They qualify by coming in second out of 16 teams at regional event at Rydell Wildlife Refuge

    Crookston High School is sending an Envirothon team back to state. The annual Area 1 Regional Envirothon event was held Wednesday at Rydell National Wildlife Refuge near Erskine, and CHS had two teams competing, coach/advisor Wes Hanson reports.

    The top three finishers in the 16-team field qualify for state, and the CHS team is Ella Weber, Tai Baig, Emily Gillette, Katherine Geist and Anke Wiersma came in second with 106 points. “I’m very proud of their efforts,” Hanson said in an email.

    Two teams from Waubun took first and third to make state, with scores of 107.5 and 102.

    Wednesday at Rydell, participants spent 30 minutes at six different stations that focus on different environmental science topics, Hanson explained. The stations focused on forestry, aquatics, soils, wildlife, current events, and also an oral presentation on current issues.

    “The event provides a great opportunity for students to learn from local experts,” Hanson stated.

    The Envirothon State Tournament will be held on Monday, May 20 at the Oliver Kelley Farm near Elk River, Minnesota.

    Crookston’s all-sophomore second Envirothon team included Janae Luckow, Victoria Proulx, Andrew MacGregor, Linnea French and Sophia Rezac.

    “Their team was right in the mix as well,” Hanson said. “It’s a great opportunity for CHS students to take part in.”