Lexi Hill, Oneida Tribal citizen from Oklahoma, was named the
Oklahoma state winner of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize. Her research
focused on Municipal Wastewater Effluent Has Sublethal Effects on
Freshwater Snails (Helisoma trivolvis).
"I have a love for science and biology, and making sure that
Mother Nature is being taken care of by its inhabitants," said Hill.
As a state winner, she received an all-expenses paid trip to
the SJWP National Competition at the University of North Carolina.
At the national competition, she competed for the national prize
for an all-expenses paid trip to Stockholm, Sweden to participate
in the SJWP International Competition.
Hill stated she was influenced by recent events to study water
"I read a lot about the Navajo water crisis and then Flint Michigan
water crisis. It seemed like there was a lot of area for error,"
Started in 1997, the Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) is
considered the most prestigious award for water related science,
both nationally and internationally. The prize was developed to
model the adult Stockholm Water Prize, which has been compared to
the Nobel Prize for water research. The prize strives to encourage
enthusiasm in today's youth regarding water issues, build an international
community of young scientists bonded together for the water environment,
raise public awareness about the future of water resources, and
develop and ensure future leadership in the water quality community
by attracting the best and brightest young people into the water
Hill enjoyed meeting other students from different states and
"We got to talk about home life and other cultures. It was an
awesome experience," she said.
The U.S. SJWP is open to all high school students in 9th -12th
grades who have conducted water-related science projects, and have
reached the age of 15 by August 1st of the current competition year.
Projects should be aimed at enhancing the quality of life through
improvement of water quality, water resource management, or water
and wastewater treatment. The projects may explore water issues
on a local, regional, national, or global level using a research-oriented
Lexi will be a senior at Deer Creek High School. Lexi is the
daughter of Jamison and Lisa Hill of Edmond, Oklahoma and the grand-daughter
of Mary and the late Jerry M. Hill.