Ord, Burwell, and St. Paul Compete at Nebraska Envirothon

April 28, 2018

Teams from Burwell, Ord and St. Paul competed at the 2018 Nebraska Envirothon at Niobrara State Park on April 25, 2018. In Envirothon, high school teams compete in each category of the contest and for the best score overall. The categories of competition are forestry, natural resources policy, range, soils, aquatics, wildlife, and a special topic. This year the special topic is “Western Rangeland Management.

Fourteen student teams, consisting of five members each, first competed in regional contests held across the state. The highest scoring teams in those contest then had the opportunity to compete at the state competition.

The St. Paul team finished second in the policy competition, Burwell was second in the oral presentation and Ord team 1 was second in wildlife.  St. Paul and Ord team 1 tied for second in range.

The champion team was Concordia High School in Omaha. This is the school’s sixth consecutive win at the state competition.  The team will now prepare for the National Conservation Foundation (NCF) Envirothon international competition in Pocatello, Idaho, July 22 - July 28, 2018. 

Concordia High School Team 1 took first place in Oral Presentations, Forestry and Policy. West Holt won first place in Range. Arapahoe High School and Sumner Eddyville Miller High Schools tied for first place in Soils. Concordia Team 7 and Sidney High School tied for first place in Aquatics. Aurora High School took first place in Wildlife.

This year there were 14 schools competing at the state competition.  High schools that participated this year included two teams from Concordia High School, Southern Valley, Arapahoe, St. Paul, Burwell, Sumner Eddyville Miller, Norris, two teams from Ord High School, Sidney, Aurora, Milford, and West Holt.

More than 30 volunteers came to help with the competition.

Nebraska Association of Resources Districts (NARD) Foundation is the annual sponsor of the Nebraska Envirothon. The first, second, and third overall placing teams received recognition from the Nebraska Association of Resources Districts Foundation. NARD Foundation gave $1,500 to the first-place winning team, $1,000 to the second-place winning team and $500 to the third-place winning team. Each team must use the money to enhance their high school’s Envirothon and natural resources and agriculture programs. The winning team can also use it to help pay their way to the international competition. Each team member on the winning team was also awarded a $500 scholarship by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln to be used towards a major in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.


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