HAMILTON COUNTY — On April 25, over 450 students and teachers from 18 southwest Ohio counties descended on Fernald Nature Preserve in northwest Hamilton County to compete in the Area IV Envirothon. Students from Preble Shawnee and Twin Valley South participated this year.
Students competed in the areas of aquatics, wildlife, forestry, soils, and current environmental issues, and were required to complete challenging tasks ranging from evaluating soil to identifying wildlife and plant species. Written tests were designed by experts from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ohio Department of Agriculture, and Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Winners from this local competition advance to the state contest, which is followed by the North American Envirothon.
The Twin Valley South team of Haley Back, Tommy Schleiger, Audrey Chesney, Chyann Kendel, and Chris French placed 13th out of 84 teams. Other TVS participants included Jesse Woods, Josh Chapman, Tanner Upchurch, Jarod Goad, Mylan Crews, Tarren Back, Kelsie Shafer, and Jacob Jackson. Preble Shawnee’s team included Jessica Chappell, Logan Sapp, Natalie Cox, Justin Gudorf, Luke Woodard, Carley Asher, Audra Burger, Jasmine Mabry, Riley Bone, Tyler Stevenson, Bobby Burns, Carter Roell, Leslie Burger, Jacob Doty and Kalena Hager.
“The Envirothon gives students a chance to learn outside the walls of a classroom,” said BJ Price, Administrator and Technician at Preble SWCD. “This contest introduces students to real-world concepts that will help them relate to the natural world around them.”
The location of the contest, Fernald Preserve, is a Department…
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