April 21, 2008 – State Envirothon Champions!

Today the Marshalltown high school Envirothon team won the state competition! It means Claire and her teammates get an all-expenses paid trip to Flagstaff Arizona later this summer to participate in the National Envirothon Competition. Here’s a part of the press release:

A team of five students from Marshalltown Senior High School beat out 14 other teams to win the 13th annual Iowa Envirothon contest held Monday, April 21, at Springbrook State Park. Marshalltown won or tied for first place in four of five areas of competition, edging out the Decorah Propaganda Pandas from Decorah High School for first place overall.

Marshalltown will compete at the national competition, the Canon Envirothon, held at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz., July 28-August 3. In addition, each member of the Marshalltown team received a $500 scholarship from Iowa State University. The Envirothon tested the student’s knowledge in the areas of aquatic ecology, forestry, soils, and wildlife at stations throughout Springbrook’s Conservation Education Center. Each team also gave an oral presentation on “Recreational Impacts on Natural Resources.”

Judges said the key to Marshalltown’s victory was a dominating performance in the oral presentation, easily outscoring the competition. The Envirothon is North America’s largest high school environmental competition. The goals of the contest are to increase students’ knowledge and awareness of the interrelationship of our natural resources; promote environmental awareness and stewardship; develop students’ critical thinking, cooperative problem solving and decision-making skills; present balanced options for management of natural resources; and provide awareness of and accessibility to resource organizations offering assistance in environmental issues.

(Photo from Iowa Envirothon)

I must say it is not surprising that the team did so well with a member of Two Friends Farm (and state speech winner), along with Claire who gained much experience in debate and mock trial. We look forward to hearing more about the details of the upcoming trip. I tell Claire it’s important to be well-rounded and diversified (if you look at the previous day’s entry, you’ll see how well she goes from manure shoveler to state champion in consecutive days)!

one year ago…”First Round of Garden Planting”