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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (517)930-7449.
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