Three Teams Qualify for State Envirothon

Teams from Ord, Burwell and St. Paul have qualified to compete in the state Envirothon.  Between Feb. 3-5, Nebraska high school students competed around the state during a virtual regional Envirothon competition demonstrating natural resources knowledge by identifying trees, labeling fish anatomy and determining soil structure.  Ord and Burwell, as winning teams from the central and northeast regions, and St. Paul as one of eight wildcards, qualified for state based on their competition scores.  The Burwell team includes Hayes Jensen, Devin Konicek, Cooper Phillipps, Ethan Joy, Dillon Simpson and advisor Phillip Simpson.  Dave Ference and Johnny Ference are advisors for the Ord team, which included Tye Bruha, Alex Flessner, Brodie Darnell, Treaven Scheideler, Vickie Ference and alternate Abby Jacobs.  Boyd Bowder, St. Paul advisor, and his team including Sam Thede, Nick Busse, Ben Feeken, Truman Beck and Kaleb Baker, qualified as wildcards.

Traditionally, Nebraska’s six regional Envirothon competitions are hosted in conjunction with district agriculture education contests. Due to the pandemic, the contest went virtual with teams taking online, timed tests. High school students compete on five-member teams in seven environmental areas including: soils, aquatics, forestry, wildlife, range, policy and a current environmental issue.

Qualifying teams will compete at the Nebraska Envirothon, which is currently scheduled for Lake Wanahoo near Wahoo, Nebraska, April 28. During the state competition, teams compete in hands-on environmental testing stations as well as prepare and deliver an oral problem-solving presentation focusing on “Water Resources Management: Local Control, Local Solutions.”

The Nebraska Envirothon Steering Committee recognizes the extenuating circumstances due to COVID-19, and will follow guidance from federal, state and local officials regarding the virus and whether a virtual alternative of the State Envirothon will be necessary.

Learn more about the Nebraska Envirothon at