Sacred Heart Takes Second at Regional Envirothon
Sacred Heart competed in the Missouri Envirothon program on April 10, earning second place at the regional level.
By earning second, this qualifies them to compete in the State Tournament. This will be the fourth year in a row that Sacred Heart has competed at State. The team placed third at State in 2016 and 2018, and sixth at State 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, held May 2, in Jefferson City.
"The Envirothon competition is not divided by class so our students are competing against schools of all sizes in our region," explains Barb Hagebusch, SHS science teacher and Envirothon sponsor. "I'm thrilled to have our kids represent Sacred Heart at State and excited to see what they can do at the next level. It's great to see their hard work and dedication recognized with this accomplishment."
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. They are required to give an 8-10 minute speech during this time.
Sacred Heart took two teams to the Environthon. The second team was a few points shy from heading to State, earning fifth.
"For being such a young group, I was impressed with how well they performed in the competition," said Hagebusch. "I can't wait to see what they'll do in the years ahead."
The Sacred Heart team advancing to state is represented by Kelsey Hudson, Megan Wingerter, Nolan Walker, Miranda Belles and Bryan Scholtterbeck. The Sacred Heart team earning fifth includes Hayden Altena, Zaine Dover, Claire Smelter, Dallin Chappell and Amelia Schott.
--Pictured: The Sacred Heart Envirothon team advancing to state is represented by Kelsey Hudson, Megan Wingerter, Nolan Walker, Miranda Belles and Bryan Scholtterbeck. This will be the fourth year in a row that Sacred Heart has competed at State. The team placed third at State in 2016 and 2018, and sixth at State in 2017.