TAVARES — Fifteen teams of high-school and middle-school students squared off to test their knowledge of the environment in the Eighth Annual Lake Regional Envirothon on Feb. 24 at Hickory Point Recreational Facility in Tavares.
The team dubbed the “Down Pillows” from Leesburg High took top honors in the high-school division while the “Squirrel Scouts” from Carver Middle nabbed first place for middle schools. Other teams competing in the event hosted by the Lake Soil and Water Conservation District included Eustis High (third place), four teams from Tavares High (one scored second place), two teams from Lake Montessori & Learning Institute (one scored second place in middle school division), two teams from Gray Middle (third place) and an additional team from Carver Middle.
The Leesburg High team will compete in the Florida Envirothon at Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Hobe Sound, Fla., on April 30.
“I am very proud of my team and the effort they put forth to prepare for the competition,” said Tessa Clark, Teacher at Carver Middle School. “Leesburg High School took first place in the high-school division and will be going on to the state competition. I am proud of them too because the team contained Carver’s former Squirrel Scouts. They did an amazing job.”
Envirothons are a natural-resource education program. Teachers advise five-member teams that study prepared resource materials on aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife and a selected current environmental issue, which was “Salt and Fresh Water Estuaries.” The competition includes a written exam and hands-on investigations in a field setting.