A group of Liberty Middle School students recently participated in the North Dakota eCYBERMISSION challenge and earned first place for their project aimed at protecting water sources.

Additionally, the students were regional finalists and are scheduled to virtually present at the competition’s national conference on Friday.

Emma Briggs, Alexa Killoran, Kaitlyn Hoefs, and Sullivan Ihry created a plan that filters out phosphate from agricultural run off prior to it hitting our streams, lakes and rivers. The students have each received $2,000 in savings bonds for being first place state winners and regional finalists.

Additionally, the team has been awarded a $5,000 STEM-in-Action grant, which offers teams the opportunity to further develop their project into a mature and scalable solution and effectively implement it into their local communities. With the grant, the students will implement their project in collaboration with the Grand Farm Initiative.

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