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Posted on June 5, 2023 at 1:23 PM by Marlie Sloan
Soundview Camp on the Key Peninsula was the setting for this year's Washington State Envirothon competition. Teams from around the state descended on the camp to put their natural resources knowledge to the test, having earned their way through various regional events. As teams arrived, they explored the camp's trails and expansive shoreline, noting the sand dollars and jellyfish scattered along the shore of the Puget Sound. They made the most of the first day at camp, mingling with other teams through trivia, scavenger hunts, and a communal dinner.
As they finished their breakfast the next morning, it was time to turn their attention to the task at hand. They dispersed to their testing stations scattered around the camp. From identifying wildlife skulls, to measuring tree diameter, and analyzing soil profiles, they tackled the challenging tests placed before them. They also presented their approaches to mitigating the effects of climate change to a panel of judges on behalf of a small waterfront town.
When the pencils were down and the scores added up, Walla Walla High School had earned 1st place- in their first ever year of competing, no less! Following in 2nd place was Tesla STEM High School of Renton, and Avanti High School of Olympia placing 3rd among the 11 competing teams. It was another strong field, and we can't wait to cheer on Walla Walla as they advance to the North American Envirothon Competition in July! Great job to all the students.