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Holy Rosary 8th grade team places third at Envirothon

Holy Rosary students took part in the Envirothon competition held in Fergus Falls earlier this month. Submitted Photo1 / 2
The eighth grade team took third place in the Envirothon competition. They are, left to right, Clara Livermore, Katriana Mehlhaff, Akyra Hagen, Emma Clark and Anna Schumacher. Submitted Photo2 / 2

The Area I Junior Envirothon was held at Prairie Wetlands Learning Center in Fergus Falls on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

The weather was beautiful and there was an outstanding turnout for the event with 39 teams participating from the following schools: Lake Park-Audubon and Holy Rosary from Becker County; Breckenridge and St. Mary's from Wilkin County; Kennedy and Hillcrest Academy from Fergus Falls; West Central Area and, Ashby from Grant County; and Moorhead from Clay County.

The Junior Envirothon is a unique, hands-on-outdoor competition for students in grades sixth-eighth. This year was the fifth year for the Junior Envirothon.

The Junior Envirothon is modeled after the Senior Envirothon for the ninth through 12th grade students, which has been held in the area since 1994. The south half of Area I consist of seven Soil and Water Conservation Districts, which include: Becker, Clay, East and West Otter Tail, Grant, Traverse and Wilkin counties.

With the Junior Envirothon, the students have five learning stations and are tested on the following areas: wetlands, wildlife, forestry, soils and a current issue, "Non-Point Source Pollution/Low Impact Development." Natural resource professionals from agencies such as the US Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and personnel from the Prairie Wetland Center present at each station and use the outdoors to test the students' knowledge of the natural world with twenty questions at each station. Each team of students consists of five members and the team works together to answer the questions presented at each station.

Winners for the 2012 Junior Envirothon, placing first was Hillcrest Team No. 1, second was Hillcrest Team No. 3, Fergus Falls, and third place was Holy Rosary, Detroit Lakes.

Students attending the Junior Envirothon help them prepare for the Senior Envirothon. The Senior Envirothon was also held at the Prairie Wetland Learning Center on April 25. With the Senior Envirothon, the top three teams in each Area Envirothon proceeds onto State and the top team from the each State then progress to the National Envirothon.

This year, Trek North from Hopkins earned the right to represent Minnesota in the National Canon Envirothon, which was held at Selingsgrove, Pa.

For both the Junior and Senior Envirothon, the students and teachers enjoyed the hands-on, outdoor competition. The Envirothon challenges the students' environmental knowledge and problem solving skills.

The Becker SWCD would like to thank everyone that helped sponsor this worthwhile event for our area youth. Local funding for the Area I Envirothon (Junior and Senior) was provided by Pelican River Watershed District, Buffalo Red River Watershed District, Cormorant Lakes Sportsman Club, Cormorant Lakes Watershed District, Wild Rice Watershed District, Bremer Bank, State Bank of Lake Park, Arvig Communication and the seven Soil and Water Conservation Districts in the South Area I. Without these sponsors, this educational event would not be possible.