of water quality in the hands of such capable young leaders.”
Hall and Wyrick will be honored for their work during a larger JSEHS ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on March 6 at the University Room at the Hampton Inn & Suites at 1225 Fellow Place Blvd. in Columbia.
Missouri American Water
Missouri 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 1.5 million people.
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