STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- 16-year-old Stephen Tinnin of
Bartlesville, Oklahoma, won the first Stockholm International Junior Water
Prize, the preeminent water science award for high school students globally.
It was announced yesterday by Her Majesty, Queen Silvia of Sweden, during a
ceremony at Stockholm's National Museum of Natural History.
Tinnin competed with students from Russia, Germany, the Netherlands,
Norway, England, Poland and Sweden for the $5,000 prize, which previously had
been limited to Swedish entrants.
"Mr. Tinnin devoted three years to his study and produced an impressive
and thorough body of work," said Thomas R. Martin, vice president and director
of corporate relations for ITT Industries, international sponsor of the Prize.
"Overall, we were delighted by the imaginative and thoughtful submissions
provided to us by a remarkable group of young people."
Young adults up to the age of 20 competed with working environmental
models in this international competition. Tinnin's project investigated areas
of potential harm to the environment by pesticide contamination. The high
schooler focused on the embryos of sea urchins, examining their vital
functions, including the performance of the egg, sperm, hyaline layer,
fertilization membrane and overall development. From his study, he proved
there was a direct correlation between the reproductive rate of sea urchins
and water pollution.
The 1997 finalists represented in Stockholm were the winners of national
contests held in each of their countries. Tinnin won the U.S. competition
early this summer at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)
held in Louisville.
The water science projects are judged by an international nominating
committee, consisting of representatives from ITT Industries (USA), the Water
Environment Federation (USA), Helsinki Commission (Finland), WaterAid
(England), The University of Stockholm, University of Kalmar (Sweden) and the
Young Scientists Association.
The Stockholm Water Foundation was established in 1990 to encourage
research and involvement in questions regarding the world's water environment.
The foundation awards the Stockholm Water Prize to a person or organization
that has made a significant contribution to the preservation of global water
resources. In 1995, the Foundation added The Stockholm Junior Water Prize to
encourage the involvement of young people in their commitment to environmental
preservation. This is the first year the junior Prize is geared to
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