Media report SMART participant, recent Bangor High grad given key to city

WLBZ (Channel 2), WABI (Channel 5) and WVII (Channel 7) reported Paige Brown, a recent Bangor High School graduate, was given the key to the city at a Bangor City Council meeting. In March, Brown received one of three first-place awards — worth $150,000 — from Intel Science Talent Search, a national competition recognizing the brightest young minds in science. Brown, who participated in the NSF-EPSCoR supported Stormwater Management Research Team (SMART) program at UMaine in 2014 and 2015, won the First Place Medal of Distinction for Global Good for a gadget she invented to improve water quality. While participating in SMART, Brown studied the water quality of six environmentally impaired local streams with high E. coli levels and five with high phosphate contamination levels. “I am incredibly honored to receive the key to the city,” Brown told WABI. “It’s an honor beyond my wildest dreams, and I never thought by initiating this research project that it would get me to a point like this. And just throughout this whole process of working on research, it’s a lot of work but I found that it’s had quite a bit of pay off.”