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Twenty-six high school teams compete

March 13, 2016 – The south central Envirothon competition was held at the 4H grounds in Bedford on March 7. Twenty-six teams of high school students from throughout southern Indiana competed in the contest. Winners of the regional contest will go on to compete at the state contest on April 26. The winning at the state level represents Indiana to compete in the national competition in Maryland.

Envirothon is a competitive learning event for high school-aged students. The contest tests the student’s knowledge of environmental resources including aquatics, soils, forestry, wildlife and a current environmental issue. The regional contests also include presentations by local professionals in each of these resource areas. 

The North Harrison FFA team placed first. It is coached by Darcy Kramer who serves as their FFA Advisor. Kramer said, “These 5 students are highly active in FFA contests such as soils and forestry and have taken classes like natural resources and fundamentals of agriculture so they were able to apply prior knowledge to be successful in the Envirothon competition.”

Left to right: Colton Sieberns, Kaylee Powell, Isaac Gleitz, Emily Nealy, and Kaitlyn Washnock.

Second place went to one of two Mitchell High school teams coached by Robyn Embry. Embry has placed in the regional contest several times and even placed in the state contest.

Left to right: Zach Furbee, Delaney Wade, Zach Bowles, Jackson Smith, Eliazbeth Garland, and Regional Contest Coordinator from the Lawrence CountySWCD – Christina Bruce.

Third place team was from Salem coached by Seth Purlee. Salem has also gone to the State level several times in past years.

Pictured left to right: Hunter Humphrey, Brant Deaton, Kailee Akers, Kayla Rose, and Emma Day.