Glen Lakes Sweeps Michigan Envirothon State Competition

Thursday, May 23, 2013
EAST LANSING - Three teams from Glen Lake High School located in Maple City, Leelanau County, placed first, second and third at the Michigan Envirothon State Competition held May 8-10 at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.

Glen Lake's Channel 4 News Team finished first in tough competition against 24 teams from across the state. Participating teams competed against each other on their natural resource conservation knowledge and skills. Finishing second in the competition was Glen Lake's Less Miserable and the Green Planetizers were awarded third place.  

The Channel 4 News Team will now now represent Michigan at the North American Envirothon held this year at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana in August.  Additionally, the first, second and third place teams each received scholarships to Michigan State University.  

During the competition at Michigan State University, teams were tested in an outdoors, hands-on setting, on seven conservation topics including, aquatic ecology, energy, forestry, soils/geology, agriculture, wildlife and sustainable rangeland management. Each team also completed a community outreach project prior to the competition that addressed a natural resources concern in their community.

"The Michigan Envirothon State Competition is the culmination of a great deal of extra curricular activities and learning by participants, said Lori Phalen, Executive Director of MACD.  "Students who participated at the event, first had to compete at the regional level, before moving on to the State Competition.   Competition is tough and the top placing Glen Lake teams, as well as all students who participated are to be commended for their efforts and participation." 

Winning team members from Glen Lake High School are as follows:  Channel 4 News Team - Ian Hood, Theo Koda, Peter Ford Kerby-Miller, Emma Velis, and Reed Deemer; Less Miserable - Molly Flerlage, Jackie Zarzycki, Emily Sherwood, Amanda Lodge, and Maddie Fink; Green Planetizers - Bruce Hood, Maddie Bredin, Mckenna Turrill, Skylar Gleason, Luci Evans, and Alex Bennett. All three teams received financial and educational support from the Leelanau Conservation District and were advised by Karen Richard, Glen Lake High School teacher and long time Envirothon Team Advisor.

Michigan Envirothon is a program of the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts, a non-profit organization, representing the interested of Michigan's 78 Conservation Districts.  High school students from anywhere in Michigan are eligible to compete. For more information about Michigan Envirothon go to or contact Angela Sandusky, Michigan Envirothon Coordinator via phone at 517­-324­-5274, or email at