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E.T. Booth Middle School students Mell Matos, left, Lillian McKay and Alissa Price celebrate winning first place in the 2021 Model Water Tower Competition with their "Fairy Tower."

Students from E.T. Booth Middle School were recently named the winners in the 2021 Georgia Association for Water Professionals Model Water Tower Competition.

This year’s competition, hosted by the Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority, hosted about 150 students from E.T. Booth Middle School, Creekland Middle School and Dean Rusk Middle School.

The “Fairy Tower” entry from E.T. Booth taking home top honors in the contest out of eight water towers in the county contest. A waterdrop trophy will go on display in E.T. Booth STEM teacher Kara Reeder’s classroom.

This STEM activity focuses on students learning complex concepts such as hydraulic and structural efficiency, while also using recycled materials. Competitors had eight weeks to plan, design and build their water towers. Each school had engineering professionals mentoring them along the way. Nearly $3,000 was invested into this year’s competition from the CCWSA, Hayes Pipe Supply Inc., Freese and Nichols, Brown and Caldwell, and Hazen and Sawyer.

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