U of C Lab Schools Win State Envirothon

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CHICAGO — Some local students are earning top honors for their commitment to helping solve the state’s environmental challenges.

The Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts is out today with the results of the state’s Envirothon Competition. University of Chicago Lab Schools took the top prize, followed by schools in downstate Chrisman in Edgar County and Spring Valley Hall in Bureau County.

Read more about the results and this unique competition in the group’s announcement:

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A team of high school students from the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools took top honors at the 2022 Illinois Envirothon State Competition, the 26th annual competition. The winning team will now represent Illinois at the national Envirothon competition hosted by the National Conservation Foundation (NCF) at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio from July 24 – 30, 2022.

The top three teams were announced following the conclusion of competitive events on Thursday, May 12th at the 4-H Memorial Camp in Monticello, Illinois.

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The top 3 finishing teams included:

  • 1st Place: University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Cook County, Illinois Land Use Council 16
  • 2nd Place: Chrisman High School, Edgar County, Illinois Land Use Council 7
  • 3rd Place: Hall High School, Bureau County, Illinois Land Use Council 2

"Illinois Envirothon would like to congratulate the winning team and all the students who participated in the Envirothon competition this year, congratulations to our first-place winners and we can’t wait to see you in July at the national competition." said Alexa Lawson, program coordinator for the Illinois Envirothon.

About Envirothon

The Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts (AISWCD) proudly hosts the Illinois Envirothon State Competition, an educational event held annually at the 4-H Memorial Camp in Monticello. The competition tests five person teams of high school students from all corners of the state on their knowledge of the natural environment while requiring them to showcase and apply analytical problem-solving skills in developing solutions to environmental and natural resource issues. Participating teams are trained and later tested in five natural resource categories: soils/land use, aquatic ecology, wildlife, forestry, and current environmental issues.

The goal of the competition is to develop knowledgeable, skilled, and dedicated citizens who have an understanding of natural resources and are willing and prepared to work towards achieving and maintaining a balance between the quality of life and the environment, accomplished by developing in young people an understanding of the principles and practices of natural resource management and ecology and through practice dealing with complex resource management decisions.

The Illinois Envirothon is part of a larger international competition hosted by the National Conservation Foundation. Over 25,000 high school students across the United States, Canada and China participate in Envirothon educational competitions.

About the National Conservation Foundation – Envirothon (NCF – Envirothon)

Created in 1979, the NCF-Envirothon is a hands-on environmental and natural resources problem-solving competition that builds leadership skills for high school students, grades 9-12 (ages 14-19), in the U.S., Canada and China.

The program consists of in-class curriculum with hands-on outdoor field experiences, where students can learn natural resource management techniques from natural resource professionals. State and provincial competition winners advance on to the annual NCF-Envirothon international competition for prizes and scholarships.

The NCF-Envirothon works in partnership with local conservation districts; agricultural, forestry and conservation organizations; schools and cooperating natural resource agencies to organize and conduct competitions.

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The Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts (AISWCD) is a grass roots organization formed in 1948. It is made up and serves Illinois’ member Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs). Soil and Water Conservation Districts work to protect Illinois’ greatest assets – the rich, fertile soils and water resources of the state through strategic conservation efforts. SWCDs, working in conjunction with agricultural as well as environmental stakeholders, have for decades over played a central role in efforts to protect and sustain the viability of Illinois’ finite natural resources for future generations. Learn more at aiswcd.org. Clean water, healthy soils.

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May 18, 2022 at 10:58AM

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