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.