Hopewell Valley Regional School District (HVRSD) student Sonja Michaluk was recently selected as the 2019 U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize winner. She will be the United States representative at the international conference in Stockholm, Sweden in August during World Water Week. She was chosen from representatives sent by each state and Puerto Rico and will receive a $10,000 prize and an all-expense paid trip to Stockholm, Sweden.
Her work is part of a concentrated study completed with Central High School Science teacher Mrs. Karen Lucci. “Sonja has a remarkable passion for the environment and a mindset where she can take chances to use what she has learned and expand the knowledge base; she has been doing this for years,” Mrs. Lucci said, adding “Her research in ecology is truly exceptional and, more importantly, she continues to share what she has learned so that others can develop an appreciation of nature and how we all impact the natural world around us.”
The Stockholm Junior Water Prize is regarded as the world’s most prestigious youth award for a water-related science project that seeks to address current and future water challenges.
World Water Week is a week-long global water conference organized and is led by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). It features experts and representatives from governments, science sectors, research organizations, industry, and United Nations agencies. It seeks to address a wide range of the world's water sustainability issues.
While in Stockholm, Sonja will attend a formal dinner with the King and Queen of Sweden.