(DENVER) – The American Water Works Association has announced the winners of its annual Fresh Ideas Poster Competition for students that took place during the Association’s Annual Conference & Exposition (ACE18) in Las Vegas last week. The first place winner is Zachary Hopkins from AWWA’s North Carolina Section for his poster entitled “Occurrence and treatment of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in the Cape Fear River”. As first place winner, Hopkins will receive $500 and the opportunity to write an article for Journal – American Water Works Association , AWWA’s long-running publication. The second place winner is Jackie Fischer from AWWA’s Ohio Section for her poster entitled “Analysis of Life Cycle within Various Strains of Cyanobacteria with a Focus on Internal Regulators & Toxin Production”. Tied for third place are Paige Taber from AWWA’s South Carolina Section for her poster entitled “Effect of peroxide-based advanced oxidation removal of UV-quenching substances in landfill leachate”, along with Emma Thompson from AWWA’s Ontario Section. Her poster is entitled “Pressure to Plan - Transient Modelling for Asset Risk Management”. The Fresh Ideas Poster Competition was one of several special events at the annual conference geared toward students and young professionals. # # # Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 51,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.