State Rep. Sid Michaels Kavulich honored Riverside Elementary West students in the House chamber and presented the students with a legislative citation in honor of their national victory in the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge.
The students, Trevor Balcerczak, Dominick DeAngelo, Gavin Hartman and Gary Mrozinski, took first place in the kindergarten through second-grade category in the national competition sponsored by Siemens, Discovery Education and the National Science Teachers Association. Riverside Elementary West Principal Paul Brennan served as the project mentor.
“I am very proud of these young men. They are now national champions for their efforts to prove that tap water is just as good as, if not better than, bottled water,” Kavulich said. “Principal Paul Brennan is also the two-time defending champion of Recycle-Bowl, a national competition among 1,500 schools that encourages recycling across the country.”
Their project aimed to eliminate the stigma associated with tap water and to educate students, parents and community members of the environmental benefits of using tap water. After research, experimentation and analysis, the students’ results confirmed their hypothesis that tap water measures up to bottled water.
Kavulich said the young men have decided to use money won in the competition to build an outdoor classroom at their school.
“These fine young men have selflessly donated their winnings for their school and for generations to come. These are the kind of efforts that show our future leaders are capable of bettering our communities,” Kavulich said. “I’m proud to share their accomplishments with my colleagues and I hope I am able to help them share their findings with residents across the commonwealth.”