“FROM TODAY’S YOUTH COME TOMMOROW’S LEADERS – LET’S LEAD SOME TO THE WATER PROFESSION!” This is the mission statement of the planning committee for the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) Model Water Tower Competition (MWTC). The annual competition was hosted by Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority (CCWSA) for the fifth year in a row. This STEM activity focuses on students learning complex concepts such as hydraulic and structural efficiency while thinking green and using recycled materials. The competition included all 7 Cherokee County middle schools – Creekland, Dean Rusk, E.T. Booth, Freedom, Mill Creek, Teasley and Woodstock. Approximately 350 students participated in the competition. They had a total of 8 weeks to plan, design and build their water towers. Each school had engineering professionals mentoring them along the way with design, structure and functionality of the towers. Three model water towers from each school advanced to the county competition. The competition was split into two days March 10th and 11th, 2022. The competition’s main component was testing the towers (dimensions, hydraulics, materials and interview) but, the day was much more than that. Students learned about water meters, backflow devices, built a water filter, got to see different water utility vehicles and learned about different aspects of the water professional through these actives.
Best built water filter: Ashton Sealey – Teasley MS, Riley Castaldo – Dean Rusk MS, Braelen Forman – Teasley MS, Emma Wallace – Woodstock MS, Vini Rechi – Mill Creek MS and Murphy Burke – Woodstock MS
Best Engineering Design – “Astronomical” – Dean Rusk MS and Shark Tank – Mill Creek MS
Structural Excellence – “Big Blue” – Woodstock MS and House Tower – Teasley MS
Best Interview/Judges Choice – “The Hope Depot Tower” – Mill Creek MS
Most Artistic – “Seaside” – Freedom MS
“Outside the Box” Imagination Award – “Lil Monkey” – Creekland MS
Top 3 places:
1st place– “Winne the Pooh” – E.T. Booth MS – Azaria Chanlatte and Nytalia Reeves
2nd – “Ms. Silly Piggy” – E.T. Booth MS – Rowan Nickels, Ava Garrett and Aidan Parker
3rd – “Ciulla Tower” – Freedom MS – Felicia Ciulla
Congratulations to E.T. Booth MS for receiving the school level waterdrop trophy for having the best tower overall.
In total, $5,500 was invested into the Cherokee County MWTC. Sponsors of the event invested time and funds into the competition. The sponsors were CCWSA, Cedar Chem, Bermex, Hayes Pipe Supply Inc., Freese and Nichols, Brown and Caldwell, Hazen and Sawyer, Atkins, ESI and Arcadis. Thank you to all our sponsors, mentors, teachers, judges and students