Murrieta Valley High School was selected by water purveyors throughout western Riverside County to represent Western Municipal Water District and participate in the 2004 Metropolitan Water District Sun Splash competition, an innovative educational program that introduces students to science while providing an awareness of water quality issues. Western is providing the funding for Murrieta Valley’s participation. The $3,000 funding check will be presented by Western Board member Kevin Jeffries on Wednesday, January 14 at 9 a.m. at the school in Room 824. Accepting on behalf of Murrieta Valley will be Principal Renate Jefferson, Sun Splash teacher Pete Matus and many of the participating Sun Splash students.Murrieta Valley was selected from a field of ten applications drawn from throughout western Riverside County. High schools within the area of Western’s 510-square mile district were invited to submit applications for sponsorship consideration. This encompassed the unified school districts of Alvord, Corona-Norco, Jurupa, Lake Elsinore, Murrieta Valley, and Riverside. Western then submitted all received applications to representatives from each of the water purveyors within Western’s district. These include: the city of Corona, Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District, the city of Norco, Rubidoux Community Services District, Jurupa Community Services District, Rancho California Water District, the city of Riverside, Murrieta County Water District, and Western. Each purveyor ranked all of the applications in order of preference.The Murrieta Valley students will join other teams from throughout Southern California who are set to build and race the solar powered boats in the 2004 Metropolitan Water District Sun Splash Competition to be held May 21 at Lake Skinner. This is the second year for the program, designed to increase students’ exposure to science and mathematics, in addition to water quality issues. Western’s funds are used to purchase the boat’s power source – solar panels – and drive train components. Metropolitan hosts the competition and pays for the boat shell and all required training. Last year, Western sponsored Centennial High School in Corona.
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