Roseville High School Team Takes Second Place at Michigan Envirothon State Competition

Friday, May 15, 2015

Roseville High School Team Takes Second Place at Michigan Envirothon State Competition

A team of students from Roseville High School took second place at the Michigan Envirothon State Competition on Friday May 8th, 2015 at Ft. Custer training base in Augusta, MI.  Each member of the team received a scholarship to MSU and other awards and prizes. The Roseville High School team, “Sandy Loam”, included Allen Adams, Joe Kavalchik,, Kyle Rumer, Mike McConnel, Morgan Barbaret, Nathan Richendollar, Philip Longueuil, and Tylor Roberts.  Finishing first and third for overall score were Caleb and the Galaxy Gals from Glen Lake and the Track Pack from Branch Area Career Center respectively.  The state champs will represent Michigan this summer at the North American Envirothon Competition, where they will battle it out against other top teams from the U.S and Canada in Springfield, Missouri.

The 21st annual Michigan Envirothon State Competition hosted remarkable students from around the state.  Twenty four teams qualified and received invitations to the state competition held May 6th – 8th at Ft. Custer training center in Augusta, Michigan. Teams qualified through regional contests held around the state throughout the month of March.

During the State Competition, teams utilized “eco-stations” for hands-on testing in the areas of forestry, urban forestry, soils, aquatic ecology, wildlife, energy, and agriculture. This year’s eco-stations featured a prairie, with active and ongoing prairie vole studies, a fen, forest habitats, and a pasture dairy and automated LEED certified milking facility.

Teams also identified and remedied a natural resource concern in their communities as part of the challenge to be named state champ. A panel of judges evaluated oral and written presentations given by each team, which detailed their community outreach project. As always, all of the teams implemented impressive community action and outreach projects.  Sandy Loam sought to address the issue and lack of sustainable and local food systems in their urban community.

Michigan Envirothon is a high school environmental education and community action program administered by the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts, a 501(C)3 non profit organization. High school students from anywhere in Michigan are eligible to compete. For more information about Michigan Envirothon go to www.michiganenvirothon.org or contact Angela Sandusky, Michigan Envirothon coordinator at mienirothon@macd.org or (517)930-7449.

 

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Galaxy Gals from Glen Lake Named State Champs Michigan Envirothon

Friday, May 15, 2015

Glen Lake High School Team Named State Champions, Michigan Envirothon

Seniors Bryanne Palmer, Jane Lively, McKenna Turrill, Skylar Gleason and freshman Caleb Gleason from Glen Lake High School were named Michigan Envirothon State Champions Friday May 8th, 2015 at Ft. Custer training base in Augusta, MI.  In addition to bragging rights, and representing Michigan at the North American Envirothon this summer, each member of the team member received a scholarship to MSU and other awards and prizes. Finishing second and third for overall score were Sandy Loam from Roseville High School and Track Pack from Branch Area Career Center respectively.

The state champs will represent Michigan this summer at the North American Envirothon Competition, where they will battle it out against other top teams from the U.S and Canada in Springfield, Missouri. Caleb and the Galaxy Gals, as they named themselves, finished first among teams from across the state after putting their knowledge and skills of natural resource science, public speaking and civic engagement to the test.   

The 21st annual Michigan Envirothon State Competition hosted remarkable students from around the state.   Twenty four teams qualified and received invitations to the state competition held May 6th – 8th at Ft. Custer training center in Augusta, Michigan. Teams qualified through regional contests held around the state throughout the month of March.

During the State Competition, teams utilized “eco-stations” for hands-on testing in the areas of forestry, urban forestry, soils, aquatic ecology, wildlife, energy, and agriculture. This year’s eco-stations featured a prairie, with active and ongoing prairie vole studies, a fen, forest habitats, and a pasture dairy and automated LEED certified milking facility.

Teams also identified and remedied a natural resource concern in their communities as part of the challenge to be named state champ. A panel of judges evaluated oral and written presentations given by each team and detailing their community outreach project. As always, all of the teams implemented impressive community action and outreach projects.  Caleb and the Galaxy Gals revived a community garden in the small town of Empire, Michigan and encouraged the consumption of local food for their community outreach project. 

Michigan Envirothon is a high school environmental education and community action program administered by the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts, a 501(C)3 non profit organization.  High school students from anywhere in Michigan are eligible to compete. For more information about Michigan Envirothon go to www.michiganenvirothon.org or contact Angela Sandusky, Michigan Envirothon coordinator at mienirothon@macd.org or (517)930-7449.

Fort Custer Hosts 2015 Michigan Envirothon State Competition

Friday, May 01, 2015


High school students from across the state will converge on the Fort Custer Training Center in Augusta on May 6 to compete in the 2015 Michigan Envirothon State Competition.

