A group of local high school students recently brought home a state championship to Clinton.
A five-member team from Clinton High School were named the winners of the 2018 Illinois State Envirothon earlier this month. Sondra Baker, Program Coordinator for the Illinois State Envirothon, explains the Clinton team beat out 13 other teams from across the state in the conservation themed competition.
According to Baker, the students compete in written tests in four environmental categories during the two-day competition. She says a fifth category requires a group presentation on a topic that changes each year. This year's presentation was on range land management.
The 14 teams that took part in the state event all advanced to the competition by winning local events hosted by Soil and Water Conservation Districts across the state. Baker says the Clinton team earned the opportunity to represent Illinois in the national competition in mid-July in Idaho, however they will not be able to attend due to previous commitments. Instead, Baker says the second place team from DuPage County will be given the chance to make the trip to nationals.
The state champion Envirothon team from Clinton High School is comprised of: Megan Finfrock, Tennyson Kern, Anna Mills, and Erin McGee.
The 2018 Illinois Envirothon was made possible by numerous volunteers and corporate sponsorships. To learn more about the event, visit www.illinoisenvirothon.org.