ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DAVID VOGEL
The Peabody-Burns Envirothon team returned home from the International Envirothon competition in Winnipeg, Man., placing 24th out of 52 teams.
The teams came from across the United States and Canada.
The Peabody-Burns team consisted of Derek Benson (a 2006 graduate), Ben Jantzen (a 2006 graduate), Jason Unruh (senior), Duane Unruh (junior), Ryan Weibe (junior) and their sponsor Sonja Roberts.
The competition, which took place July 24-28, consisted of tests and an oral report in several environmental subjects, including soils/land use, aquatic ecology, forestry and wildlife.
“It was pretty stiff competition,” Roberts said.
She noted that many of the teams at the international competition had been there before, and that other teams actually had classes on the subjects during school hours.
“We were pleased,” Roberts said. “The kids were very happy with what they did.”
This is the first time the Peabody-Burns Envirothon team has represented Kansas at the international level.
In order to make it there, the team had to win both the regional/county and state competitions.