Cincinnati State students win big in environmental competition

April 7, 2015

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Cincinnati State students win big in environmental competition

Cincinnati State’s Environmental Technologies team turned in an impressive performance in the recent 
Ohio Valley Student Conference competition held in and around Lawrenceburg, Ind.

Cincinnati State’s Environmental Technologies team was the only one from a two-year school in the 
environmental section of the event, hosted by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student 
chapters at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati State.

The goal of the environmental competition was to develop a flow-through water treatment apparatus that 
removed bromine and turbidity while maintaining neutral pH. In addition to Cincinnati State, competitors 
included UC, the University of Pittsburg, University of Kentucky, The Ohio State University, University of 
Louisville and Carnegie Mellon University.

The environmental team from Cincinnati State placed in all 5 categories: 

 1st place – Environmental Technical Paper
 1st  place- Most Creative Apparatus
 2nd place – Overall Treatment
 2nd place – Sustainability
 3rd place – Presentation Poster

Students on the Cincinnati State team included Andrew Kleist (Team Captain) from Ft. Thomas, Ky.; 
Renee Kennedy, North College Hill; Marion Clarke, North College Hill; Matthew Maloney, Mason, Ohio;  
Sarah Berg, Clifton; Cheyenne Madden, Milford; Denis Barry, from Mason, Ohio; Jennifer Tenhundfeld, 
Harrison, Ohio; Heather Mortellite, Liberty Township; Amberly Wolfram, Bright, Ind.; Amber Rehkamp, 
West Chester; Austin Kemper, Fort Thomas, Ky.; Caroline O’Connor, Columbus, Ohio; and Long Peng 
from Wyoming (Ohio). 

“This says a lot for the students and the way that they presented themselves,” said Cincinnati State Prof. 
Ann Gunkel, who with Ann Fallon served as a faculty advisor for the team. “All of the hard work and 
dedication by the team members really paid off. We are proud of these students’ accomplishments and 
how well they represented Cincinnati State.”

The overall Ohio Valley Student Conference competition brought 13 schools, 419 students, 42 judges, 
and 30 workers to Hidden Valley Lake, Lawrenceburg and Ivy Tech during the three-day event. In 
addition to the environmental competition, events included construction of steel and balsa wood bridges; 
construction of concrete canoes, baseball bats and horseshoes; and geotechnical and other engineering-
related challenges.

Cincinnati State ( enrolls about 10,600 students and offers more than 130 
associate degree and certificate programs in business technologies, health and public safety, engineering 
technologies, humanities and sciences and information technologies. Cincinnati State has one of the 
most comprehensive co-op programs among two-year colleges in the U.S. 

The attached photo shows some of the students, faculty and staff who participated in the 
event. They are, left to right: Jim Boyd, Gail Quinlan, Andrew Kleist, Amber Rehkamp, Renee 
Kennedy, Amberly Wolfram, Sarah Berg, Jennifer Tenhundfeld (holding poster), Denis Barry, 
Marion Clarke, Ann Fallon (faculty advisor).