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Matthew Branson, a sixth grade student at Mountain Vista Elementary School in Coolidge, was one of six winners of the Central Arizona Project's H2O4U contest and he will be presented with a $1,000 scholarship at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at the Coolidge School Board meeting.

In addition, Mountain Vista Elementary will receive a new state-of-the-art computer and monitor.

The scholarship presentation will be made by Jim Hartdegen, the CAP Board member who represents Pinal County.

H2O4U is an online water education contest for students in Pinal, Pima and Maricopa counties. CAP developed the idea for the interactive web-based game that teaches students about Arizona's critical Colorado River water supply in 2006. Initially, CAP offered the program to 6 – 8th grade students and in 2007 expanded the program to include high school students.

Based on requests from teachers, CAP also correlated the program to state education standards and some teachers incorporated the program into their lesson plans.

All students who completed the questions were entered into a drawing for a $1000 scholarship to the university/technical school of their choice. Two scholarships are being awarded in each county.

The contest, which ended in December, was the result of a partnership between CAP and Arizona State University. CAP offers the contest annually.

If you have any questions, please contact Crystal Thompson at 623-869-2138 or via email:

CAP is a 336-mile-long system that brings about 1.5 million acre-feet of Colorado River water to its customers -- cities, businesses, agriculture and Indian communities -- in Pima, Pinal and Maricopa counties. An acre-foot of water is about 326,000 gallons.