Decorah Envirothon teams successful at recent contest

Decorah High School was well represented at the regional Envirothon competition. A toal of 45 DHS students–nine teams of five–recently took the regional test to qualify for the state competition. Two teams will represent Decorah at state, including last year’s defending state champions Team DNR: Lucas Arendt, Connor Evelsizer, Gabriel Hiner, Anders Lovstuen, and Aiden Nalean-Carlson. The other team to represent Decorah at state will be Team Skabush: Riley Berns, Carson Bohner, Alex McGohan, Nathan Swarbrick, and Henry Weis.
Envirothon advisor Larry Berland noted that five of the nine teams competing should have qualified for the state competition, but the “Decorah Rule” has been in effect since 2007 after four Decorah teams qualified to compete in the state contest in 2006. Until that time, no one school had ever qualified more than two teams in the top 15. Now only the two top finishing teams from the same school are allowed to move on to state competition.
Other teams representing Decorah School District included:
7th place – Leaf Me A Loam: Phuong Doan, Reid Kuehner, Emily Myers, Mason Myers, and Kellen Roffman
8th place – Blundstone Babes: Hannah Arendt, Caden Branum, Eily Hegdahl, Lily Sandhorst, and Amelia Wadsworth
12th place – The Eco Warriors: Elliot Berland, Lawrence Christman, Kathleen Delphey, Beau Newhouse, and Clarence Nimrod

Team Oh Scotland, My Scotland: Mara Branum, Elsa Christman, Mikayla Hiner, Nora Lesmeister, and Kaylie Remark
Team Fun Run 5: Spencer Christenson, Margaret Hahn, William Hahn, Nina Sessions, and Myla Leitz
Team Squirrel Friends: Grace Blikre, Natalie Goodner Chloe Sheffield, Ava Steine, and Kamryn Steines
Team Toni: Thatcher Brown, Thomas Davis, Jack Hammell, Owen Rex, and Oskar Swanson
The Envirothon is designed to stimulate, reinforce and enhance interest in the environment and natural resources among high school students. Envirothon challenges students to hone critical thinking skills and create inventive solutions to the complex
local and global environmental and natural resource issues facing the world today, whether in the field or in the classroom. Teams of five work together while increasing their knowledge and critical thinking skills to conduct hands-on investigations, solve reallife scenarios, and answer written questions covering five categories: Aquatics, Forestry, Soils, Wildlife, and a Current Environmental Issue. Each team is tested of their knowledge of each of these categories at the regional level.
The state competition will be held at Jasper Nature Center in Granger, Iowa on April 29. The team finishing with the top score at this year’s state competition will represent Iowa at the International Envirothon contest to be held July 28 through Aug. 3 at Hobart and William Smith College, located in Geneva, New York.
Envirothon advisor Berland remarked, “I am so proud of all of the students that participate in our school’s Envirothon program. They have stepped forward to accept the challenge that our troubled environment presents to everyone. They have and will
continue to leave a positive footprint!”
The Envirothon competition, North American’s largest high school environmental education competition, is sponsored by the conservation districts of Iowa.


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