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Posted on May 29, 2022 at 11:59 AM by Camila Matamala-Ost
From across the state, eight high school teams traveled to the Lazy F Camp and Retreat in Ellensburg to compete in the 2022 Washington State Envirothon Competition. Each team had already competed in their respective regional events and won by county, and now had the chance to advance to the national competition in Ohio.
On this beautiful spring day buses and vans showed up to the camp and, one by one, students checked in, grabbed some extra breakfast and brain food, and excitedly (or nervously) prepared for the tests that lay ahead of them. They had studied the main topics of Envirothon for months, learning everything they could about natural resources and environmental science. On top of that, every team prepared a presentation on how to improve recycling systems in the state - a tall order to fill! The morning was spent putting their knowledge to the test, completing each exam and explaining their recycling plans to a panel of judges.
By the afternoon the scores were in, and the winner was Okanogan High School! Their team scored the most combined points between the tests and presentation. They will move on to the national competition and represent Washington State in Ohio. Battle Ground's CASEE earned second place overall and scored the highest on the Soils and Forestry exams. Tacoma’s Stadium High School came in third place, also scoring the highest on the Wildlife exam.
Congratulations to the top finishers, and to every other team that competed in the State Event! It is no small feat to prepare for Envirothon on top of regular schoolwork and typical life as a teenager. Every team did a superb job, and we hope to see students return next year!