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Thursday, April 25, 2013 12:53 PM

OTTAWA COUNTY — On Wednesday, 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 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. Team 2 from Fort Jennings finished fourth. This is the 16th consecutive year Fort Jennings has qualified for state competition.

The state event will be held at Deer Creek State Park on June 10-11.

The state champion team will be going to Montana in August for the Canon National Envirothon.

During the competition on Wednesday, the students worked as a five-person team and instructed by an expert in the field before the tests were 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.

Team 1 members are Jake Young, Morgan Ricker, Jared Hoersten, Logan Sickels and Alex Sealts. Team 2 members include Caleb Bankey, Keri Eickholt, Allen Fischbach, Sarah Hellman and Dillon Schimmoeller.

The teams are coached by Jeff Jostpille.Fort Jennings Envirothon Team 2 members include, from left, Allen Fischbach, Keri Eickholt, Sarah Hellman, Dillon Schimmoeller and Caleb Bankey.


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