EAST LANSING - May 1st - Twenty four teams of high school students from across the state will be competing during the three-day Michigan Envirothon State Competition at the Fort Custer Training Center in Augusta.  The competition runs from May 6 to 8.

The high school teams competing at the state competition qualified for the event by competing at regional competitions held around the state throughout the month of March. Teams moving on to this state level event are from the Branch Area Career Center, Career Line Tech Center FFA, Caro High School, Glen Lake Community School, Hillsdale High School, New Buffalo High School, New Lothrop High School, Oakand Technical School NW and SE, Owosso High School, Roseville High School, Valley Lutheran High School, and West Michigan Lutheran High School.

The competition's overall winner will be named the Michigan Envirothon State Champion and will move on to the final round of competition, the North American Envirothon at the Missouri State University Springfield, Missouri in July.
  
During the Michigan Envirothon State Competition, teams utilize diverse "eco-stations" as competition testing sites for hands-on examinations in the topics of Forestry, Soils and Geology, Aquatic Ecology, Wildlife, Energy, Agriculture.  In addition, each team will present an oral presentation of the results of their community outreach projects in which they identified and remedied a natural resource concern in their own community.
About Michigan Envirothon

Michigan Envirothon was established in 1994 and is a program of the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts.  The program is a combined effort of natural resource professionals and educators to provide hands-on, outdoor coaching and testing on topical conservation issues.  In turn, Michigan Envirothon gives young citizens the tools to provide leadership for a more sustainable and environmentally aware community.  High school teachers and students interested in competing in the 2016 Michigan Envirothon should visit the Michigan Envirothon web site for more information, www.michiganenvirothon.org.

Members of the media are welcome to observe the competition and interview participants.  Contact the Michigan Envirothon Coordinator, Angela Sandusky to obtain further information.


Media Contact
Angela Sandusky
Michigan Envirothon Program Coordinator
517-324-5274, 517-930-7449
mienvirothon@macd.org

Ottawa Conservation District Recognized by Michigan Envirothon and MACD

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Michigan Envirothon and the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) named Ottawa Conservation District (CD) the 2014 Envirothon District of the Year on Tuesday, October 28th. The award honors the Ottawa CD, its staff, and Board Members for their outstanding support, dedication and leadership in natural resource conservation education for Michigan's high school students and was presented during the MACD Annual Convention held in Bellaire, MI.
 
The Michigan Envirothon District of the Year is named annually to recognize the outstanding contributions of a Conservation District to Environmental education in Michigan. Michigan Envirothon is an environmental science based education program for high school students, presented in a team-based competition format.  Designed to foster critical thinking, wise stewardship and community involvement, the program presents environmental education in a unique and motivating way emphasizing hands-on learning in the outdoors and interaction with natural resource professionals, like the Ottawa CD staff.  
 
"Michigan Envirothon is pleased to honor the Ottawa Conservation District with the 2014 District of the Year Award," said Angela Sandusky, Michigan Envirothon Coordinator.  "Organizing an Envirothon team can seem like a daunting task, especially for a first time team advisor, or District...Becky Huttenga and her District really stepped up and helped our first time school and advisor, from Hudsonville have a great experience.  Initially Hudsonville was not sure they would have 5 committed students, but as they studied, worked on their community outreach projects and interacted with the Ottawa CD their numbers grew, and they brought two teams and a full supply of 'alternates' to the regional competition."   
 
Michigan Envirothon credits the entire staff and CD board members for offering their support to the program, allowing multiple school visits, and providing study materials for the students.  Specifically we would like to recognize Becky Huttenga, Executive Director Ottawa CD, for answering the challenge, organizing her team, and working with the students and also Heather Bartholomew, NRCS District Conservationist, and Kelly Goward, Macatawa Area Coordinating Council who also met with the students.   
 
"When I received the call from Angie that a teacher in my area was interested in Envirothon, but feeling a little out of her element on some of the subject matter, we were happy to step in," said Huttenga.  "Education, especially of our youth is a priority for our District.  Well informed, engaged adults do not just happen, if we really want to further the mission of Districts, we have to start with our kids...it is also a great way to expose teenagers to career paths they might not have known about, and it is fun!"   
 
Congratulations Ottawa Conservation District, thank you for your hard work and dedication to the Michigan Envirothon!



Left to Right: Angela Sandusky, MI Envirothon Coordinator, MACD. Erik Johnson, Regional Coordinator MDARD, 2014 Envirothon Volunteer of the Year, Becky Huttenga, Executive Director, Ottawa County CD, 2014 Envirothon District of the Year  Art Pelon, MACD President.