Texas Team Wins Envirothon Competition
A five-member team from the Conroe Independent School District from The Woodlands, Texas, are the winners of the 2014 Kansas Heartland Envirothon, an environmental and natural resource competition for high school students. Sponsored by the Kansas Envirothon Committee and conservation districts across the state, the event brought state champion Envirothon teams from seven states—Arkansas, Florida, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and the team from Chapman High School representing Kansas. The week long event was held July 21-25 at Rock Springs 4-H Center, Junction City. Miami Palmetto Senior High School from Dade County, Florida, and Clinton High School from Clinton, Tennessee, placed second and third, respectively.
During the competition, teams were tested on their knowledge of soils, forestry, wildlife, aquatic ecology, and a current issue topic, which for this year is “Sustainable Agriculture–Locally Grown.” In the final part of the competition, students were required to compose and present a 15-minute oral presentation on the current issue and answer questions from the panel of judges.
For the past twenty-two years, Kansas Envirothon teams have participated in North American Envirothon competitions that include most U.S. states and Canadian provinces.
“More than two hundred Kansas high school students participated in our Envirothon program this year,” said Tom Meek, chair of the Kansas Envirothon Committee. “The feedback we receive from students indicates the Envirothon is one of their best high school experiences,” Meek said.
Prize money totaling $10,000 was awarded to the top three teams. Financial support for the event was provided by conservation districts and natural resource related agencies and businesses from across Kansas. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and many other organizations and partners assisted with the competition.