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Valentine's Day is going to be special for Christina Romero, a sixth grade pupil at Horizon Elementary School.

Christina was one of six winners of the Central Arizona Project's H2O4U contest and she will be presented with a $1,000 scholarship. The presentation, on Valentine's Day, Wednesday, Feb. 14, will be at 5:30 p.m. at the Glendale Elementary School District board meeting at 7301 N. 58th Avenue in Glendale.

In addition to Christina's scholarship, Horizon Elementary will receive a new state-of-the-art computer and monitor.

The scholarship presentation will be made by Pamela Pickard, one of the CAP Board members who represent Maricopa 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.