Seventh-Grade Students Take Home Titles at Water Tower Competition

Seventh-grade students in Claire Fornsel’s Design Thinking class braved the weather on Oct. 20, and headed to Old Dominion University to compete in the Tidewater Model Water Tower Competition sponsored by the American Water Works Association Virginia Chapter.

Caroline Campbell ’24 and Julia Carlsmith ’24 won an award for the Best Reuse of Materials.

Tony Kremenchugskiy ’24 and Grant Fowler ’24 placed second overall. Mitchell Snyder ’24 and Jacob Taylor ’24 had to shore-up their tower with duct tape minutes before the competition began.

Caroline Campbell’s ’24 favorite part was “when we presented the design to the judges because they told us how in depth our presentation was. The hardest thing was testing the water tower with water in it. It’s challenging to actually put the tower into practice.”

The objective of the competition was to make participants aware of the importance of reliable drinking water and the rewarding opportunities available in the water profession. The competition did this by having students develop a functioning water tower just like water professionals do in the real world.

Prizes were awarded to the top three scoring teams with a top prize of a $75 Visa gift card for each member of the first place team, $50 gift card for each member of the second place team and $25 gift card for each member of the third place team.