Jim Gray

February 18, 2011 by USA Post 

Jim Gray, Public, private school students and home fourth at 12 today attended the 27th edition of the Kentucky American Water Science Fair coordinated by Fayette County Public Schools Bryan Station High School. The event included a total of 606 scientific projects judged by 150 professionals, as well as on hands, educational exhibits and demonstrations coordinated by the Lexington Explorium. Over 650 students participated.

In total, 142 students received medals for their efforts. Six students received special recognition from Kentucky American Water to demonstrate the implementation of projects of water sciences, and three students were awarded the urban environment, which rewards outstanding projects related to environmental stewardship. Alltech sponsored special awards in Animal Science and Lexmark International Lexmark printers provided in the first place Engineering Award recipients.

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray joins Kentucky American Water President Cheryl Norton and Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Stu Silberman in the awards.

The judges evaluated the student projects in the following categories: animal sciences, social and behavioral sciences, biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, chemistry, computer science, earth and planetary science, engineering, the energy and transport, environmental science, medicine and health sciences, microbiology, physics and astronomy and crop science.

Kentucky American Water launched the science fair for secondary students in 1985 as part of the centennial celebration of the company.

The following year, the company joined with Fayette County Public Schools in coordinating the event. The fair has been expanded twice: first in 1989 to include projects elementary school science, and again in 1991 to include projects in high school.

Norton pointed out to students during his comments to rewards program topic science fair this year, “Science opens its doors to new worlds,” has certainly asked his professional career. She began her career in the water services industry nearly 25 years before she graduated from university with a part-time job outside of St. Louis by the national laboratory of the parent company of Kentucky American Water’s, American Water. After graduating, she joined the lab full time; make a series of research studies on issues of water and possibly to management positions culminating in his leadership of the facility. In 2007 she was appointed vice president of operations for Illinois American Water, and was named president of Kentucky American Water last month.

“My interest in science led me to a career in what I believe is one of the most fascinating, complex and extremely important – drinking water,” said Norton. “Science has certainly opened doors to interesting work and opportunities for me, and I encourage all of today’s science fair participants to keep the good work, because science can really lead to wonderful places. ”

Students who received awards today in advance of the district competition at the Central Kentucky Regional Science and Engineering Fair to be held at the University of Kentucky, Saturday, February 19. Kentucky American Water is also a sponsor for this event.

Kentucky American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the biggest water utility owned by investors in the state, providing high quality water and reliable / or wastewater services to about half a million people.

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest investor-owned water and U.S. utility wastewater. With headquarters in Voorhees, NJ, the company employs over 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 15 million people in over 30 states and parts of Canada.
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