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Glen Lake Third place Community Outreach Project ME State Competition

Friday, May 15, 2015

Glen Lake High School Take Third place for their Community Outreach Project at the Michigan Envirothon State Competition

A team of students from Glen Lake High School, Caleb and the Galaxy Gals, took third place in the Community Outreach category at the Michigan Envirothon State Competition held May 6th – 8th at Ft. Custer Training Center in Augusta, MI. Seniors Bryanne Palmer, Jane Lively, McKenna Turrill, Skylar Gleason and freshman Caleb Gleason finished third among teams from across the state after putting their public speaking, civic engagement and problem solving 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.  Teams qualified through regional contests held around the state throughout the month of March.

The Michigan Envirothon (ME) program focuses on using the outdoors as a classroom, utilizing diverse "eco-stations" as competition testing sites, and interaction and training with professionals in the field.  In addition to gaining valuable knowledge, teams also complete a Community Outreach Project as part of the competition; identifying and addressing an environmental issue in their community through hands-on problem solving and community education.  A unique component of ME, the community outreach project insures that the program reaches the community, not just the students involved.

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 team focused on the importance of local food and how it helps support local economies, reduce the production of fossil fuels from the shipment of food and help build a healthier community.  The team revived a community garden in Empire, MI as part of their project. 

ME is an environmental science based education program for high school students, presented in a team-based competition format.  ME is designed to foster critical thinking, wise stewardship and community involvement. By participating in ME, students and advisors gain knowledge of current environ-mental issues and are motivated to become engaged stewards of Michigan’s natural resources.  

Michigan Envirothon is administered by the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts, a 501(C)3 non profit organization. All Michigan high school students 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

Roseville High School Second Place Community Outreach Project ME State Competition

Friday, May 15, 2015

Roseville High School Take Second place For their Community Outreach Project at the Michigan Envirothon State Competition

A team of students from Roseville High School, Sandy Loam, took first place in the Community Outreach category at the Michigan Envirothon State Competition held May 6th – 8th at Ft. Custer Training Center in Augusta, MI. Allen Adams, Joe Kavalchik, Kyle Rumer, Mike McConnel, Morgan Barbaret, Nathan Richendollar, Philip Longueuil, and Tylor Roberts finished Second among teams from across the state after putting their public speaking, civic engagement and problem solving 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.  Teams qualified through regional contests held around the state throughout the month of March.

The Michigan Envirothon (ME) program focuses on using the outdoors as a classroom, utilizing diverse "eco-stations" as competition testing sites, and interaction and training with professionals in the field.  In addition to gaining valuable knowledge, teams also complete a Community Outreach Project as part of the competition; identifying and addressing an environmental issue in their community through hands-on problem solving and community education.  A unique component of ME, the community outreach project insures that the program reaches the community, not just the stu-dents involved.

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 identified a number of problems with modern food production and availability in their urban area.  The team decided to canvas the city door-to-door informing residents of the current state of affairs, and to try to get as many of them as possible to start their own vegetable/fruit gardens.  As they canvassed, they passed out literature on the subject and conducted surveys of their effectiveness.

ME is an environmental science based education program for high school students, presented in a team-based competition format.  ME is designed to foster critical thinking, wise stewardship and community involvement. By participating in ME, students and advisors gain knowledge of current environ-mental issues and are motivated to become engaged stewards of Michigan’s natural resources.  

Michigan Envirothon is administered by the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts, a 501(C)3 non profit organization. All Michigan high school students 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

Valley Lutheran First place Community Outreach Project ME State Competition

Friday, May 15, 2015

Valley Lutheran High School Take First place For their Community Outreach Project ME State Competition

A team of students from Valley Lutheran High school, the Atoms Family, took first place in the Community Outreach category at the Michigan Envirothon State Competition held May 6th – 8th at Ft. Custer Training Center in Augusta, MI. Chelsey Bach, Alexus Grieber, RachelHelmreich. Rachel Diehl, Zachary Peil, Sydney Princing, Allison Eischer, and Kaylee Dilleree finished first among teams from across the state after putting their public speaking, civic engagement and problem solving 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.  Teams qualified through regional contests held around the state throughout the month of March.

The Michigan Envirothon (ME) program focuses on using the outdoors as a classroom, utilizing diverse "eco-stations" as competition testing sites, and interaction and training with professionals in the field.  In addition to gaining valuable knowledge, teams also complete a Community Outreach Project as part of the competition; identifying and addressing an environmental issue in their community through hands-on problem solving and community education.  A unique component of ME, the community outreach project insures that the program reaches the community, not just the students involved.

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 Atoms Family sought to find a way to address the lack of fresh produce in their community.  Their local Saginaw community has been classified as a food desert by the USDA.  To address this major concern, the students designed and installed a community care garden producing food for Hidden Harvest and Old Town Soup Kitchen will provide residents in need with fresh healthy food while reducing the impact of large scale agriculture for years to come. 

 ME is an environmental science based education program for high school students, presented in a team-based competition format.  ME is designed to foster critical thinking, wise stewardship and community involvement. By participating in ME, students and advisors gain knowledge of current environ-mental issues and are motivated to become engaged stewards of Michigan’s natural resources.  

Michigan Envirothon is administered by the Michigan Association of Conservation Districts, a 501(C)3 non profit organization. All Michigan high school students 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

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