ARDMORE, Okla. — The Madill High School team placed first at the Oklahoma Envirothon competition held in March at the Noble Research Institute.
Madill was one of 14 teams to compete, making this year’s Oklahoma Envirothon the largest since Noble’s youth education and outreach program began hosting it five years ago.
Noble Research Institute will sponsor the Madill team as they represent Oklahoma at the North American competition on July 28-Aug. 2, at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. The winning team members are: Rio Bonham, Colt Crowson, Joel Halvorsen, Alejandra Salas and Jeremiah Sanchez. The team adviser is Kelly Goff.
During the competition, students rotated among four stations that focused on aquatic ecology, forestry, soil and land use, and wildlife. Each station included a written test based on the discussions. Each team also gave a presentation on agriculture and the environment: knowledge and technology to feed the world, this year’s special topic.
The Oklahoma Envirothon is a team-based environmental science competition for high school students and is a part of an established North American Envirothon program.
For more information about the Oklahoma Envirothon competition, please visit www.oklaenvirothon.org. For questions, please contact Frank Hardin, Ph.D., at email@example.com, or Will Moseley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Madill High School team won the 2019 Oklahoma Envirothon competition March 29, 2019. Pictured from left team adviser Kelly Goff, Rio Bonham, Joel Halvorsen, Colt Crowson, Jeremiah Sanchez and Alejandra Salas.
“This team was dedicated, and they did an awesome job. They are each good at their own aspect of the competition, which makes them a great team. They are all driven and wanted to win the competition. Their hard work paid off and I’m proud of them.”
- Kelly Goff, Madill biology and environmental science teacher, team adviser
“The judges were especially impressed with the Madill team’s oral presentation where they offered recommendations for using land that balances agricultural production with ecosystem health.”
- Jenn Scott, Noble Research Institute youth education associate