The Marshalltown High School “Whales” Envirothon team placed third at the North American Stewardship Challenge held Aug. 2-5 at the Loyola University Conference and Retreat Center in Woodstock, Ill.
The team, comprised of Sean Finn, Wynn Tann, Dayanna Carrera, Madison Sogge and Chandler Fisher, placed first in the oral competition and second in forestry. Each team member came away with a $250 scholarship.
Throughout the three days the team learned about and competed in the areas of forestry, wildlife, soils, aquatics and this year’s current topic: sustainable agriculture. Missouri won the overall competition and Virginia placed second.
MHS qualified for the Stewardship Challenge after winning the state contest in April. That team included Adam Willman and Abby Snyder, who were unable to attend as they were selected for World Food Prize internships in Turkey and Nepal respectively. Tann and Sogge joined the “Whales” as alternates.
Envirothon is a team competition testing high school students on critical thinking skills and knowledge about environmental topics.
The team is sponsored by the Extended Learning Program and coached by Susan Fritzell.