PUTNAM COUNTY — On Wednesday, April 23, the annual Area I Envirothon
was held in Defiance County. Fifty-three teams competed in the day long
event which involves tests in the five areas of aquatics, forestry,
wildlife, soils, and current environmental issues. This year’s theme was
sustainable agricultural practices.
The students work as a five
person team and are instructed by an expert in the field before the
tests are given out. Many questions are site specific and involve area
characteristics such as identifying trees, identifying animal pelts,
skulls, and teeth and judging soil characteristics in a pit dug on the
site. Aquatic insect larvae, bird nesting structures, and habitat
characteristics need to be identified also. The students rotate to one
of the five testing areas every 30 minutes.
The top four teams out
of each of the five area competitions qualify for State Competition
held in June. At the State Competition the same five areas of testing
are included as well as a presentation by the teams on the current
environmental issue, this year dealing with sustainable agricultural
issues. Team 1 from Fort Jennings qualified for State by finishing first
out of the 53 teams. The Team 2 from Fort Jennings finished third. This
is the 17th consecutive year that Fort Jennings has qualified for State
Competition. It will be held at Salt Fork State Park this year on June
Team members from Team 1 are Jared Hoersten, Logan Sickels, Sarah Hellman, Keri Eickholt and Alex Sealts.
Members of Team 2 include Drew Grone, Ryan Hoersten, Isaac Fischbach, Jeremy Smith, and Dillon Schimmoeller.
The teams are coached by Jeff Jostpille.