Marlborough -? Marlborough High School student teams recently took the three top honors at the Intel-OARS Environmental Innovators Contest at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center in Sudbury.
The contest provides the next generation a direct experience of identifying real local water resource problems and proposing innovative solutions. The contest challenges area students to develop creative ideas on how to improve the environment in their community.
First place, with a prize of $500, went to “Water Skimming” by Rachel Crittendon and Eleni Kisty.
Second place, with a prize of $350, went to “The Depletion of Algae Through Sustainable Removal and Machinery” by Celina D’Amico, Jackie Giammatteo, Katie Milligan and Erin McCarthy.
Third place, with a prize of $200, went to “A study of the Effects of Local Social Marketing Techniques on Decreasing the Amount of Pharmaceutical Pollution in Water Sources” by Martha Gowaski and Matthew Zinck.
For more information on the contest and the nonprofit OARS, visit http://www.oars3rivers.org/our-work/education/innovators.