In the photo (L-R): Jack Vomacka of St. Mary of Riverside School receives a certificate for his award-winning project, "Water Wisely," from MWRD President Kathleen Therese Meany.

The Board of Commissioners of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) honored Chicago Public School and private school Science Fair winners, who received awards for their projects that focused on ecology, the environment, or water.

David Keen of St. Louise de Marillac School in La Grange Park and Jack Vomacka of St. Mary of Riverside School both received certificates for winning projects.

Students displayed posters of their research and explained their project to the Commissioners during a special ceremony on Jun 19 in the Board Room. After receiving awards, the students and their families toured the Chicago Area Waterways by boat.  They learned about the MWRD’s mission to protect the source of drinking water, Lake Michigan, and the Chicago Area Waterways through sewage treatment and stormwater management.

Many of the projects reflected several months of data collection and analysis. The road to the MWRD Board Room started earlier in the school year. Seventh through 12th grade students had to win the top prize at their respective schools’ Science Fair, the Area Fair, and be chosen to participate in the Science Fairs held at the Museum of Science and Industry last March.