Envirothon team advances
OSDSS group moving on to Ontario competition after regional win
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.
The OSDSS Envirothon team, from left, is Kayle Mervyn, Nathan Clare-Green, Adrian Wagenaar, Erik Van den Kieboom and Sydney Waller.