Kent Roosevelt Environmental Club heads to the state Envirothon competition

Roosevelt's Envirothon teams pose together in Roosevelt's courtyard, which the Environmental Club is currently renovating with a grant from the Portage Soil & Water Conservation District. Photo courtesy of Chris Carman

The Roosevelt Environmental Club won the Area 2 Envirothon Competition this past Thursday at Kent State’s Salem campus. The Envirothon is an environmental and natural resource conservation problem-solving, teambuilding and leadership experience and competition for high school students across the United States, Canada and China.

Environmental Club members prepared by studying topics related to aquatic ecology, forestry, soils and land use, wildlife, and this year’s current environmental issue, “Waste to Resources.”

The “Rainbow Riders” team, consisting of seniors Sami Baron, Rain Carman, Payton Courtney, Mae Nettle and Tara Sefchick, won first place out of 34 teams from all over northeast Ohio with a total score of 109 points. This means they’ve qualified for the state competition for the second year in a row.

The “EnviroQueens” team, consisting of sophomores Emma Arthur, Maddie Baron, Katherine Logue, Fadia Naqash, and Raina Gmerek, earned ninth place with a score of 90 points and missed qualifying for state by only 5 points.

This year’s state competition will take place at Lake Erie College from June 5-7, and the winning team will move on to the national competition, which will be at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, from July 24-30.

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