Nebraska Envirothon prepares students for the future

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GERING, Neb. (KNEP) - Seventy high school students across the state of Nebraska came together this week to put their knowledge to the test on environmental issues in this years ‘Nebraska Envirothon.’ One of the benefits the competition brings is career opportunities for the future.

The ‘Nebraska Environthon’ challenges students to create a plan to solve a variety of situational agriculture problems that the state could face, and learn the importance of protecting resources. The high school students tested their knowledge on topics such as soil, aquatics, forestry, wildlife, range and policy.

“Just to get out and learn more about nature and the environment because the more they know about it, the more they care about it. It will make jobs of people who are trying to conserve and manage our natural resources a lot easier,” says Dave Wolf, North Platte PR Specialist.

Many of the students who participated picked up lessons along the way.
“I have never thought of forestry before, and some of the information that I was taught was mind blowing to me,” says Madison Govier, Student from Eddyville, Nebraska.

For some the competition was not just about to learn additional information about the environment, but to prepare them for the future.

“I took aquatics because I’m emphasizing in water science when I go into environmental science and I took that. So that information is going to help me in my college, and in my career later in life,” says Morgan Rice, Student from Mullen, Nebraska.

Students from Concordia took home the top prize of $1,500, and they’ll compete at the NCF Envirothon in July in Emmitsburg, Maryland.