On Wednesday, April 24th, the annual Area I Envirothon was held in Ottawa County. Fifty-Nine teams competed in the day long event which involves tests in the five areas of aquatics, forestry, wildlife, soils, and current environmental issues. This year’s theme was grasslands and range management.
The students work as a five person team and are instructed by an expert in the field before the tests are given out. Many questions are site specific and involve area characteristics such as identifying trees, identifying animal pelts, skulls, and teeth, and judging soil characteristics in a pit dug on the site. Aquatic insect larvae, bird nesting structures, and habitat characteristics need to be identified also. The students rotate to one of the five testing areas every 30 minutes.
The top four teams out of each of the five area competitions qualify for State Competition held in June. At the State Competition the same five areas of testing are included as well as a presentation by the teams on the current environmental issue, this year dealing with grazing and grassland issues. Team 1 from Fort Jennings qualified for State by finishing first out of the 59 teams. The Team 2 from Fort Jennings finished 4th. This is the 16th consecutive year that Fort Jennings has qualified for State Competition. It will be held at Deer Creek State Park this year on June 10-11. The State Champion team will be going to Montanna in August for the Canon National Envirothon.
Team members from Team 1 are Jake Young, Morgan Ricker, Jared Hoersten, Logan Sickels, and Alex Sealts.
Members of Team 2 include Caleb Bankey, Keri Eickholt, Allen Fischbach, Sarah Hellman, and Dillon Schimmoeller.
Going to state