Branch Area Career Center Team Takes Third Place at Michigan Envirothon State Competition

Friday, May 15, 2015

Branch Area Career Center Team Takes Third Place at Michigan Envirothon State Competition

The Track Pack team from Branch Area Career Center took third place at the Michigan Envirothon State Competition 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. Track Pack team members included Andy Parrish, Cody Higbee, Daniel Flynn, Matt AcMoody, and Nick Marshall. 

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.  The Track Pack continued to spread wildlife education in their community as part of their two year Envirothon project to educate future voters and decision makers on the importance of human and wildlife interaction.  The team reached over 1,500 individuals this year through their project.

Finishing first and second for overall score were Caleb and the Galaxy Gals from Glen Lake and Sandy Loam from Roseville High School 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.

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.

 

*Photos are available upon request