En­vi­rothon team ad­vances

OSDSS group mov­ing on to On­tario com­pe­ti­tion after re­gional win

The Sun Times (Owen Sound) - - NEWS -

The Owen Sound District Sec­ondary School En­vi­rothon team has earned a spot at the On­tario cham­pi­onships.

Stu­dents Kayle Mervyn, Nathan Clare-Green, Adrian Wa­ge­naar, Erik Van den Kieboom and Syd­ney Waller worked to­gether May 2 to win the Grey-Bruce Re­gional En­vi­rothon com­pe­ti­tion at Mac­Gre­gor Point Pro­vin­cial Park in Saugeen Shores.

Five teams com­peted at the re­gional cham­pi­onships, which in­cluded four test­ing sta­tions – forestry, soils, aquat­ics and wildlife – where stu­dents had to com­plete tasks and an­swer test ques­tions. Each team also had to make a pre­sen­ta­tion on cli­mate change.

The On­tario En­vi­rothon Cham­pi­onship is set for May 27 to 30 at the Uni­ver­sity of Wa­ter­loo.

“The team is thrilled to be mov­ing on to the pro­vin­cial com­pe­ti­tion,” said OSDSS En­vi­rothon lead teacher Amy Bringle­son.

“It is a four-day event where they will at­tend work­shops and learn a lot more about cli­mate change and how it im­pacts each of the four cat­e­gories (soils, forestry, aquat­ics, wildlife). They will take part in a legacy project, which in the past has been projects like plant­ing trees or re­mov­ing in­va­sive species. And the fi­nal two days are test­ing/pre­sen­ta­tion days.”

En­vi­rothons are team-based com­pe­ti­tions for high school stu­dents who love the out­doors. About two dozen re­gional En­vi­rothon events are held an­nu­ally in On­tario. Twenty-four teams from across On­tario will com­pete at the pro­vin­cial com­pe­ti­tion. The win­ning team from the provin­cials will rep­re­sent On­tario at the North Amer­i­can En­vi­rothon Cham­pi­onships.

SUP­PLIED PHOTO

The OSDSS En­vi­rothon team, from left, is Kayle Mervyn, Nathan Clare-Green, Adrian Wa­ge­naar, Erik Van den Kieboom and Syd­ney Waller.

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