David Neal Hickman, West High Class of 2020, was among the presenters when Ripon College in Ripon, Wis., held its Spring 2023 Catalyst Day on April 19.

Held each fall and spring, Catalyst Day is designed to showcase Ripon College's Catalyst curriculum and celebrate the achievements of the students who are completing the junior-level collaborative capstone. Throughout the day, attendees had the opportunity to watch teams of students present problem-solving projects that tackle worldwide issues.

Hickman participated in a presentation in Bear Auditorium, Farr Hall, titled "Cooling Towers and Going Green for the Stream: Improving Quality and Temperature of the Kinnickinnic River."

He and fellow students Caitlin Marsch, Mason Radish and Maggie Searles described how storm water runoff is causing increased water temperatures and endangerment of organisms in the Kinnickinnic River. They described how cooling towers and initiatives to go green can decrease water temperature and create a better aquatic environment.

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