Kentucky American Water Salutes the 2017 Science Fair Participants and Winners

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Nearly 700 Fayette County public, private and home-school students in grades four through 12 participated today in the 33rd Annual Kentucky American Water Science Fair coordinated by Fayette County Public Schools at Bryan Station High School in Lexington. The event included 644 projects judged by approximately 230 professionals, as well as hands-on, educational exhibits and demonstrations collectively known as the Discovery Zone.

A total of 152 student projects received awards. (See winners list that accompanies this release.) Six projects received special recognition from Kentucky American Water for demonstrating achievement in water science projects, and three students received the Urban Environmental Award, which recognizes outstanding projects related to environmental stewardship.

Kevin Rogers, Kentucky American Water’s vice president of operations, joined Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government’s Director of Environmental Services Division Susan Plueger and Manny Caulk, superintendent of Fayette County Public Schools, in the awards presentations.

Judges evaluated the student projects according to the following categories: animal sciences, behavioral and social sciences, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, chemistry, computer science, earth and planetary science, engineering, energy and transportation, environmental sciences, medicine and health sciences, microbiology, physics and astronomy and plant sciences.

Kentucky American Water initiated the science fair for junior high school students in 1985 as part of the company’s centennial celebration. The next year, the company joined with Fayette County Public Schools in coordinating the event. The fair has been expanded twice: first in 1989 to include elementary school science projects, and again in 1991 to include high school projects.

Students who received awards at today’s competition advance to the Central Kentucky Regional Science and Engineering Fair to be held on March 4 at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School.

About Kentucky American Water

Kentucky 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 half a million people. The company earned Best Place to Work in Kentucky honors in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. For more information, visit .

About American Water

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. Marking its 130th anniversary this year, the company employs more than 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found at


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