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1/19/2014 6:29:00 AM
DePue students invited to national environmental science event

Craig Sterrett
News Editor

DEPUE — DePue students will again have an entry in Siemens’ nationwide environmental science competition, DePue schools principal told the school board this week. DePue was the only school in Illinois to submit an entry last year.

Last year’s project focused on Lake DePue and pollution from the various industrial processes in town that made much of the community a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site. Also last year, DePue School’s Student Environmental Group members were named national finalists in Siemens’ We Can Change the World Competition.

The group, under the leadership of science instructor Keith Garcia, last year was doing projects such as using paraffin wax as a low-cost, easily obtainable material for encapsulating dangerous heavy metals in water and sludge and preventing the spread of contamination without further endangering the surrounding environment.

Also, Illinois Lake Management Association invited the DePue Student Environmental Group back to its convention in Bloomington.

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