TAVARES — The Lake Soil and Water Conservation District hosted the Third Annual Lake Regional Envirothon on Feb. 15 at Hickory Point Recreational Facility in Tavares with four Lake County and three Marion County teams competing.
Envirothons are a natural resource education event for high-school students. Five-member teams are headed by an advisor and study prepared resource materials on aquatics, forestry, soils, wildlife and a selected current environmental issue. For this competition the environmental issue was “Water Stewardship in a Changing Climate.” The competition included a written exam and hands-on investigations in a field setting.
The “Tenacious Tree-Huggers” (top) from Leesburg High School garnered first place for Lake County while “AIC’em” (above) from Belleview High School took home first place for Marion County at the Third Annual Regional Envirothon. Lake County winning-team members are Kim Crosby, Ken Nguyen, Reenal Patel, Paul Snoots and Dana Thomson Marion County winning-team members are Daniel Alvarado, Kumar Jadoo, Telyia Prescott, Samantha Taylor and Ami-Lee Walsh.
The top scoring team from both counties will compete in the Florida Envirothon on April 1 at Silver River State Park in Ocala. Winners of the state competition will compete at the National Envirothon in Winnipeg, Manitoba. At the Lake Regional Envirothon, Lake County Chairman Catherine C. Hanson announced the local winners:
First place — “Tenacious Tree-Huggers” from Leesburg High School, Advisor Sandi Good
Second place — East Ridge High School, Advisor Pat Ostenburg
Third place — “THS Bulldogs” from Tavares High School, Advisor Pat Moreau
First place — “AIC’em” from Belleview High School, Advisor Loretta Lucas
Second place — “Parrots” from North Marion High School, Advisor Jill Stephens
Third place — “Pirates” from North Marion High School, Advisor Jill Stephens