Missouri State Envirothon 2016
Pembroke Hill High School swept the 2016 Missouri Envirothon on Thursday, April 28 in Jefferson City, taking the top spot in the 18-team competition. Team members are Mulan Jiang, Emily Dickey, Pallavi Jonnalagadda, Coleman Gliddon, and Maya Chan. Their advisor is Kathy Ketchum.

Students from around the state gathered at the Lincoln University Carver Farm for a day of testing that combined the proven concepts of applied education with the excitement of a good competition and the fun of spending a day in the outdoors.

They competed at five outdoor testing stations that included aquatic ecology, forestry, soils and land use, wildlife, and the 2016 current conservation topic of invasive species.
Test stations required the teams to answer a variety of both hands-on and written natural resource questions.
Each team also had to give an oral presentation to a panel of three judges.

“Every year, our competition grows stronger and more challenging, and this year’s competitors were definitely ready for that challenge,” said Judy Stinson, co-chair of the state event. “I applaud the Pembroke Hill team of all freshmen
for their competitive spirit, the dedication in which they prepared for this competition and their strong commitment
to the environment. They are an extraordinary group of young people.”

The other nine teams rounding out the top 10 were Licking, Sacred Heart, Smith Cotton, Houston, Parkway North A, McKinley, North Shelby Gold, Smithville, and Stockton high schools. The winning team will advance on to the National Conservation Federation (NCF) Envirothon at Trent University in Ontario, Canada on July 25 through July 29. The NCF-Envirothon is North America’s largest high school natural resource competition with more than 50 states and seven Canadian provinces competing at the national level.

The state event features the top three teams from each of Missouri’s seven regional competitions held throughout the year. Contact your local soil and water conservation district office for information and dates about the regional events.

Sponsors for this year’s event included the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Missouri Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, local soil and water conservation districts, Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri Soil and Water Conservation Districts Employees Association, USDA Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, Show-Me Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society, Missouri Association of Environmental Education, and Smithfield Foods.

More information about the Missouri Envirothon is available at moenvirothon.org.
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