The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) recognized a seventh-grader from St. Luke Parish School in River Forest for winning the annual science fair, “A Celebration of STEM.”

Sam Gianfrancisco’s project — “Wind Turbines, Make the Wind Work For You” — received high honors from the MWRD. As a reward, the organization provided Gianfrancisco lunch, an honorary certificate and a tour of the Stickney Water Reclamation Plant.

“We congratulate the students on their award-winning research and hope during this learning experience at MWRD they have gained a greater interest in environmental sciences, the fascinating work of treating wastewater and managing storm water, and will consider MWRD for an internship opportunity in the future,” MWRD President Kari K. Steele said in a statement.

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