For the second year running, students from Lincoln County have participated in and won the Southern Middle Tennessee RC&D Council Regional Envirothon.
Teams from Lawrence, Lincoln, and Coffee counties met at David Crockett State Park in Lawrenceburg on April 18 to compete in the 2013 Canon Envirothon. The science-based competition is designed to promote environmental science awareness and education. Teams prepare by practicing identification and evaluation skills in the field, and study in the meantime. Students are tested in the areas of aquatics, wildlife, soils, forestry, and a current issues topic; this year’s specialty topic was management and conservation of rangelands.
First place went to the Lincoln County Environmental Academic Association (LCEAA), while second and third prizes were awarded to Coffee County High School and Lawrence, respectively. Honorable mention was granted to two teams from Lincoln County High School and the other teams from Coffee and Lawrence counties.
LCEAA is composed of Evan Buck, Tori Buck, Hayley Cowan, Bethany Avilla, and Jesse Franklin, with Thomas Reyes as alternate. Evan and Hayley participated in last year’s Envirothon as part of the “Rock, Paper, Scissors” team, which placed first at regionals and went on to compete at the state competition in Crossville. LCEAA will have that same opportunity in May; the state competition is not far off, and they are very excited to be advancing to Crossville again. Winning at the state level would send them on to the national competition in Montana, a trip they would sincerely love to make.
The Lincoln County Soil Conservation District extends its congratulations to LCEAA and to all the teams which participated in the Envirothon. The program encourages students to see science both in the classroom and in the field, and the Conservation Districts in this region proudly promote this environmental education effort.