Recently Brownstown High School competed in the 2016 Envirothon at Ballard Nature Center in Altamont. The Envirothon is an annual competition where students are asked questions about nature and wildlife. The Envirothon's mission is to enhance student’s critical thinking and problem solving skills, help students to expand their knowledge concerning current environmental issues along with the impact individual actions have on various environmental problems, help students become tomorrow’s leaders, workers, and consumers who will make informed decisions, give students valuable exposure to careers in environmental science and natural resource management, and teach students to become environmentally aware, action-oriented adults.
Representing Brownstown High School was Jacob Bloemker, Colton Payne, Joshua Rolfingsmeier, Dawson Rhodes, Isaac Hebenstreit, Brandi Howard, Dakota White, Dawson Barker, Makenzie Parkinson, and Lane Himes. Mrs. Wakefield has been selecting students for several years and in past years they have earned first place. Mrs. Wakefield enjoys spending a fun day outdoors away from school and she enjoys the catered meal from IGA. This is always a great opportunity for students to apply their scientific knowledge in the field.
Competing at the Envirothon were twenty different teams from five counties. The teams came from Cumberland, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, and Shelby counties. The students were placed in teams of five and were asked questions about forestry, aquatics, wildlife, soils, and invasive species. Brownstown's team received thir d overall and first in aquatics. We look forward to seeing how this team of mostly Juniors improves from this year to next year. Congratulations on getting third place Envirothon team!
by Courtney Zasada
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