A group of Clinton High School students performed very well at a state competition this week, but fell just short of a championship.
The Illinois Envirothon (En-vi-ro-thon) took place Wednesday and Thursday at Allerton Park in Monticello. Twenty teams from high schools across the state gathered to take part in two days of testing and presentations on a variety of environmental and conservation topics. Sondra Baker, coordinator of the event, explains the students compete in five different categories, and the overall winner represents Illinois at a national competition.
Tennyson Kern, a member of the Clinton High School team, enjoyed the chance to compete with her team. She says the extra work and studying was worth gaining the extra knowledge about the environment.
Tori Moreland is coach of the Clinton Envirothon team. She's proud of the hard work put in by the students. She feels the competition is a great way for students to "disconnect" and learn about the natural world.
The Clinton students won three of the six categories at the Envirothon, but just missed out on a top three finish. Those being: Aquatics, Soils, and Wildlife. A team from Chicago Lab School was the eventual state champion, and will represent Illinois at the National Envirothon in Maryland this summer.
The members of the Clinton High School team are: Tennyson Kern, Anna Mills, Megan Finfrock, Dylan Earl, and Erin McGee.