Congratulations to Middle School's Emily Lynch, Lucy Silverman, Jilly Eskew, and Andrea Norwood for successfully participating in the Louisiana Envirothon under the guidance of their coach and Episcopal Science Instigator, @Betsy_Minton.
"For the 13th year, the Louisiana Envirothon partnered with LDEQ and others to host the Louisiana Envirothon, an environmental problem-solving competition.
Four junior high and high school teams participated in the event at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens in Baton Rouge.
Participants were tested in aquatics, forestry, soils, and wildlife, a current issue on Agricultural Soil and Water Conservation Stewardship, and an oral presentation. Winning teams were recognized with plaques, medals and cash prizes.
Participating schools were Westdale Middle School, Quitman High School FFA, Keithville Elementary/Middle School 4-H Club, and Episcopal School of Baton Rouge.
Winners of the 2017 Louisiana Envirothon are Episcopal School of Baton Rouge, First Place; Quitman High School-FFA, Second Place; and Westdale Middle School, Third Place."
Although the students know the current issue topic ahead of time to study, they do not get the problem for the oral presentation until a week before the competition. These young ladies spent all of their free time in the week leading up to the competition preparing a 10 minute oral presentation on the given problem. They earned the highest score in 4 of the 5 categories in which they were tested: wildlife, aquatics, soils, and the oral presentation. Congratulations on your first place win, even beating out some high school students!
For Jilly, Emily, and Lucy this was their second year competing in this event. Since they are a middle school team they are unable to compete at the national level but we look forward to making our bid for the title again next year and hopefully getting to compete at the national level.
For more information on Envirothon or to enter a team for next year's competition, please visit: www.deq.louisiana.gov/envirothon.