The Water Environment Federation (WEF) announced that Braden Milford won the 2018 US Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP), the nation’s most prestigious youth competition for water-related research. Milford, a student at Cascia Hall Preparatory School in Tulsa, OK, developed a system using naturally occurring bacteria to remove heavy metals from contaminated abandoned mine sites. He won $10,000 (USD) and an all-expenses paid trip to Stockholm to represent the US at the international competition in late August. The two US runners-up were Anjali Chadha of duPont Manual High School in Louisville, KY and Michelle Xing of Great Neck South High School in Lake Success, NY, who each received $1,000. Madeline Kane of the Zoo Academy in Omaha, NB, received the Bjorn von Euler Innovation in Water Scholarship Award from Xylem Inc. Helen Laird of Interior District Education of Alaska received the James L. Condon Recognition for Environmental Stewardship.

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