Sacred Heart competed in the Missouri Envirothon program April 26 at at the Lincoln University Busby Farm in Jeff City, earning third place overall and first place in the forestry category against schools across the state of all sizes.

This is the third year in a row that Sacred Heart has competed at State. They took third place in 2016 and sixth place in 2017.

The Missouri Envirothon Program consists of seven regions across the state with each region holding a competition either in the fall or early spring. The top three teams from each of these regional competitions advanced to the state competition.

"The Envirothon competition is not divided by class," explained Barb Hagebusch, SHS science teacher and Envirothon sponsor. "Our students competed against students from schools such as Parkway North (St. Louis), Webb City, Kickapoo, Smith-Cotton, Pembroke Hill, California, McKinley Leadership Academy, Lindbergh High School (St. Louis), Stockton, South Nodaway, Norborne and Lafayette County."

Envirothon teams consist of five high school students. They compete at outdoor stations testing on aquatic ecology, soils/land use, forestry, wildlife and a current environmental issue. There is also an oral component with the students presenting their solution to the problem they were given concerning the current issue topic for the year.

This year’s team consisted of seniors Sadie Rollings, Abby Smeltzer and Sam Burnett, along with juniors Bryan Schlotterbeck and Madison McClain.

In the photo: SHS took third place overall and first in the forestry category in the Missouri Envirothon, competing against schools of all sizes. This is the third year in a row that Sacred Heart has competed at State. They took third place in 2016 and sixth place in 2017. Shown are Bryan Schlotterbeck, Sadie Rollings, Abby Smeltzer, Maddie McClain and Sam Burnett.